Lightly Raced Horses Gather in Tropical Turf
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The field for the $100,000 Tropical Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 9, is a collection of veteran campaigners and lightly raced, potential starts.
Ride a Comet is a six-year-old, dual Grade 2 winner with just 12 starts and a two-year layoff on his resume, while seven-year-old Frostmourne started just once in 2019 and once in 2020. Another six-year-old, Analyze It, was also off for 22 months, making this trio an interesting match compared to horses like defending champion Tusk, with 38 starts, and Doctor Mounty, with 37. Watch and wager on every race from Gulfstream Park live with TVG.
Ride a Comet won the 2018 Del Mar Derby (G2) before going to the sidelines for more than two years. He has returned to be unbeaten of late, with a big allowance win at Woodbine, followed by a score in the Grade 2 Kennedy Road. He has won seven of 12 overall, and is unbeaten in two starts at the distance. Tyler Gaffalione will take over on the Mark Casse trainee, who has worked a pair of bullets in December.
Frostmourne is a gelded son of Speightstown coming off a Churchill allowance win in November, which was his lone 2020 start. Before that he ran fourth in his 2019 run, sprinting over this track. In 2017, however, he was a Grade 2 winner and multiple stakes winner. John Velazquez will ride.
Analyze It is a son of Point of Entry who was off from November, 2018 until September of last year. He returned with a big win in the Red Bank (G3) at Monmouth Park, then ran eighth, beaten just over four lengths, in Grade 1 company at Keeneland. He is multiple Grade 1 placed, and was good enough to run a narrow third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile. The Chad Brown trainee is very dangerous here if he’s right.
Admission Office drew the rail. The six-year-old son of Point of Entry has 14 starts to his name, including a win in the Louisville (G3) at Churchill Downs, but that was back in June. He has not raced since then, and prefers a longer trip, but has to get 2021 started and this is as good a spot as any.
Tusk is the race’s defending champion, but he has only run once since then. A $32,000 claimer just over a year ago, the Saffie Joseph, Jr. trainee was off from January until December, when he ran eighth in the Claiming Crown Emerald here going 1 1/16 miles. He was only beaten four lengths after leading the way early.
Doctor Mounty is trained by Shug McGaughey. The eight-year-old son of Street Sense is seeking his 10th win, and has been top three 19 times in 37 starts. Jose Ortiz wil ride the multiple stakes winner, who took this race in 2019 by a length.
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