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Lubash Nominated for Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap Defense

Nov 13, 2015
Cushion, Sandiva among 32 Nominees for Grade 3 My Charmer

symphony of lights MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Aliyu Ben J Stables’ Lubash, a multiple graded-stakes winner with earnings in excess of $1 million, tops a list of 28 nominees for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (G3), scheduled to be renewed Nov. 21 at Gulfstream Park West.

Trained by Christophe Clement, the enduring 8-year-old son of Freud came through with a victory as the favorite in last year’s running of the 1 1/16-mile turf event.

Clement also nominated Cushion to the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap, the co-featured 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares on the Nov. 21 card at Gulfstream Park West. Guy Rosburghe and Mrs. John Magnier’s 5-year-old mare, who is among 32 nominees for the My Charmer, finished a fast-closing second last year.

Lubash has proven to be a remarkably successful and durable stakes performer since breaking his maiden in a $35,000 claiming race for New York-bred horses at Aqueduct on March 31, 2010. He has won 16 races, including 10 stakes, from 45 starts, while finishing second nine times and third five times.

Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch’s Kharafa, who lost a photo finish to Lubash in a second-place finish in the Mohawk Stakes at Belmont last time out, has also been nominated to the Tropical Turf. The Tim Hills-trained 6-year-old gelding previously prevailed over Lubash in the Ashley T. Cole stakes while winning his sixth career stakes.

Crossed Sabres Farm’s Lochte, a Grade 1 winner, is among the leading nominees for the Tropical Turf, in which he finished fourth last year. The Marcus Vitali-trained multiple-stakes winner is coming off back-to-back victories in the Mr. Steele Stakes at Gulfstream and Spider John Stakes at Gulfstream Park West.

Roger Attfield-trained Are You Kidding Me, the winner of the Autumn Stakes (G2) at Woodbine last time out; stablemate Tower of Texas, who finished six lengths back in the Woodbine Mile (G1) last time out; Key to Power, whom Brendan Walsh saddled for back-to-back stakes victories in his last two starts; and Graham Motion-trained Messi, the winner of the Knickerbocker (G3) at Belmont last month; are also nominated to the Tropical Turf.

Motion nominated three horses to the My Charmer: Flaxman Holdings’ Faufiler, a Irish-bred filly who was beaten by less than three length in his U.S. debut in the Athenia (G3) at Belmont last month; Gestuet Fahrhof’s Lacy, a German import whose two U.S. starts have come in Grade 1 stakes; and RMJ Stables’ Rusty Slipper, who captured the One Dreamer at Kentucky Downs two starts back.

Al Shaqab Racing’s Sandiva is one of the most prominent My Charmer nominees, having captured the Tropical Oaks over the Gulfstream Park West turf course last fall. The Todd Pletcher-trained 4-year-old filly subsequently captured the Suwanee River (G3) at Gulfstream Park before finishing a close second in the Honey Fox (G2).

Swettenham Stud’s Lady Lara, who defeated Sandiva by a head in the Honey Fox in March, finished a late-closing third in the Athenia after finishing second in the Noble Damsel. Trainer Bill Mott also nominated Tuttipaesi, a multiple-stakes winner coming off a victory in the Suffolk (Downs) Distaff Turf Handicap.

Car Colston Hall Stud’s Wiener Valkyrie, who closed fast to finish a close second in the Athenia in her U.S. debut, is also among the high-profile nominees.

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