HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Recent stakes winners Sr. Quisqueyano and Black Diamond Cat were entered Sunday to clash in next Saturday’s $100,000 Montbrook Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Sr. Quisqueyano, a front-running winner of the $100,000 Eight Miles East Stakes on Aug. 24, and Black Diamond Cat, a dominant victor in the $100,000 Housebuster Stakes on Aug. 3, are both earners of more than $400,000 in purses.
Sr. Quisqueyano posted a neck decision over favored graded-stakes winner Where’s Sterling in the Eight Miles East. Coming off an eighth-place finish in his first career start on turf in the Showing Up Stakes, the Luis Olivares-trained 3-year-old defeated older horses for the first time in his return to the main track. Carlos Olivero has the return mount aboard the son of Exclusive Quality.
Black Diamond Cat sat off a solid pace in the seven-furlong Housebuster before surging in the stretch to prevail over tough stakes veteran Close It Out. The Larry Bates-trained 6-year-old gelding has run only twice at the one-turn mile distance, finishing second once at Gulfstream during the winter meeting. Jilver Chamafi has been named to ride the son of Wildcat Heir.
The Montbrook’s one-turn mile figures to bet a good fit for Megamove, whose string of eight races with finishes of second or better was snapped in the two-turn Eight Miles East. The Ron Spatz-trained 4-year-old son of High Cotton had a win and a second at the one-turn mile distance during Gulfstream’s winter meeting.
Majestic Express is set to step up to stakes company Saturday after capturing a pair of optional claiming allowance races. The Kirk Ziadie-trained 5-year-old gelding is coming off a tally at a mile at Gulfstream on July 20.
The Stanley Gold-trained Grande Shores is another horse stepping into stakes company after winning his last two races impressively.
Timeless Indy, who won two of his last three races at Monmouth, returns to Gulfstream for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. for the Montbrook, which also attracted Imperial Czar and Joshua’s Comprise.
WHO’S HOT – Jockey Edgard Zayas, who rode four winners on Saturday’s card, added four more on Sunday. Gulfstream’s leading rider teamed with trainer Kirk Ziadie to win the first with Musical Flair ($3), second with Entrada ($3.20) and fourth with Dreamingofunclreda ($3.40). The 20-year-old apprentice guided Pure Legacy ($21.60) to victory in the ninth race for trainer David Fawkes, who also saddled Bi Flash ($7.20) for a win in the eighth race.
Apprentice Jonathan Gonzales doubled for the second day in a row, visiting the winner’s circle with Bluegrass Derby ($3.40) in the fifth and Royal Business ($10.20) in the sixth.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $9,317.68