Gulfstream Today

Gulfstream Today

08/16/2014

Back to Seattle Lives Up to Expectations in Maiden Score
Moment of Delight an Impressive Debut Winner for Kaplan
Argosy Game in Allowance Win
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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mari H. George’s Back to Seattle opened a lot of eyes with his impressive 7 ½-length victory in Saturday’s sixth race, a maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and upward. But the strength of his effort didn’t surprise trainer Bill White in the least.
 
“There were high expectations for him today, and I’m more relieved than happy,” White said post-race.
 
Back to Seattle may have been overshadowed in his previous race, in which he ran second to the highly-touted Atreides, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia from the Marty Wolfson barn. Atreides earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for his debut win that day, but Back to Seattle, 5 ¼ lengths behind, earned a 92 Beyer of his own.
 
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horse run that well and remain a maiden,” White said. “That race showed us that he was a nice horse. For a horse to run that well second time out, I knew he was a nice horse. It just became, ‘Can he do it a second time?’”
 
White admitted to some pre-race nerves Saturday, and those nerves may have been heightened when Back to Seattle found himself dueling on the lead again with another Wolfson horse, Montana Cowboy, who himself finished second in his most recent outing to another well respected 3-year-old, Fast Anna, an expected entrant in the upcoming King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Back to Seattle and Montana Cowboy, the top two choices in the wagering at even-money, ran as a tandem for more than a half-mile, but at the top of the stretch, Back to Seattle shook loose from his rival and ran unchallenged to the finish.
 
“Coincidentally, Marty Wolfson, who had the other horse (Atreides), was in this race, and again, he was my main competitor, so I’m glad we evened the score today,” White said.
 
Back to Seattle was ridden to victory by Edgard Zayas, who currently leads the Gulfstream Park jockey standings. The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:16.92.
 
“One thing about getting a leading rider, you not only have him, but you’re preventing the leading rider from riding against you, so sometimes there’s a double benefit to that,” White said.
 
Back to Seattle has improved with each start since running fourth in his career debut on July 12. Now, White believes he is ready for stakes competition.
 
“Now that he has broken his maiden, we will check out some of the stakes coming up,” White said. “I have to review that and see what’s coming up. But we think he’s of that caliber. He deserves that kind of chance.”
 
Back to Seattle, a son of Pull It Back and the Seattle Sleet mare Seemein, paid $4.20 to win. Jacks or Better Farm’s Pure Talent ($21.40) got up for the place, and Montana Cowboy ($2.40) was a neck back in third.
 
Moment of Delight an Impressive Debut Winner for Kaplan
 
Later in the card, the connections of Pinnacle Racing Stable, LCC and Norman Stables, LLC clamored into the Winner’s Circle to celebrate the win of their first-time starter, Moment of Delight, in the eighth race, a maiden special weight for state-bred two-year-olds. Judging by the size of the group, which struggled to fit into the winner’s photo, the owners were confident in their filly’s chances.
 
Moment of Delight, a Florida Sire Stakes-eligible daughter of A.P. Warrior and Sweetness, by Stormy Atlantic, made a bold three-wide bid to sweep by pacesetter Golden Emily in the stretch and professionally break her maiden by 4 ½ lengths in her career debut. She covered the five furlongs in 58.83 seconds and paid $6.60 to win for trainer Bill Kaplan and jockey Juan Leyva.
 
“She’s the ‘Real McCoy,’” Kaplan said. “You have a lot of horses that have speed, and you have a lot of horses that have good conformation, but she’s got it all. She’s got speed, conformation, and, most importantly, a great mind. We’re very up on this horse.”
 
Argosy Game in Allowance Win
 
GoldMark Farm LLC’s Argosy needed every inch of the mile distance of Saturday’s 10th and featured race, an allowance optional claiming event on the main track, to get a win. With Ramsey Zimmerman in the irons, Argosy, a 4-year-old colt from the Ralph Nicks barn, came charging on the far outside to pass Charlie in Charge in the final strides and prevail by a half-length. The son of With Distinction paid $4.80 to win.
 
Who’s Hot: Jockey Edgard Zayas added to his lead in the Gulfstream Park rider standings after he rode two winners on Saturday’s card. In addition to piloting Back to Seattle ($4.20) to victory in the sixth race, he also won the day’s final race aboard Van Citra ($11.00). Jose Valdivia, Jr. also rode two winners on Saturday’s card, taking winner’s photos with Nutty Futty ($4.00) in the second and Bombino ($12.00) in the ninth.
 
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