Good Deed Ships to Gulfstream Park for Forward Gal
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Good Deed, who shipped from Fair Grounds this week, will make her fifth lifetime start at her fifth different racetrack in Sunday’s $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The daughter of Broken Vow is riding a three-race winning streak into the seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies with victories at Hoosier Park, Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds to her credit.
“We’re looking at this as the next stepping stone to see where we are,” said trainer Steve Margolis, whose filly will be making her graded-stakes debut in the Forward Gal. “She’ll be running a little bit farther on a new track. She’s won at Hoosier, Churchill and Fair Grounds, so she’s taken her own race to every racetrack.”
The only blemish on Good Deed’s record came in her debut at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 4, in which she finished sixth as the favorite after becoming fractious at the starting gate.
“At Saratoga, she had a little bad experience at the gate. She had been training really good. Everything was going good, but when she got behind the gate, she balked a little bit. They grabbed her tail a little bit, and she got a little angry,” Margolis said. “We took her home and let her catch her breath. She had a bad experience up there, so we wanted to let her tell us when she was ready.”
Good Deed graduated by six lengths in her return to action at Hoosier on Oct. 1 and came right back to overcome the rail post position to notch an allowance with a Churchill Downs four weeks later. The rail again proved no problem for Richard and Bert Klein’s home-bred filly in a six-furlong overnight stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 18, when she posted a front-running three-length triumph under regular rider Corey Lanerie.
Good Deed, who is a half sister to 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Country Day, will again break from the rail in the Forward Gal, which drew a field of six, including Old Hat (G3) winner Sacristy.
“She’s drawn the rail a few times. There are a couple other speeds in there, but we’ll let Corey deal with it,” Margolis said.