Gulfstream Today 1.20.2013

Gulfstream Today 1.20.2013

01/20/2013

The Lead: Highlighting next weekend’s racing action at Gulfstream Park will be the highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut of undefeated Eclipse champion Shanghai Bobby in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) on Saturday in his first start since a game head victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

The stakes line-up for the weekend also includes the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on Saturday with Stonestreet Stable’s Kauai Katie expected to be the solid favorite. The $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf will be contested Sunday.

Shanghai Bobby is a son of Harlan’s Holiday trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by a partnership of Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith with regular rider Rosie Napravnik flying in From New Orleans for the mount.

Shanghai Bobby reeled off four victories before his hard-fought score over He’s Had Enough in the Breeders’ Cup, beginning with his debut at Aqueduct on Apr. 19 and followed by the Track Barron at Belmont Park, Hopeful Stakes (G2) at Saratoga and Champagne Stakes (G1) back at Belmont.

A strong group of fellow Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown hopefuls is expected to challenge Shanghai Bobby, including Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Frac Daddy, Sienna Farms’ Dewey Square, George and Lori Hall’s Bern Identity, Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday, Rosa Stephany Taveras’ Sr. Quisqueyano, Up Hill Stable’s Clearly Now and Curtis Green’s Tulira Castle with a few others listed as ‘possible’ for the race.

Pletcher also sends out Kauai Katie in the Forward Gal as she bids for a second Graded stakes victory of the meet. A daughter of Malibu Moon, Kauai Katie drew off to an eight-length victory in the six-furlong Old Hat Stakes (G3) on New Year’s Day. She won her first three career starts in New York and finished fourth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita trying a distance for the first time.

Highlighting the Sunday card will be the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf expected to mark the stakes debut of Joyce Young’s Caroline Thomas, a very impressive allowance winner over the Gulfstream course on Dec. 16 for trainer Barclay Tagg. The daughter of Giant’s Causeway is out of Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsey.

Who's Hot: Jockeys Edgar Prado and John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher are heating up.

Velazquez won the first with Nevada ($2.80), the fourth aboard With Sugar On Top ($14) the fifth with Spring Hill Farm ($4.80) and the 10th with Charming Kitten ($3.40).

Prado won the second Act of Divinity ($10.80), the sixth with Forever Conga ($11.20) and the eighth with Star Torina ($5.80).

Pletcher's trips to the winner's circle were with Charming Kitten, Nevada and Spring Hill Farm.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $467,241.58