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Gulfstream Park Features Mandatory Payouts Saturday

Oct 2, 2015

Nicoletti, Staszak Handicap Rainbow 6, Pick 5, Super Hi 5

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The final day of Gulfstream Park's summer meet Saturday will see mandatory payouts of the 20-cent Rainbow 6, 50-cent Pick 5 and $1 Super Hi 5. Handicappers Ron Nicoletti and Catie Staszak handicap Gulfstream's popular wagers.

RACE 7:  THE MY DEAR GIRL

Nicoletti

Ballet Diva is stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth after rebounding from the 3rd place finish – as the odds-on choice – in the 6-furlong Desert Vixen with a game front-running score in the 7-furlong Susan’s Girl. Trainer Stanley Gold has Jose Caraballo atop the daughter of Hear No Evil. Silent Prayer a half-sister to 1 1/16th mile In Reality Stakes winner Sing Praises, stretches out after reluctantly breaking from Post 12 and then rallying to finish secondbehind stablemate Ballet Diva in the Susan’s Girl. It can be an all Stanley Gold exacta. It's High Time, an impressive winner in the 6-furlong Desert Vixen, is stretching out around 2-turns after chasing the action and finishing third behind Ballet Diva and Silent Prayer last out. The daughter of Gone Astray should handle the added distance.

Staszak

Silent Prayer is due for a breakthrough stakes victory after finishing as the runner-up in the opening two legs of the Florida Sire Stakes (FSS). Fractious and reluctant to load prior to her last start in the Susan’s Girl, the daughter of Brooks ‘n Down closed strongly to finish second, beaten only a length, by stablemate Ballet Diva. She appears well equipped for two-turns. Ballet Diva has won three of four career starts and is already a two-time stakes winner, having captured the Cassidy and the FSS Susan’s Girl. She has brilliant speed and the ability to run away from this field, but can she carry that speed 1 1/16 mile? It’s High Time won the Desert Vixen division of the FSS for trainer Jose Pinchin, whose filly Holywell took two of three legs of the FSS last year. The daughter of Gone Astray – currently the sixth-ranked first-crop sire in the nation – held her own when finishing third behind Ballet Diva and Silent Prayer in the Susan’s Girl and can get another piece of a big purse again Saturday.

RACE 8:  THE OUR DEAR PEGGY

Nicoletti

Andreya's Reward, an impressive debut maiden winner here on the turf, is back home after shipping to Kentucky Downs and finishing a late-closing fifth – beaten 3 ¾ lengths – in the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile. Trainer Milt Wolfson readied her for the homecoming with a bullet 3-furlong drill in :35.4. Cape Lady is making her local debut after responding to the surface switch with a perfectly timed maiden victory going 6 ½ furlongs on the Kentucky Downs turf. Harlan's Darlin is debuting on the turf with Lasix added after breaking her maiden here going 6 furlongs on the main track. Trainer Ralph Nicks, 5 for 33 (15%) with debut turf runners, has Tyler Gaffalione atop the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday.

Staszak

Andreya’s Reward returns to Gulfstream after finishing fifth in the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes for trainer Milton Wolfson. The daughter of Warrior’s Reward impressed in her career debut in Hallandale, drawing off by four lengths at a grassy mile. She is one of few in this field that is proven at the distance. Cape Lady ships in from Kentucky after getting up in the final strides to break her maiden in her turf debut at Kentucky Downs in September when going 6 ½ furlongs. By Cape Blanco out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare, the filly’s pedigree and running style suggest she should have no problem stretching out. Harlan’s Darlin broke her maiden on the main track in her most recent start for Ralph Nicks, but she is by Harlan’s Holiday, whose 2-year-olds win turf routes at a 16 percent clip and turf stakes at a 21 percent clip.

RACE 9: THE FOOLISH PLEASURE

Nicoletti

Sing Praises, the only previous winner at the distance (2014 In Reality Stakes), stretches out after surrendering a 3-length lead when finishing 3rd in the 7-furlong Three Chopt Road. Trainer Stanley Gold readied him for this assignment with a bullet 5-furlong workout in :59.2 Focus On Me is stepping up and stretching out after posting back-to-back sprint victories vs optional claiming allowance runners. Trainer Dave Braddy has Miguel Vasquez atop the gelded son of Kantharos. Twotwentyfive A, another from trainer Stanley Gold, is stretching out an additional 16th of a mile after returning from a layoff to win the mile Florida Sire Stakes Prized on a sealed ‘sloppy’ track.

Staszak

Southern Barbecue came with a strong bid along the rail to finish second in the FSS Prized on Sept. 5; he was beaten just a neck by stablemate Twotwentyfive A, who got the jump on him. The son of Hear No Evil has contended with stiff competition this summer and should benefit from a more outside post Saturday after being hindered on the rail last time out. Focus On Me returns to stakes competition for the first time since finishing fourth in the FSS Unbridled in August off his maiden-breaking score in July. The son of Kantharos is now not only more experienced, but he’s also more accomplished. He’s won two straight allowances for trainer David Braddy. Twotwentyfive A looked good winning the Prized, but can the often inconsistent colt do it again?

