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Gulfstream Today 3.17.2013
Lead: Glencrest Farm LLC’s 4-year-old filly Disposablepleasure was prominent from the start in Sunday’s fourth race allowance feature going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park with jockey John Velazquez aboard, turned back several challenges from different rivals and drew off to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Darley Stable’s Centring.
Sent off the 6-to-5 favorite in the small but talented field of five fillies and mare, Disposablepleasure placed in major Graded stakes last year without winning in seven starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. The roan/gray daughter of Giacomo was a $45,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sales purchase and won the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct at the conclusion of her 2-year-old campaign in 2011.
“We thought we had her fit enough to come back off the layoff,” said Pletcher. “She was very game and got into a good rhythm. It’s nice to get her back to the winners’ circle. This is the first time she’s run in an allowance race. She’s been in stakes her whole career (since breaking maiden). I don’t have anything picked out for her next just yet. We’ll look around at the options, probably a stakes somewhere.”
Disposablepleasure finished fourth in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream early last year and went on to good runner-up efforts in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico in May and Mother Goose Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in June. She finished the season with an un-characteristic dull try when 10th in the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in early October, her first and only try on a synthetic track.
Disposablepleasure paid $4.40 for $2 as the favorite Sunday and was timed the distance in 1:44:06 over the ‘fast’ track. Cheyenne Stables LLC’s Clarinda finished third, 5 ¾ lengths behind Centring.
Nafzger Looking Cool: James Tafel's 3-year-old Looking Cool rallied from well back to take the ninth race allowance, covering a 1 1/16 mile distance in 1: 44.96 while winning by a half-length over favored River Rocks.
Looking Cool, a son of Candy Ride, broke his maiden here Jan. 5 before finishing sixth Jan. 26 in an entry-level allowance race.
"He had a horrible trip last time," said trainer Carl Nafzger. "Truthfully, he got his tongue over the bit, it fell off in the post parade, and he didn't even run the first turn last trip."
Nafzger said he'd talk to Tafel about the colt's next start. As for trying for a third Kentucky Derby and acquiring points, Nafzger said; "I don't worry about points...We missed out goal last race. If he would have ran this race last time then we'd say lets come back in the Fountain of Youth, but he didn't so we won't worry about it. It's a long year. They have a race in August they call the Travers and they don't have points for that."
Who’s Hot: Jockey John Velazquez rode three winners on the Sunday card, beginning with Disposablepleasure ($4.40) in the fourth, followed by Geisha Gal ($3.80) in the fifth and Momentary Magic ($3.60) in the seventh. Leading trainer Todd Pletcher sent out two winners with Disposablepleasure ($4.40) scoring in the fourth and More Hundred Acre ($.80) rallying to take the nightcap 11th race.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $898,594.94