Gulfstream Today 2.1.2013
The Lead: Belle Meadows Farm and Lael Stable's Beau Choix, trained by Barclay Tagg and ridden by Luis Saez, rallied along the inside down the stretch to win Friday's fifth race, a $65,000 optional claiming.
Beau Choix, a son of Elusive Quality, covered the mile turf course in 1:33.99. Decisive Moment was a half-length behind in second while Upgrade checked in third. Beau Choix had previously finished seventh Dec. 22 in the El Prado Stakes.
"He had a great trip," Tagg said. "It didn't look like the inside was going to open up at all and I told Luis, 'If you get the inside he'll go up there, you won't have to worry about him.' There wasn't any room halfway through there, he was blocked by some horses. We needed a little luck. Next we're just looking for something easy; this race certainly wasn't easy. I figured he could win if things went right for him. We've had some bad luck lately. He's a tough horse. We'll look for a stake later on in the meet."
A Race To Watch: While Saturday's program at Gulfstream includes the $150,000 Hutcheson (G2) and $75,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, there will be a lot of interest in the day's fifth race. The $54,000 allowance optional claiming event has attracted a promising group of 3-year-olds including Lets Go Stable's impressive first-time out winner Verrazano (trained by Todd Pletcher), Marylou Whitney's Eton Blue and John Oxley's Sky Commander.
Who's Hot: Trainer Todd Pletcher won races six with Harborinthetempest ($4) and 10 with Anychanceatadance ($3.80). Jockey Luis Saez won aboard Sinister Tale ($5.40) in the third and Beau Choix ($8.40).
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $1,122,115.61