Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Daughter of Brethren is unbeaten in 3 starts . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Arindel’s Lynx is scheduled to put her undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park while looking to pull off a sweep of the fillies division of the 2022 Florida Sire Stakes series.

    The My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile fillies finale of the Florida Sire Stakes series for juveniles sired by accredited Florida stallions, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile FSS final for colts and geldings in which CSLR Racing Partners’ Awesome Slew will also seek a sweep of his division.

    Carlos David-trained Lynx has pounced on her competition in the stretch in all three career starts, closing strongly to win her debut before dominating her rivals in the first two legs of the FSS series, the $100,000 Desert Vixen at six furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs.

    Lynx, 8-5 in the morning line in a field of 10 fillies, drew Post 2 for her FSS sweep bid.

    “We’ve never had the opportunity to sweep the sire stakes,” said Brian Cohen, stable manager for Arindel, whose Octane captured the final two legs of the 2021 FSS colts and geldings series after missing the first leg. “This is the leg she’s meant for. She wants to go this distance. I think it sets up well – there’s so much speed in the race. We’re looking forward to it.”

    The colts and geldings and fillies divisions have not been swept in the same year since the series’ inception in 1982.

     Lynx debuted May 19 in a five-furlong maiden special weight race against open company, in which she overcame traffic to score by 1 ¾ lengths going away. The daughter of Brethren got away from the starting gate slowly after a bumping incident in the Desert Vixen but recovered nicely to score by 1 ¼ lengths. There were no anxious moments in the Susan’s Girl, in which she stalked the early pace before drawing clear by four lengths.

     Cohen expects her Brethren bloodlines will aid Lynx in her attempt to successfully stretch out to 1 1/16 miles.

     “Most of them want to go a little further than the 4 ½-5 [furlong] early races. The family has been really good,” Cohen said. “She’s shown from the beginning she wanted to go further. She’s got a lot of heart.”

    Edgard Zayas, who has been aboard for her victories in the first two legs, has been awarded the return mount.

     Scandalous Act (2013) was the last filly to sweep her division of the FSS series. Eclipse winner Awesome Feather (2010), Aclassysassylassy (2004) and Nancy’s Glitter (1997) had previously accomplished the feat.

    Jacks or Better Farm’s Guardian Angel enters the My Dear Girl as a two-start maiden but is coming off a second-place finish behind Lynx in the Susan’s Girl, in which she overcame bumping at the start to take the lead in the stretch, only to fall victim to Lynx’s strong late surge. The Ralph Nicks-trained daughter of Jess’s Dream finished third in her July 29 debut.

    “We’re still asking a lot of her in the third start of her career going two turns, but you only have one chance at $400,000,” Nicks said. “She ran a good seven-eighths. She’s by Jess’s Dream, so she should carry it the two turns.”

    Guardian Angel is a half-sister to Sing Praises, who captured the 2014 In Reality at 1 1/16 miles, as well as the six-furlong Dr. Fager. She is also a half-sister to Spirit Wind, a multiple-stakes winner who finished second behind champion Ce Ce in the seven-furlong, Gr. II Princess Rooney July 2 at Gulfstream Park.

    She’s done well. You always would like more time with these young horses,” Nicks said “She got started late, but she’s doing well. Hopefully, she handles it fine.”

    Edwin Gonzalez has the return mount aboard Guardian Angel.

    Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will seek his 11th Florida Sire Stakes success with a pair of fillies in the My Dear Girl – Laurie Plesa and Glassman Racing’s Time Passage and Richard Pletan’s Dreaming in Style.

    Time Passage, an impressive maiden winner in her second career start, finished fourth in the Susan’s Girl after attending the pace into the stretch. The daughter of Tunwoo, a half-sister to 2021 Susan’s Girl and My Dear Girl winner Outfoxed, will be equipped with blinkers for the first time.

    “I was somewhat disappointed in her last race," Plesa said. "She had a couple of little excuses, Maybe, a couple of little excuses and the addition of blinkers will have her run a true race. She’s worked well with the blinkers. She has a little bit more experience than the other filly. It’s hard to separate them.”

    Dreaming in Style enters the My Dear Girl off an impressive 3 ½-length debut victory at five furlongs Sept. 9.

     “Under normal circumstances, you take a horse that’s run only one time and breaks its maiden impressively, you run it back in an allowance race. What do you have to lose?” Plesa said. “The filly ran a big race and she galloped out really strongly in that race.”

    Kevin Krigger has the mount on Dreaming in Style, who is rated at 8-1 in the morning line, while Paco Lopez is scheduled to ride Time Passage, rated third at 6-1, for the first time.

    Trainer Jose Pinchin and Michael Bernard’s Atomically, coming off a dazzling seven-length front-running maiden score going seven furlongs, is rated second at 4-1 in the morning line. The homebred daughter of Girvin had previously finished third behind Time Passage in her debut. Edgar Perez has the return mount.

