Galleon Mast, Lopez Reunited for 100k Soldier’s Dancer
Jun 4, 2020
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast will seek his seventh career stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer at Gulfstream Park, but wins have been few and far between the past couple years for the ultra-consistent 7-year-old gelding.
The David Fawkes-trained Galleon Mast will be reunited with jockey Paco Lopez in an effort to get the popular gray gelding back on the winning track in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up.
Galleon Mast, who has finished first, second or third in 28 of 35 career starts, has won twice in his last 13 starts – the only two times he was ridden by Lopez. Galleon Mast and Lopez teamed to win the Sunshine Millions Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West in both 2018 and 2019 by a nose and a head, respectively.
Galleon Mast, who has earned nearly $625,000 in purses, has won 10 races and has lost nearly as many photo finishes for win.
“I’m very happy to be able to ride him again,” Lopez said. “He likes competition, that horse. I’m very lucky he likes my hands. Sometimes you get lucky – you like the horse and the horse likes you.”
Since defending his Sunshine Millions Preview title in November, Galleon Mast finished third in the Jan. 18 Sunshine Millions and was off-the-board in the March 28 Pan American (G2) at Gulfstream.
Galleon Mast heads a field of 10 that includes three main-track only entrants.
Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc’s Kroy, Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s Muggsamatic and Edward Short’s Class and Cash, a trio of hard-knocking veterans, are all entered in the main body of the Soldier’s Dancer field.
Kroy returned to winning form last time out for the first time since winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint Preview in November 2018. The Danny Gargan-trained 6-year-old gelding, who is Grade 1 stakes-placed, registered a front-running victory in an off-the-turf optional claiming allowance May 18 after finishing second behind next-out winner Halladay on turf in his previous start.
Emisael Jaramillo has the call aboard the son of The Factor.
Muggsamatic came off a layoff since being claimed for $25,000 in August at Monmouth Park to capture the Dec. 10 Claiming Crown Emerald at Gulfstream Park. The Michael Maker-trained 6-year-old gelding came back to finish second in both the Sunshine Millions Turf and Old Man English.
Edgard Zayas is scheduled to ride the son of Any Given Saturday for the first time Saturday.
Class and Cash, who finished a nose behind Galleon Mast in the 2018 Sunshine Millions Turf Preview, finished fourth behind Halladay in his most recent start. The Jane Cibelli-trained 8-year-old gelding, like Galleon Mast, has been an ultra-consistent performer, winning 13 of 38 starts and finishing in the money in 26 races.
Nik Juarez will ride Class and Cash for the first time since the 2018 Sunshine Millions Turf Preview.
Mathis Stable LLC and Madaket Stables LLC’s Last Judgment, Santa Cruz Ranch Inc.’s Sublime Appeal, and Live Oak Plantation’s Wild Medagliad’oro round out the main body of the Soldier’s Dancer field.
Harold Queen’s Noble Drama, Jacks or Better Farm’s Garter and Tie, and Eric Wirth’s With Verve are main-track-only entrants.