Gulfstream Today: 3.7.2013
The Lead: Calistoga, who debuted with a stunning triumph at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 13, dominated her five rivals in the fourth race, a $54,500 optional claiming allowance, Thursday at Gulfstream.
The 3-10 favorite broke alertly from the starting gate under Joel Rosario, outsprinted Pow Wow Wow to snare the early lead and was never threatened thereafter while posting a 4 ¾ -length victory. Pow Wow Wow, the 7-2 second betting choice ridden by Jose Lezcano, held second money, 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Crumb and Paco Lopez. The victorious 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown ran the 6 ½ -furlong distance in 1:16.54 on fractions of :22.40, :45.34 and 1:09.87.
“Second time, sometimes you don’t know what to expect. I thought she’d run well. She had a nice clean trip and ran well,” trainer Bill Mott said. “Now, it’s time to step up a little bit. I don’t like to get too aggressive the second start. You like to give them a couple races for experience and then it’s time to go.”
Mott said he’d look at the seven-furlong $150,000 Eight Belles (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 3 for Calistoga’s next start. The seven-furlong $500,000 Test (G1) at Saratoga is a long-range goal.
Calistoga ($2.60), who is owned by Donald Dizney, had won her debut by 5 ½ lengths to earn heavy favoritism for her second start.
Mott also saddled Formative ($3.40) for her second victory of the meeting in the ninth race, a $54,500 optional claiming allowance. The 4-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, who had been idle 17 months before breaking her maiden by three lengths on Feb. 3, led throughout the mile turf event to score by a lengths under jockey Edgar Prado. Formative was clocked in 1:33.09.
In the eighth race, a $57,500 optional claiming allowance, Aigue Marine made a triumphant 2013 debut by four lengths in her first start for trainer Christophe Clement. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, the 4-year-old British-bred filly ($3.40) ran 1 3/8 miles on turf in 2:12.51.
The 7-10 favorite had previously been trained in France by Nicolas Clement, who turned over the daughter to Galileo to his brother after saddling her for a third-place finish in the Long Island Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct last fall.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Joel Rosario rode a pair of winners: Divine Child ($3.20) in the first and Calistoga. The two wins given him 67 for his first Gulfstream meeting, four fewer than leading rider Javier Castellano.
Trainer Bill Mott also doubled with Calistoga and Formative.
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