Archer Road Takes Win Streak into Millions Turf Preview
Nov 7, 2018
Picara Returns to Favorite Course in $75,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Arindel homebred Archer Road, a winner of four of his last five starts including back-to-back turf stakes at Gulfstream Park, will look to transfer his success to Gulfstream Park West in Saturday’s $75,000 Millions Turf Preview.
The 1 1/16-mile Turf Preview for 3-year-olds and up and the 7 ½-furlong Filly & Mare Turf Preview for females 3 and older are among nine $75,000 stakes on an 11-race Millions Preview program and serve as a prep for Sunshine Millions Day Jan. 19 at Gulfstream.
First race post time Saturday is noon.
After going winless in seven starts at 3, 4-year-old gelding Archer Road has come into his own in 2018, winning five times with one second and one third in nine tries. He broke his maiden for a tag Jan. 14 and has progressed to a multiple stakes winner, taking the Copingaway July 28 and the Mr. Steele Sept. 29.
“He’s run well all year, so we hope he runs like he’s been running. I don’t see any reason why he won’t,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “He’s just held his form. He’s just developed into a nice horse. It’s not like he’s been slipping up and down; he’s been very, very consistent and just keeps getting the job done.”
Archer Road has run well from 7 ½ furlongs to 1 ½ miles, the distance of the Copingaway, where he came up the rail to win by a half-length as the favorite. He cut back to a mile for the Mr. Steele, holding off favored Galleon Mast to win by a head at odds of 12-1.
“He wants to run further than we’re running him, we just can’t get the races to go,” Gold said. “He won going a mile and a half. He wants to run further than a mile. A mile and a sixteenth is OK, but I’ll run him as far as they write ‘em. He’s asked to do what he’d rather not do, but he’s getting the job done. He’s got a nice, long, sustained run, and he wants to run as far as he can.”
Jeffrey Sanchez gets the call for the fifth straight race, breaking from Post 6 of seven at co-topweight of 121 pounds.
Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast ran second in last year’s Turf Preview, only to come back and win the Sunshine Millions Turf by a head in his subsequent start Jan. 20. Though he hasn’t been to the winner’s circle since, the 5-year-old gelding has been worse than third just once in six races since, when fourth by less than three lengths in the Soldier’s Dancer June 9.
Four-time stakes winner Galleon Mast has finished second four times in that span including the Mr. Steele; the Mecke Stakes July 8 when he was 1 ½ lengths ahead of Archer Road in third; and the one-mile Canadian Turf (G3) March 3 in his graded-stakes debut.
“He just keeps going along. He’s doing great. He doesn’t have a bad day, that horse,” trainer David Fawkes said. “He had a lot of bad luck in that last race. The race before he got put up on the rail. It’s one thing after another. He keeps going. He does not get discouraged.”
Paco Lopez rides Galleon Mast from Post 5 at 121 pounds.
Edward J. Short’s Class and Cash owns 13 wins from 30 career starts but broke through with his first victory in stakes company last out in the six-furlong Laurel Dash, contested over a yielding course at Laurel Park Sept. 22. The 6-year-old gelding is 2-for-3 lifetime at Gulfstream West, winning a five-furlong claiming event in 2015 and 1 1/16-mile starter allowance in 2016 before tiring to fourth after setting a pressured pace in a similar spot last fall.
“It makes sense. He’s a Florida-bred and he’s got no conditions left now because he’s won so many races. This is where we landed and hopefully he can get the job done. He’s won over the course, so that’s always a plus,” trainer Jane Cibelli said. “He’s just a really cool horse. He’s got a great personality the way he goes about things. You know he’s in the barn, put it that way. He makes his presence known.”
The typically front-running Class and Cash found himself ahead of one horse and stuck down inside after breaking from Post 3 in the Laurel Dash. He still trailed by nearly eight lengths with just two furlongs to run before finding room along the rail and closing determinedly to get up by a half-length.
“I didn’t expect him to be on the lead with those five-eighth turf sprinters in there, but I thought if he was a couple lengths off it, third or fourth, I’d be happy with that. He was so far back,” Cibelli said. “Fortunately the rail opened up and it was really quite an effort. The turf was very soft that day and to make up that kind of ground off of those fractions was pretty phenomenal, and he did it.”
Nik Juarez, aboard when Class and Cash ran third in the Soldier’s Dancer, a length ahead of Galleon Mast, rides back from Post 2 at 121 pounds.
Also entered are Class and Cash stablemate Second Mate, third in the Sunshine Million Turf; Swagger Jagger, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Turf Classic by a nose over Galleon Mast March 25 at Tampa Bay Downs; Patricia Generazio’s homebred Soldier’s Dancer winner Salute the Colonel; and Seattle Treasure, racing third off the claim for trainer Lilli Kurtinecz.
Picara Returns to Favorite Course in $75,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview
P & G Stable homebred Picara, undefeated in two career tries at Gulfstream Park West, goes after her first stakes victory in the $75,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Picara debuted with a maiden special weight victory at odds of nearly 33-1 going five furlongs on the Gulfstream West turf last fall. Winless in her next five starts, including a sixth in her stakes debut in the Feb. 25 Melody of Colors, she returned to Gulfstream West Oct. 14 to take a one-mile optional claiming allowance by two lengths.
The Turbo Compressor filly has had two half-mile works at Palm Beach Downs since her wins, the most recent going in 49.36 seconds Nov. 3. Edgard Zayas is named to ride from Post 4 of eight at 114 pounds.
Arindel homebred Onoebrethatatime returns to stakes company for the first time since finishing third in the Game Face April 21, contested at seven furlongs over Gulfstream’s main track. One start prior, the chestnut daughter of Brethren was a game second by less than a length in the six-furlong Any Limit, also on dirt.
Onebrethatatime has yet to earn her first grass win, finishing second in a five-furlong sprint June 21 and closing to be sixth by 3 ¾ lengths going one mile in an optional claiming allowance Oct. 24 over the Gulfstream West course.
“She’s going to have to prove herself in there that she’s a stakes-quality
horse on the turf,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “She finished second her first time on the grass so we’ve kept her on the grass but she’s going to have to step up and prove that she’s that quality. It’s not that she isn’t, but she’s going to have to show it.”
Emisael Jaramillo is named to ride from Post 3 at 114 pounds.
Bill and Vicki Poston Racing’s Southern Sis, trained by Mark Casse, ran second in the one-mile Juvenile Turf Preview in 2016 and most recently was second by three-quarters of a length 1 l/16-mile entry-level optional claiming allowance by three-quarters of a length Oct. 19 to Hogans Holiday, who came back to win the Cellars Shiraz Stakes Nov. 3 at Gulfstream West.
Completing the field are Spicy Nelly, fifth in last year’s Juvenile Fillies Turf at Gulfstream West and second in the Panama City Aug. 11 at Gulfstream Park; 119-pound co-topweights Josdesanimaux and Thinkin Cowtown; Reagan’s Rose and Warranty.