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Grace Hall on Target for Season Debut in Sabin
Alpha Delta Stables’ 4-year-old filly Grace Hall was among the leaders of the 3-year-old filly division last year for trainer Tony Dutrow with victories in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), Delaware Oaks (G2) and Indiana Oaks (G2) before completing her season with a fourth-place finish behind Eclipse champion Royal Delta in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.
Grace Hall and 5-year-old Royal Delta are on course to meet again as they make their 2013 season debuts in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) next Sun., Jan. 17 going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.
Grace Hall has posted a series of sharp workouts at Palm Meadows in preparation for her return, most recently a half-mile in 47 2/5 last Friday (Feb. 1). “She’s pretty much ready to go,” said Dutrow. “We’ll just do as little something with her early in the week. Everything has gone on schedule for her so far this winter,”
A daughter of Empire Maker, Grace Hall made two starts at Gulfstream last winter, finishing second as the favorite when beaten a neck by longshot Yara in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) in late February before a 6 ½ lengths romp in the Gulfstream Oaks on Florida Derby Day (Mar. 31). She went on to finish a good third behind Believe You Can in the Kentucky Oaks (G1).
In the Breeders’ Cup, Grace Hall dropped back to seventh in the field of eight early and finished fourth, nine lengths behind Royal Delta. “I thought she ran a good race, but I’m not sure she handled the race track as well the east coast tracks she had been running on.”
Mucho Mas Macho to Pass Mac Diarmida
Signal Hill Farm’s 4-year-old gelding Mucho Mas Uno posted a stunning 41-to-1 upset victory in the $150,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park last out on Jan. 12 for trainer Henry Collazo, who indicated after the race that he would make his next start in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles on Sat., Feb. 16.
“I think we’ll pass on the Mac Diarmida,” said Collazo Thursday afternoon. “He’s a little horse and I think more time will do him good. We’ll wait for the Pan American (G3) on March. 23,” referring to the longtime Gulfstream turf marathon run at 1 ½ miles.
“After he ran so well in the (W.L.) McKnight (G2) at Calder going a mile-and-a-half it gave us a lot more options knowing that he’ll go that distance and so many others don’t. I plan to bring him over here (Gulfstream) to work on turf on Sunday (Feb. 16) and maybe one more time after that before the Pan Am.”
A roan/gray son of Macho Uno, Mucho Mas Uno rallied from next-to-last to win the Ft. Lauderdale for his fourth victory in nine career starts on turf, He was a $19,000 OBS March 2-year-old sales purchase with earnings of $227,000.