Stainless Back on Turf in Saturday’s Wait a While Stakes
Dec 7, 2017
Delgado-Trained Duo to Get Stakes-Tested in Hut Hut
Courageous Queen Seeks to Rule in House Party
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– StarLadies Racing’s Stainless is scheduled to return to turf racing in Saturday’s $75,000 Wait a While at Gulfstream Park, following an off-the-board finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) over Del Mar’s main track last month.
The Wait a While is one of six consecutive stakes for 2-year-olds that will precede the five-race $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe on Gulfstream’s 11-race program.
Stainless made an impressive turf debut prior to her Breeders’ Cup dirt try, finishing a fast-closing second in the Jessamine Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. The daughter of Flatter closed from 13th to finish 3 ¼ lengths behind Rushing Fall, who went on to capture the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Del Mar.
“That was a promising effort. Finishing second behind the Breeders’ Cup winner made that race look even better,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.
Stainless, who debuted with a victory over Gulfstream’s main track in May before finishing third in the Schuylerville (G3) and fourth in the Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga, is scheduled be ridden by John Velazquez in the Wait a While, which drew a field of 12 juvenile fillies.
“We feel like after analyzing her turf and dirt races she’s better on the turf. Hopefully, this is an opportunity for her to become a stakes winner on turf,” said Pletcher, who trained Wait a While, the 2006 3-year-old filly champion.
“She came out of the Breeders’ Cup very well. John Velazquez said she felt like she was traveling really well the first part of the Breeders’ Cup dirt race but in the middle of the race she kind of kept spinning her wheels and the dirt was cupping away from her,” he added. “We’re excited about getting her back on the grass.”
Trainer Mike Maker entered a pair of fillies for the Wait a While – Homemade Salsa, who debuted on turf with a victory over Florida-breds in the Juvenile Turf at Gulfstream Park West last time out, and Malibu Saint, who finished second in a Keeneland allowance race Oct. 27.
Get Away Farm’s Homemade Salsa debut with a two-length victory and became stakes placed with a second-place finish in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes over Gulfstream’s main track before being switched to turf. Treadway Racing Stable’s Malibu Saint debuted on turf with a victory at Indiana Grand in August before a pair of allowance placings in Kentucky.
Stuart S. Janney III’s Subtle Step and J Stables, Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm’s Designing are a pair of impressive first-out winners looking for a stakes victory in their second starts. The Shug McGaughey-trained Subtle Step scored a 4 ¾-length triumph at Keeneland Oct. 19, while Chad Summers-trained Designing debuted victoriously at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 12.
Shadwell Stables’ Filfila enters the Wait a While off a maiden victory at Aqueduct in Chad Brown-trained filly’s second career start.
Also entered in the Wait a While: My Masterpiece, Gift of Glory, Tee Up, Queen Rose,
Unstablenthemornin, Golden Orb and Di Maria.
Delgado-Trained Duo to Get Stakes-Tested in Hut Hut
Trainer Gustavo Delgado is slated to saddle a pair of impressive maiden winners in Saturday’s $75,000 Hut Hut, a mile stakes for 2-year-old fillies that will kick off the all-stakes 11-race program at Gulfstream.
Both owned by Grupo7C Racing Stable, My Favorite Gift debuted with an eye-catching 18 ½-length victory at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 25, while Luzmimi Princess scored by 8 ¾ lengths in her second career start Nov. 17 at Gulfstream Park West.
“This race is very important for them,” Delgado said.
My Favorite Gift, a 2-year-old daughter of Tapit, was more than ready for the two turns of her career debut, sitting second before taking the lead on the backstretch that she would extend to the wire. She ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.58 over a sloppy track under Emisael Jaramillo.
“Remember the first race was on a sloppy track, so the (speed) figure may not be [true}, but I think the second race she will run a good race,” Delgado said. “I think she’s a good filly who I expect to get better and better.”
Luzmimi Princess, who finished third after setting the pace in her debut Oct. 14, was fit and ready for her second start, registering a front-running triumph under Jaramillo.
Jaramillo is named to ride My Favorite Gift, while Joel Rosario has picked up the mount aboard Luzmimi Princess.
Stonestreet Stables’ Bernadetta was another filly who impressed in her first career start, dueling early before drawing clear to win by 1 ½ lengths at Gulfstream Park July 2.
