The 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway has gone on to be graded-stakes placed and win six more races, but he will still be seeking his first stakes success when he returns to action at Gulfstream Park Saturday for the $75,000 Sensitive Prince Stakes.
Souper Lucky, who finished a distant third behind 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist in the Westchester (G3) at Belmont in May, stalked the pace before finishing sixth in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 9.
“Being third to Tonalist isn’t a bad race at all. I’m hoping this stakes is one he can handle. He’s not a stakes winner to this point, but I’m hoping by this weekend he will be,” said trainer Michael Trombetta from his base at Fair Hill Training Center in Northeast Maryland.
Souper Lucky breezed five furlongs in a sharp 1:00.85 on Sept. 5 at Gulfstream.
“I shipped him down there 10 to 12 days ago, just enough time to give him a work over the track with an eye on this race,” Trombetta said.
Eddie Castro has been named to ride Souper Lucky.
Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice’s East Hall brings a resume with multiple stakes wins into the 1 1/16-mile Sensitive Prince, having captured the Ohio Derby, Indiana Derby (G2) and Millions Classic Prevue in 2014.
The Bill Kaplan-trained 4-year-old is winless this year in seven starts this year while taking on some of the best older horses in the country.
Leading rider Tyler Gaffalione has been named to ride the son of Graeme Hall for the first time.
Julian De Mora’s Ledokol will be sent around two turns Saturday after finishing a close second behind graded-stakes winner Falling Sky in the seven-furlong Trinniberg Stakes Aug. 1. Trainer Marcial Navarro has awarded the return mount aboard the 5-year-old gelding to Edgard Zayas.
Rich Daddy, a dominating winner of an optional claiming event last time out; Phish Fan, who set the pace before finishing fifth in the Trinniberg; and Lynx, who will be making his start for trainer Marty Wolfson; round out the field.