Gulfstream Today 12/21/2013

Gulfstream Today 12/21/2013


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shudaboughther ($25.60) led a parade of longshots in Saturday’s seventh race, keying a Gulfstream-record 10-cent Superfecta payoff of $119,059.41.            

Shudaboughther, an 11-1 longshot ridden by Edgar Prado, scored by 2 ¾ lengths in the five-furlong turf race for maiden 2-year-old fillies, followed by 121-7-1 Bonnie Breeze, 24-1 Shot Girl and 95-1 Starship Journey. The 6-10-5-4 winning combination was covered by a single ticket with a 10-cent base wager.           

The surprising outcome of the seventh race produced other lucrative payoffs, including $23,733 for a $1 trifecta and $2,780.40 for a $2 exacta.           

Giant Cats Eye Scores for Strong Plesa-Lopez Connection           

Eddie Plesa, who saddled Shudaboughther for her victory in the seventh race, came right back to visit the winner’s circle with Giant Cats Eye after the eighth race. Giant Cats Eye ($7.20) received a rail-skimming ride under jockey Paco Lopez on her way to a narrow victory in the $51,750 optional claiming allowance. The 3-year-old filly edged late-charging Arriba Anna by a neck.           

“I’ve always liked this filly from the day she came in. She’s run well for us. This was a tough race. She got off a little badly. She kind of jumped at the start, but she showed a lot of guts and determination to get job done,” said Plesa, who has saddled Giant Cats Eye for a pair of victories and a second-place finish in three starts since taking over her training last summer.           

After a slow start, the Live Oak Plantation filly got good position behind pacesetting Love to Score along the backstretch and around the turn. When the pacesetter drifted off the rail in the stretch, the daughter of Giant’s Causeway slipped through hole and grabbed the lead and held well to hold off Arriba Anna and jockey Javier Castellano. Love to Score held third, three lengths back, under Ameth Gonzalez.           

Giant Cats Eye’s victory, completed in 1:36.01 for a mile over the main track, was yet another successful collaboration between Plesa and Lopez at the current Gulfstream meeting.           

“I think Paco is an under-rated rider. With each and every meet, people start to take notice. I think in a short period of time Pace will be in the top echelon of A-class riders,” Plesa said.”He’s a smart rider and he knows what he’s doing, and he’s a natural.”           

Who’s Hot: Lopez doubled on Saturday’s card, scoring aboard Joh’s Gone Wild ($26.40) in the fourth, as well as winning aboard Giant Cat’s Eye.           

Jose Lezcano ruled the turf course, scoring aboard Mr. Speaker ($23.40) in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (G3) in the ninth and Middleburg ($7.80) in the 10th.Luis Saez rode a pair of winners: Take Time to Pray ($3.20) in the third and Fredericksburg ($37.80) in the fifth.           

Trainer Kirk Ziadie saddled two winner for owner Frank Calabrese: Black Karma ($2.60) in the first and Take Time to Pray ($3.20) in the third.Rainbow 6 Carryover: $99,985.82Super Hi-5 Carryover: $3,286.85