    Stonehedge Farm's Cajun Tease, who set the pace before finishing third in the Susan’s Girl, will seek to carry her speed around two turns for the first time. The Michael Yates-trained daughter of Cajun Breeze had previously graduated at first asking.

    Leading rider Miguel Vasquez is scheduled to ride Cajun Tease for the first time.

    Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ High Fashion Lady, who finished off the board in the Susan’s Girl, enters the My Dear Girl as the only filly to win around two turns. The Kenny McPeek-trained daughter of Awesome Slew had previously broken her maiden at a mile at Colonial Downs.

    Chantal Sutherland has the call on High Fashion Lady.

    John Ropes’ Dorth Vader, who graduated against Florida-breds in her second career start last time out; Gelfenstein Farm’s Marvelous Lady, a two-race maiden trained by leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., and Fihn Holdings Inc.’s Sherlyn Go Go, privately purchased and turned over to trainer Michael Maker after finishing second behind High Fashion Lady in her debut at Colonial; round out the field.
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Hasn't been a sweep since Three Rules in 2016 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - CSLR Racing Partners’ Awesome Strong and Arindel’s homebred Lynx will attempt to achieve rare sweeps Saturday of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    The undefeated Awesome Strong, a 2-year-old colt by Awesome Slew, is favored in the $400,000 In Reality and unbeaten Lynx, a 2-year-old daughter of Brethren, is favored in the $400,000 My Dear Girl.

    Awesome Strong would become the first colt to sweep the three-race open division series since Three Rules in 2016, while Lynx would be the first filly to sweep the series since Scandalous Act in 2013. While there have been 13 horses that have sweeps of their division, the feat has never been achieved in the filly and open divisions in the same year.

   Awesome Strong, who won the $100,000 Dr. Fager by 4 ¾ lengths and the $200,000 Affirmed by three lengths, is expected to be heavily favored in the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile FFS finale that has drawn a field of 12 colts and geldings.

    The son of Awesome Slew, who debuted at Gulfstream with a six-length victory May 22, will be challenged by Juan Alvarado-trained Turbo, who finished second in both the Dr. Fager and Affirmed, and Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Apocalypso, who closed from 11th to check in third in the Affirmed.

    Awesome Strong drew Post 8; Turbo will break from Post 6; Apocalypso drew the rail.

    Lynx, who captured the $100,000 Desert Vixen by 1 ¼ lengths and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl by 4 ¾ lengths, headlines a field of 10 fillies in the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile FSS finale for fillies.

    The homebred who debuted with a 1 ¾-length triumph at Gulfstream on May 19 will face Ralph Nicks-trained Guardian Angel, the Susan’s Girl runner-up, Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained Time Passage, a half-sister to 2021 My Dear Girl winner Outfoxed, and Dreaming in Style, a daughter of Girvin who graduated in style by 3 ½ lengths on Sept. 9.

    Lynx drew Post 2, one stall inside Guardian Angel. Time Passage will break from Post 6.

    The Florida Sire Stakes series has produced five Eclipse Award winners – Smile (1984 Sprinter), Not Surprising (1995 Sprinter), Big Drama (2010 Sprinter), Brave Raj (1986 Juvenile Filly) and Awesome Feather (2010 Juvenile Filly).

 $400,000 In Reality - 2-Year-Old Colts - 1 1/16 miles

1. Apocalypso

Edgard Zayas

Saffie Joseph Jr.


2. Knox

Leonel Reyes

Saffie Joseph Jr


3. Belts ‘n Brooks

Edgar Perez

Ralph Nicks


4. Diamond Cool

Romero Maragh

Patrick Biancone


5. Commandant

Luca Panici

David Braddy


6. Turbo

Edwin Gonzalez

Juan Alvarado


7. Rockin Roller

Kevin Krigger

Eddie Plesa Jr.


8. Awesome Strong

Miguel Vasquez

Jorge Delgado


9. Tigre

Jason Huayas

Roger Laurin


10. Fifty One Fifty

Jose Morelos

Luis Ramirez


11. Cajun Hope

Emisael Jaramillo
Michael Yates


12. Hard to Handle

Paco Lopez

David Fawkes


 $400,000 My Dear Girl - 2-Year-Old Fillies - 1 1/16 miles


1. High Fashion Lady

Ken McPeek

Chantal Sutherland


2. Lynx

Edgard Zayas

Carlos David


3. Guardian Angel

Edwin Gonzalez

Ralph Nicks


4. Dreaming in Style

Kevin Krigger

Eddie Plesa Jr.


5. Dorth Vadar

Marcos Meneses

Michael Yates


6. Time Passage

Paco Lopez

Eddie Plesa Jr.


7. Marvelous Lady

Emisael Jaramillo

Saffie Joseph Jr.


