Galleon Mast Set to Sail in Saturday’s Millions Turf Preview
Nov 7, 2019
Daddy’s Boo Scary Good for Millions F & M Turf Preview
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast will seek to defend his title in Saturday’s $75,000 Millions Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West while seeking his first victory since capturing the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up.
The Millions Turf Preview is one of nine stakes for Florida-breds worth $675,000 in purses on Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Preview program.
After winning the Turf Preview by a nose last year, Galleon Mast was given some well-deserved rest and relaxation in Ocala, FL before returning to action at Gulfstream Park in June. Following a rare off-the-board finish in his return, the son of Mizzen Mast finished a close-up second in an optional claiming allowance and came back with another runner-up finish in the James. H. Kyle Stakes Sept. 9.
“He’s doing fabulous,” trainer David Fawkes said. “I really think he’s coming up to a big race.”
Galleon Mast has built a productive career on big races, finishing first or second in 21 of 32 races and finishing third another five times. The resilient 6-year-old gelding has shown no signs of slowing down.
“We always take the horses out and examine them with a veterinarian a couple days before they run. That’s my routine – go over them and make sure everybody’s OK,” said Fawkes, who recently saddled his 1000th career winner. “Today, trotting down the road, he looked like a yearling, prancing along. He looks great. He’s a cool horse.”
Paco Lopez has been awarded the mount for the first time since Galleon Mast’s victory last year.
Patricia Generazio’s Timmy M. will concede considerable experience to Galleon Mast Saturday, but the 3-year-old colt has also demonstrated a high level of consistency, having finished first to second in seven of his eight starts on turf.
Timmy M. will be seeking his first stakes victory in a young career that includes three stakes placings. In his most recent start, the Joe Orseno-trained son of Morning Line defeated older horses in an optional claiming allowance over the Gulfstream Park West turf course.
Jairo Rendon has the mount.
Super Super Stable’s Driven by Thunder, who defeated Galleon Mast last time out; Four Horsemens Ranch’s Freedom Matters, who has finished in the money in 12 of his 15 career starts; Nancy Mastronardi’s Totono, who finished third in his recent turf debut at Gulfstream Park West, as well as the Eccentric Club Racing Stable’s Second Mate and Freddy Lewis III’s Swagger Jagger, a pair of veteran Mike Maker-trained veterans; round out the field.
Daddy’s Boo Scary Good for Millions F & M Turf Preview
Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Daddy’s Boo is scheduled to bring an enviable resume into Saturday’s $75,000 Millions Filly and Mare Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West, where the 8-year-old mare will vie for her 18th career victory.
The Larry Rivelli-trained daughter of Sweet Return, who has been first or second in 26 of 36 career starts, will nine rivals in the 7 ½-furlong turf stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares.
“She’s been a model of consistency,” trainer Larry Rivelli said. “She might be as good as she’s ever been this year.”
Daddy’s Boo finished second in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park in January behind multiple graded-stakes winner Starship Jubilee, who captured the E. P. Taylor (G1) at Woodbine in her most recent start.
Claimed for $50,000 at Gulfstream Park in December 2014, Daddy’s Boo most recently was nosed out by 2018 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner Coach Rocks in a mile allowance at Churchill Downs.
“She’s primed for a huge race,” said Rivelli, who shipped to South Florida following a half-mile workout at Hawthorne Park Monday. “She’s had proper spacing between races. She couldn’t be doing any better.”
Daddy’s Boo will be ridden by Joe Bravo, who notched his first career Breeders’ Cup victory aboard Blue Prize in last Saturday’s Distaff at Santa Anita Park.
Like Oak Plantation’s Souper Escape is scheduled to meet older rivals for the first time Saturday. The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro has demonstrated the ability to win on turf, dirt and synthetic surfaces during a 10-race career that includes stakes victories in the Christiana at Delaware Park and the La Lorgnette at Woodbine.
Trainer Michael Trombetta named Edgard Zayas to ride Souper Escape.
Trainer Cam Gambolati will be represented by Double W Thoroughbred Racing Inc.’s Bienville Street and Chilled Milk Saturday. Bienville Street followed up back-to-back optional claiming allowance victories at Gulfstream Park with a third-place finish in the In The Breeze Stakes and a runner-up finish in the Monroe Stakes. Chilled Milk finished third in a recent optional claiming allowance.
Paco Lopez has been named to ride Bienville Street, while Cristian Torres has the mount aboard Chilled Milk.
Six SandBaggers Stables’ Miss Deplorable enters the Filly and Mare Turf Preview in sharp form, having followed up a romp in a Delaware Park optional claiming allowance with a second-place finish behind next-out winner Goldwood in the Safely Kept Stakes at Monmouth Park last time out.
Trainer Baltazar Galvan awarded the mount aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Big Drama to Angel Suarez.
Robert Amendola’s Uno Luna figures among the most prominent contenders Saturday, having finished first or second in her last five starts. The Jose Gallegos-trained 4-year-old daughter of Dunkirk finished second last time out in the In The Breeze after finishing second behind Bienville Street in an optional claiming allowance.
Emisael Jaramillo is slated to ride Una Luna.
Arindel’s Weekend Mischief, Shivam Maharaj Racing LLC’s Speed Star, P & G Stables LLC’s Picara, and Santa Cruz Ranch Inc.’s Admiral’s Win, round out the field.