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Gulfstream Today 9.28.13
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Speechify, a dazzling winner in his career debut on Aug. 24, is set for a much-anticipated return to action in Sunday’s featured seventh race at Gulfstream Park.
“He’s developed a lot physically and mentally, and hopefully, he’ll take another step forward,” trainer Ralph Nicks said.
Owned by Team Valor International, the 3-year-old colt scored by 10 ½ lengths under a hand ride by jockey Juan Leyva after training forwardly for his debut.
“I thought he’d run really well. You never expect them to debut like that, but he has all the makings of a good horse,” Nicks said. “He had an outside post and had everything his own way. “
Speechify, the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 10, will concede considerable race experience to his rivals in the six-furlong optional claiming allowance for non-winners of one race other than maiden, claiming or starter.
“It could set up somewhat similar for him. The horse on the outside (Katz My Song) is the horse to beat and he could apply a little pressure,” Nicks said. “But we’ll see. He didn’t overcome any adversity last time, so, mentally, he might run like a first-time starter. Second time out against winners, that’s another big step.”
Levya has the return mount on the son of Harlan’s Holiday. Speechify is out of the stakes-placed Saint Ballado mare, Preach It, who broke her maiden at Gulfstream March 7, 2004.
Who’s Hot: Trainer Manny Azpurua saddled back-to-back winners with Dr. Chase ($10.20) in the fourth and Heavenly Champion ($34) in the fifth. Jockey Elvis Trujillo won the $100,000 aboard Our Dear Peggy aboard Parranda ($5.80) and the second aboard favored Tale of the Dance ($4.40). Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez won the third with Perch ($4) and seventh with High Level Jeff ($3.20). Jockey Jilver Chamafi won the first race aboard Missed Count ($5.40) and the last with Notta Ring ($15)
On the Worktab: Csaba, a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream’s winter meeting, breezed an easy five furlongs Saturday in 1:03.65 in preparation for next Saturday’s $100,000 Quality Road Stakes.
The Phil Gleaves-trained 4-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, who most recently raced at Saratoga, captured the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday and the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) last winter
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