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Wildwood’s Beauty Pulls Off Upset In 100k Sheer Drama

Sep 7, 2019
Salute the Colonel Wins 3rd Stakes in a Row in Copingaway
Lady Alida Shows Way to Win In The Breeze Stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – William Stiritz’s Wildwood’s Beauty captured her third stakes victory in her last four starts Saturday at Gulfstream Park while dominating eight older rivals, including 2-5 favorite Stormy Embrace, in the $100,000 Sheer Drama.

The Sheer Drama, a seven-furlong stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares, headlined a 12-race program that included the $60,000 Copingaway and the $60,000 In The Breeze Stakes.

Wildwood’s Beauty ($43.80) broke alertly under Samy Camacho to press early pacesetter Weekend Mischief on the backstretch before taking over the lead heading into the far turn. The 3-year-old daughter of Kantharos opened up a clear lead on the turn and was never threatened thereafter, pulling away to win by 3 ¾ lengths.

“She felt really good in the post parade. When the gates opened, she put me in the pocket and got a bit strong on the bit. She dragged me to the lead,” Camacho said. “At the quarter-pole, when I saw that no one was coming, I said, ‘This is my race.’”

The Scott Becker-trained filly ran seven furlongs in 1:23.15. Heiressall finished second 5 ¾ lengths ahead of Ms Meshak.

Stormy Embrace, who was making her first start since winning the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) June 29, broke from the No. 1 post and was outsprinted for the lead on the backstretch. Jockey Wilmer Garcia opted to take the Kathleen O’Connell-trained 5-year-old mare and ease her to the outside. The multiple Grade 2 stakes winner proved unable to close into solid fractions of 22.58 (seconds), 45.35 and 1:09.33 for the first six furlongs and finished fourth.

Wildwood’s Beauty, the only 3-year-old filly in the field, won back-to-back stakes for Florida-bred sophomore fillies at Tampa Bay Downs during the spring. After a three-month break, she finished sixth in an allowance race while running on turf for the first time Aug.16 at Gulfstream. Returning to dirt in her second start off a layoff, Wildwood’s Beauty got back on track in impressive fashion.

Salute the Colonel Wins 3rd Stakes in a Row in Copingaway

Patricia Generazio’s Salute the Colonel rallied from last to score a popular victory in Saturday’s $60,000 Copingaway at Gulfstream Park, capturing his third stakes in a row as the 3-5 favorite.

Jockey Jairo Rendon has been aboard in all three of the homebred 5-year-old gelding’s triumphs, including wins in the May 27 Home of the Brave and the July 4 Richard Henry Lee.

“The first time I rode the horse, I could see that he didn’t want to relax in the race. He broke from the gate and put his head up. This first time, he was a little rough. The second time, he was more quite. Today, he was really good,” Rendon said. “He just leaves the gate and knows what to do now, just relax and wait.”

Salute the Colonel trailed the field along the front stretch and around the first turn before gaining prime striking position on the outside, as the six horses raced two-by-two-by-two during a 51.24-second first half-mile in the 1 3/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up. Leaving the backstretch, Rendon sent the son of Colonel John three wide as Marshall Eddy assumed the lead from a tiring Golden Lion. Salute the Colonel made a three-wide sweep on the turn to take the lead in early stretch and continued on to win by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths.

Salute the Colonel, who has taken his game to a new level with the decision to race longer distances, ran 1 3/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:55.79 to win for the seventh time in 27 starts.

Toughest ‘Ombre finished second, a head better than Cause for Pardon. Marshall Eddy faded to fourth.

In the $60,000 In The Breeze Stakes, SJT Racing Stables LLC’s Lady Alida was allowed to set a leisurely pace on her way to a two-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares.

Jockey Leonel Reyes sent Lady Alida right to the top from her inside post position before getting the 4-year-old daughter of Street Boss to settle while enjoying an uncontested lead. After setting fractions of 25.65 and 49.31 seconds for the first half-mile, Lady Alida was never threatened thereafter.

Trained by Alfredo Lichoa, Lady Alida ($12.20) ran 1 1/16-miles in 1:42.10 while winning her second stakes in her last three starts.



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