Inspired & Indulgence Meet in Ladies Turf Sprint
By Jack Will
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Peter Blum Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old mare Inspired is very fast and will be the one to catch in Sunday’s $60,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park while Silverton Hill Farm LLC’s 5-year-old mare Indulgence is a confirmed come-from-behind sprinter that can be expected to be closing fast in the stretch of the five-furlong dash.
Inspired shipped out of town for a wire-to-wire score in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes going five furlongs over the Fair Grounds course last out on Jan. 21 for trainer Allen Iwinski. Jockey John Velazquez was aboard for that victory and will have the mount again Sunday.
A chestnut homebred daughter of Unbridled’s Song, Inspired has won three of eight starts on turf, including a victory in the $100,000 Jenny Wade Handicap last summer over a ‘soft’ course at Penn National in late July. Prior to the Pan Zareta, she set the pace in a five-furlong turf allowance here on Dec. 4 before tiring to fourth, beaten two lengths by Holiday for Kitten.
“We’ve tried to teach her to rate, but she’s ended up on the lead early in every race she’s run on turf,” said Iwinski Thursday. “We’ll just let her run her race and I would expect she’ll be in front. She’s better on turf but has won on the main track. If the race were to come off turf we’d still run.”
Jockey Elvis Trujillo rides Indulgence for trainer Marty Wolfson after she finished third last out in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on the main track on Jan. 28. The roan/gray daughter of Macho Uno rallied for second, a neck and a head in front of Inspired in the Dec. 4 turf allowance in her previous start.
Indulgence shows two wins and two seconds from five career starts on grass. Her last victory came over the Keeneland course going 5 ½ furlongs in October when she rallied from 10th of 11 at the top of the stretch to score by one length. In her first of three starts at this meet, she finished a respectable fifth in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) on the main track on Dec. 10 when beaten three lengths for it all by Pomeroys Pistol.
Trainer Wayne Catalano sends out a solid contender in James Miller’s 4-year-old Honey Chile with Julien Leparoux named to ride. The daughter of Invisible Ink finished second, a nose before Indulgence in the Sunshine Millions last out on Jan. 28. Honey Chile finished third in a $50,000 restricted stakes at Penn National last August in her only previous start on turf.
Glen Hill Farm’s 6-year-old Florida homebred Broken Dreams will get support in her first start since finishing 13th of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) against colts at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. Jockey Jose Lezcano will be in the saddle for trainer Tom Proctor. A chestnut daughter of Broken Vow, Broken Dream shows four wins and five seconds from 13 career starts on turf.
Completing the field of 10 for the Ladies Turf Sprint are Brent Laue’s Cascadilla Falls, Edgar Prado; David Ross’ Classy Zip, Javier Castellano; Sandy Valley Farms’ Suzzona, Julian Pimentel; Half Hollow Racing’s Beso Grande, Luis Jurado; Vicki and William Poston’s Jenny’s So Great, Joe Rocco, Jr.; and Donald Dizney’s Omiu’s Vindication, Luis Saez.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has Gainesway Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old Afleet Lass entered as an ‘also-eligible’ to run ‘main track only’ if the race were forced off turf and she would be one of the favorites with John Velazquez named to ride. The daughter of Northern Afleet has won four straight on the main track, the last here on Jan. 25 in her first start for new connections after a private purchase.