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Ever Rider winning the Group 2 Clasico General Belgrano (Photos courtesy of Marcelo Sarachi).

A menos de 30 días para el encuentro hípico más importante del mundo, Ever Rider, la primera esperanza argentina, empezó a calentar motores para lo que será su participación en la Breeders´Cup Marathon del 1ro. de Noviembre en Santa Anita.

El tordillo que volvió  a ser confiado a María Cristina Muñoz, clasificó al Marathon gracias a su categórico triunfo en el Clásico General Belgrano del 21 de junio en Palermo. 

Bajo la tutela de Juan Carlos Bianchi en tres de sus cuatro conquistas, Ever Rider buscará seguir los pasos de Calidoscopio, el "Ovni¨que llegó de Argentina y se robó el show con un despliege de velocidad en los tramos postreros, logrando una desbordante hazaña en la edición 2012, también celebrada en Santa Anita.

Al revés de Calidoscopio, a quien le gustaba venir desentendido y hacerse presente en los metros finales, Ever Rider corre adelante y agranda su figura con el pasar de los metros. Es un caballo cuya campaña fue de menos a más en el presente año, consiguiendo tres primeros, un segundo y tres terceros desde que comenzó a probar distancias por arriba de los 1,800 metros, logrando victorias sobre los 2,200, 2,300 y 2,500 metros.

Muñoz, su preparadora, una amante de los caballos a quienes atiende y comprende como si fueran sus hijos, entrenó a Ever Rider en sus primeras cinco carreras, incluso saliendo de perdedor, en octubre de 2011. Entrenar Pura Sangres es un legado de la familia de Muñoz; tanto su abuelo como su padre y cinco tíos también se dedicaron al cuidado del Pura Sangre.

Defensor de las sedas de la caballeriza Parque Patricios de Alberto Ibañez, Ever Rider llegó a Miami acompañado de su preparadora el 2 de agosto. Luego de cumplir con la cuarentena de rigor, se instaló primero en Del Mar antes de recalar en el stud de Mike Puype, en la caballeriza 38 de Santa Anita.

La adaptación de Ever Rider ha sido impecable hasta aquí y Muñoz lo ha venido preparando de la misma forma como lo hacía en Buenos Aires. 

EVER RIDER'S CONNECTIONS IN CLASICO GENERAL BELGRANO WINNER'S CIRCLE

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Con tres ensayos ya en el cuerpo sobre la pista de Santa Anita, el lunes último Muñoz ajustó los relojes y Ever Rider entró a la cancha en su horario habitual de las 6:30 a.m.  Ensayando a la par del brasilero Hawk´s Eyes, dos veces ganador de Grupo 1 en Sao Paulo, Ever Rider paró el cronómetro en 1:14 para los 1,200 y floreó los 2,000 en 2:06 con la conducción del ex jinete Anthony Gutierrez. Siete días antes, el consagrado Gary Stevens había trabajado al nieto de Il Corsaro calificando la partida como excelente y agregando que es un caballo con mucho pulmón.

Stevens, cuyo retorno a la actividad a la edad de 50 años ha sido un feliz renacimiento para la carrera del miembro del Salón de la Fama, es el primer llamado a conducir a Ever Rider en el Marathon.

A menos de un mes del Marathon, Ever Rider se va poniendo a punto. Si bien no tendrá el curriculum de los grandes caballos, tiene a su favor la distancia, a una preparadora que lo dirige con pasión y responsabilidad y a Gary Stevens, por ahora, siguiéndole los pasos en su esquina.

Hace poco menos de un año, el grito de ¡Argentina!...¡Argentina!...¡Argentina!...se hizo escuchar en el recinto de ganadores de Santa Anita por un centenar de hinchas albicelestes cuando Calidoscopio se convertía en el caballo con más edad en ganar una Breeders´Cup, y el primero entrenado en Argentina. Ever Rider será el encargado de reeditar esa hazaña... 

JOHN FULTON PRESENTS THE CLASICO GENERAL BELGRANO TROPHY TO MARÍA CRISTINA MUÑOZ

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Esta vez no tendremos que mirar al fondo para ver si viene el OVNI, esta vez habrá que mirar adelante para ver si Ever RIder está imponiendo su paso de milonga y esperar la recta final para ver si es en verdad tan grande como la tierra que lo vio nacer, como la música porteña, como el barrio de La Boca, como su fútbol de magia y regates, y si en verdad puede estar codo a codo con esos grandes nombres de la hípica bonaerense que vinieron a Estados Unidos para triunfar.

