Grande Shores Gets Best of Mr. Baker; $1.4 Million Sire Stakes Begin Saturday
Rainbow 6 Carryover $50,000 When Racing Resumes Thursday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jacks or Better Farm's Grande Shores, who finished second to Mr. Baker July 5 in the $75,000 Housebuster, got the best of his opponent Sunday in a starter optional claimer when he pulled away at the sixteenth pole to win by a length. The stakes-winner Close It Out got up for the place, a neck in front of Mr. Baker.
Grande Shores, trained by Stanley Gold and ridden by Abdiel Jaen, covered six furlongs over a sealed fast track in 1:10.29. A 6-year-old son of Black Mambo, Grande Shores has won 10 of 35 starts and has finished second 10 times, including runner-up finishes in the Housebuster, Montbrook and Dr. Fager.
Mr. Baker, ridden by Edgard Zayas, never had a chance to get an uncontested lead after Grande Shores broke alertly and raced with the $0.40-1 favorite through opening fractions of :22.53 and :45.30.
"My horse breaks well, but he has a tendency to take himself back a little," Gold said. "By the time he gets settled, like he did in the Housebuster, Mr. Baker is gone. Abdiel did a good job today. He rode him perfectly."
$1.4 Million Florida Sire Stakes Begin Saturday
Gulfstream Park will play host for the first time this year to the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes and the six-race series for 2-year-old colts and fillies begins Saturday, Aug. 9 with the running of the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen.
Juvenile colts and geldings expected in the Dr. Fager include Birdonthewire winner Sing Praises, Of Course and Fierce Tide. Fillies expected to go in the Desert Vixen include Holywell, Standard Deal, Katie's Kiss and Hazel Eyed Girl, who broke her maiden at Monmouth Park.
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Who's Hot: Along with Grande Shores, Stanley Gold and jockey Abdiel Jaen won the eighth race with the 2-year-old Twotwentyfive A ($10.60). Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman, who rode two winners Saturday, and two more Sunday with Noble Prince ($12) in the second and Victory Nor Defeat ($5) in the 10th.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $50,000