Making career start number six, THEGIRLFROMIRELAND loved everything about the Laurel Park turf course today, breaking her maiden under Jorge Ruiz.
Bred here in Maryland by owner Tim Rooney, the 3-year-old daughter of Goldencents was making her first start in her home state. Her first two races were at Aqueduct last fall; she shipped with our string to Tampa Bay Downs for the winter and had her next three outings here, finishing 5th each time.
Ruiz had her in great position today, settled behind the three leaders. She gained ground heading into the far turn and responded willingly when Jorge asked her to pass those. She kicked on easily after changing to her right lead, winning by two lengths.
Thegirlfromireland is out of the unraced More Than Ready mare Tattooed Girl, another Rooney homebred. Congrats to Tim on another win in his Shamrock Farm colors!