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Starship Bonita Returns to Form in $100,000 Sheer Drama

Sep 9, 2018
Cautious Giant Gets the Money in $75,000 Trinniberg  
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starship Bonita, the winner of two legs of the 2017 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series, returned to form in Saturday’s $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes at Gulfstream Park, breaking through with her first victory of the year in the seven-furlong stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares.
Stormy Embrace, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Antonio Gallardo, broke last of 10, rushed into contention along the backstretch and on the turn into the stretch before tiring late to finish third. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained 4-year-old filly captured the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) on the June 30 Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream, earning a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.
Unlike the favorite, Starship Bonita ($18.80) was the beneficiary of a trouble-free trip under Carlos Montalvo. Owned by Marlins’ Man Laurence Leavy’s Starship Stables, the 3-year-old filly rated off the early pace contested by longshots Luna Lunita and Money Or Love past fractions of 22.62 (seconds) and 45.30 for the first half mile. Montalvo sent Bonita around the tiring pacesetters to grab the lead on the turn into the homestretch, and the daughter of Gone Astray was never threatened thereafter, scoring by four lengths.
“It was an awesome trip, an outside trip this time,” said Montalvo, who had encountered traffic problems while finishing third in the Panama City Stakes last time out. “Every time I ride her, I can do anything I want to do with her. It was just that there was no place to run last time.”
Starship Bonita, who had finished in the money in all four of her previous starts this year, ran seven furlongs in 1:24.13. Ms. Meshak closed well along the rail under Edgard Zayas to finish second, a length ahead of Stormy Embrace.
Starship Bonita has won three of seven starts at Gulfstream – her two previous victories came in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl and $400,000 My Dear Girl last year.

Cautious Giant Gets the Money in $75,000 Trinniberg     
After finishing in the money without a win in his previous six races, Moshe Mark’s Cautious Giant finally got the money in Saturday’s $75,000 Trinniberg at Gulfstream Park. 
After being claimed for $16,000 by trainer Victor Barboza Jr. last September, Cautious Giant won three straight races, including the $110,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit on opening day of the 2017-2018 Championship Meet. The ultra-consistent son of Giant’s Causeway subsequently came up a little short while finishing second five times and third once before returning to the Gulfstream winner’s circle Saturday.
In the six-furlong Trinniberg, the 3-5 favorite rated off a rapid early pace contested by longshot My Chinumado and 4-1 second choice Harryhee during a 21.89-second first quarter of a mile. Harryhee took a clear lead on the far turn under Luca Panici and showed the way into the stretch before meeting an extended challenge by Cautious Giant in the stretch run. Harryhee held gamely but was unable to hold off Cautious Giant by a head at the wire.
“Every race at six furlongs the horse runs very good,” Barboza said. “I didn’t like his starting position in the No. 2 post, but he got there.”
Cautious Giant ran the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.08 under Emisael Jaramillo. Harryhee finished 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Quijote and jockey Edgard Zayas.
Cautious Giant won for the ninth time in 41 career starts while pushing his career bankroll over $550,000.
“My goal for him is the Claiming Crown race he won,” said Barboza, referring to the six-furlong sprint on the Claiming Crown program at Gulfstream Dec. 1.

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