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Red Hot Doll Tries Turf in Madcap Escapade Sunday
By Jack Will
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Brian Lynch Racing Ltd.’s Red Hot Doll is very fast and has won three of eight starts for her owner-trainer on dirt and synthetic tracks. On Sunday she will make her turf course debut in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies drawn for the $60,000 Madcap Escapade Stakes at Gulfstream Park to be run at five furlongs on grass.
Leading jockey Javier Castellano picks up the mount on Red Hot Doll, who won a pair of races at Fort Erie in October before an even fourth-place effort in the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last out on Dec. 10. The daughter of Officer was a $27,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Lynch.
“She’ll go either way,” said Lynch Friday morning from Palm Meadows about the possibility the Madcap Escapade could be forced off turf by wet conditions. “I’m really excited to see her on turf because she’s worked so well on it (two ‘bullet’ works at Palm Meadows), but she’s ready for whatever it comes up.”
James K. Chapman and Sonia Chapman’s Alydarla and Frank Calabrese’s Sabrina’s Dance will attract solid support after finishing one-two, separated by a neck in a five-furlong turf allowance over the course on Jan. 19. Kent Desormeaux rides Alydarla for trainer James Chapman and Jose Lezcano picks up the mount Sabrina’s Dance for trainer Nick Canani.
Leading trainer Todd Pletcher seems to have a contender for most stakes on the Gulfstream schedule and sends out Lets Go Stable’s More Than Minted with John Velazquez in the Madcap Escapade. The daughter of the good turf sire More Than Ready makes her first start on grass after winning her debut at Churchill Downs on May 5 and finishing ninth in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine last out on June 25.
Completing the field for the first running of the Madcap Escapade are John Oxley’s Matching Skies, Rajiv Maragh; R.L. Johnson’s Allwewantforxmas, Joe Bravo; Priscilla Vaccarezza’s My Due Process, Manoel Cruz and Flying Zee Stable’s Harbor Mist is entered ‘main track only’ with Jose Lezcano named.