The following was submitted by Nick Hahn of The Racing Biz.
Virginia-bred female turf sprinter Rapid Rhythm takes her first try in graded stakes company in Thursday’s $250,000 Intercontinental Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park, part of massive weekend of stakes races.
Bred by Lazy Lane farm in Upperville, VA, the five-year-old mare has won 8 of her 20 lifetime starts largely on the turf. After winning the $60,000 Oakley Stakes at Laurel Park last September, Rapid Rhythm won two stakes races at the Fairgrounds over the winter. A poor start in Keeneland’s $100,000 Giant’s Causeway led to a setback in April, though she closed late.
Rapid Rhythm was 2016 Virginia-Bred Female Champion Turf Sprinter and is by Successful Appeal out of the mare Patriot Miss by Quiet American. Michael Stidham trains the 2016 Virginia-bred Female Turf Sprinter for owner Robert S. Evans and will saddle for returning jockey James Graham.
The morning line for seven-furlong turf sprint that signed 11 to the starting gate lists Rapid Rhythm as 20-1 in the Intercontinental, one of three stakes races on the Thursday’s card.