HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- The sophomore set will get a chance to shine this weekend at Gulfstream Park, which will feature the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2), the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) and the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3), as well as five maiden special weight races for 3-year-olds.
Saturday's seventh race, a 6 1/2-furlong test worth $47,000, is highlighted by the unveiling of Heyaarat, who was the most expensive yearling sold in the U.S. in 2012. Shadwell Stable purchased the son of Distorted Humor for $1.65 million at Keeneland September. The bay colt is the first foal from Mushka, a daughter of Empire Maker whose career highlights included wins in the Spinster Stakes (G1) and Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and a second in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Mushka herself fetched seven-figure sums at auction, selling for $1.6 million as a yearling and for $2.4 million while in training.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Heyaarat has a progressive worktab at Palm Meadows, and posted a half-mile drill from the gate in :48 3/5 on February 22. He drew the nine hole and will have jockey Luis Saez aboard for his debut.
"He trains very well," McLaughlin said. "He's a good-looking horse. He should run well first time out; he's drawn outside and I don't mind that. If you're inside, sometimes you're committed, and if you don't break sharp, you're going to get a lot of dirt in your face. I like that he's (post) nine of 10. We don't often win first time out, but he trains like he could."
Also in that 10-horse field is Peter Island, who will kick things off for owner-breeder Robert S. Evans and trainer Shug McGaughey. Sired by Tapit, the gray colt has worked in company with highly regarded stablemate Top Billing. His dam, the Pleasant Colony mare Resort, placed in a pair of Grade 1 events, and produced the graded stakes winner Sightseeing. Peter Island will break from post six and will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
On Sunday, trainer Chad Brown will send out the regally bred Thirteen Arrows in the eighth race, a $47,000 six-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies. Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farms acquired the daughter of Indian Charlie and multiple Grade 1 winner Stop Traffic for $350,000 as a yearling. She is a half-sister to Cross Traffic, a two-time winner last winter at Gulfstream who went on to win the Whitney Handicap (G1) at Saratoga.
"She's been doing really well, so we're looking forward to getting her career started," Brown said. "Every time she breezes, she does it well and she has the pedigree to back it up. She's a really well-bred filly that seems to have it all. She has all the attributes of a horse with a lot of promise. She's very easy on herself and she's got a great mind. She has so many things going for her and, hopefully, she shows in the afternoon all of the things she's been showing us in the morning. We're looking forward to seeing how she does on Sunday."
Thirteen Arrows will be ridden by jockey Joel Rosario when she breaks from post seven.
Sunday's fourth race is another six-furlong affair for sophomore fillies. Drawn on the outside is Love You Loads, a daughter of Giant's Causeway making her second start for owner-breeder Michael Tabor and trainer Todd Pletcher. In her debut at Gulfstream on January 12, the gray filly finished third behind stablemate In Tune, who came back to add an allowance victory on February 27; and Whomping Willow, a romping maiden winner on February 22. Jockey Luis Saez has the return call on Love You Loads.