Gulfstream Today: 3.6.2013
The Lead: Bill White saddled Determinato for his third straight victory since taking over the training of the 5-year-old gelding in Wednesday’s $57,500 third race. All three victories have come at Gulfstream, at five furlongs on turf, with Luis Saez aboard and in optional claiming races with the same conditions.
“If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it,” White said. “So we keep doing what we’re doing.”
As he did on Jan. 3 and Jan. 25, Determinato ($5) shot right to the lead and carried his speed to the wire, scoring by 1 ¾ lengths.
“He’s one of those five-eighths specialists. Considering he keeps running in the same condition for the most part, he’s running against the other horses that haven’t been able to get out of the condition because of him,” White said. “It’s like he keeps running against the same horses.”
Fast Time, who had finished second behind Determinato last time out, had to settle for second again after lacking running room and having to be repeatedly steadied by jockey Javier Castellano behind the pacesetter. Mel Beach, fourth behind the winner last time out, finished another length back in third.
Determinato, who ran for a $62,500 claiming tag, sped five furlongs in 55.40 seconds.
In the co-featured ninth race, a $54,500 first-level turf allowance, trainer Brian Lynch saddled the 1-2 finishers. Hampstead Heath ($8.60) saved ground along the backstretch and final turn before splitting horses in the stretch to overtake stablemate Sammy Alexander to score by a half-length under Luis Contreras. Sammy Alexander, a British import making his first start in the U.S., held second under Saez, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Film Making.
Hampstead Heath, who had finished third on Feb. 9 in his 2013 debut, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.46.
Who’s Hot: Luis Saez rode two winners on the card: Determinato and Arion Silver ($31) in the fifth race. Luis Contreras also doubled with Haverhill ($7.40) in the sixth and Hampstead Heath.
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