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Saguaro Row Confirmed for Saturday’s 250K Princess Rooney

Jun 23, 2019
Stidham Trainee Breezes Sharp 4F at Fair Hill Training Center
Garter and Tie Breezes at Gulfstream for Summit of Speed Stakes

– Trainer Michael Stidham confirmed Saguaro Row for Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning after the daughter of Union Rags’ turned in a sharp four-furlong workout.

Newtown Anner Stud and Mark D. Breen’s 4-year-old filly breezed four furlongs at Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. in 47.80 seconds, the fastest of four workouts recorded on the dirt surface.

“She had a beautiful breeze and I’m very happy the way she went,” said trainer Michael Stidham, who also confirmed that Proforma will also ship to Gulfstream Park to run in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3), which will co-headline Saturday’s Summit of Speed program with the Princess Rooney.

Saguaro Row is coming off back-to-back victories in allowance sprints at Keeneland and Belmont Park.

DAARS Inc.’s Proforma breezed a half-mile in a 48 seconds Saturday morning while producing the fastest workout of 37 recorded at the distance on the dirt surface.

The 5-year-old gelded son of Munnings is a stakes winner on both dirt and turf.

“He also had a really nice breeze,” said Stidham, whose trainee finished second in the Maryland Sprint (G2) on the undercard of the May 18 Preakness (G1) at Pimlico last time out. “His record speaks for itself. He’s been competitive on whatever we’ve run him on.”

At Gulfstream Park, Jacks or Better Farm’s multiple-stakes winner Garter and Tie breezed four furlongs in 50:43 seconds in preparation for a start in either the six-furlong Smile or the $75,000 Carry Back, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds that will be a supporting stakes on the Summit of Speed card along with the $75,000 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies.

“He went nice and easy and he’s doing good,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “We’ll make our decision on Wednesday, which is entry day. He’s in good shape.”

Garter and Tie captured the 6 ½-furlong Ocala Stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds by 10 ½ lengths last time out.

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