Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

05/29/2014

Wildcat Red Ready to Get Back to Work
Wolfson-Trained Fillies Pose Triple Threat in Anka Germania Stakes
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and Hutcheson Stakes (G3) winner Wildcat Red has emerged from his very troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 3 in good shape, reported trainer Jose Garoffalo.
 
“He’s doing good. He’ll breeze probably Saturday – an easy half-mile, a routine breeze,” Garoffalo said. “He’s been galloping good. There are no issues with the horse after the race.”
 
Wildcat Red was given a couple weeks off from training after his 18th-place finish in the Derby, in which he suffered a cut in his right front leg.
 
“It was above the right ankle – about an inch long. It wasn’t too deep, but enough to take care of it. He had other scratches and bruises everywhere,” said Garoffalo, whose colt’s comment line for the Derby read, “bobble, bump, steady, shuffled.”
 
The Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27 is a likely target for the Florida-bred son of D’wildcat, who had finished second in the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) prior to his Derby start.
 
“If the horse goes good, maybe we’ll find a race for him in the middle of June or the third week in June as a prep for the Haskell,” his trainer said.
 
Garoffalo said he would be rooting for Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome in his quest to complete the sweep of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 7. 
 
“There’s going to be a new Triple Crown winner. He’s the best horse in the field. I don’t think he’ll have any problem with the distance and he’s beaten all the other horses,” Garoffalo said. “The trainer is doing a wonderful job with the horse, keeping him galloping without breezes. He doesn’t pay too much attention to the clock. He’s taking good care of the horse. I think the horse is going to be the new Triple Crown winner.”
 
Wolfson-Trained Fillies Pose Triple Threat in Anka Germania Stakes
 
When a stakes for fillies and mares is scheduled at Gulfstream Park, there’s a good chance Marty Wolfson will saddle one of the starters.
 
Lately, there’s a better chance that the veteran South Florida trainer will saddle two or three.
 
Wolfson is aiming to continue his considerable success with fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park Saturday, when he is scheduled to saddle three of the nine entrants in the $75,000 Anka Germania Stakes. Miller Racing’s E B Ryder and Lilbourne Eliza, along with Gabriel Dulgnan and Ben McElroy’s Magical Steps, are all expected to start in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes.
 
The 62-year-old trainer is coming off another strong Champions Meet, during which he saddled the winners of six stakes for fillies and mares, including Devil’s Cave (Grade 3 Sabin and Ocala), Heart Stealer (Grade 2 Inside Information and Grade 3 Sugar Swirl), Gamay Noir (Grade 3 Rampart) and Centrique (Claiming Crown Glass Slipper).
 
His triple threat in the Anka Germania includes a proven local performer, E B Ryder, and two new additions to his Gulfstream-based stable, Lilbourne Eliza and Magical Steps.
 
E B Ryder, who finished second behind multiple-stakes winner Parranda in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at Gulfstream on Jan. 28, is coming off a big effort in the Distaff Turf at Tampa Bay Downs on April 5, when she closed from last with a very wide rally to finish third. After being bumped in deep stretch, the 4-year-old daughter of Bluegrass Cat was placed second via the disqualification of the winner.
 
“She should have won that last stake at Tampa. They took down the winner, but they should have taken both horses down,” maintained Wolfson, whose filly finished a half-length behind the disqualified first-place finisher, Lori’s Store, and a head behind placed-first second-place finisher Cuppy Cake.
 
Lilbourne Eliza, an Irish import who won her first race in 11 U.S. starts last time out at Santa Anita on May 2, produced a ‘bullet’ half-mile breeze (47 seconds) on Monday for her East Coast debut.
 
“She’s been working great. I don’t know what she is quality-wise, but she’s very fast,” said Wolfson, who has saddled nearly 1600 winners during his career. “She likes the turf out in California. I don’t know how she’ll do here.”
 
Magical Steps, who breezed a half-mile in 47 3/5 seconds Monday for her local debut, raced three times in Kentucky after starting her career in Europe. After being nosed out of her U.S. debut at Keeneland last fall, she has finished off the board in two starts this year.
 
“I like her. I like her form over in Europe. She had one good race over here, and then…,” Wolfson said. “She’s training great here. I don’t think she liked the synthetic track. She was training on it, and I don’t think she liked that.”
 
Jilver Chamafi was named to ride E B Ryder, while Abdiel Jaen and Ramsey Zimmerman are set to ride Lilbourne Eliza and Magical Steps, respectively.