Gulfstream Today: 4.3.2013

Gulfstream Today: 4.3.2013

04/03/2013

Lead: Miller Racing LLC’s 6-year-old mare Suroof got off to a better start than in her last race at Gulfstream Park on March 22 when finishing second, and led all the way to the winner’s circle in Wednesday’s tough allowance feature at one mile on turf under jockey Alex Solis.

Hall of Fame nominee Solis was scoring his first victory since recently coming back to ride here last week after recovering from a serious shoulder injury requiring surgery. “It’s great to have him back,” said winning trainer Marty Wolfson.

A well-bred daughter of Empire Maker, Suroof finished second in the March 22 race, also a one-mile turf test, when making her first start since June at Delaware Park and had trouble at the start before going on to a good runner-up effort. Wednesday she got to the front early and held Lewis Schaffel and partners’ Team safe to score by three-quarters of a length in the field of five fillies and mares with Lally Stable’s Heavenly Landing another neck back in third.

"She ran well to be second in her last start off the long layoff,” said Wolfson of Suroof. “I’ve always loved this mare but she didn’t like the hot weather down here (during summer) so I sent her up to Tony Dutrow, who did a great job with her. With her pedigree I’d really like to get her to win a stakes.

“I’m thinking about taking her to Keeneland and run her on the synthetic. I ran her once on the synthetic (Oct. 20, 2011 at Keeneland) and she ran great to finish fourth going a mile-and-a-quarter after running in a six-furlong sprint in the ‘slop’ at Monmouth two months before.” An option for Suroof at Keeneland will be the $100,000 Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) to be run on Fri., Apr. 19.

Suroof was posting her fourth victory in just 11 career starts and paid $4.60 for $2 as the favorite and was timed in 1:33:55 for the mile run on ‘firm’ ground.

Who’s Hot: Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano rode two winners to virtually assure him of a successful defense of his 2011-12 Gulfstream championship with just two days to go until the session closes on Friday.

Castellano scored in the first aboard Who’s Mary’s Daddy ($3.80) and the ninth with Ender Knieval ($7.60). Leading trainer Todd Pletcher already has his 10th consecutive Gulfstream meet trophy locked up and sent out Ender Knieval as well as sixth race winner Riverboat Queen.

John Velazquez also rode two winners, beginning with Riverboat Queen ($4.00) in the sixth for Pletcher and Why Katherine ($4.00) in the 10th race nightcap.

Rainbow 6 Carryover: $1,863,580.16