Graded Stakes Abound at Gulfstream Park
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By Emily Shields for TVG
There are four graded stakes races at Gulfstream Park on December 12, topped by the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (G2) for older horses on the grass. The 11-race program starts at 12:05pm Eastern. Watch and wager on every race from Gulfstream Park with TVG.
The $100,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) kicks off the action. The one-mile race for older fillies and mares drew six, including Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) alumnus Sally’s Curlin. The daughter of Curlin won the Hurricane Bertie (G3) here in March over seven furlongs, and went on to be Grade 1 placed at Churchill Downs in September. Dale Romans trains the chestnut filly, who will be ridden by Corey Lanerie. She faces Grade 3 Shuvee winner Letruska, recent allowance heroine Good Credence, and a pair of brilliant last-out winners, Bajam Girl and Dream Marie. They both scored in allowance company by open lengths at Gulfstream Park West.
Race 6 is the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs. The unbeaten filly Golden Ami will try stakes company for the first time for trainer Josie Carroll. The daughter of Goldencents broke her maiden here by six lengths in March, and only has one other race to her credit, an allowance score at Woodbine on the synthetic. But this race is full of speed, such as multiple stakes winner Lady’s Island just to her inside, and front running Parx shipper Cinnabunny, who is now in the barn of Brad Cox.
Older horses take the main track stage in the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) over 1 1/16 miles. Popular runner Tax, a multiple graded stakes winner at three who is winless in two starts this year, returns for trainer Danny Gargan. Eye of a Jedi has won two in a row, including a race over this same trip in July, and hasn’t run since. New Jersey-bred Royal Urn has won two stakes in his last three starts, both at Monmouth Park. The two most formidable runners are on the outside: Grade 1 winner Math Wizard, who takes the blinkers off for this, and royally-bred Tatweej, who is three for four for trainer Todd Pletcher, and tries stakes company for this first time.
The nine-furlong Ft. Lauderdale (G2) tops the day as Race 10. The turf contest drew multiple graded stakes winner Somelikeithotbrown on the rail. Doswell for Barclay Tagg has won both his 2020 starts. Shug McGaughey starts Breaking the Rules, a son of War Front, who is two for four this year and is a stakes winner on this course. Multiple Grade 1 placed Channel Cat makes his first start for trainer Jack Sisterson, who won last week’s Cigar Mile (G1). Two Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) runners, Factor This and Halladay, start on the outside. The latter was a Grade 1 winner at Saratoga in August and is unbeaten in three starts on this track.
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