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Gulfstream Today 7.28.13: Sola Gratia Scores in Eighth Race, Swagger Jack Tops Housebuster
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sola Gratia was allowed to set a comfortable early pace in Sunday’s eighth race, leaving the David Fawkes-trained mare with more than enough energy in the stretch run to withstand the challenge of Topazio to prevail in the $38,000 optional claiming allowance by a length.
The 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold, the 5-2 second betting choice, ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:45.07 for her fourth success in nine starts on the Gulfstream grass course. Jilver Chamafi, who picked up the mount from injured Hugo Sanchez, captured both ends of the $38.80 late double with Sola Gratia ($7.40) and Miss You S A ($13.60) in the ninth.
Topazio, who saved ground under jockey Jesus Rios, kicked in with a strong bid along the inside thorough the stretch, finishing 1 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Starship Sultry and jockey Juan Leyva.
Apprentice Jonathan Gonzales, who rode four winners on Saturday’s program, added two more Sunday with back-to-back scores aboard The Chill Zone ($7.20) in the third and La Hija de Olga ($4.80) in the fourth.
Swagger Jack Tops Entries for Saturday’s $100,000 Housebuster Stakes
Next Saturday’s $100,000 Housebuster Stakes drew a field of nine, including Grade 1 winner and likely favorite Swagger Jack. The Marty Wolfson-trained 5-year-old, who captured the Carter Handicap (G1) at Aqueduct in April, will make his first start since finishing a troubled seventh in the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont on May 27. Swagger Jack, who is scheduled to be ridden by Edgard Zayas, won two allowance races and finished second in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G3) and the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) during the 2012-2013 meeting
Jackson Bend will also bring Grade 1 credentials into the 7-furlong sprint that has been carded as the eighth race on a nine-race program. The 6-year-old son of Hear No Evil, whose resume includes a wins in the Forego (G1 and Hal’s Hope (G3), as well as a sweep of the Florida Stallion Series, had been retired almost a year ago but is back in training. The Stanley Gold-trained horse finished third in the Smile Handicap (G3) last time out. Jeffrey Sanchez has the mount.
Manicero, a multiple-stakes winner with eight victories in 14 starts, has been entered to make his first start since finishing second in the Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream back on Dec. 4, 2011. Trainer Augustin Bezara named Inoel Beato to ride the 5-year-old son of Mass Media. David Fawkes-trained Apriority, the victor or the 2011 Mr. Prospector Stakes, and Close It Out, a multiple-stakes winner trained by Steve Towne, also figure to attract some attention from bettors.
The Housebuster will be supported on Saturday’s program by a $44,000 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on turf featuring a clash between Alley Oop Oop, the winner of the $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream on July 4, and Mucho Mas Macho, who captured the Fort Lauderdale (G3) at Gulfstream in January.
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