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Gulfstream Today 2.21.2013
Lead: While most of the attention in Thursday’s second race allowance feature was focused on Robert LaPenta’s 1-to-5 favorite Integrity, who was caught in a speed duel for the lead with two rivals down the backstretch of the seven-furlong allowance test, Silverton Hill LLC’s Divine Ambition sat in a comfortable stalking position fourth in the field of six 3-year-olds.
With leading rider Javier Castellano aboard, Integrity was able to put away two foes that challenged him for the lead, but at a cost as Divine Ambition edged by in deep stretch to score by a length with Kuehne Racing’s Whatabouthonor another 2 ¼ lengths behind the favorite in third.
A roan/gray Kentucky-bred colt by Divine Park, Divine Ambition was making his fourth career start and first after tiring to sixth of nine after showing some speed early last out in the $250,000 Sam Davis Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 2.
“The Sam Davis was asking a little too much of him too soon,” said winning trainer Darrin Miller. “This was just what he needed after that experience. We still hope to stretch him out at some point. We’ll look around to see what comes next.”
Divine Ambition paid $15.80 for $2 to win and was timed the seven-eighths over a ‘fast’ track in 1:22:50. He won his career debut by eight lengths on Sept. 21 at Turfway Park for previous connections and finished a good third in the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay in his only other start before the Sam Davis.
Who’s Hot: Jockeys Jose Lezcano and Luis Saez each won two races. Lezcano scored on Boy of Summer ($13.20) in the seventh and Wicked Tune ($15.80) in the ninth while
Saez went to the winners circle after the sixth on Ribo Bobo ($3.60) and Riojano ($4.80) in the eighth.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $3,240,259.28