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Vow to Recover Returns in Saturday’s 100k Martha Washington

Jul 4, 2019
‘Art G’ is Back for Saturday’s $100,000 Not Surprising
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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Imaginary Stables and Paul Braverman’s Vow to Recover is scheduled to return from a two-month freshening in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream Park, where the daughter of Broken Vow broke through with a career-best performance in her most recent race.

The Elizabeth Dobles-trained filly, who is slated to face seven rivals in the mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, closed from well off the pace and drew off to a convincing 2 ¾-length triumph in the May 4 Honey Ryder at Gulfstream Park.

“She showed us what kind of filly she was. Every race we’ve expected her to finish like that and open up on the field, because we know she’s such a nice horse and has the ability. But sometimes the racing gods haven’t been in our favor,” Dobles said.

Vow to Recover has won two stakes and placed in two others in seven starts on turf.

“She’s done really well for herself. There’s nothing super special about her in the looks department. She doesn’t really have anything that makes her stand out from anybody else, per se. She’s pretty average, but running, she leaves everything out on the racetrack,” Dobles said. “Personality-wise and looks-wise, she just a normal horse. Then, when she runs, she give it her all every time.”

Vow to Recover debuted with a fifth-place finish in a five-furlong maiden race over Gulfstream’s main track last July.

“Turf was where she belongs, but we had her ready early and Gulfstream doesn’t have many long-distance turf races early on. I didn’t want to do five furlongs on turf, so I ran her five furlongs on the dirt, which is kind of what we would do breezing her,” Dobles said. “It was kind of like a breeze.”

Vow to Recover came back to win a 7 ½-furlong maiden race and capture the Juvenile Filly Turf for Florida-breds over the grass at Gulfstream Park West. During the 2018-2019 Championship Meet, she finished third behind A Bit Special in the Wait a While, fifth in the Herecomesthebride (G3), and second behind Trenchtown Cat in the Sanibel Island. She finished third in an optional claiming allowance before winning the Honey Ryder.

Jairo Rendon has the return mount Saturday.

Kelsey’s Cross, who is owned by Sanford Bacon and trainer Patrick Biancone, will drop from graded-stakes company for the Martha Washington. The daughter of Anthony’s Cross ventured to Belmont Park for a troubled third-place finish in the June 8 Wonder Again (G3) after breaking her maiden by 7 ½ lengths at Gulfstream in her second lifetime race May19.

Hall of Famer Edgar Prado has the call on the Florida-bred filly.

Calumet Farm’s Red Rounder, who was stakes-placed during the Championship Meet, is back at Gulfstream after a pair of disappointing stakes performances at Fair Grounds and Turfway Park. The Michael Maker-trained daughter of English Channel finished third in the Ginger Brew and finished fourth, 2 ¾ lengths behind Vow to Recover, in the Wait a While at Gulfstream.

Miguel Vasquez has the call Saturday.

Bello Porte, Zarina, Indicia, Jolie Bay and La Australiana round out the field.

‘Art G’ is Back for Saturday’s $100,000 Not Surprising

Monarch Stables Inc.’s Art G Is Back will be back in action at Gulfstream Park in a quest for back-to-back stakes victories Saturday in the $100,000 Not Surprising, a mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds.

The versatile son of Exchange Rate most recently captured the Thirsty Fish Stakes, which was taken off the turf and run on a sloppy main track at seven furlongs.  The Ron Spatz-trained colt, who has placed in multiple stakes over the Gulfstream turf course, has won twice in eight career starts, both times at seven furlongs on dirt.

“He got his best Beyer [speed figure] going seven-eighths on a sloppy track. I think he likes a wet track and he’s fine on the turf, but if I went into this race Saturday wanting turf or dirt, I’d rather it comes off,” Spatz said. “Those [off-the-turf] races can fall apart a little bit and you get rid of Vow Me Now.”

David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Vow Me Now is slated to seek his fourth straight victory on turf in the Not Surprising.

Art G Is Back forced Vow Me Now to fully extend himself to prevail in their only meeting on turf in the May 4 English Channel, in which the Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained colt closed with a rush to win by a nose.

“That was a great race. Vow Me Now was trapped. He got out at the last minute. They went down to the wire together and, unfortunately, my nose was short,” Spatz said. “It’ll be an interesting rematch (in the Not Surprising] if it happens that way, but I wouldn’t be unhappy if it rained, also.”

Miguel Vasquez has the return call aboard Art G Is Back.

Vow Me Now ran three times on dirt without success before breaking his maiden in his turf debut in a $25,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park West last October. After a couple of losses, the son of Broken Vow captured the Sage of Monticello starter stakes, a pair of optional claiming starter allowances and the English Channel.

Jairo Rendon, who rode Vow Me Now for the first time in the English Channel, will be back in the saddle.

Partner Stable LLC’s Forever Mo, a two time winner during the Championship Meet before finishing ahead of Art G Is Back in a runner-up finish in the Cutler Bay, will seek to rebound from a pair of off-the-board finishes Saturday. Edgard Zayas has the mount on the Antonio Sano-trained colt.

Arindel’s Scraps, who finished second behind Forever Mo and Vow Me Now, respectively, in back-to-back optional claiming starter allowance races, will seek redemption Saturday. The Stanley Gold-trained colt will be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.

Starship Aramis, Sovereign Warrior and Stirling Drive round out the field.



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