“She took a little time off after breaking her maiden at Gulfstream. Being a daughter of Bernardini, we felt like the added distance would serve her well,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She’s trained very promisingly for this race.”
The Kentucky-bred filly will have the services of Hall of Famer jockey John Velazquez.
Trainer Stanley Gold is also expecting the added distance of the Hut Hut to be appreciated by Weekend Mischief, who broke her maiden at six furlongs after two failed turf tries to open her career. Last time out, Arindel’s daughter of Into Mischief finished off the board in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West following a less-than-ideal trip.
“I think that she wants to go longer. In this case the one-mile, one turn is a nice steppingstone to go into two turns,” said Gold, who awarded the mount to Edgard Zayas. “The distance is a little further and I think she likes to sit and then go.”
Alliya’s Story, who defeated Luzmimi Princess while breaking her maiden at Gulfstream Park West last time out; and Miss Mo Momentum, a turf winner who captured an off-the-turf allowance at Churchill Downs in her most recent outing; will seek stakes credentials in the Hut Hut.
Mariealena and Beautiful Wife round out the field.
Courageous Queen Seeks to Rule in House Party
Todd Pletcher-trained Courageous Queen will seek to rule over eight other 2-year-old fillies Saturday in the $75,000 House Party, a six-furlong sprint on the all-stakes 11-race program at Gulfstream Park, which will host six juvenile stakes, as well as the five-stakes $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe.
The Mike Repole homebred is entered to seek her first stakes victory in her second lifetime start after registering a professional 3 ½-length triumph at Aqueduct Nov. 4.
“We were optimistic that she’d run well in her debut. She’s a filly that showed a lot of gate speed in her workouts,” Pletcher said. “We were hoping she’d be able to do in her race, which she was able to do.”
The daughter of Overanalyze pressed the pace from the outside before drawing clear and rolling to a comfortable victory, running six furlongs in 1:11 1/5.
“It was a pretty straightforward effort. She went right to the front and kept going,” Pletcher said. “She’s trained well since then and this looks like a good spot to hopefully keep moving forward.”
John Velazquez has the mount.
Trainer Patrick Biancone expects that Courageous Queen will have some company near the front of the pack during the running of the House Party – specifically Razorback Lady, whom he saddled for a front-running maiden score in her second lifetime start at Gulfstream last time out Sept. 30.
“She’s extremely fast. She was second her first time and won easily her second start. She’s one of the fastest fillies I’ve ever trained in my whole life,” Biancone said. “She’s very fast. Hopefully she keeps going like that at 3. We like the way she is training at the moment.”
Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is scheduled to travel from the West Coast to ride Razorback Lady.
Florida Fuego, who made a splash while breaking her maiden at Gulfstream Park in June, is entered for a return to action in the House Party for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds. The David Fawkes-trained filly demonstrated uncommon professionalism for a 2-year-old while experiencing a stressful trip. Taking dirt and racing in traffic early, the daughter of Kantharos kicked in through the stretch to win by five lengths under returning Tyler Gaffalione.
Bruce Tallisman’s Take Charge Paula is the only multiple-stakes winner entered in the House Party, having captured the Smart Halo at Laurel last time out and winning a minor stakes at Delaware Park in August. The daughter of Take Charge Indy finished second in the Matron (G3) at Belmont prior to her Laurel win for trainer Kelly Breen. Paco Lopez has the return mount.
Arindel’s Frau Riley, who registered an impressive come-from-behind victory in her debut at Gulfstream, will seek to rebound from a tiring fifth-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Gulfstream Park West last time out.
“She needed the race over that track. It sounds like an excuse but for a lot of horses it’s a big difference when they come out of there running and they realize they’re not running on something as fast as Gulfstream,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “It catches up to them and sometimes if they have a race over that course they run a much better race the second time. It feels different underfoot because it’s a completely different surface and when it hits them in a face it’s a different feel.”
Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount aboard the daughter of Brethren.
Lil B Quick, a late-closing third in the Juvenile Filly Sprint over the Gulfstream Park West surface; Magic Spell, a debut winner over Woodbine’s Polytrack surface Nov. 12; Writer’s Almanac, a winner of all four of her starts in Puerto Rico; and Morning Destiny, a maiden winner over a sloppy Gulfstream Park West track; round out the field.