Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

07/31/2014

Garoffalo Leaning Toward King's Bishop for Wildcat Red
Daring Kathy Possible for Woodbine Graded Stakes
Veteran Nunez Reacquaints Himself to Gulfstream
Gleaves Hoping for Better Trip to Saratoga with Csaba
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - After finishing a game third at 1 1/8 mile in the $1 million William Hill Haskell (G1) last weekend, Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Wildcat Red could be cutting back in distance in a few weeks when he travels to Saratoga. 
 
Trainer Jose Garoffalo says the $500,000 (G1) Ketel One King's Bishop (G1) on August. 23 could be the next stop for Wildcat Red, who has earned more than $850,000 in his 10 starts.
 
"We have two options on August 23," Garoffalo said. "We can run in the (1 1/8 mile) Travers (G1) that day or we can cut back and go in the King's Bishop (G1). Right now I'm leaning toward the King's Bishop. Right now it doesn't seem to be coming up as tough. I haven't decided 100 percent yet, but I'm probably looking at the King's Bishop. We've cut back before, like when we ran in the (seven furlong) Hutcheson (G3)."
 
Garoffalo said he was pleased with Wildcat Red's performance in the Haskell, a race in which Bayern led gate-to-wire and Wildcat Red stumbled at the start and then chased Bayern from second.
 
"I was happy with the race. I thought (jockey Luis) Saez could have been a little more aggressive. I think he hesitated a little bit," he said. "I think if he ran side-to-side (with Bayern) it might have been a different race, but he made the decision and I'm OK with that. The most important thing is he came back from the race very good. We're going to leave him at Monmouth a little longer - he loves Monmouth, the track and the weather - and then we'll send him to Saratoga."
 
Daring Kathy Possible for Woodbine Graded Stakes
 
Trainer David Fawkes reports John Eaton's and Steve Laymon's Starfish Bay and Honey Ryder Stakes winner Daring Kathy, third in the Lake George (G2) at Saratoga July 23, could be headed to Woodbine for the August 23 $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) at Woodbine.
 
Daring Kathy, who won four of her first five starts, set the pace in the 1 1/16th mile Lake George on the inner turf before being passed in the final yards by Daring Dancer and A Little Bit Sassy. It was an impressive effort after jockey John Velazquez had to adjust his right iron after the start.
 
"She came out of the race great," Fawkes said. "She banged against the side of the gate leaving and I think after that she was keen the whole way. She never really got a breather. But she's fine and we're looking at the race in Canada on the 23rd."
 
Veteran Nunez Reacquaints Himself to Gulfstream
 
When Calder Race Course ended live Thoroughbred racing June 29, jockey Eduardo Nunez couldn't help but feel a little nostalgic. After all, Nunez compiled more wins at Calder than any other jockey in the track's 43-year history.
 
"It was like home," said Nunez, who arrived in the U.S. from Panama in 1986 and rode approximately 2,000 winners at Calder and Tropical. "So, yes, it's a little sad but I'm glad to be at Gulfstream and I've always liked it here and won races here."
 
Nunez won the 2009 Skip Trial (G3) with Finallymadeit, the 2001 Holy Bull (G3) with Radical Riley and the 1989 Appleton (G3) with Fabulous Indian. 
 
Nunez, who's won four races during the current summer meet, is hoping to add to his totals in the coming weeks, especially during the upcoming $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes, which begin Aug. 9 with the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen. Nunez, who rides for trainer Kathleen O'Connell, has a promising juvenile in Jaiden's Best, a winner at Gulfstream July 20.
 
Gleaves Hoping for Better Trip to Saratoga with Csaba
 
Phil Gleaves is hoping his time in Saratoga this summer with Bruce Hollander's and Cary Shapoff's Csaba will be better than last year.
 
Csaba, who recorded his 13th stakes win July 19 in Gulfstream's Skip Trial, is headed to Saratoga for the August 17 $100,000 Alydar at 1 1/8 mile on the dirt. Last year, Gleaves shipped Csaba to Saratoga for the $100,000 Birdstone. When the race didn't fill, Gleaves went to Plan B and ran Csaba in the Whitney (G1). But a seventh-place finish in the Whitney was followed by a fifth-place finish in the Alydar.
 
"We're hoping things go smoother," Gleaves said. "We went up to run in that overnight and, when it didn't fill, you get this brain wave that maybe you can get a piece of the Whitney. But he didn't run well in the Whitney and then he was too close to a hot pace in the Alydar. When he does that, it's not his best running style."
 
Csaba will be joined on his trip to Saratoga by Decisive Decision, a 2-year-old New York bred who is scheduled to make his debut Sunday at Gulfstream. Like Csaba, Decisive Decision is by Kitten's Joy.