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Linda Rice Trainer Leading Aqueduct Standings

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D.S. Williamson

April 1st, 2019

Heading into April, Linda Rice leads Rudy Rodriguez in the Aqueduct trainer standings by 5 races. Rice has won 45 races while Rudy’s won 40. Linda’s horses have also earned a massive $2,254,745. Her horses have won 25% of the time while they’ve finished in the Top 3 60% of the time.

Rice has been training since 1987. So, it’s no surprise that her horses are winning. In 2018, her horses won $6,914,061. She could easily eclipse that total in 2019 because March just ended and her horses have already earned over $2.25 million. Rice has excelled so much that she’s already considered one of the top women trainers of all time.

Check out five of Linda Rice’s biggest wins.

Linda Rice Leads Trainer Standings at Aqueduct

Voodoo Song, 2018 Fourstardave Handicap

In his first try in a graded stakes race, Voodoo Song was exceptional, winning the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga. That was 2017. The English Channel sired 5-year-old really excelled in 2018, winning the Forbidden Apple Stakes and the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap.

He peaked in the Fourstardave, though, finishing 5th in the Bernard Baruch and 12th in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes. Voodoo Song has yet to race this year. He’s active, which means he’ll run some place soon. Linda just hasn’t said where.

Princess Violet, 2015 Madison Stakes

Princess Violet didn’t win after taking the Grade 1 Madison Stakes in 2015. She lost 5 straight before owners Barry K. Schwartz and Rice decided to retire her.

She did pick up a second place paycheck in the Garland of Roses in 2015, but her two 2016 races were failures. Still, Princess Violet’s Madison Stakes victory remains one of Linda Rice’s biggest wins in her career.

La Verdad, 2015 Honorable Miss Handicap

La Verdad retired in 2016 after winning the Interborough stakes. A Yes It’s True sired sprinter, La Verdad won 16-of-25 starts. She finished second in three other races. Her total lifetime earnings were a massive $1,563,200.

In 2015, La Verdad was one of the top sprinters in the nation. It took a massive effort by Wavell Avenue to keep her out of the winners circle in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Palace, 2014 Forego Stakes

Linda Rice also trained City Zip, Palace’s sire. This underrated sprinter finished second in his final two races to the exceptionally quick Green Gratto.

Palace was a sneaky good key horse. Horseplayers that used Palace often cashed because he either won, placed, or finished third. He won 12-of-30 while finishing second seven times and third 5 times. That’s a win, place, or show finish in 24-of-30 races.

Linda Rice’s 2019 couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. She leads the trainer standings at Aqueduct while there’s no doubt she’s also got an eye on the upcoming Belmont Meet. Keep an eye on Linda in 2019. She Linda in mind when handicapping. She can help us cash on a regular basis.
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