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Freshman sire Raise the Bluff notches second stakes horse

Less than three weeks after he became his sire’s third winner, the Raise the Bluff gelding He’s a Cruiser progressed into his sire’s second stakes horse when he placed in the $35,000 Dennis Dodge Stakes at Emerald Downs on September 18. [WATCH RACE VIDEO]


The 2-year-old gelding entered the 6 1/2-furlong test on the heels of a masterful, 5 1/4-length win he recorded against $12,500 maiden claiming company at the Washington track on September 2. Paired again with his rider from that start, Leslie Mawing, he made the transition into stakes competition with just one four-furlong work between the two races.


Installed by handicappers at odds of 7-1 as the third wagering choice in the six-horse Dennis Dodge field, He’s a Cruiser encountered a sloppy track for the first time in his three-race career. He ran evenly throughout, translating his early running position in fourth into a third-place finish in the final yards, where he passed the tiring 7-10 favorite, pacesetter Harbor Wind, by a half-length. The race was won by the 10-1 longshot Brady’s Kat, who made a mad rush from last under Javier Matias to overtake Gold Surge for a head victory, five lengths in front of He’s a Cruiser.


The Washington-bred runner is trained by Vince Gibson for owners Pamela Gibson and Maureen Hallett, the former of whom bred the youngster in partnership with his conditioner. He is the third starter and winner out of Designer’s Gold, a stakes-placed winner by Stolen Gold, and he has banked $9,247 to date.


Raise the Bluff is a three-time stakes winner who ran second in the 2007 Longacres Mile Handicap (G3), and who currently ranks highest by progeny earnings among all Washington-based stallions with first-crop 2-year-olds of 2011. The 8-year-old Pine Bluff sire resides at El Dorado Farms in Enumclaw.

- September 18, 2011