Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

08/10/2014

Multiple-Graded Stakes Winner Tackleberry Ready to Return
Grade I Cotillion Might Be Next For Little Alexis
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Multiple stakes winner Tackleberry, who won the 2011 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) and Sunshine Millions Classic and 2010 Fred Hooper (G3), is on the comeback trail.
 
The Luis Olivares owned and trained 7-year-old, who last raced in April of 2012 when finishing fourth in the Charles Town Classic (G2), breezed an impressive four furlongs from the gate Saturday morning in :47.17, gal1oping out six furlongs in 1:12, and could make his first start back within the next week.
 
"We're just waiting on a race," Olivares said. "I've entered him a few times but the races haven't gone. I want to start him off at three quarters. The key is he's doing very well. (Saturday) was the first day he worked with a horse beside him. He's ready to go."
 
Tackleberry, who's won eight of his 16 starts and more than $900,000, was given plenty of time by Olivares after the Charles Town Classic. "He pulled a muscle first and we gave him time," Olivares said. "Then he had a little heat in his tendon and we gave him more time. We just wanted to give him all the time he needed, and he's healed up. And now...I'm just dying to see him run."            
 
Grade I Cotillion Might Be Next For Little Alexis
 
Little Alexis, beaten only a length in the $500,000 Test (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 2 in just her third career start, could be headed to Parx and the $1 million Cotillion (G1).
 
Trainer Carlo Vaccarezza said earlier this week that the Mr. Greeley filly, who finished third behind Sweet Reason in the Test by a length and was beaten a nose for the place by Miss Behavior, came out of the Test in good shape and could head to Parx for the Sept. 20 Cotillion.  
 
"Unfortunately, we didn't get the best of trips (in the Test), but she came out of the race good," Vacarezza said. "She's back here (at Gulfstream) in South Florida and she's doing well. I know (the Cotillion) could come up tough with Untapable and Sweet Reason, but the distance should really suit my filly."
 
Little Alexis broke her maiden at first asking Feb. 9 at Gulfstream before being forced to the sidelines with a stone bruise. She returned to win the July 5 Cash Run Stakes before her game performance in the Test.