Galleon Mast Seeks Fourth Stakes Win in Saturday’s Millions Turf Preview
Nov 9, 2017
FSS Heroine Starship Bonita Returns to Action in Juvenile Fillies Sprint
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Anne Scott’s Galleon Mast is entered to seek his fourth straight stakes victory Saturday in the $75,000 Millions Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West.
The 1 1/16-mile Millions Turf Preview, a prep for the Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Jan. 20, will be one of eight $75,000 stakes for Florida breds, including the Millions Classic Preview, on Saturday’s 11-race program.
The ever-consistent Galleon Mast has finished first, second or third in 16 of 20 career starts, but the son of Mizzen Mast has developed a winning habit since reuniting with Tyler Gaffalione three starts back at Gulfstream.
“He knows the horse. He knows if you move him a little early he can hang a little bit. He doesn’t win by much. Tyler know he’s got to time it right,” trainer David Fawkes said. “Tyler knows the horse better than I do. He really fits the horse.”
The Fawkes trainee held gamely throughout the stretch run to capture the Eight Miles East Aug. 6, before winning The Vid by 2 ½ lengths Sept. 4 and the Mr. Steele by a half-length Sept. 30.
Galleon Mast’s consistency, as well as his professionalism, have made the 4-year-old gelding a favorite of the bettors, as well as Fawkes and his staff.
“You barely know he’s in the barn, he’s so quiet. If he wasn’t gray, you wouldn’t notice him. He’s just easy going. He’s an easy keeper. He’s a barn favorite,” Fawkes said. “He knows the game as well as we do.”
In his most recent start over the Gulfstream Park West turf course, Galleon Mast scored a narrow optional claiming allowance victory last November under Gaffalione.
Maxis Stable’s Enterprising, who captured the Millions Turf Preview last year, looms as the horse to beat in the seven-horse field while dropping from Grade 1 stakes company.
The Mike Maker-trained son of Elusive Quality, who finished off-the-board in the Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine in his most recent start, came in fourth, beaten by less than a length, in the Arlington Million (G1) three starts back. Emisael Jaramillo has the mount aboard the 6-year-old gelding, who has earned more than $830,000.
Trainer Jason Servis entered two runners in the Millions Turf Preview: Total Joint, a recent optional claiming allowance winner who won at Gulfstream during the Championship Meet, and Boss Man, who also visited the Gulfstream winner’s circle last winter.
Charlie Mops, a free-running gelding who finished third in the Millions Turf Preview last year; My Point Exactly, a multiple-stakes winner who won twice during the Championship Meet at Gulfstream; and Tutti Sanno round out the field.
FSS Heroine Starship Bonita Returns to Action in Juvenile Fillies Sprint
Starship Bonita, who captured the $200,000 Susan’s Girl and $300,000 My Dear Girl divisions of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Series at Gulfstream, is set for a return to action in Saturday’s $75,000 Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Gulfstream Park West.
The 2-year-old daughter of Gone Astray is owned by the Starship Stables’ Laurence Leavy, a.k.a. Marlins Man, the nationally known super sports fan.
“She’s been doing excellent,” trainer Steve Dwoskin said. “She does everything right. She’s an easy learner. She wanted to run from the beginning. We taught her to relax and rate and she’d done in very kind.”
Carlos Montalvo, who has been aboard for her two stakes victories, has the return mount.
Arindel and trainer Stanley Gold, whose Blonde Bomber finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), entered two fillies in Saturday’s 6 ½-furlong stakes: Frau Riley, who debuted with a late-running score at Gulfstream Sept. 3, and Weekend Mischief, who broke her maiden in her dirt debut by 5 ½ lengths July 15 after two starts on turf.
Frau Riley is a homebred daughter of Brethren who’ll be ridden by Jaramillo.
“She showed she could run from Day 1. This is a step up and the distance is a step up coming off that one race,” Gold said. “She was just sitting there, and when she went, she just drew off and did it pretty easily. You can’t compare that company to the company she’s going to be running against Saturday, including the one she’s going to be running against from my own barn, Weekend Mischief.
Edgard Zayas, who was aboard for Weekend Mischief’s impressive maiden-breaker, has the return mount.
“She drew off and won by a bunch and she’s by a pretty hot stallion right now, Into Mischief,” Gold said. “She’s a big good-looking horse. I think she’ll be at her best going a distance.”
Also entered in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint are About a Dream, Lil B Quick, Mariealena and Silver Bay.
In the Saturday’s $75,000 Juvenile Sprint, Wildcat’s Legacy is scheduled to return to action following an auspicious debut Sept. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Bred an owned by Kenneth English and Alan Braun, the son of Wildcat Heir hesitated at the start of his debut before making a wide run into contention and drawing clear by 7 ¼ lengths.
“He might have exceeded expectations some, but I did expect a good race,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “The way he did it was pretty impressive.
“He was very impressive in his first start , but it’ll be a big step up off his maiden victory,” Nicks added. “But he’s doing fine.”
Always a Dreamer, Bulkcarrier, Highborn, Oh My Warrior and Reed Kan round out the field.
In the $75,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf, Homemade Salsa is scheduled to make her delayed debut on grass for the mile race. The Mike Maker-trained filly, who debuted with a two-length victory, was scheduled to run on Gulfstream’s turf course in the Sept. 30 Our Dear Peggy Stakes, which was taken off the grass.
The daughter of Two Step Salsa got off to a slow start and rallied to finish a distant second behind Blonde Bomber, who went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Tyler Gaffalione is scheduled to ride Homemade Salsa for the third time Saturday.
Anabella Queen, Dancing Starlet, Fun and Games, Gift of Glory, Spicy Nelly, Sunshine Treasure, Tropical Runnings, Unstablenthemornin and Valid Interest are also in the field.
In the $75,000 Juvenile Turf, Nauti Buoy is set for his South Florida debut after three stakes appearances in the Sanford (G3), With Anticipation (G3) and Laurel Futurity. The son of Mizzen Mast, now trained by Lilli Kurtinecz, scored at first asking at Laurel July 2. Edgard Zayas has the mount.
Ben Colebrook-trained The X will invade from Kentucky to take on fellow Florida-breds in the mile turf race. The son of Soldat debuted with a victory at Ellis Park, before finishing off the board in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and a Keeneland allowance. Tyler Gaffalione is named to ride.
The field also includes Flying Liberty, Howboutdempats, Ovetchkin Jagr, Salambo and Seattle Treasure.
In the $75,000 Million Sprint Preview, Douglas Gibson’s Splash Rules will seek his fourth straight victory and third stakes win in a row in the six-furlong sprint.
Trained by John Vinson, the 4-year-old son of Pomeroy began his streak with an optional claiming allowance Aug. 18. He came right back to win the six-furlong Groomstick Sept. 3 and the seven-furlong Alabama Jacks Oct. 1. The winning streak coincided with being teamed with Tyler Gaffalione.
Michael Bernard’s Sunshine N Shadow is set to seek his third-straight triumph in the Millions Sprint Preview after scoring back-to-back optional claiming allowance wins at Gulfstream.
“He’s maintained his form really well. He won that race pressed the whole way,” said trainer Stanley Gold, who awarded the return mount to Emisael Jaramillo. “He went 1:09 and change (for six furlongs) and just kept putting everyone away that came up on him. I think he put away three different horses in that last race.”
Multiple-stakes winner Yourdreamsormine is set to return from a eight-month layoff since being claimed out of an optional claiming allowance victory in February.
Sweetontheladies, Quijote, Union Grace, Apache Brave and Thanks God round out the field.