Stonestreet Stables' Atreides Remains Unbeaten
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Expectations were high when Stonestreet Stables’ Atreides entered the starting gate for Sunday’s ninth race at Gulfstream, a 6 ½ -furlong allowance on the main track. The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro and the multiple Grade 1-winning mare Dream Rush was made a heavy favorite at post time, a result of the hype generated by a dominant 5 ¼-length victory on July 12 in the colt’s career debut.
Unaware of the pressure surrounding him, Atreides coasted to yet another impressive victory in his second start, meeting and possibly exceeding the expectations placed on him. He was sent out to an early lead by jockey Edgard Zayas and, after running three-quarters of a mile in a blazing 1:08.87, Atreides turned back a challenge from Chepstow and strode home three lengths the best. The final time was 1:15.45.
“He looked visually impressive [in his first race], and he looked visually impressive today,” winning trainer Marty Wolfson said. “He’s just very fast. You don’t think he’s going as fast as he is when you’re watching the race. He [ran that fast] last time. He went 1:08 2/5.”
Atreides is a half-brother to Dreaming of Julia, a multiple Grade 1 winner who won the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in 2013 by a scintillating 21 ¾ lengths. Wolfson said he sees similarities between the two siblings.
“He’s quiet,” he said. “He’s laid back. You’d never know he’s that fast. His sister was like that, too.”
Wolfson acquired Atreides earlier in the spring from Stonestreet Stables, who also owned Dreaming of Julia, in addition to other champion fillies My Miss Aurelia and Rachel Alexandra. Earlier on Sunday, the farm also won the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga with their 2-year-old filly Cavorting.
“[Atreides] had a great foundation on him,” Wolfson said. “He was originally at Palm Meadows (Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County) with Todd (Pletcher) and then I think he went home (to Stonestreet) for a little while. Then [Stonestreet] asked me if I would take him – which, he’s Dreaming of Julia’s brother – and I didn’t want to miss out. I was lucky to get him, and they were nice enough to send him to me.”
Wolfson is not sure where Atreides will run next, but he indicated the $75,000 Monarchos Stakes for 3-year-olds on August 30th could be a possibility.
“There’s a mile stake here (at Gulfstream) in about a month,” he said. “I think that could be a good distance for him.”
Atreides paid $2.20 to win, while Chepstow returned $4.20 to place. Megalith finished 3 ¼ lengths behind in third and paid $3.40 to show.
Multiple GSW Tackleberry Among Entries for Friday Card at Gulfstream
After a two-year hiatus from racing, multiple graded stakes winner Tackleberry will return to the races Friday at Gulfstream. The 7-year-old gelding, who won the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes (G2), and the Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes at Gulfstream in 2011, drew into in Friday’s third race, a six-furlong allowance optional claiming event on the main track. Owner-trainer Luis Olivares had been waiting for the perfect spot in which to put his veteran runner post-layoff, and he got his wish.
Tackleberry, a son of Montbrook and the Concerto mare Box of Joy, has won eight times in sixteen lifetime starts and has amassed over $900,000 in earnings. In addition to his three graded stakes wins at Gulfstream in 2011, Tackleberry also notably finished second to reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man in the 2012 running of the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2). He hasn’t run since placing fourth in the 2012 Charles Town Classic Stakes (G2) at Charles Town in West Virginia.
Abdiel Jaen Takes Off Sunday Mounts
Following Sunday’s first race, jockey Abdiel Jaen took off his mounts for the remainder of the day’s card. Jaen told racing officials that he didn’t feel well after he rode the 4-year-old gelding Wild Winter to a third-place finish in a 6-furlong maiden claiming event to start his day.
Jaen is currently among the top ten riders at Gulfstream, having won 11 races and earned almost $300,000 so far this race meet. He also won the $75,000 Cherokee Run Stakes last month aboard Jacks or Better Farm’s C. Zee.
Carlos Lozada Doing Fine After Fall Sunday
Jockey Carlos Lozada was conscious and moving after taking a fall from his mount in Sunday’s third race, a six-furlong claiming event for fillies and mares on the main track. Lozada lost his balance when the six-year-old mare Steves Lady stumbled shortly after the start.
Lozada was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays, but early reports indicate he was not seriously injured, and he is said to be in good spirits. Steves Lady was uninjured. She kept her balance and finished the race without her rider.
Who’s Hot: Leading rider Edgard Zayas continued his strong riding with two wins on Sunday’s card. In addition to riding Atreides to victory in the ninth, he also piloted Nena’s Forever ($5.40) to a win in the sixth race. Fernando Jara also rode two winners on Sunday, Oh So Debonaire ($15.40) in the first and Bluegrass Jam ($11.40) in the tenth. The wins were Jara’s first since returning to Gulfstream from Saudi Arabia, where had had been riding for the previous six months.
Rainbow Six Carryover: $50,000