Gulfstream News & Notes
Rydilluc to Get Next Test in Palm Beach
Team Stallion Racing Stable and partners’ 3-year-old Rydilluc developed more than a few fans with a stunning 5 ¾ lengths victory in a one-mile ‘a other than’ turf allowance on Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park with jockey Edgar Prado aboard for trainer Gary Contessa. That performance that will send him into the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) on Sunday, March 3 with high hopes from his connections.
“The Palm Beach has been the long-range plan for him for about two months,” said Contessa from Belmont Park where he has his main division with a smaller winter string at Palm Meadows. “He has trained fantastic down there and Edgar (Prado) is very high on him. In fact he’s gotten in his car and driven up to Palm Meadows to work him every time.
“He trained so good on dirt before his first start I thought he’d gallop, but he never even got involved. Then we said ‘maybe he’s a turf horse’ and he was very impressive winning his second start. However, we still haven’t ruled out anything and he still could be on the ‘Derby Trail.’ If things go well in the Palm Beach we’ll consider the Blue Grass or the Spiral.”
A son of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $150,000 at the Eastern May sale of 2-year-olds at Timonium, Rydilluc finished fifth of six going a mile on the main track at Belmont on Oct. 13, a race won by Todd Pletcher-trained Delhomme, but bounced back to break his maiden by 4 ½ lengths going a mile on turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 with Prado aboard for the first time.
Contessa, who recently passed the 2,000 career victory milestone, was due to fly into South Florida Friday and stay on through the Palm Beach.
Emma’s Encore Remains on Course to Inside Information
Brenda Mercer and Peter Berglar’s 4-year-old filly Emma’s Encore, winner of the Prioress Stakes (G1) at Saratoga last summer for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, ran well to be second in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park in her 2013 debut, but finished a disappointing fifth of nine last out in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) on Feb. 10.
“That was definitely disappointing,” said Jerkens of the Hurricane Bertie in which she was beaten seven lengths by Golden Mystery. “She had trained so well I was expecting a better effort, but we’ll go ahead to the Inside Information,” referring to the $150,000, Grade 2 test at seven furlongs on Sun., Mar. 17.
“One thing different will be the weights next time. She’ll get a little better deal. I’m not saying the weight was enough make that big a difference in the Hurricane Bertie.” Under the conditions of the Sunshine Millions Emma’s Encore gave victorious Golden Mystery four pounds (121-117) and then six (123-117) in the Hurricane Bertie.
A Florida-bred daughter of Congrats, Emma’s Encore came to Jerkens care here last winter as a maiden after three starts in the mid-west as a 2-year-old. She broke her maiden and won an allowance race after a third-place try before a dull eighth-place finish behind Grace Hall in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in her only career try beyond a sprint distance.
Carried Interest Returns in Sunday Allowance Feature
Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s 3-year-old Carried Interest showed considerable promise in two starts in New York last summer for trainer Rick Violette, winning his debut at Belmont Park in early July and finishing second to highly-regarded Overanalyze in The Futurity (G2) at Belmont last out on Sept. 30.
Carried Interest is entered to make his 2013 season debut in Sunday’s third race allowance feature at Gulfstream Park with Joel Rosario in the saddle facing five rival 3-year-olds in the ‘a other than’ allowance test at six furlongs.
“He’s very talented, but developed sore shins that became chronic,” said Violette from Ocala Friday morning. “We kept going (training) for a while but finally just decided to stop on him and give him plenty of time. He’s doing well. He’s very fast, but there is some other speed in the race. We’ll just see how it develops.”
Carried Interest is a Kentucky-bred son of Henny Hughes purchased for $130,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales.
Last season was bittersweet for Violette and his stable as he also had another very talented 2-year-old prospect in Klaravich Stables and Lawrence’s Spurious Precision, a son of High Cotton that won both of his starts, including the Saratoga Special (G2). However, he later broke down training in September for the Champagne Stakes (G1) and had to be euthanized.
“He was exceptional. It was a real kick in the gut. You just have to go on.”
One of Carried Interest’s major rivals in Sunday’s race will be Rick Shanley’s Pro Prospect with Edgar Prado in the saddle for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. Pro Prospect is also by Henny Hughes and was a $52,000 OBS March 2-year-old sales purchase and made two starts last year at Monmouth Park.
Pro Prospect finished third in his debut on June 23, a race won by Plesa-trained stablemate Itsmyluckyday, winner of the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull Stakes (G3) for Plesa and one of the likely favorites for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). Pro Prospect came back to break his maiden on July 29 by four lengths.