Little Alexis Ready for Long-Awaited Return in $75,000 Cash Run Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Marty Wolfson will be represented by as many as four of the eight scheduled starters in Saturday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park.
Led by multiple graded-stakes winner Heart Stealer, the Wolfson contingent also includes stakes winner Centrique, Quiet Hour and Kipling’s Joy. Wolfson nominated seven to the 6 ½-furlong Paseana but entered his 3-year-olds in the sophomore-restricted Cash Run Stakes on Saturday’s program that will offer five $75,000 sprint stakes. .
Heart Stealer enters the Paseana off a two-length victory in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) on March 22 during the Champions Meet at Gulfstream, where she also won the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) on Dec.14. Wolfson had targeted the Humana Distaff Stakes (G1) in May at Churchill Downs for his filly, but he had to alter his plans when Heart Stealer developed an abscess. With the Ballerina Stakes (G1) in August at Saratoga now the target, Wolfson found the Paseana to be a good fit timing-wise.
“She always runs good,” Wolfson said. “I just want her to come back and have that race in her before the Ballerina. She doesn’t have to run her best race. I just want her to run a good race and then come back for the Ballerina.”
Wolfson also cross-entered Heart Stealer in the Housebuster Stakes, in which she would face open company.
“I just have to see how it looks,” Wolfson said. “I hate to run four in one race. I just have to look at how the race shapes up, look at the post positions, etc.”
Heart Stealer enters the race with the most impressive credentials, but Wolfson also expects a big effort from Centrique, a 5-year-old mare coming off two in-the-money finishes in stake races at Calder. Centrique won the Glass Slipper Stakes at Gulfstream last December and has done well at the 6 ½-furlong distance.
“Centrique, this is her distance,” Wolfson said. “She’s won at the distance two times. She probably is the one to beat, really.”
Salamera, who finished just behind Centrique in the U Can Do It Stakes, is also a contender. The Rodolfo Garcia trainee showed a lot of promise at 2 when she won a stakes race in just her second start and was runner-up in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at Saratoga to Kauai Katie. The filly missed almost all of her sophomore season, however, before returning to the races in December. She registered her first win post-layoff in an allowance race on May 24, a neck-victory over Kipling’s Joy.
“The filly that ran so well when she was 2, the filly that went up to New York and ran so well against Kauai Katie, I don’t have that filly back yet,” Garcia said. “But she’s in the process of getting there. She gave me a nice win. I think she can be in control and have a better race at this distance. She’s going to run against a filly that almost got her that time and a few of the (other) Wolfson horses, but she’s a gutsy horse, and I expect a big race out of her.”
Also entered in the Paseana: Best Behavior, She’s Spooky and Creative License.
Little Alexis Makes Long-Awaited Return in Cash Run Stakes
When Little Alexis won her debut at Gulfstream in February, she turned a lot of heads while topping the highly touted My Miss Sophia. My Miss Sophia would go on to win the Gazelle Stakes (G2) and finish second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), but Little Alexis wound up going directly to the sidelines.
Nearly five months later, Little Alexis is ready to make long-awaited second start, as well as stakes debut, in Saturday’s $75,000 Cash Run Stakes. The daughter of Mr. Greeley was scheduled to run two weeks ago, but trainer Carlo Vaccarezza scratched her after heavy rain hampered the track conditions.
“I’ve been waiting so long to get her to a thousand-percent sound after she had a couple of knick-knacks here and there,” Vaccarezza said. “I did the right thing (by scratching), because when I was leaving the racetrack that day, that race was going on, and it was torrentially coming down. I think it was the right thing for her. What’s the difference to wait another week or two?”
Vaccarezza hopes his patience will pay off, and he is pleased with how his filly has been training.
“Alexis is doing great,” he said. “She breezed a couple days ago and was absolutely wonderful. She’s ready, and I hope she runs a big race.”
Scandalous Act enters the Cash Run with an impressive freshman resume and a promising 2014 debut. The now 3-year-old swept the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series (now the Florida Sire Stakes) last year and contested the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. In her sophomore debut, she ran second in the Leave Me Alone Stakes on May 31.
“Her last race was stupendous considering she had an inside post and she didn’t get out of there in the best order and had a terrible trip,” O’Connell said. “She looks awesome. I couldn’t be happier with her as far as her looks and her flesh.”
Trainer Marty Wolfson, who entered four in the Paseana, has three entrants for the Cash Run, including Yes Liz, an easy winner of an entry-level allowance at Gulfstream in her most recent start on June 14; Euphrosyne, a graded-stakes placed filly who was eased in the Acorn (G1) last time out; and Second Base, a maiden winner on May 4 who was off the board in a turf stakes last time out.
Proverbs Thirtyone, Nesso, Flutterby, Cajun Sunrise, Garnacha, Florida Sun and Boheme de Lavi were also entered in the 6 ½-furlong Cash Run.