The 5-year-old mare shipped to Hallandale from Lexington after training at Keeneland following a ninth-place finish in that track’s Bewitch Stakes (G3) on April 24. Trained by Eric Reed, the daughter of Street Sense was sent south in part to reunite with Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who rode the mare to strong finishes last summer, including a third-place showing in the Modesty Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park, in which she was only beaten a neck.
“I rode the filly at Belmont, and she ran good, and after that, I rode her a couple more times in graded stakes and a Grade 1 stake, and we get along pretty good,” Prado said. “She’s been running good races with me, finishing third and fourth and got beat only a couple lengths in big races. I really thank Eric [Reed] for the opportunity and for thinking of me when coming this way.”
The partnership picked up where it left off, as Prado rode Street of Gold confidently in the 1 1/16-mile Amelia Island from the moment the gates opened. The mare sat in mid-pack early as the 5-year-old Creative License, tracked by Will to Shine, set early fractions of 22.85 seconds for a quarter-mile and 46.17 for a half. Approaching the three-quarter mile mark, Creative License began to draw off, but Street of Gold was quickly making up ground, having swung to the outside from the rail. The mare loomed large at the top of the stretch, and the outcome was all but decided when Prado looked under his shoulder and saw no other opponent making up any ground. Street of Gold drew off by 3 ¼ lengths; her final time was 1:39.98.
“She had a beautiful trip,” Prado said.“She broke inside and saved a lot of ground around the first turn. I tried to do the same thing on the second turn, but she was pulling me so hard that I just let her have her way. When I pressed the pedal, she was there for me.”
The win in the Amelia Island was Street of Gold’s first since July of 2013, when she scored an allowance win at Ellis Park. In the interim, the Kentucky-bred contested 13 stakes, six of them graded, including the Beverly D (G1) last August at Arlington. Prado knew that experience gave his mount a distinct class edge in the Amelia Island.
“She’s been running against tough competition, and she tries very hard,” Prado said.“I knew when I hit her a couple times, she would respond, and that’s exactly what she did.”
Street of Gold returned $7.60 to win as the 5-2 second choice. The 6-5 favorite E B Ryder ($2.60, $2.20) got up for second under Jonathan Gonzales, while 25-1 long shot Weekend Appeal ($6.40) finished another 7 ¼ lengths back in third. Will to Shine, She Drives Me Wild, Devious Maddy, Miss Margaret, and Creative License completed the order of finish.
Harry Hernandez Wins Three
Apprentice Harry Hernandez continued his streak of strong riding at Gulfstream, piloting three more mounts to the winner’s circle Friday afternoon. The 18-year-old, a graduate of the acclaimed Puerto Rican jockey school Escuela Vocacional Hipica who arrived at Gulfstream from Laurel Park this spring, scored his first win of the day aboard Guarnieri Stables’ Yes Mz Olga in the third race ($9.00) before notching back-to-back wins in the fifth and sixth races aboard first-time starter Rock That Bird ($16.00) and Mighty Warrior ($8.80), respectively. Hernandez is currently winning races at Gulfstream at a 20 percent clip.