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Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.14.11
‘Charly’ Faces ‘Charlie’ in Friday Feature at Gulfstream
Fantasy Lane Stable’s Uptowncharlybrown was in the news as a 3-year-old in 2010 when finishing a close-up fifth behind Drosselmeyer in the Belmont Stakes (G1), Robert Sahn and Stan Hough’s Adios Charlie looked like an emerging star earlier this year winning the Jerome Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct in April before finishing second in the Peter Pan Stakes (G2) in May and Dwyer Stakes (G2) in July at Belmont Park.
‘Charly’ and ‘Charlie’ are set to meet in a full field of 12 drawn for Friday’s one-mile optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park with jockey Rajiv Maragh named to ride Uptowncharlybrown for trainer Eddie Coletti, Sr. and Javier Castellano aboard Adios Charlie for trainer co-owner and trainer Stan Hough.
Uptowncharlybrown is a chestnut son of Limehouse and did not see action for 16 months after finishing fifth (and being disqualified to 12th) behind Drosselmeyer in the 2010 Belmont Stakes. He will be making his third start back after the layoff following a runner-up effort in a seven-furlong allowance race at Belmont on Oct. 8 and fourth-place finish as the odds-on choice in a one-mile allowance at Parx on Nov. 1.
“He’s bred for grass and we want to try him on it, but with that said, he’s sitting on a win on the dirt and we don’t want to throw that away,” Coletti said. “When I got down here he got a little virus that set us back a little, but he’s fine now.”
Adios Charlie is a son of Indian Charlie purchased for $400,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales and was very impressive breaking his maiden at Gulfstream in late March by 6 ¾ lengths after a runner-up debut at Belmont as a 2-year-old.
Adios Charlie went straight from the maiden score here to win the Jerome by 2 ½ lengths before losing a tough head decision to Alternation in the Peter Pan in mid-May and was beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Dominus as the 4-to-5 choice in the Dwyer in his last start on July 2.
Another race to look forward to on the Friday card will be the third race for 2-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs with Darley Stable’s Consortium and John R. Velazquez named to ride for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Javier Castellano atop Starlight Racing’s Algorithms for trainer Todd Pletcher as the likely choice in a field of six.
Both colts are by world-class sire Bernardini and both won their respective career debuts last out in New York impressively. Consortium is a homebred and scored by 4 ¾ lengths at Aqueduct on Nov. 12. Algorithms drew off to win by 5 ¼ lengths as the 7-to-10 favorite on June 3 at Belmont.
Florida Derby Winner Dialed In Back to Work at Palm Meadows
Robert LaPenta’s 3-year-old colt Dialed In left South Florida last spring as a leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown races after a thrilling neck victory over Shackleford in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Apr. 3 for trainer Nick Zito.
A stretch-running son of Mineshaft, Dialed In was sent off the lukewarm favorite at 5-to-1 in the 137th ‘Run for the Roses’ at Churchill Downs on May 7, but encountered plenty of trouble finishing eighth in the bulky field of 19 and another less than smooth trip in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico two weeks later left him fourth behind wire-to-wire winner Shackleford.
Dialed In has been on the sidelines since the Preakness, but Zito has him back in serious training at Palm Meadows where he breezed three furlongs in :36 flat Tuesday morning, his first recorded workout since June at Saratoga when he went an easy half-mile in his only other workout since the Preakness.
Zito has indicated that he has no specific plan as yet for Dialed In, but suggested he could possibly make his return to competition late in the Gulfstream meet.
Another 3-year-old star from the Gulfstream meet early this year on the work tab Tuesday morning at Palm Meadows was E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old Travelin Man, winner of the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day for trainer Todd Pletcher.
A Kentucky homebred by Trippi, Travelin Man tailed off in three starts after the Swale, finishing sixth as the favorite in the Derby Trial (G3) at Churchill Downs, fourth in the W.C. Stephens (G2) at on Belmont Day in June and seventh last out in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on Aug. 1.
Travelin Man’s 2-year-old half-brother Discreet Dancer set a track record for 5 ½ furlongs winning his career debut here on opening day, Dec. 3, by nearly 10 lengths. Travelin Man breezed a easy half-mile in 49 1/5 Tuesday morning, his third recorded workout since arriving at Palm Meadows for the season.
Hess Milestone Could Come East or West
Trainer Bob Hess, Jr. is one victory short of a 1,000th career victory and he could reach the milestone this week at racetracks 3,000 miles apart. Hess has one runner entered Thursday at Hollywood Park and another Friday at Gulfstream.