Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

08/15/2014

East Hall Works for Probable Next Start in Super Derby
Ohio Derby Victor Breezes Five Furlongs in Easy 1:02.81
Dream Come True Back in Action in Sunday Turf Feature
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – East Hall worked for the first time since winning the Ohio Derby, breezing five furlongs in 102.81 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park.
 
Regular rider Juan Leyva was aboard for the breeze, which trainer Bill Kaplan called a “maintenance” work.
 
“He’s probably going to Louisiana Downs for the Super Derby,” Kaplan said. “There are also a couple other races where he could go.” 
 
In addition to the $400,000 Super Derby (G2) on Sept. 6, East Hall has been nominated to the $300,000 Smarty Jones (G3) at Parx on Sept. 1.
 
Kaplan also mentioned the $75,000 Monarchos at Gulfstream on Aug. 30 as another option. 
 
East Hall, who competed against the best 3-year-olds in the country during the winter at Gulfstream, broke through with a career-best performance in the $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown on July 19. The son of Graeme Hall broke from the far-outside post in a field of 11 and staged a five-wide rally in the stretch to prevail by a head in the 1 1/16-mile stakes.
 
“He’s improving. He’s a very ride-able racehorse. He does what the rider tells him, which makes him a very dangerous distance horse,” Kaplan said. “He’s got an explosive kick at the end.”
 
Kaplan also reported that promising juvenile filly Naval Command came out of her impressive allowance victory Thursday at Gulfstream in good order. The 3-year-old daughter of Midshipman scored by 9 ½ lengths despite breaking last in the 6 ½-furlong allowance, winning her second race in three starts that also included a second-place finish in the Cassidy Stakes.
 
Dream Come True Back in Action in Sunday Turf Feature
 
Dream Come True is slated to make her first start in two months in Sunday’s featured 10th race, a $44,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf. A two-month gap in past-performance lines can raise questions in handicappers' minds, but trainer Bill White has a simple answer to the question: Where has Dream Come True been?
 
“These 3-year-olds, once they go through a couple conditions, the only thing for them is a stake race. I think it’s a little early to run 3-year-olds against older stakes horses. If you have that philosophy, there’s going to be some gaps between starts,” said White, who has been waiting restricted to 3-year-old fillies that would suit the daughter of Congrats.
 
White may well have found such a race in Sunday’s 10th race, in which Dream Come True is favored in the morning line at 3-1. The Florida-bred filly has shown talent on both dirt and turf, so she is likely to get back into action, rain or shine.
 
“We think turf is her stronger suit, but the nice thing about her is that she can run on dirt. I’ve always enjoyed having a horse that can go either way – that’s a kind of handy horse to have,” White said. “In South Florida with all the rain we have, knowing that you can enter a horse in a race and that horse can run either way and will have a good chance either way, you sleep much better at night.”
 
Dream Come True, whose two lifetime victories have come on dirt, is coming off a third-place finish on turf in the Starfish Bay Stakes on June 15 behind multiple stakes-winning Daring Kathy, who went on to finish third in the Lake George (G2) at Saratoga.
 
“I thought it was a real strong effort. I didn’t know at the time the quality of the horse that beat her. We thought going into the race she was a win candidate, so after the race, when she didn’t win, we were a little disappointed,” White said. “Later, when we found out what she was running against, we felt a little better.
 
“I think this filly is a late-maturing individual and I feel that as time goes on she’s going to get better and better. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of her yet.”