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Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Speechify To Try Turf Thursday; Tony Adams Returns

Apr 15, 2015

Speechify Tries Turf Again in Thursday's Feature

Tony Adams Returns from Impressive Debut
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Team Valor International’s Speechify was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Thursday’s featured fourth race at Gulfstream Park on the strength of his recent solid graded-stakes form, not on his record on turf.
The Ralph Nicks-trained 5-year-old, who captured the Mr. Prospector (G3) and finished third in the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) on dirt in his last two starts, enters Thursday’s $46,000 five-furlong turf optional claiming allowance with just one off-the-board finish on grass. 
“I hope it works better than it did the first time,” said Nicks, whose talented sprinter drew the No. 1 post in a six-horse field (plus two main-track only entrants). 
Speechify broke from the far outside No. 10 post in the Gin Rummy Champ Stakes at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 25 and was shuffled back to last a half-mile into the five-furlong turf dash before finishing eighth, just 2 ¼ lengths behind the winner.
“He got to running late. He might have gotten confused early or it might have been the layoff,” said Nicks, whose trainee was coming off a nine-month layoff. “I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll know more Thursday.”
The son of Harlan’s Holiday, who is on a special diet of ‘soup’ due to a restricted esophagus, has won five of eight races on dirt, including the Mr. Prospector and Kenny Noe Jr. 
Speechify is scheduled to be challenged by Trilogy Stables and Laurie Plesa’s Yes I’m Lucky, a multiple-stakes winner on both dirt and grass. The Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained 4-year-old is coming off an eighth-place finish in the Silks Run at Gulfstream last month while coming off an 11-month layoff.
True North Stable’s Stormy Rush, a late-closing fourth in the Silks Run, captured the Lincoln Stakes on the Gulfstream turf a year ago. Golden Emperor, Pomeroy’s Package and El Botas round out the field of turf entrants. Dreaming of Neno and Take Time to Pray were entered to compete on the main track only should the race come off the turf.
Tony Adams Returns from Impressive Debut
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Tony Adams is slated to make his highly anticipated return to action in Thursday’s fifth race, an entry-level optional claiming allowance for Florida-bred horses. The son of High Cotton, who brought a winning bid of $600,000 at the 2013 Ocala April sale, debuted at Gulfstream on March 26, crushing Florida-bred maidens by 10 lengths.
“It’s coming back a little quick, but a Florida-bred race is hard race to pass up. Hopefully, he can win the next condition and go to New York and run the same condition (in open company),” trainer Tom Albertrani said. 
Albertrani welcomed Tony Adams into his stable last fall to prepare him for a belated debut.
“The way he ran the first time, kind of surprised me – to see him winning in that kind of fashion,” Albertrani said. “But overall he looked like a nice promising horse in the early stages of training.”
Tony Adams, who is slated to be ridden by Eddie Castro, has been installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the field of eight Florida-breds.

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