All Eyes on Dennis’ Moment in Return
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By Emily Shields for TVG
There are ten stakes races on a blockbuster card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The highlight is the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) for 2020 Kentucky Derby prospects. A field of 12 have been entered, although the outside horse, Chance It, may be scratched in favor of another prep.
All eyes will be on Dennis’ Moment, the son of Tiznow who was favored in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) but completely blew the start and finished last. The Dale Romans trainee has been carefully pointed to this race since, with seven local works. Flavien Prat will ride for the first time on a horse who is already a Grade 3 winner at Churchill Downs.
Mathis Stable LLC’s Candy Tycoon drew the rail. Todd Pletcher trains the son of Twirling Candy who is coming off a four-length maiden win over this 1 1/16-mile trip on January 25. He has been third twice and second once in three prior main track starts. Manny Franco will ride the $170,000 juvenile purchase. Pletcher has won this race three times before.
Country Grammer will start for trainer Chad Brown. The $450,000 son of Tonalist will be ridden by Javier Castellano with Irad Ortiz, Jr out of town for the Saudi Cup. Country Grammer made his debut on the grass in New York in October, running fourth, then switched to the main track at Aqueduct in November. That yielded his first win, which came over 1 1/8-miles. He has worked strongly at Payson Park with a February 15 bullet half mile in :49.2.
Liam’s Lucky Charm had a rough go in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at the Fair Grounds just two weeks ago. He broke through the gate before the start, was reloaded, and merely ran widely around the track to be tenth. Ralph Nicks has said the race hardly counted, and brings the son of Khozan back on short rest for this. He has never been worse than third here and was a 5 ½ length winner of the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in January.
Shotski is already a Grade 2 winner, having won the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in December. He made his 2020 debut in the Withers Stakes (G3) on February 1, finishing second as the favorite behind Max Player. Jeremiah O’Dwyer trains the son of Blame, who will have John Velazquez aboard for the first time.
Ete Indien was second last out in the Holy Bull (G3) behind leading Derby contender Tiz the Law. That runner isn’t here today, and the Patrick Biancone trainee has already shown an affinity for Gulfstream with a strong win here December 20 over a mile.
If Chance It stays in the race, he is a serious threat. Saffie Joseph, Jr trains the son of Currency Swap, who is four for six over the course with three stakes wins. One of those was the Mucho Macho Man here January 4 over As Seen On Tv. That runner was a sprint stakes winner across town in November and has never been worse than second.
Makabim, Masterday, The Falcon and Gear Jockey round out the field. Watch and wager on the entire Gulfstream Park card with TVG.
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