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Gulfstream Today: 3.23.2013
Lead: Bona Venture Stable’s 3-year-old filly Summer of Fun made her first start since finishing a game third in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) as the 8-to-5 favorite in Saturday’s second race allowance feature at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park
With jockey Paco Lopez aboard Summer of Fun for trainer George Weaver they sat a comfortable stalking trip second behind pace-setting Runway Ready before taking command nearing the stretch. She drew off to an impressive 3 ½ lengths victory over Glencrest Farm LLC’s Skyfall second in the field of six 3-year-old fillies. Team Valor International’s Three Hearts finished third, three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.
“We had hoped to have her ready to run in February, but she had a couple of minor issues,” said Weaver. “There really wasn’t any rush. It’s a long season and I’m very pleased with the way she ran. It’s not etched in stone, but we’re down here (Florida) and she could run back in the ($100,000) Calder Oaks in a few weeks (Sat., Apr. 13).”
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Include, Summer of Fun was a $95,000 OBS March 2-year-old sales purchase and broke her maiden on turf in her second start at Saratoga before finishing 10th in the Natalma Stakes (G2) on a ‘yielding’ course at Woodbine in mid-September.
Summer of Fun came back with a big race to finish third, beaten a head for it all, in the Jessamine Stakes (G3) at Keeneland on Oct. 11 and rallied from 11th down the backstretch to finish third behind French-trained invader Flotilla in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 with Watsdachances second between them.
The victory for Weaver was his first of the meet as he has been a bit unlucky with his 20 previous starters, posting four seconds and two thirds. “I thought we might have done a little better with some of the others, but I’m glad this one got it done.” Summer of Fun paid $5.20 for $2 to win and was timed in 1:40:20 over the ‘firm’ course.
Rainbow On The Rise: The 10-cent Rainbow 6 continues to climb.
With no unique ticket on the 10-cent wager Saturday, the Rainbow 6 carryover going into Sunday's 11-race program will be $1,239.845.84. There were two live tickets going into Saturday's last race on Sparkling Soul (30-1) and Ely Runner (20-1), but neither horse was a factor. Those holding tickets with six-of-six winners Saturday earned a consolation of $14,904.16.
Who’s Hot: Leading jockey Javier Castellano made three trips to the winners’ circle but not for the first time until the eighth race aboard Street Secret ($7.60). He was back two races later for the course record ride on Twilight Eclipse in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G2) and then topped it off in the 11th race nightcap atop Ceci N Red ($11.00).
Elvis Trujillo took off his mounts after the fifth race Saturday due to dizziness when he fell of his mount Move Over, who stumbled past the finish line. Trujillo was not taken to the hospital. Move Over was not injured.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $1,239,845.84