Bahamian Squall, Heart Stealer, Scandalous Act Among Top Names
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s summer stakes schedule is sure to get off to a fast start with an accomplished group of sprinters gearing up for five $75,000 stakes slated for July 5.
Speed will be the theme of the day, judging from the nominations lists for the Housebuster (3-year-olds and up), Paseana (fillies and mares), Cherokee Run (3-year-olds), Cash Run (3-year-old fillies) and Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint (3-year-olds and up). All but the latter, which is slated for five furlongs on turf, will be run at 6 ½ furlongs over the main track.
Bahamian Squall, a Grade 2 Stakes winner, leads the list of 22 nominations for the Housebuster, named in honor of the Hall of Fame sprinter who swept the Spectacular Bid, Hutcheson (G3) and Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream in 1990. The David Fawkes-trained 5-year-old captured the Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) and finished second in the Vanderbilt (G1) last year before finishing a troubled sixth at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), in which he was beaten by less than three lengths. Unraced since finishing third in the Sunshine State at Gulfstream in December, Donald Dizney’s homebred breezed five furlongs Monday morning in 59.65 seconds, the second fastest clocking of 19 recorded at the distance.
Dad’z Laugh and Mr. Baker are two Housebuster probables who appear to be in peak form. The Dubis Chaparro-trained Dad’z Laugh captured the Big Drama at Gulfstream at the 6 ½-furlong distance on May 10 before finishing second to Mr. Baker as the beaten favorite in the Ponche Handicap at Calder on May 31. Mr. Baker has won three straight for trainer Kirk Ziadie since being claimed in February.
Heart Stealer, who defeated fillies and mares in the $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream last time out on March 22, is nominated for the Housebuster, as well as the Paseana, a stakes honoring the Hall of Famer who captured the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Gulfstream. Heart Stealer, who also captured the Sugar Swirl (G3) during Gulfstream’s Champions Meet, tops the list of 20 nominees, including six stablemates in trainer Marty Wolfson’s barn on the Gulfstream backstretch – Centrique, Euphrosyne, Kipling’s Joy, Quiet Hour, Yes Liz and Zia Zia Zia.
Ziadie-trained R Free Roll will bring a pair of back-to-back stakes romps into the Paseana, having captured the Hollywood Beach at Gulfstream and the U Can Do It at Calder in her last two starts. Grade 2 stakes-placed Salamera, who scored an allowance win at Gulfstream between third-place finishes behind R Free Roll in the Hollywood Beach and U Can Do It, is also nominated.
Scandalous Act, who swept the filly division of the Florida Sire Stakes (formerly Florida Stallion Stakes) last year, is prominent on the list of 30 nominees for the Cash Run, named for the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner at Gulfstream. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained 3-year-old filly finished a troubled second behind Florida Sun in her 2014 debut in the Leave Me Alone States at Calder on May 31. Mario Morales-trained Florida Sun, who also finished second in the Calder Oaks and third in the Honey Ryder at Gulfstream this year, is among the probables for the Cash Run, as well as Carlo Vaccarezza-trained Little Alexis, who captured her debut at Gulfstream while defeating My Miss Sophia, who went on to win the Gazelle (G2) and finish second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Wolfson-trained Yes Liz, who broke her maiden at Belmont last July, returned to winning form at Gulfstream last time out.
Social Inclusion, who finished third in the Preakness (G1) and Woody Stephens (G2), tops the list of 28 nominations for the Cherokee Run, named for the 1994 sprint champion who captured the 1995 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship. The Manny Azpurua-trained colt is not expected to run in the Cherokee Run. Among the more prominent nominees: Bolita Boyz, who was placed first ahead of Wildcat Red in the Juvenile Sprint at Gulfstream last fall; C. Zee, the winner of the Sir Bear Stakes at Gulfstream on May 3; Little Daddy, a two-time winner at Gulfstream who is stakes-placed on dirt and turf; and Fast Anna, an impressive debut winner.
The Umphrey received 28 nominations, including multiple-stakes winner Madame Giry, Gulfstream Turf Sprint Stakes winner Bold Thunder, recent Gulfstream turf allowance winner Cajun Breeze, and veteran stakes performer Determinato.