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G1-Placed Blonde Bomber Sharp in Half-Mile Breeze Wednesday

Dec 6, 2017
Stakes May Be Next for Impressive Maiden Winner Noble Indy 
Defending Champion Saez Rides Three Winners on First Day
Lucrative Carryovers in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 for Thursday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Arindel’s stakes winner Blonde Bomber, a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar, worked four furlongs in 47.54 seconds Wednesday morning over Gulfstream Park’s main track.

Ranked sixth among 19 horses, it was the second work for the 2-year-old daughter of Grade 1 winner Fort Larned since returning from southern California. She went the same distance in 49.60 seconds Nov. 27.

“She’s good,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “We’re just trying to not overdo it and not fall too far behind until we decide exactly what we’re going to do with her, and keep her happy. She went nice today and was happy. Everything’s going good with her.”

Blonde Bomber broke her maiden on her fifth try Sept. 2 at Gulfstream and came back four weeks later with a 7 ¼-length triumph in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes. Sent off at 30-1 in the Breeders’ Cup, she trailed the 13-horse field for a half-mile and was still nine lengths back with 2 ½ furlongs to run before uncorking a steady rally on the far outside to finish a  neck behind runner-up Alluring Star.

The Juvenile Fillies upset winner, Caledonia Road, is based at Gulfstream with trainer Ralph Nicks.

“Some people would like to say she passed tired horses, but she wasn’t passing horses because they were tired. She was coming,” Gold said. “She was making up a lot of ground. She ran a good race and I’m looking forward to seeing if she can continue that kind of form and be that kind of horse.”

Gold has yet to decide where to kick off Blonde Bomber’s sophomore campaign. Gulfstream’s series for 3-year-old fillies starts with the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at seven furlongs Feb. 3 and continues with the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at one mile March 3 and the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at 1 1/16 miles March 31.

“I think it’s pretty much down to the series here and the series at Fair Grounds. Here you have to go to two one-turn races before you go a distance. and there you’ve got three two-turn races. The time frame is pretty close to the same,” he said. “It’s nice to have to make that choice if you have something to make it with. We’ll sort that out as we go along. She’ll tell us.”

Stakes May Be Next for Impressive Maiden Winner Noble Indy 

WinStar Farm juvenile homebred Noble Indy could be headed for stakes company following his runaway 8 ¾-length debut victory Dec. 3 at Gulfstream.

A bay son of Take Charge Indy by the Storm Boot mare Noble Maz, Noble Indy was in from start to finish in the seven-furlong maiden special weight, settling into a rhythm under jockey Tyler Gaffalione before opening up in the stretch to win in 1:22.15.

“We were hoping for a good effort. He had been training really well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We’d been pointing to that race since the condition book came out. It was exciting. He’s a big good-looking colt who’s bred to run longer and for him to show good tactical speed when going seven-eighths is encouraging.”

Pletcher, Gulfstream’s unprecedented 14-time defending Championship Meet-leading trainer, is keeping all options open for Noble Indy’s next start. The first stakes race for 3-year-olds on dirt at Gulfstream is the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at one mile Jan. 6.

“We’ll play it by ear. I wouldn’t rule out something like the Mucho Macho Man or a one-other-than [allowance]. We’ll just see how he comes out of his race,” he said. “The only thing he’s been a little bit complicated about is making sure he behaves at the gate, which we’ve been working hard on. He still needs to improve in that area.”

Defending Champion Saez Rides Three Winners on First Day

Jockey Luis Saez opened defense of his 2016-17 Championship Meet title by riding three winners Wednesday, his first day at the high-profile winter stand.

Saez had eight mounts Wednesday and finished first with Florida-bred 2-year-old fillies Salsa Capuchino ($4.40) in the fourth race and Oola Gal ($26.60) in the eighth, and 4-year-old colt Run Time ($9) in the ninth. He also finished second twice.

“Thank God we came here and were able to win a couple races right away. We’re working hard and hopefully we’ll have a good year again,” Saez said. “I like this track. I feel like I’m at home here.”

Saez, 25, unseated five-time defending Championship meet leading rider and Hall of Famer Javier Castellano with 102 victories last winter. Saez is only the third rider behind Castellano and Paco Lopez to reach the 100-win mark at the meet.

Lucrative Carryovers in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 for Thursday 

There will be lucrative carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, 50-cent Late Pick 5 and $1 Super Hi-5 for Gulfstream’s 10-race program Thursday. First race post time is 12:35 p.m.

Maddy’s Salsa ($66.20) upset the 10th-race finale Wednesday in a three-way photo finish over Trapped At Sea and Baylor, two of four horses that were live to take down the jackpot, creating a carryover of $41,277.11. Tickets with five of six winners were worth $1,899.46.

The last-race result also triggered a carryover of $64,485.81 in the Late Pick 5, which returned $597.05 for tickets with four of five winners, and a carryover of $2,658.98 in the Super Hi-5 for Thursday’s opener.

Thursday’s Rainbow 6 spans races 5-10, while the Late Pick 5 covers races 6-10.

Who’s Hot: Jockey Edgard Zayas swept the early double with Meant Tobe Mine ($3.40) in the first race and R Secret Life ($3.60) in the second. Trainer Mike Maker sent out a pair of winners in Purely Boy ($3.60) in the seventh and Run Time ($9) in the ninth.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $41,277.11

Late Pick 5 Carryover: $64,485.81

Super Hi-5 Carryover: $2,658.98

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