Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

06/14/2014

Wildcat Red Breezes for Return to Action in Quality Road Stakes
Marnesia Wild Heir Set for Rematch in Sunday’s Starfish Bay Stakes
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Wildcat Red breezed three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday in preparation for a scheduled return to the races in the $75,000 Quality Road Stakes on June 28.
 
The son of D’wildcat, who finished a troubled 18th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his most recent start, was timed in 36 4/5 seconds, the fourth fastest clocking of 24 recorded at the distance, over a track labeled “good.”
 
Trainer Jose Garoffalo had planned a five-furlong workout for the Honors Stable Corp.’s multiple graded-stakes winner but called an audible.
 
“I didn’t do a lot with him. I didn’t want to breeze him five-eighths because the ‘dogs’ were up,” Garoffalo said “He galloped and we let him stretch his legs the last three-eighths.”
 
Wildcat Red, who had been no worse than second over the Gulfstream Park racing surface prior to the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to breeze five furlongs next weekend in preparation for the Quality Road, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds.”
 
“It doesn’t take much to get him fit,” said Garoffalo, whose colt also captured the Hutcheson Stakes (G3) and finished second in a photo finish with Constitution in the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1). “He’ll breeze five-eighths next week and he’ll be ready for the 28th.”
 
Marnesia Wild Heir Set for Rematch in Sunday’s Starfish Bay Stakes
 
When Marnesia Wild Heir participates in the post parade for Sunday’s $75,000 Starfish Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park, her diminutive stature may well dissuade some handicappers and fans from taking her seriously in the 1-1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
 
“She’s very, very small, there’s not much to her. Every day we try to make her bigger with food. But that’s going to be her,” trainer Donna Green said. “It amazes me how much ability she has for her size. They just don’t match.”
 
Despite her size, Marnesia Wild Heir has already proven that she can run with the big girls.
 
Two starts back on May 10, the daughter of Wildcat Heir closed from 11th and last in the $90,000 Honey Ryder Stakes at Gulfstream to finish second behind odds-on-favorite Daring Kathy. The Florida-bred filly came right back to capture a starter optional claiming race on May 31, again closing from far back.
 
“I guess that’s the way she’s going to run,” Green said.
 
Green and owner Daniel Hurtak claimed Marnesia Wild Heir out of her career debut at Gulfstream for $25,000 last August. Four starts later, she broke her maiden over a sloppy track before showing continuous improvement on turf and rounding into her sharp recent form.
 
“She’s been impressive. She’s come a long way since we claimed her. She was extremely green and really shy. Now she’s the total opposite,” Green said. “She really enjoys what she does.”
 
Marnesia Wild Heir is slated to clash again with Daring Kathy, who is undefeated in two turf starts and is rated at 7-5 in the Starfish Bay morning line. Second in the morning line at 3-1, Marnesia Wild Heir is scheduled to be ridden by Carlos Olivero, who was aboard for her recent victory.