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Federal Case Cuts Back in Distance for Hutcheson

Mar 20, 2019
Fillies Seek Stakes Breakthrough in $75,000 Any Limit  

– Robert and Lawana Low’s Federal Case is scheduled to cut back in distance in Saturday’s $100,000 Hutcheson (G3) at Gulfstream Park and drop back to one-turn competition in the process.

The Hutcheson, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, headlines a 13-race program. (First-race post time is set for 12:45 p.m.)

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt tasted defeat for the first time in his two-turn debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2), in which he broke awkwardly, made a middle move and flattened out to finish seventh in the  Feb. 2 1 1/16-mile prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March 30.

“He didn’t get away well. I thought after watching him train a little bit, we decided to back him up to six [furlongs] and regroup,” Pletcher said. “I’m not saying we won’t try longer down the road, but right now we’ll back up to this and see how he goes.”

Federal Case, who had won his first two career starts around one turn. The son of Gemologist broke his maiden at Keeneland at the about-distance of seven furlongs Oct. 19 before capturing an optional claiming allowance going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Dec. 23.

The Kentucky-bred colt, who was purchased for $650,000 at the 2018 Keeneland November sale following his debut victory, is scheduled to face four rivals in the Hutcheson.

“We’re going to put some blinkers on and give that a try,” Pletcher said.
Hall of Famer Javier Castellano has the mount.

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Pantofel Stable’s Topper T., who finished third in the seven-furlong Swale (G3) at Gulfstream Feb. 2, is slated for a return in the Hutcheson and the six-furlong distance over which he captured the Iowa Cradle for state-breds at Prairie Meadows; last August. Purchased privately and turned over to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the son of Bellamy Road finished off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the Kentucky Jockey Club (G1) at Churchill Downs while running around two turns.

Topper T. got off to a slow start in his 2019 debut in the Swale before closing to finish third while cutting back to one turn. Emisael Jaramillo has the mount.

Down Neck Stables and Jeffrey Lutsky’s Lutsky is set for his stakes debut Saturday, after graduating at first asking by 5 ½ lengths at Belmont Park July 12 and returning eight months later to finish a tiring third in an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream March 1. Nik Juarez has the call.

Colts Neck Stables, LLC’s In the Loop is set to make his second career start in the Hutcheson after breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park while going six furlongs Feb. 23. Laurel Park-based Jevian Toledo has been named to ride the son of Super Saver for the first time.

Thoroughbred Champions Training Center, LLC’s Gladiator King, who dueled with heavily favored Hidden Scroll through blazing early fractions in the Fountain of Youth before finishing last, cuts back in distance Saturday. Leonel Reyes has the mount.

Fillies Seek Stakes Breakthrough in $75,000 Any Limit

A quintet of horses seeking their first stakes success will gather for the sixth running of the $75,000 Any Limit for 3-year-old fillies, carded as Race 6 on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream.

Robert LaPenta’s Smoken Deb enters the six-furlong Any Limit off a runner-up finish in the Queen Mother Stakes Feb. 18 at Gulfstream, where the daughter of Cairo Prince set sharp fractions of 22.39 and 44.81 (seconds) and 1:09.69 before grudgingly giving way in the final sixteenth to lose the seven-furlong sprint by a length in just her third career start and first in a stakes.

OGMA Investments’ Brunette Princess will be making her fifth appearance at the 2018-19 Championship Meet, having most recently run second by three lengths in an entry-level optional claiming allowance Feb. 14. Prior to that, she broke her maiden Dec. 6 and was third in the Glitter Woman Stakes, both at six furlongs, and was seventh after stalking the early pace in the seven-furlong Forward Gal (G3) Feb. 2.

R. Larry Johnson homebred Questionoftheday earned her two career wins last spring and summer in her native Maryland and has made her last four starts in stakes, two on turf and two on dirt, the best finish being a fourth in the six-furlong Smart Halo in November at Laurel Park. Last out, she tired to eighth after chasing the pace in the five-furlong Melody of Colors Stakes Feb. 23 at Gulfstream in her seasonal debut.

Arlene’s Sun Star Stable has never run at Gulfstream, winning each of her first two starts last fall at Parx, both at six furlongs. After rallying to be fifth following a troubled start in the Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel in her juvenile finale, she debuted at 3 finishing off the board in the 1 1/8-mile Busanda Stakes Feb. 3 at Aqueduct.

Paumar Racing Stable and Margoth’s Miss Marcela, fifth in the Queen Mother, completes the field. All horses will carry 118 pounds.

The Any Limit is named for the Joseph V. Shields Jr. homebred trained by late Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens that won nine races from 2006-09, five in graded-stakes, including the 2007 and 2009 Hurricane Bertie (G3) and 2007 First Lady Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream.

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