It’s fair to say that in the grand scheme of racing, not many people knew of Dinosaur Ben. The Ontario-bred began his career at Woodbine, winless in his first three starts, finishing second shortly before the end of Woodbine’s 2020 season, and Ralph Santella was paying attention.
“There are always horses for sale at the end of that meet, and I try to buy there. Last year, there were two horses I saw that I liked,” said Santella, founder of Ultra Championship Racing, a small racing partnership.
One of the horses he liked was a two-year-old Graydar filly; Santella’s Maryland trainer Anthony Aguirre liked the horse, too, as did an Ultra Champion Racing partner.
The other was Dinosaur Ben.
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