Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

06/29/2014

Wildcat Red Exits Romp in $90,000 Quality Road in Good Order
Bahamian Squall Breezes for Saturday’s Housebuster Stakes
Special Live Racing Program Scheduled for Tuesday
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jose Garoffalo reported Sunday morning that Wildcat Red exited his 10 ¼-length romp in Saturday’s $90,000 Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream Park in good order. 
 
“He came out of it excellent. He ate up everything,” Garoffalo said. “He’s happy this morning. Everybody’s happy.”
 
There certainly was reason for good cheer in the Wildcat Red camp after the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt rebounded from a troubled 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on May 3 in such an impressive fashion in the stakes for 3-year-olds.
 
Jockey Luis Saez sent Wildcat Red to the lead at the start, but the son of D’wildcat soon met a three-pronged challenge to his outside from longshots Purchango, Nothyouraveragejoe and Best Plan Yet entering the backstretch.  After a 22.85-second first quarter and a half-mile in 45.91 seconds, the 3-10 favorite gave them the slip and rolled to victory under a hand ride, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.70.
 
“I’m very happy because the horse gets his confidence back,” Garoffalo said. “He came back good out of the Derby, which was my main concern. The way he’s been training and the way he ran (Saturday), the Derby wasn’t a problem for him. Now, we can look forward to the rest of the year.”
 
Garoffalo is targeting the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27 as Wildcat Red’s next start.
 
“The rider told me (Saturday) that the horse felt better than ever,” he said. “He’s got more power; he’s bigger; he’s stronger; he’s more muscular.”
 
Saturday’s victory was Wildcat Red’s third stakes triumph at Gulfstream, where he has been no worse than second in eight appearances. The Honors Stable Corp.’s colt captured the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and the Hutcheson (G3) during Gulfstream’s Champions Meet. He prepped for the Kentucky Derby, in which he was knocked out of the race early by a bumping incident and heavy traffic, with a close second-place finish behind Constitution in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29.
 
Bahamian Squall Breezes for Saturday’s Housebuster Stakes
 
Multiple-stakes winner Bahamian Squall breezed an easy half-mile at Gulfstream Sunday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the Housebuster, one of five $75,000 sprint stakes to be run on Saturday’s program.
 
The 5-year-old son of Gone West worked five furlongs in 48.32 seconds for his first scheduled start of 2014 in the 6 ½-furlong sprint.
 
“He’s come back stronger, better, this trip back than I’ve ever seen him,” trainer David Fawkes said.
 
Bahamian Squall fared well against the best sprinters in the country last year, defeating Eclipse Award-winning Trinniberg in the Smile (G2) and finishing second in the Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga.
 
Fawkes has visited the winner’s circle after stakes twice during the summer meeting with Daring Kathy. The 3-year-old filly has emerged as an exciting turf prospect, following up an entry level allowance victory on the Florida Derby undercard with stakes victories in the Honey Ryder on May 10 and the Starfish Bay on June 15.
 
Daring Kathy has been nominated to the $200,000 Indiana Grand, a mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies on July 23, as well as the $200,000 Lake George (G2) at 1 1/16 miles the same day at Saratoga.
 
Fawkes reported that the daughter of Wildcat Heir has continued to blossom following her 5 ½-length romp in the Starfish Bay.
 
“Unbelievable. I’m happier with the way she came out of this race than she did her last race. She bounced back quicker,” Fawkes said. “She’s developing perfect. You couldn’t ask for a horse to make better steps forward, mentally or physically.”
 
Special Live Program Scheduled for Tuesday
 
A special program of live racing at Gulfstream is scheduled for Tuesday. Post time for the eight-race July 1st card is set for 1:25 p.m. Live cards, as usual, will also be conducted next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.