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Argentine Ever Rider Seeks to Follow in Footsteps of Calidoscopio

Less than 30 days to the most important equine meeting of the world, Ever Rider, the top hope for Argentina, started his engine for what will be his participation in the Breeders' Cup Marathon on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

The gray horse, who was again entrusted to Maria Cristina Muñoz, qualified for the Marathon by virtue of his emphatic victory in the Clasico General Belgrano on June 21 at Palermo.

EVER RIDER'S CONNECTIONS IN CLASICO GENERAL BELGRANO WINNER'S CIRCLE

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Under the tutelage of Juan Carlos Bianchi in three of his four victories, Ever Rider seeks to follow in the footsteps of Calidoscopio, the “UFO” who arrive from Argentina and stole the show with a burst of speed in the closing meters, achieving an impressive victory in the 2012 edition of the Marathon, also held at Santa Anita.

Contrary to Calidoscopio, who liked to drop well back in the early running and make his presence felt in the final meters, Ever Rider runs in front and enlarges his advantage with the passing of the meters. He is a horse whose campaign went from low to high this year, achieving three wins, one second and three thirds since he started racing in distances longer than 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles), scoring victories over 2,200, 2,300 and 2,500 meters (about 1 3/8 miles, 1 7/16 miles and 1 9/16 miles).

Muñoz, her trainer, is a horse lover who attends and comprehends them as if they were her children. She trained Ever Rider in his first five races, breaking his maiden, in October 2011. Training horses is a family legacy for Muñoz, both her grandfather and father and five uncles also worked with Thoroughbreds.

Defender of the stable silks of Alberto Ibañez’s Parque Patricios, Ever Rider arrived in Miami with her trainer on Aug. 2. After completing the rigorous quarantine, he was first installed at Del Mar before joining the Mike Puype stable in barn 38 at Santa Anita.

Ever Rider’s adaptation has been flawless so far, and Muñoz has been preparing him the same way as she did in Buenos Aires.

With three workouts so far on the track at Santa Anita, last Monday Muñoz tightened the clocks and Ever Rider entered the track at his usual time of 6:30 a.m., working alongside the Brazilian import Hawk’s Eyes, a two-time Group 1 winner in Sao Paulo, Ever Rider stopped the clock in 1:14 for three-quarters of a mile and galloped out 1 1/4 miles in 2:06 with former rider Anthony Gutierrez up. Seven days earlier, Gary Stevens had worked the grandson of Il Corsaro, describing his exercise as excellent and adding that he is a horse with much stamina.

Stevens, whose return to riding at 50 has been a happy revival of his Hall of Fame career, has the first call to ride Ever Rider in the Marathon.

Less than a month before the Marathon, Ever Rider is getting fitter. While his résumé is not as strong as some of the great horses, he has the distance in his favor, a trainer who guides him with passion and responsibility and Gary Stevens, for now, following his steps closely in his corner.

A little less than a year ago, the cry of “Argentina! Argentina ! Argentina !” was heard in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita from hundreds of sky blue and white-loving aficionados when Calidoscopio became the oldest horse to capture a Breeders’ Cup event as well as the first victor trained in Argentina.

Ever Rider will have the opportunity to duplicate that feat.

JOHN FULTON PRESENTS THE CLASICO GENERAL BELGRANO TROPHY TO MARÍA CRISTINA MUÑOZ

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This time we won’t have to look a long way behind to see if the UFO is coming; this time we can simply look in front to see if Ever Rider is imposing his huge stride and wait for the finish line to see if he is truly as big as the land that saw his birth, as the porteña music, as the neighborhood of La Boca, as its magical South American soccer and if, indeed, he can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the biggest names from Argentine racing who succeeded in the U.S.

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Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

Image Description

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is a recognized international Thoroughbred writer, permanent contributor of prestigious industry trades, such as Blood-Horse, Racing Post and Thoroughbred Daily News, and served as the hispanic media publicist for Betfair Hollywood Park.

He covered South American racing and breeding for the Thoroughbred Times for a span of 10 years and worked as a North American correspondent for racing publications in South America.

A Communications graduate of California State University of Los Angeles, he wrote the essays corresponding to the prominent South American sires Embrujo, Practicante and Cipayo for the collection book "Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World."

En Espanol: Michael Burns, es un reconocido periodista hípico internacional, permanente colaborador de prestigiosas revistas especializadas de la industria, tales como Blood Horse, Racing Post y Thoroughbred Daily News, y detenta actualmente el cargo de Hispanic Media Publicist en Betfair Hollywood Park.

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