Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

04/11/2014

Wildcat Red Continues Preparation for Triple Crown
Salamera Seeks Return to Winning Form in Saturday’s Hollywood Beach
Jim Mazur Handicapping Seminar April 19
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Wildcat Red, who finished a solid second in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 29, will continue preparing for the Triple Crown at Gulfstream Park until April 22.
 
The Jose Garoffalo-trained colt is slated to return to the work tab at Gulfstream on April 20.
 
“He’ll have two works before the Derby. He’ll breeze here once on the 20th and then breeze again on the 27th at Churchill,” said Garoffalo, whose multiple-stakes winner is scheduled to be flown to Kentucky on April 22. “He’s doing great. He came out of (the Florida Derby) great.”
 
Wildcat Red is assured of a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May, ranking eighth in the qualifying-points standings. The son of D’wildcat has emerged as a 3-year-old star since breaking his maiden at first asking on Sept. 14 at Gulfstream Park, where he has never been worse than second in seven starts.  The Florida-bred colt raced four times at the recently concluded Champions Meet at Gulfstream, finishing second in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1 before capturing the Hutcheson Stakes (G3) on Feb. 1 and the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 22. Wildcat Red set the pace in the Florida Derby before losing by a neck to Constitution following a thrilling stretch battle.
 
Wildcat Red was ridden by four different riders in those four races –Joel Rosario, Javier Castellano, Luis Saez and John Velazquez – and Garoffalo is still uncertain who will be aboard the Honors Stable Corp.’s colt in Kentucky.
 
However, Garoffalo is confident that Wildcat Red will be a force in the Triple Crown no matter who rides him.
 
“I’m really excited about going to Kentucky,” Garoffalo said. “I think the most competitive horses raced at Gulfstream. Other than (Santa Anita Derby winner) California Chrome in California, I think the best 3-year-olds raced here. Look at the Wood Memorial last week, the winner (Wicked Strong) raced here and he didn’t do anything here.”
 
Salamera Seeks Return to Winning Form in Saturday’s Hollywood Beach
 
Salamera, a Grade 2 stakes-placed performer at Saratoga during her 2-year-old season in 2012, is scheduled to make her fifth start back from a year layoff in Saturday’s $75,000 Hollywood Beach Stakes at Gulfstream.
 
The 4-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal, who appeared to be rounding into form in her first three starts back, was well-backed in a second-level allowance at Gulfstream on March 7 but came up empty in a fifth-place finish.
 
“We had high hopes for that race, but she didn’t show up that day. After the race we scoped her and she had a little bit of a lung infection. I think that affected her race,” trainer Rodolfo Garcia said. “There was no indication going into the race. She was doing everything right. It just didn’t show up until after the race.”
 
Salamera captured her first two career starts, including a triumph in the J J’s Dream Stakes on June 30, 2012.
 
Florida-bred but not eligible to the Florida Stallion Stakes (now the Florida Sire Stakes), Salamera was sent to Saratoga in search of stakes opportunities, and she went on to finish second behind Kauai Katie in the Adirondack Stakes (G2). Subsequent efforts to stretch her out around two turns in the Chandelier (G1) at Santa Anita and the Delta Princess (G3) at Delta Downs were not successful. Turned out for a well deserved rest for a couple of months, Salamera returned to training for her 3-year-old season when she suffered an injury in her first work back.
 
Salamera returned to action during the Champions Meet, finishing third behind multiple-stakes winner Sweet N Discreet on Dec. 6 before checking in third behind multiple-stakes winners Ullapool and My Pal Chrisy in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on Jan. 18. Salamera appeared on her way to victory on Feb. 14 before being caught late in a seven-furlong allowance, raising her connections’ hopes that a return to winning form was in store for her March 7 race.
 
Garcia reported that Salamera has recovered from her minor issue and is expected to make a good showing in Saturday’s six-furlong stakes for fillies and mares.
 
“Everything is fine. I still have high expectations that she will come back,” Garcia said.
 
Salamera will be put to the test in the South Beach, which attracted multiple-stakes winners R Free Roll and Vuitton, as well as Lil Red Cozette, who has a 3-for-3 record at Gulfstream.   
 
Jim Mazur Handicapping Seminar April 19
 
Jim Mazur of Progressive Handicapping, Inc., and the author of several meet-specific handicapping books, including the Gulfstream Handicapper, will hold a seminar at Gulfstream Saturday, April 19, focusing on Gulfstream's nearly $5 million Rainbow 6 and a guaranteed Pick 4 at Woodbine.
 
The seminar will be held at 11 a.m. in Ten Palms Restaurant. Admission is free and all attendees will receive $400 worth of free handicapping material from Progressive Handicapping Inc. 
 
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