Rustler Hustler returned to the races on October 21st at Parx, just over one month after giving trainer Marya Montoya her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Banjo Picker Sprint. The six-year-old chestnut stallion by Ecton Park displayed a tremendous turn of foot in the seven furlong allowance event, echoing the closing kick that sent him to the winner’s circle in his previous start.
Tuesday’s victory sent Rustler Hustler within $2,000 of the six-figure mark in career earnings, and has greatly rewarded owner Waldorf Racing Stables LLC for their $32,000 claim in July of 2013.
“The interesting thing about him is that he used to run long on the turf; now he’s going short on dirt and running races like this,” noted Montoya about her protege.
Michael Jester’s Grasshoppin finished up just inches behind the winner, losing in a heartbreaker for trainer Mario Serey, Jr. under rider Hector Caballero. Saba’s Boy ran third, just another half-length behind the winner.
Rustler Hustler completed the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:23.95.