Stradivinsky Triumphs In Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It may not have been an artistic success, but Stradivinsky triumphed as the even-money favorite in the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Sunday.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the classy 8-year-old gelding ran five furlongs over a ‘good’ turf course in 56 3/5 seconds while capturing his 14th career start from 35 starts. Out-sprinted for the lead by longshot Retire to What, Stradivinsky stalked the pace before moving to the lead in mid-stretch and holding off a challenge from Great Attack by 1-1/4 lengths.
“I have mixed feelings. I’m happy with the outcome; I’m happy he got there first and he was able to settle; but I have mixed emotions because I didn’t like the way he didn’t change leads,” trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said.
Leparoux was happy with Stradivinsky’s effort, particularly after he was unable to grab his customary early lead.
“I thought I was going to go right out to the lead, but he really didn’t put me in the race like I thought he was going to,” Leparoux said. “After that I just sat for a little bit, and when I asked him, he ran on well.”
Stradivinsky, who was claimed for $50,000 last May by Dutrow of owners Michael Dubb, Jack Mandalo and Bethlehem Stables, hadn’t raced since being outrun for the early lead and finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) at Churchill Downs last November.
“We’re looking for a big race, so if we get an invite to Dubai we’ll likely go,” Dutrow said. “But, again, I have mixed emotions.”
Caixa Eletronica ($15.40) dropped down from graded-stakes company to score a 2-1/2-length victory in the co-featured ninth race, a $55,000 one-mile allowance for older horses.
The 6-year-old son of Arromanches, who had finished sixth in the Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan. 8, prevailed over Mission Impazible, the 3-5 favorite, while running a mile in 1:36 3/5 under jockey Luis Saez.
Maybelle Slew Puts Trainer on Top
Nick Canani moved into a four-way lead in the Gulfstream Park trainer standings after saddling Maybelle Slew for a victory in the second race. Canani joined defending champion Todd Pletcher, Ken McPeek and Wesley Ward, all of whom have seven winners.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott unveiled a promising turf performer in the fourth race, won by Moryba ($6.80), a Brazilian import making his first start in the U.S. The 5-year-old son of Hard Buck, who ran 1-1/8 miles in 1:50 4/5 over a “good” turf course, earned more than $475,000 in Brazil, where he captured a Group 1 stakes in his most recent start. Kent Desormeaux was aboard.
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado rode his first winner of the meeting in style, cruising to an easy victory in the 10th race aboard Schoolyard Cat ($6).
Rainbow 6 Carryover for Wednesday
The 10-cent Rainbow 6 pool of $182,063.17 will be carried over to Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream. There was no single winner on Sunday, while multiple tickets with all six winners paid $413.20.