Versatile Big Screen aims for consecutive stakes wins in Saturday’s Bold Ruler
Big Screen would have been the perfect performer during Hollywood’s golden era.
The Dogwood campaigned runner has won on the dirt and the turf, captured races at ages 2, 3 and 4, is a stakes winner, and is graded stakes placed. The son of Speightstown is versatile, and although he may not sing, dance, act and have great comedic timing, he’s definitely a horse who appears to be comfortable at any sprint distance, on multiple surfaces, and is capable of turning in a big effort on an off track.
The 4-year-old gray colt was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens, and is conditioned by Tom Albertrani at the racetrack.
Big Screen returns Saturday in the 7-furlong, $200,000, Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park. A stakes winner his last time out, capturing the Who’s to Pay Stakes at 1-mile on the turf at Belmont Park on Sept. 13, the four-time winner will have jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. up, break from post position no. 2 in the six horse field, and is 4/1 on the morning line.
The colt worked Oct. 19 at Belmont Park, breezing 5-furlongs in 1:01.88. Big Screen has earned $295,170.