Collazo Taking Field Trip to Millions Sprint Preview
Nov 8, 2018
Saturday’s Millions Preview Card Features 9 Stakes
Heiressall Seeks 4th Win in a Row in Distaff Preview
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Four Horsemen Racing Stable and Lady Lindsay Racing Stables’ Field Trip will seek his fourth-straight victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $75,000 Millions Sprint Preview, one of nine stakes for Florida-breds on an 11-race program with a noon first-race post time.
Trainer Henry Collazo is just thankful that he will have the opportunity to saddle the son of Field Commission for the six-furlong sprint for Florida-breds.
After finishing second in a $30,000 claiming race at Gulfstream Park Dec. 15, Field Trip was pulled up and was vanned off the track.
“He was claimed in that race, but the claim was voided because he was vanned off,” Collazo said. “That was a blessing because I never wanted to lose him. We gave him the time off he needed and he got over what was ailing him. He came back stronger than ever.”
Field Trip, who had won one of 13 starts prior to going to the sidelines, came back from his layoff with a front-running victory in a $30,000 claiming race after withstanding heavy pressure throughout a six-furlong sprint Aug. 10. The 4-year-old gelding came right back to capture an optional claiming allowance for Florida-breds Sept. 2 before winning an open optional claiming allowance Sept. 28.
“We always thought he was a nice horse. Now that he’s gotten over the little issues that he had, he’s showing his ability,” Collazo said. “Those were nice three races that he threw. I always thought that he could run up to this potential.”
Collazo is expecting Field Trip to handle the jump to stakes company Saturday.
“He’s gotten bigger and stronger and all his issues are behind him,” Collazo said.
Marcos Meneses will seek his fourth straight win aboard Field Trip Saturday.
Field Trip is slated to face six rivals in the Sprint, which is an early prep for the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream Jan. 19.
Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Kroy, a multiple-stakes winner on turf, will return to dirt Saturday in an effort to rebound from an uncharacteristic eighth-place finish in the Sept. 29 Mr. Steele Stakes on turf at Gulfstream. The Armand De La Cerda-trained son of The Factor has enjoyed success in his three starts on the main track, winning the off-the-turf Bear’s Den last fall and finishing second behind multiple-stakes winner Mr. Jordan in the Big Drama in May.
The 4-year-old gelding has won one of four starts since finishing second in the Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita last December.
Paco Lopez will ride Kroy for the first time in the Millions Sprint Preview.
Midwest Thoroughbreds will also be represented by Sally Mitchelhill-trained Quijote, who is 2-for-2 at Gulfstream Park West, where the son of Pomeroy captured last year’s Millions Sprint Preview. The 5-year-old gelding, had gone winless in six subsequent starts before breaking through last time out with a six-length optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park West. Edgard Zayas has the mount.
Douglas Gibson’s Splash Rules, a multiple-stakes winner last year who has won one of five starts this year, My Boy Lenny, Particularity, and Game Day Drama round out the field.
Heiressall Seeks 4th Win in a Row in Distaff Preview
After bursting onto the South Florida thoroughbred scene with a three eye-catching victories, My Purple Haze Stables’ Heiressall is scheduled to make her stakes debut in Saturday’s $75,000 Millions Distaff Preview at Gulfstream Park West.
Trained by Terri Pompay, the daughter of Wildcat Heir is set to face nine considerably more stakes-experienced fillies and mares in the seven-furlong stakes for Florida-breds that will serve as an early prep for the Jan. 19 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park.
“I think she’s going to handle it fine. We didn’t just throw her into a stake. We let her get her confidence up and let her get ready. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue,” Pompay said. “When we get back to Gulfstream for the winter, she’s going to have to face tougher horses. It’s a good steppingstone for an open stake in the winter. Hopefully, we can continue to build on her knowledge and confidence so she’s ready to face that when the time comes.”
The exciting 3-year-old prospect, who tired after setting the pace to finish second in her April 22 debut, has won her last three races by a total of more than 10 lengths after overcoming the effects of a foot abscess.
Heiressall broke her maiden in her second career start with a front-running victory Aug. 16 before defeating Florida-bred fillies and mares by 5 ¼ lengths after pressing the early pace in a Sept. 16 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream. She came back to win against open company by 3 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park West in an Oct. 19 optional claiming allowance after stalking the early pace.
Pompay credits jockey Miguel Vasquez with playing a role in Heiressall’s development.
“He got her from going on the lead and tiring to getting her relaxed and sitting behind horses,” Pompay said. “He’s taught the filly to have patience because he has patience.”
Heiressall is expected to be given a stiff test by her more experienced rivals, including Starship Stables’ Starship Bonita, who was the undisputed star of the fillies division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series last year while winning the $200,000 Susan’s Girl and the $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park.
The 3-year-old daughter of Gone Astray had gone winless while finishing second or third in five subsequent starts, including a second-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Gulfstream Park West last year, before breaking through with an impressive 2 ¾-length triumph against Florida-breds in the Sheer Drama last time out.
“She’s maturing and learning what the whole game is about,” trainer Steve Dwoskin said. “She always had the talent, but now she’s putting it all together. She’s rating properly. She’s training good.”
Carlos Montalvo has the return mount aboard Starship Bonita.
King of Prussia Stable’s Shanghai Starlet, who defeated Heiressall by three lengths while breaking her maiden April 22, returns to dirt Saturday after finishing fourth in the Sept. 15 Miss Gracie Stakes on turf at Gulfstream. The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old filly was victorious in her two prior starts on dirt, capturing an optional claiming allowance before scoring her first stakes victory in the off-the-turf Panama City, in which Starship Bonita finished third.
Edgard Zayas has the mount.
Arindel’s Weekend Mischief also returns to the main track after finishing fifth in back-to-back stakes on turf at Gulfstream. The Stanley Gold-trained 3-year-old filly has won three of eight starts on dirt, including back-to-back optional claiming allowance wins during the Summer Meet.
“She’ll be tough in there. I’d rather see her two turns, but you’ve got to run what’s there. It’s the end of the meet. It’s seven furlongs, so we’ll give it a shot,” Gold said. “I’d rather see her going a one-turn mile but she’s run well at the distance before. We’ve tried her in stakes and she wasn’t beaten very far in any of them on either surface so we’ll try again.”
Emisael Jaramillo has the call on the daughter of Into Mischief.
Worth Avenue, Oola Gal, Money or Love, Yes I’ll Go, Ms. Meshak and Heaven’s Pulpit round out the field.