Gulfstream Juvenile Stakes Attract 123 Nominations
Dec 3, 2017
Six Stakes for 2-Year-Olds Worth $450,000 Saturday, Dec. 9
Lead Off Card Featuring $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– A total of 123 nominations were made to six juvenile stakes worth $450,000 in purses that serve as a prelude to the $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe program Saturday, Dec. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Establo Astroboy’s undefeated Writer’s Almanac, a winner of her four career starts in Puerto Rico including the six-furlong Eduardo Cautino Insua (G3) Aug. 13, is nominated to both the $75,000 Hut Hut at one mile and $75,000 House Party at six furlongs, each for 2-year-old fillies.
Also among the 20 Hut Hut nominees are Ladies Night, third in the Mazarine (G3) Oct.7 at Woodbine; Silver Bay and Lil B Quick, first and third, respectively, in the Juvenile Filly Sprint Nov. 11 at Gulfstream Park West; Silver Bay, unbeaten in his two career starts for trainer John Servis; and My Favorite Gift, who romped by 18 ½ lengths in her Oct. 25 debut at Gulfstream Park West, an off-the-turf maiden special weight going 1 1/16 miles.
Silver Bay and Lil B Quick are also nominated to the House Party, along with two-time stakes-winner Take Charge Paula, second in the six-furlong Matron (G3) Oct. 15 at Belmont Park; Roses in the South, a winner of her last two starts by 8 ½ lengths; and recent maiden winners Bernadetta, Cicatrix, Four K’s, Magic Spell, Morning Destiny and Razorback Lady.
StarLadies Racing’s Stainless, second in the Jessamine (G3) on grass and third in the Schuylerville (G3) on dirt, tops 24 nominees to the $75,000 Wait a While contested at one mile on turf. Homemade Salsa, Anabella Queen and Unstablenthemornin, the top three finishers from the Juvenile Fillies Turf Nov. 11 at Gulstream Park West; Roses in the South and stakes-placed Another Level, Di Maria and Go Noni Go are also nominated.
The $75,000 Pulpit at one mile on grass, won last year by eventual Belmont Stakes (G1) victor Tapwrit, was the most popular of three races for 2-year-olds with 25 nominees led by stakes winners Bal Harbour and Nauti Buoy; Maraud, third in the 1 1/16-mile Pilgrim (G3) Sept. 30 at Belmont Park; and stakes-placed Bon Raison, Forever Taken and Seattle Treasure.
Baru Inc.’s Handsome Franco, a six-furlong Group 3 winner in Puerto Rico Sept. 3 in his most recent start, is among 20 horses nominated to the $75,000 Smooth Air, contested at one mile on the main track. Bal Harbour, Bon Raison and Forever Taken are also nominated, along with Mojovation, third in the Futurity (G3) Oct. 14 at Belmont; stakes winners Diamond Oops and Whereshetoldmetogo; and Santiamen, an impressive debut winner Nov. 24 at Gulfstream Park West for trainer Antonio Sano.
Sixteen horses were nominated to the $75,000 Buffalo Man at six furlongs including Bal Harbour, Diamond Oops, Handsome Franco, Mojovation, Santiamen and last-out maiden winners Aequor, Gone Fishing, Silent Tiger and Star Juancho.
The Clasico Internacional del Caribe program is being run for the first time outside of Latin America since its inception in 1966. The richest of the five festival stakes is the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe, featuring Puerto Rican Triple Crown winner Justiciero.