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Gulfstream Today

06/07/2014

Curlin’s Princess Gives Fourth Race a ‘Happy’ Ending
Gulfstream Park Alumni Score Big on Belmont Undercard
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Curlin’s Princess dominated a field of six rivals in Saturday’s fourth race, putting longtime South Florida owner, breeder, trainer and businessman Happy Alter back in the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle.
 
The 2-year-old daughter of Curlin registered a commanding 4 ½-length triumph under a hand ride by Edgard Zayas to graduate in her second lifetime start.  Bred and owned by Alter, the flashy chestnut filly ran five furlongs in 58.46 seconds while leading and chased by runner-up Jamie’s Dancer throughout the maiden special weight race.
 
“She’s a homebred that I’m proud of. I chose to breed the mare that I raced to Curlin. There’s a Curlin (Ride on Curlin) in the Belmont today with a good chance to win and Palace Malice won the Belmont  last year,” said Alter, whose filly was sent to post at 1-5 favoritism. “The five furlongs in this race is really not a Curlin. The further they go, the better they go.”
 
Alter has been associated with many top-grade horses during his thoroughbred career, including Jolie’s Halo, whom he saddled for back-to-back Grade 1 scores in the 1991 Donn and Gulfstream Park Handicap at Gulfstream; Frosty the Snowman, a multiple stakes-winning turf star; and Halo’s Image, a multiple-stakes winner who finished third in the 1994 Florida Derby. The homebred Halo’s Image is the sire of Curlin’s Princess’s dam, Image of Mom.
 
Alter no longer trains his own stable and hired Marty Wolfson to condition Curlin’s Princess.
 
“Marty does a great job. We have similar methods of training, from when I was training. So I feel good about that,” Alter said.
 
Curlin’s Princess ran greenly in her debut at 4 ½-furlong race on May 16, when she finished second behind well-connected Lucky’stormwarning while finishing more than 11 lengths clear of the third-place finisher. The Kentucky-bred filly was equipped with blinkers for her return Saturday.
 
“She’s trained really nice and it’s just nice that Happy gave me one of his horses to train,” Wolfson said. “She wants to go further.”
 
Gulfstream Park Alumni Score Big on Belmont Undercard
 
Gulfstream Park was well-represented in major stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard Saturday, including Palace Malice, the winner of the Metropolitan Handicap (G1). The Todd Pletcher-trained 4-year-old, who captured the 2013 Belmont Stakes, made his 2014 debut with a victory in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 8.
 
Brian Lynch-trained Coffee Clique, who won an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream in his 2014 debut on March 26, captured the Just a Game Stakes (G1). Shug McGaughey-trained Norumbega, who finished second in the Skip Away (G3) on March 29, closed late to win the Brooklyn Handicap (G2). Wesley Ward-trained Undrafted, who debuted this season with a third-place finish on the main track, closed with a run to win the Jaipur (G3) on turf. Real Solution, the winner of the Manhattan (G1), trained during the winter for leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
 
Who’s Hot: Trainer Marty Wolfson scored a double on the card: Curlin’s Princess ($2.60) and Bird E House ($19) in the ninth.
 
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