Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

08/29/2014

Gold, Jacks or Better Pick 6 for Florida Sires Stakes
Wildcat Red Slated to Run Next in Oklahoma Derby
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jacks or Better Farm dominated the first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Aug. 9, when trainer Stanley Gold saddled the 1-2 finishers in both the $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes and the $100,000 Desert Vixen Stakes.
 
With the victorious Sing Praises and Leap Year Luck and runners-up Of Course and Standard Deal all being pointed to the second leg of the series for 2-year-old offspring of stallions standing in Florida, Jacks or Better already figured to be well-represented in both the $250,000 Affirmed Stakes and the $250,000 Susan’s Girl at Gulfstream on Saturday, Sept. 6. But Gold is also planning to introduce two new and promising Jacks or Better homebreds, Twotwentyfive A and Awesome Ice, to the Florida Sire Stakes Saturday.
 
“Knowing the horses and the company they’ve been keeping all along, which are the ones that finished first and second (in the first leg), they’ll do all right,” Gold said. “They belong.”
 
Twotwentyfive A broke his maiden at first asking on Aug. 3, closing from fourth to win a 5 ½-furlong maiden race going away by 3 ¾ lengths. The son of Awesome of Course is slated to join Sing Praises and Of Course in the starting gate in the colts and geldings division in the seven-furlong Affirmed. 
 
“He belongs more in the seven (-furlong race) than the 5 ½ (-furlong race),” Gold said. “He belongs in there.”
 
Awesome Ice also is coming off a maiden win, in which she stalked the early pace before drawing clear by 1 ¾ lengths in her third lifetime start on Aug. 3. The daughter of Awesome of Course is set to join Leap Year Luck and Standard Deal in the fillies division in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl.
 
“She’s a hard-tryer and I think the distance will help her,” said Gold, who has saddled the winners of 14 Florida Sire Stakes races to tie Frank Gomez at the top of the all-time standings for the series. 
 
Gold is happy with the preparation of all six juveniles slated to run at Gulfstream Saturday.
 
“All six have breezed really well,” he said. “They’re all coming up to their races really well.”
 
Gold has saddled Jacks or Better’s Jackson Bend (2009), Awesome Feather (2010) and Fort Loudon (2011) for Sire Stakes sweeps. The third leg of the 2014 series will be held at Gulfstream on Oct. 4 with the runnings of the $350,000 In Reality and the $350,000 My Dear Girl.
 
Wildcat Red Slated to Run Next in Oklahoma Derby
 
Back in his stall at Gulfstream Park after finishing a troubled fifth in the King’s Bishop (G1) at Saratoga last weekend, Wildcat Red will be pointed toward the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on Sept. 28.
 
“The next step will be the Oklahoma Derby. We had two options: the Oklahoma Derby or the Pennsylvania Derby, but that’s going to be a tough race,” trainer Jose Garoffalo said. “He came back really good. He’s happy. We’re looking forward to his next race.”
 
Wildcat Red hit the gate at the start of the King’s Bishop to break last before racing forwardly behind pacesetter Fast Anna. The 3-year-old son of D’wildcat raced wide around the far turn before fading to fifth, beaten by about three lengths by victorious The Big Beast.
 
“He lost all chance at the start. The horse wasn’t in good position in the gate. He was sideways with his head turned when they broke,” Garoffalo said. “He still ran a good race. He only got beat by three lengths, and he broke dead last. If he had a good break, he would have been right there.”
 
Wildcat Red enjoyed much success early in the season, capturing the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and Hutcheson (G3) and finishing second in a photo with Constitution in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1). The Honors Stable Corp.’s colt went on to finish a troubled 18th in the Kentucky Derby before rebounding with a 10 ¼-length triumph in the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream on June 28. Wildcat Red stumbled at the start before finishing third in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 27 before experiencing trouble again at the start of the King’s Bishop.