I Can Run Earns First Stakes Win Eleven North Handicap

Robert D. Bone and Magic Stable, LLC’s I Can Run captured her first stakes win in the $100,000 Eleven North Handicap at Monmouth Park.

With jockey Carlos Rojas in the irons, I Can Run broke well from post position 7 of 8 in the six-furlong dirt contest. The Tourist filly out of Hana J, by Peaks and Valleys, raced three wide off the pace, 1 ½ lengths off of frontrunning Roselba, who zipped through the opening quarter in 22.30.

I Can Run, who was coming off four consecutive two-turn races, began to close ground in the stretch and won going away away by 1 ¾ lengths. The final time was 1:10.38.

Alta Velocita finished second and the early pace setter Roselba held on for show.

“I have been telling the owners (Robert Bone and Magic Stables) that she has shown talent in the mornings, said winning trainer Claudio Gonzalez. The only thing is she has to be a little more mature. But I have always liked this filly. The only thing I was worried about today was the (shorter six-furlong) distance. She broke well and was able to get position and they were going pretty fast, which was good for us since she likes to come from behind. She has been good this year and finally seems to be maturing. She is getting better and better every race.”

“Claudio told me to get her in a good position early and by the three-eighths just let her run, said winning jockey Claudio Rojas. She prefers longer but I knew if they would go quick early she would come running late. That’s what happened. They went fast, I sat a great trip and she came running late. I’m very happy with her. This is my first stakes win. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Bred in New Jersey by Bright View Farm, I Can Run has total earnings of $187,320.