by Heather Pettinger
Pacific Wind breezed by her competition Sunday at Belmont Park, earning her first stakes victory with a one-length score in the 42nd running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian for fillies and mares at a mile.
Pacific Wind broke cleanly under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. and settled a close fourth through the early going as Faypien took the field of five through an opening quarter-mile in 23.04 seconds and a half in 46.39. Pacific Wind was angled out from her inside position as Highway Star assumed control in the turn. Ortiz guided his charge through a five-wide move into the stretch and reeled in Highway Star in the final jumps to complete the one-turn mile in 1:36.22.
“I broke good and got a nice trip,” said Ortiz. “I waited there, just following horses. When I got in the clear, I asked her and she took off.”
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