Kandhara Holds On for Victory in Sunday Feature
Zayas Notches Eight Straight Multi-Win Day with Four Winners
Rainbow 6 Carryover Pool Guaranteed at $100,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Kandhara grabbed an early lead and went on to narrowly capture Sunday’s featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park under a cagey ride by Eduardo Nunez..
The highly promising 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie was allowed to set very comfortable fractions in the 1-1/16-mile turf allowance test, leaving just enough energy in reserve to hold off a late-charging Golden Finish at the finish line.
Kandhara ($7.40) conceded considerable experience to her seven rivals while making only her third career start. The Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly finished second, just a half-length behind next-out winner Dun Won, in her debut on July 5. She came back on Aug. 8 to break her maiden by 2 ½ lengths.
“We’ve been very patient with her. She showed us ability when she was a 2-year-old but we wanted to give her time because she is a big filly,” said owner Ruben Sierra of Just for Fun Stable.
Kandhara, who has raced exclusively on turf, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.36 while nosing out Golden Finish.
“I thought she was a grass filly for sure. Ruben bought the filly at Keeneland and told me, ‘Take your time,” trainer Angel Medina said. “I took my time with her and the filly was super again today.”
Nice Day for a ‘Barbecue’
Southern Barbecue, a full-brother to multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning Jackson Bend, broke through with a maiden victory in Sunday’s fourth race. The 2-year-old son of Hear No Evil-Sexy Stockings had raced three times previously before winning by a neck in the six-furlong $43,000 maiden special weight race.
Jackson Bend earned $1.8 million during a career that included a sweep of the 2009 Florida Stallion Stakes series and victories in the 2011 Forego (G1) and the 2012 Carter (G1).
Also a half-brother to 10-race winner Grande Shores, the Stanley Gold-trained Southern Barbecue ($14.60) stalked the early pace under Abdiel Jaen before prevailing in a stretch-long battle with Hollywood Angel. The Jacks or Better homebred ran six furlongs in 1:13.48.
Who's Hot: Leading rider Edgard Zayas produced his eighth straight multiple-win racing day Sunday with four winners, scoring back-to-back-to-back with Joni Gail ($14.20) in the sixth , River Congaree ($8.80) in the seventh and Skiptothegold ($4) before finishing his day with a win aboard Kaylyn’s Prayer ($5.20) in the 10th. The 21-year-old Puerto Rico native has won a total of 26 races during his eight-day run.
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