Atreides to Make Anticipated Return in Sunday’s Gulfstream Feature
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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Atreides, a spectacular debut winner on July 12, has been entered for a much-anticipated return to action at Gulfstream Park in Sunday’s ninth race.
The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro ran six furlongs in 1:08.69, just .57 off the track record set by Eclipse champion Big Drama in 2011. Trained by Marty Wolfson, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred stalked the pace before making a three-wide sweep to the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing off to a 5 ¼-length victory under a hand ride.
“It was an impressive win,” said jockey Edgard Zayas, who has the return mount on Atreides, who has had two half-mile maintenance works since his debut. “Now, he has to go against winners. Sunday, he’ll have to prove himself. He can do it.”
Atreides will concede considerable race experience to most of his rivals in the 6 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance, which attracted a field of nine.
Assigned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for his debut performance, Atreides has been installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s return.
“He’s a strong horse, but he’s not a crazy speed horse. He has so much class,” Zayas said.
Atreides is out of the multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning Dream Rush, who captured the 2007 Test and Prioress Stakes.
Who's Hot: Jockey Edgard Zayas added two winners to his meet leading total, scoring aboard Black Label ($11.80) in the second and Bright Guy ($2.40) in the fourth. Ramsey Zimmerman doubled up with Hangover Saturday ($10.80) in the fifth and My Point Exactly ($10.20) in the eighth. Jose Valdivia Jr. also won two race, scoring with Son of Sparta ($9.80) in the sixth and Political Justice ($5.60) in the ninth.
Trainer Gustavo Delgado visited the winner’s circle with Running Alone ($5.20) in the first and Bright Guy in the fourth.
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