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Rayya, out of $2,200 purchase Spread, runs second in UAE Derby

Rayya appears on course for the Kentucky Oaks after running second against the colts in the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan on Saturday. Previously successful in the G3 UAE Oaks, Rayya turned in another creditable effort to pull three lengths clear of the third, the highly regarded Reride, with Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby hope Gold Town well adrift in arrears.

Rayya, a daughter of Tiz Wonderful who cost $190,000 as a 2yo, is out of Spread, bought for just $2,200 by Chad Schumer, as agent, at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Coronado’s Quest was sold in foal to Race Day.

The winner of two of five starts for over $600,000 in earnings, Rayya is now set to join Bob Baffert with an eye on the Kentucky Oaks in May.

Rayya isn’t the only major update to come the way of Spread since her $2,200 purchase: the mare’s 2013 foal, Curlin Road, was successful in last year’s Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap and now also boasts earnings close to $300,000.

Spread is a winning half-sister to Listed winner Network and out of a daughter of G1 winner Fara’s Team, also the dam of G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Concern.

Also on Saturday, Classic Covey ran third in the G2 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park. It was only the seventh start and first in Graded stakes company for the four-year-old, whose dam Walkabout Winner was purchased by us for $15,000 while in foal to Exchange Rate at the Keeneland November Sale in 2014.

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