“He’s doing good,” trainer Ron Pellegrini said. “He came out of the race fine. We feel he’s ready to run tomorrow.”
Singanothersong, a Grade 3 winner on dirt, having captured Gulfstream’s Mr. Prospector (G3) in 2013, entered the Bonita with just one previous turf start, a runner-up effort in a mile-long grassy allowance in 2012. But the 5-year-old son of Songandaprayer showed his affinity for the lawn – as well as his versatility – in dueling to the wire with Just for Fun Stable’s Do the Roar. Racing in lockstep, Do the Roar came out and bumped Singanothersong before edging him by a neck at the wire; he would be taken down, and Singanothersong was placed first.
“He’d run good on the grass when I ran him on it [before],” Pellegrini said. “It (the allowance) was a little bit farther than he wanted to go, but he ran a real good race, so we decided to try him back on the turf shorter, and he liked the sprint.”
“I was glad they put him up, because he got interfered with,” he added. “I saw that they didn’t run that fast, so it wasn’t one of the best races he’s ever run, but hopefully he’ll improve off that effort.”
Singanothersong and Do the Roar will get a rematch in the five-furlong Treasure Coast. A veteran of 22 starts and earnings of more than $260,000, Singanothersong will once again have Emisael Jaramillo in the irons, while Do the Roar, still seeking his first stakes victory but an accomplished three-time winner on grass, will have Carlos Olivero aboard for trainer Antonio Cioffi.
The top five from the Bonita return for the Treasure Coast. The race’s third and fourth-place finishers, Successful Native and El Botas, respectively, hail from the Aubrey Maragh barn; Successful Native won Gulfstream’s Turf Sprint Stakes on July 5. That day, the 4-year-old colt defeated the Bonita’s fifth-place finisher, Noble Prince, by a neck. Edgard Zayas rides that gelding for trainer Sally Mitchelhill.
Platinum Prince, the race’s most lightly-raced runner with just five career starts, has not run since July 31, but he defeated both El Botas and Do the Roar that day in a Gulfstream Park allowance, which was just his second start in eight months. The 3-year-old Leroidesanimaux gelding has a 3-2-1-0 record in turf sprints for trainer Harry Benson. Taverni Bay, Holy On Smokey, Guarimbero and Dreaming of Neno (main track only) complete the field.