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Undefeated Lenzi’s Lucky Lady Breezes for Saturday Susan’s Girl

Aug 25, 2019
Ohio Derby (G3) Runner-Up Math Wizard Back to Work
FTBOA Bonus Money Makes Sept. 28 Sire Stakes $1 Million Day
Art G Is Back Headed Back to Turf after Saturday’s Benny the Bull Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Stonehedge LLC’s Lenzi’s Lucky Lady, who will likely be favored in Saturday’s $200,000 Susan’s Girl at Gulfstream Park, breezed in 50:80 seconds in a half-mile maintenance workout at Gulfstream Park West Sunday morning.

“Everything was fine; everything was normal,” trainer Kathleen O’Connell said.

Lenzi’s Lucky Lady is undefeated in three starts, including a 4 ¼-length romp in the $100,000 Desert Vixen, the first leg of the 2019 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions Aug. 3.

The Susan’s Girl, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies, will co-headline Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes card with the $200,000 Affirmed, a seven-furlong open division in which Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It, the winner of the $100,000 Dr. Fager is likely to be favorite.

Stonehedge LLC’s Marren’s Marvel, who finished a very troubled eighth in the Desert Vixen, breezed five-furlongs in 1:03.40 at Gulfstream Park West for O’Connell in preparation for a start in the Susan’s Girl.

Sunday morning at Gulfstream, Saffie Joseph Jr. sent multiple graded stakes-placed Math Wizard to the track for an easy three-furlong breeze in 38.75 seconds under Edgard Zayas.

It was 3-year-old son of Algorithms’ first workout since a sixth-place finish in the West Virginia Derby (G3) at Mountaineer Aug. 3. Math Wizard previously finished fourth in the Wood Memorial (G2), second in the Ohio Derby (G3) and third in the Indiana Derby (G3).

“He had a pretty hard campaign and we felt it was a good time to freshen him up a bit and bring him back in late September.  From what I've seen of him, I'm really happy with where we're at,” Joseph said. “We'll nominate to the Pennsylvania Derby [G1, at Parx, Sept. 21] and I'd love to make the Oklahoma Derby [G3, Sept. 27] with him at Remington.  He's still eligible for a starter allowance at Gulfstream, so depending on the timing, I'd love to use that race as a prep before putting him back into stakes company.”

FTBOA Bonus Money Makes Sept. 28 Sire Stakes $1 Million Day

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) have added $25,000 bonuses to both the Monroe Stakes and Hollywood Beach Stakes to be run at Gulfstream Saturday, Sept. 28 as part of the finals of the Florida Sire Stakes.

With both the Monroe and Hollywood now worth $100,000, the Sept. 28 program will have total stakes purses of $1 million. The day will be highlighted by the $400,000 In Reality for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for 2-year-old fillies.

“We look forward every summer to the Florida Sire Stakes and working with our great partners at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing Bill Badgett. “We expect some great racing this weekend with the second leg of the Sire Stakes featuring the $200,000 Affirmed and $200,000 Susan’s Girl. Our summer program continues to grow with the support of the FTBOA, horsemen from across the country, and our fans.”

The $150,000 Wildcat Heir will also be contested on Sept. 28.

Saturday’s second leg of the Sire Stakes will also be highlighted by Tequila & Tapas, featuring Latin- inspired tapas and handcrafted Tequila cocktails in the Flamingo Room.

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Art G Is Back Headed Back to Turf after Benny the Bull Win

Fresh off an impressive victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Benny the Bull, over Gulfstream Park’s main track, Monarch Stable’s Art G Is Back is slated to return to turf for his next start.

“He’s going back to the turf on the 21st [of September},” trainer Ron Spatz said. “That’s what we’ve been aiming for. This race was to keep him busy.”

The versatile son of Exchange Rate defeated a strong group of older horses to earn his second career stakes victory, closing strongly in the stretch to defeat Royal Squeeze by a neck under Victor Lebron.

Art G Is Back will be back with 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Bear’s Den, a 7 ½-furlong stakes on turf.

“He’s better on the dirt, but he runs on the turf. He’s fine, but it seems like he gets beat more photos on the turf,” Spatz said. “He’s never won on the turf. He’s been right there”

Art G Is back has won four of six starts on dirt, while he is winless in five starts on turf. However, he finished fourth in the Palm Beach (G3) and has stakes-placed finishes in all of his other four turf starts.

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