HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Awesome Belle has pretty much done it all during the past three years while earning nearly $500,000 for Jacks or Better Farm, which bred and owns the 4-year-old filly.
Short, long, dirt, turf. It hasn’t mattered for the Florida-bred filly.
Awesome Belle’s versatility has made trainer Stanley Gold’s job a whole lot easier while preparing her for stakes engagements, such as Saturday’s $100,000 Wasted Tears at Gulfstream Park.
“They’ve got to have the stamina; they’ve got to have the lung power; they have to have the disposition to allow you to do what you need to do,” Gold said. “Some horses don’t want to relax and will use themselves up, regardless of your best efforts. Some horse will allow you to think for them so you can do what needs to be done to be there at the finish. A horse’s disposition has a lot to do with it. Obviously, breeding has a great deal to do with it.”
Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm has supplied Gold with several other versatile and talented runners, including multiple graded-stakes winners Jackson Bend and Fort Loudon, as well as the Grade 1 stakes-winning filly, Awesome Feather, who captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies during an undefeated championship 2-year-old season.
Awesome Belle will be seeking her seventh career stakes success in the Wasted Tears, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for fillies and mares. The chestnut filly stalked the pace before fading to fourth in the recent $100,000 Ta Wee Stakes over the Gulfstream turf course.
“She’s coming up to the race real good. I think she’ll run a good race. I was a little disappointed in her last race. I don’t think she particularly liked the track. It was labeled ‘firm’ but it wasn’t really firm. The turf was soft and that didn’t work in her favor,” Gold said. “But they’re just excuses. I thought she was laying in a good spot, and she just didn’t finish like we thought she would. I can use hindsight and say, ‘I should have gone to the front because the fractions were slow.’ But maybe the fractions were slow because the track was yielding. Bottom line is that things didn’t go our way.”
Awesome Bell, who’ll is scheduled to be ridden by Fernando Jara, is set to break from the No. 1 post in the Wasted Tears, which attracted 11 entries, include two main-track only entrants, Swinger’s Party and Dreaming of Sophia.
“It’s nice to be able to save ground when you’re on the grass. It’s nice when you’re not forced wide on the first turn on the turf or the main track,” said Gold, whose filly is rated at a generous 8-1 in the morning line. “Everything is good. I just hope she runs her race and it’s my turn.”
Angelica Zapata is rated as the 5-2 favorite in the morning line among those horses expected to run on turf. The 5-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor, a five-time stakes winner on dirt, will be seeking her first victory on turf for trainer Ron Pellegrini.
Prior to winning a stakes on dirt last time out, Angelica Zapata finished third, beaten by just a neck, on turf in the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes. The Kentucky-bred mare is scheduled to make her first start over the Gulfstream turf in the Wasted Tears.
Team, who broke her maiden over the Gulfstream turf course in January 2012, is set to make her first start for trainer David Fawkes Saturday. Previously trained by Christophe Clement, the 3-1 second choice of the linemaker most recently set the pace at Saratoga in the 1 ½-mile Waya Stakes before fading to seventh. The 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker has been in the money in all four of her starts over the Gulfstream turf, including a close second-place finish in an allowance in her 2013 debut last April.
Ann of the Dance, who recently was reunited with trainer Marty Wolfson, will make her second start back in South Florida in the Wasted Tears after finishing fourth in the Hollywood Wildcat, a half-length behind the winner and a nose behind Angelica Zapata.
“I think she would have won, but he tried to go about eight-wide,” said Wolfson, whose 4-year-old filly was ridden by Joao Moreira, the Singapore champion who rode briefly in South Florida last month. “It was a great race, though.”
Wolfson named Edgard Zayas to ride the daughter of English Channel.
Owned by Chasing Tails Stable, Ann of the Dance was saddled by Wolfson for an off-the-board finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf before being transferred to trainer Wayne Catalano’s stable in the Midwest.
“She was always a nice little filly,” said Wolfson, who will start Swinger’s Party only if the stakes is moved to the main track. “She always tried.”
Trainer Kirk Ziadie also entered two Frank Calabrese-owned horses in the Wasted Tears, including main-track-only entrant Dreaming of Sophia, who would likely be favored on dirt after capturing the off-the-turf Cellars Shiraz last month at Gulfstream. Celestial Kitten is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Hollywood Wildcat after encountering traffic.
Frolic’s Revenge, a veteran stakes performer on dirt and turf; Love to Score, stakes-placed in her last two starts; Miss Montreal, second in the Hollywood Wildcat before finishing off the board in a Saratoga stakes last time out and Celestial Kitten, an allowance winner at Gulfstream two starts back; round out the field.
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