RACE 10:  THE ARMED FORCES

Nicoletti

Ian Smith is stretching out around two turns after recovering from an incident at the start (hit gate) to defeat a pair of next-out winners in a ‘key’ 5 ½-furlong maiden sprint on the Saratoga turf. Trainer Todd Pletcher, 25% with horses stretching out in distance, has Edgard Zayas atop the son of Wildcat Heir, who should love this distance and beyond.  J R's Holiday is turning back to a mile after the impressive 6-length plus maiden victory going a mile and a sixteenth on a ‘good’ turf. Trainer Jose Garoffalo has Eddie Castro in the saddle. Imperial Warrior is stretching out around two turns after returning from the freshening to come within a neck of defeating $75,000 optional claimers going 5 furlongs on a softened turf listed as ‘good’. The gelded son of Majestic Warrior is bred to handle the added distance.

Staszak

Ian Smith steps up to stakes competition off an impressive maiden victory on the grass at Saratoga on Sept. 3, defeating a pair of next-out MSW winners at Belmont Park. Trainer Todd Pletcher is 38% when stretching 2-year-olds out off their maiden-breaking victories.Bullet Gone Astray was a runaway nine-length winner of the Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes in August for trainer Henry Collazo and exits the Grade 1 Hopeful, but he will now face a new challenge in racing on turf for the first time. Sire Gone Astray’s freshman runners are winning turf stakes at a 29% clip. J R’s Holiday has shown a vast improvement since making a surface switch to grass and stretching out for trainer Jose Garoffalo. He broke his maiden by more than six lengths when going 1 1/16 mile on turf last time out on Sept. 12.

RACE 11:  THE IN REALITY

Nicoletti

Lil's Meatball is stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth after the eventful trip in the 7-furlong Affirmed in which he bumped at the start, bumped at the ½-mile pole, and was beaten only a length by budding superstar Tribal Drama. Trainer Dave Braddy has Miguel Vasquez in the saddle. Tribal Drama, who won the Affirmed Division of the Sire Stakes after breaking his maiden by 5 ¾ lengths, stretches out to a mile and a sixteenth trying to keep his record unblemished. Trainer David Fawkes has Eddie Castro returning on the son of impressive first year sire Big Drama.  Abercorn is stretching out after rallying to finish second between Tribal Drama and Li’l Meatball when beaten a neck in the Affirmed. Trainer Stanley Gold has Tyler Gaffalione returning on the son of Brooks ‘n Down.

Staszak

Brighton Lane, trained by 17-time (with 2-year-olds) FSS winner Stanley Gold, should be well suited to going two turns. A full brother to MG1SW Jackson Bend, who swept the FSS as a 2-year-old, Brighton Lane has been hindered by poor trips in his last two stakes starts, finishing a rallying third in the FSS Dr. Fager and sixth in the FSS Affirmed after taking a lot of dirt over sloppy going. He has been training sharply, including a bullet half-mile move in 0:471 on Sept. 15.Abercorn may have taken three starts to break his maiden, unusual for a Stanley Gold/Jacks or Better runner, but the son of Brooks ‘n Down was just looking for more ground. He closed from 5-wide to be beaten just a neck by heavily-favored Tribal Drama in the FSS Affirmed last month and can turn the tables on the stretch-out when trying two turns for the first time. The undefeated Tribal Drama has done absolutely nothing wrong for trainer David Fawkes, but the son of Big Drama will have to carry his speed a ways in the 1 1/16-mile test.

RACE 12

Nicoletti

Black Martino, 6 for 9 in the money on the Gulfstream turf (9-2-2-2), is back in South Florida after the inconsistent 2-race turf campaign at Monmouth in which he followed a third-place finish in the Lamplighter Stakes with stalk-and-fade performance, from a tough outside post (11), in an entry-level allowance going a mile and a sixteenth. The sophomore is spotted perfectly vs $25,000 optional claimers. Concert Stage is turning back to a mile hoping the latest distance switch helps cure the current case of seconditis. The 5-time local turf winner belongs on the ticket. Giant's Passion should be primed and ready to fire a winning performance after returning from the layoff to finish a troubled 6th (lacked racing room) vs entry-level allowance competition at the distance. Trainer Terri Pompay has Jonathan Gonzales handling the outside post.

Staszak

Concert Stage is due for a win after finishing second in four straight starts for Gustavo Delgado. The 8-year-old is a four-time winner at the distance and has finished first or second in a remarkable 25 of 50 lifetime starts. In his last start on Sept. 4, he was just outdueled by Padilla, who would come back to finish second to Grade 1 winner Lochte in the Mr. Steele Stakes. Black Martino, a MSP runner for trainer Jose Garoffalo, should return to form off a 2-month freshening. The son of Two Step Salsa had a busy spring and summer that included stakes placings in the Cutler Bay, King Cugat, and Lamplight. Giant’s Passion lacked racing room when finishing sixth in a turf allowance on Aug. 29 for Terri Pompay in what was his first start in almost two months. The Giant’s Causeway gelding should benefit from a better trip as well as an improved fitness level in his second start off the layoff.




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