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G3 Winner Hogy Gets Class Relief in $75,000 Janus Stakes

Dec 31, 2017
Attyia Makes Long-Awaited Return in $75,000 Abundantia Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Unable to overcome a tough trip from a difficult post in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) last time out, Michael Hui’s Grade 3 winner Hogy gets the chance to bounce back in Monday’s $75,000 Janus Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The Janus for 4-year-olds and up and the $75,000 Abundantia, for fillies and mares 4 and older, both at five furlongs on turf, highlight an 11-race New Year’s Day program with a first-race post time of noon.

A gelded son of Offlee Wild who turns 9 Jan. 1, the typically late-running Hogy drew Post 10 of 12 in the five-furlong Turf Sprint and was never able to get into the race despite being fitted with blinkers for the first time.

Trainer Mike Maker said Hogy will wear blinkers again in the Janus, where he will break from Post 5 under jockey Jose Ortiz at co-highweight of 122 pounds.

“We put blinkers on his last time trying to get him closer and I think it helped him, but he just lost so much ground he had no chance,” Maker said. “He drew bad that day and had a very wide trip, so we’re just crossing that race out.”

Hogy won the 6 ½-furlong Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3) Sept. 9 in his first start since being claimed by Maker for $80,000 out of a runner-up finish in a 5 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance at Saratoga. He rallied to be second, beaten less than two lengths, in the 5 ½-furlong Woodford (G2) prior to the Breeders’ Cup.

Since debuting with a victory in June 2011 at Arlington Park, Hogy has gone on to finish in the top three in 35 of 47 starts with seven stakes victories including the 2013 Hanshin Cup (G3). He has raced at 16 different tracks from coast to coast but will be making his Gulfstream debut in the Janus.

“He’s just a classy horse that’s been around forever, shows up every time and loves his job,” Maker said. “I think he’s better going a little further but he’s run well going five-eighths, too, so we’ll give it a try. The class break should help him.”

Among Hogy’s challengers are Gufstream-based multiple stakes winners Extravagant Kid and Successful native. Vicino Racing Stables’ Extravagant Kid has earned five of his six career wins over his home track, and exits back-to-back turf sprint stakes victories in the Tamiami and Green Parrot handicaps, the latter coming Oct. 1.

Marco Thoroughbred Corp.’s Successful Native is coming off a gutsy nose victory in an five-furlong optional claiming allowance over Gulfstream’s turf Dec. 17. He won the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint and Bonita Stakes last year, and the Claiming Crown Canterbury and Bobby Umphrey Turf Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream in 2015.

Rounding out the field are Sandy’z Slew, Vision Perfect, Platinum Prince, Flashaway and Chestnut Johnny. Crackin Jon is entered for main track only.

Attyia Makes Long-Awaited Return in $75,000 Abundantia Stakes

Al and Michelle Crawford Racing’s Attyia is scheduled to return from a 10-month layoff in the $75,000 Abundantia Stakes on Monday’s New Year’s Day program at Gulfstream Park.

“She’s ready,” said trainer Jorge Navarro, who will saddle Attyia for the first time in the five-furlong turf sprint for older fillies and mares.

The newly turned 4-year-old filly had shown abundant talent at the five-furlong distance on turf prior to going to the sidelines. The daughter of Dialed In debuted with an off-the-board finish on Monmouth’s main track in August 2016 before finding her niche as a turf sprinter, scoring back-to-back wins and finishing second in the Feb. 25 Melody of Colors Stakes, checking in less than a length behind Morticia, who would go on to win four more stakes, one graded, in 2017. Attyia’s last two races came over the Gulfstream turf course for trainer Jason Servis.

“I guess after her last race she had some issues. The owners sent her to the farm and gave her the right time,” Navarro said. “I’ve had her for about five months. She’s been ready for two months. I was looking for a two-other-than (allowance), but we’re going to take a chance in the stake.”

Attyia, who was a $200,000 purchase at the 2016 OBS April sale, has demonstrated the ability to set or stalk the pace in her three turf starts.

“She’s built like a quarter horse and her mentality fits the way she runs,” said Navarro, who awarded the mount to Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. “She’s tough,”

Attyia will have to be tough to deal with the likes of Brandy’s Girl, a multiple-stakes winner who has been rated as the even-money favorite. Owned and trained by Eddie Broom, Brandy’s Girl has faced colts and geldings in her last five starts, including a victory in the Jupiter Beach and a second-place finish behind next-out winner Extravagant Kid in the Tamiami in her most recent start Sept. 27.

Jose Ortiz has been named to ride Brandy’s Girl for the first time.

Code Warrior, Girls Know Best, Sylphide, Touch of Bling and More Royalty round out the field.

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