Gulfstream Park News & Notes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL- Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 by breezing a sharp five furlongs Saturday morning at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Working in company with 4-year-old multiple stakes winner Long River, Cairo Prince was clocked in 59.95 seconds in his first five-eighths work since romping in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull (G2) on Jan. 25. It was the fastest breeze of 35 horses on the day.
“He worked very well,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “It was a little faster than we wanted this far out, but yet we wanted a decent work. It was a great work. He worked excellent and everything went well. We were all very happy, and we’ll probably not go in company next week because we’re looking for a 1:01 and change. But, he worked great.”
Cairo Prince has now worked three times since the Holy Bull, his second Grade 2 victory and a performance that made him one of the leading prospects for the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 3. He had two similar breezes prior to the Holy Bull, going five furlongs in 59.70 on Jan. 5 and 59.90 on Jan. 12, both bullets.
“He is just doing very well,” McLaughlin said. “I did put him in company, and he always works better in company, a little faster. It was really a great day. It was a great work, and we’re all thrilled. It was perfect, really, just a little bit faster than maybe I wanted but that’s been him. Going into the Holy Bull, too, he went in 59 and three, 59 and four. That’s a good sign.”
Earlier this week, a majority interest in Cairo Prince was sold to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s Darley operation by owners Terry Murray, Paul Braverman, Harvey Clarke and Craig Robertson, who purchased the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile for $250,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. Cairo Prince will remain with McLaughlin but run in the colors of Godolphin Stable.
“I’ve been involved with Darley and Sheikh Mohammed for 20 years. He’s a great person to have involved with the horse going to the Kentucky Derby,” McLaughlin said. “I’m very thankful that the four gentlemen got together with Darley. There was a lot of interest in the horse, a lot of people trying to offer money for him.
“I’m very happy that they ended up with Darley because I love the horse, and I’m hopeful that we’re one of the favorites for the Florida Derby and also the Kentucky Derby. It would be fabulous to be standing in the winner’s circle with these four owners plus the new partner in Sheikh Mohammed. It’s just a perfect case scenario for Team McLaughlin and, hopefully, for Cairo Prince.”
Ramseys Look for Another Winner in High Wire Kitten
Eclipse Award-winning owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be represented by High Wire Kitten in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) tomorrow at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old filly is a homebred daughter of the Ramseys' champion stallion Kitten's Joy, and she will attempt to further their lead in the owners' standings at the current Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park.
High Wire Kitten showed promise in her first two starts at Keeneland last October before putting it all together with a determined effort to earn her diploma over the Gulfstream grass on December 22. Eight days later, she reappeared in an optional claiming event on the Polytrack at Turfway Park and came away with another hard-fought success. Trainer Wesley Ward freshened her up afterwards.
"We gave her quite a bit of time to get back on her feet," Ward said. "Traveling back and forth to Kentucky knocked her out a little bit. We waited until she was bucking and squealing and feeling her oats, so to speak, before we started her work schedule. Once that happened, she's been great ever since. I had been looking at (the Herecomesthebride) long range, but I was waiting for her to tell me that that was the right thing to do." High Wire Kitten, whose late-season exploits helped Kitten's Joy seal the leading sire title for 2013, recorded a quartet of five-furlong breezes on the turf at Palm Meadows in February ahead of her stakes bow in Sunday's nine-furlong feature.
"She's really been working very well up at Palm Meadows," Ward added. "Any time you're in a stakes here, it's obviously going to be tough, but I'm very hopeful she's going to run a good race."