Rock Solid

Photo by Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club

It was start number three and win number one for CINDER BLOCK at Laurel Park today. With Jorge Ruiz aboard each time, he was third at Keeneland in his first start in April, second at Pimlico in May, and he closes out June no longer a maiden. Steady as a rock….as his name implies.

Alert from the gate, he wanted the lead and never relinquished it. He looked to be quite keen, tugging Jorge down the backside. Flamenco Star tried to take control, which Cinder Block allowed just long enough for Dave Rodman to call that move before getting his head back in front. He was then challenged by Master of Malice heading into the turn, but again rallied to fight off that foe as well before drawing away to win by 5 3/4 lengths. AND he was still sharp on the gallop back…very proud of himself!

“He is a colt who is learning and has a lot of potential,” Jorge said.

Turned out to be a Fair Hill trifecta in this race. Arnaud Delacour’s Oskar Martinez (IRE) was second with Master of Malice, trained by Brittany Russell, in third.

And again we have the offspring of a former trainee. Bred by the late Mr. Albert Frassetto and owned by his estate, Cinder Block is by Blame out of Zucchini Flower (by Flower Alley). If her name sounds familiar, it should! She was with us for all of her five seasons on the track from 2011 – 2015. Among her wins were the Limit Stakes and the Monmouth Beach Stakes.

Congratulations to John, Chris and Dominic Frassetto who are continuing their father’s racing interests!









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