8. Cajun Tease

Miguel Vasquez

Michael Yates


9. Atomically

Edgar Perez

Jose Pinchin


10. Sherlyn Go Go

Leonel Reyes

Michael Maker


Friday, September 23, 2022
Lure Him In has taken to the Tapeta . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Back from his working summer vacation in California, David Berman, Jeffrey Lambert, and Robert Fetkin’s Lure Him In is scheduled to return to Gulfstream Park’s familiar Tapeta course for Saturday’s $55,000 Pembroke Park. 

    The Bob Hess-trained 5-year-old gelding, a most impressive winner on the all-weather surface during the Championship Meet, will clash with six talented rivals in the 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up. 

    Lure Him In demonstrated an affinity for Gulfstream’s Tapeta surface with a dominating 2 ½-length victory in the Jan. 27 Sunshine Turf that was taken off the turf and transferred to the all-weather surface. 

    “I loved the way he got over it that day. I thought that was one of his better if not best race,” trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. 

    Lure Him In ran twice more on turf before heading to California, where he finished sixth in the All American over Golden Gate Fields’ all-weather track before running twice over Del Mar’s turf, including a close-up second in an optional claiming allowance last time out. 

    “I thought he would run better at Golden Gate, not that he ran poorly, but I think he especially likes the Tapeta at Gulfstream Park,” Hess said. 

    Lure Him In has been assigned highweight of 123 pounds, between one and nine pounds more than his rivals. He is rated second at 3-1 in the morning line, along with graded-stakes winner Sole Volante, behind Lamplighter Jack, who is 2-1. 

    “We’re excited for that spot,” Hess said. “He arrived by plane [Wednesday] night. He ate everything and we’ll give him some light training [Friday] and we’ll hope to get the ‘W’ Saturday.” 

    Leading rider Miguel Vasquez has the call on Lure Him In. 

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante, a stakes-winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to make his debut on Tapeta in the Pembroke Park while coming off a five-month layoff.  

    “I don’t know if he’ll like it or not, but it gives him an opportunity for a comeback race,” trainer Patrick Biancone said. 

    Sole Volante, who won the Pulpit on Gulfstream’s turf course and Sam F. Davis (G3) on Tampa’s main track before running in the 2020 Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, was turned out after finishing fifth in the April 22 Elkhorn over Keeneland’s turf course. 

    “We sent him to the farm for three months to relax and a well-deserved vacation because he hasn’t had a vacation since he was a 2-year-old,” Biancone said.  “We’re hoping to have him well for the end of this year.” 

    Although Biancone isn’t sure how the 5-year-old son of Karakontie will handle the Tapeta surface, he is looking forward to getting him back in action. 

    “He’s training better than ever. The break has done him a lot of good. He’s got a good spirit; he’s happy,” Biancone said. “This race is the first step for, hopefully, a fruitful winter. It’s not easy to come back running against horses that have been running every three weeks. The key in this race is to bring him back to competition.” 

    Romero Maragh is scheduled to ride Sole Volante for the first time Saturday. 

    Melvin Simonovich’s Lamplighter Jack will return to the Gulfstream Tapeta course, over which had won four races in a row quite impressively prior to fifth-place finish on turf in an allowance at Kentucky Downs. 

    “It was a little disappointing because the horse was really sharp and doing well,” trainer Joe Orseno said. “The fractions on the front-end were just too fast. No way, the horse could sustain that run. It was just a different race. He only got beat four lengths and he was trying to the end. 

    Prior to shipping to Kentucky, the 4-year-old gelding was a front-running winner in his four Tapeta victories, winning by a combined 13 lengths. 

    “He took to that surface, although he likes grass also,” Orseno said. “He sure likes it here.” 

    Edgar Perez, who has been aboard for his four Tapeta wins and his loss on turf at Kentucky Downs, has the return mount on Lamplighter Jack. 

    Sonata Stable’s Calibrator, trainer Dan Hurtak’s Mamba Laker, Victory Racing Partner’s Kahiko, and Ivette Perez Chambless’ Journeyman round out the field. 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Magic on Tap is a graded SW . . .

    MORRISTON - Florida-based Pleasant Acres Stallions has announced the arrival of the graded stakes-winning son of Tapit – Magic on Tap – for the 2023 breeding season with a $5,000 fee. There are a limited number of lifetime breed rights available.

    “Helen and I, and the entire team at Pleasant Acres Stallions, are thrilled to have Magic on Tap begin his stallion career at our farm,” said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. “This is an absolute win for Florida breeders! Magic on Tap is of the same cross as Constitution and Essential Quality – who stand for $85,000 and $75,000 in Kentucky.”

    After breaking his maiden in his first race going 6.5 furlongs, Magic on Tap went on to capture the Gr. II Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita Park last year where he beat Gr.1 winner Eight Rings for a two-length victory. Magic on Tap’s tactical speed excelled - he posted four triple-digit E Speed Figures.

    Magic on Tap was purchased in utero for $2.5 million by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine. Lyon has owned and/or bred a stable full of impressive racehorses and broodmares, including multiple Gr. 1 winner McKinzie, Gr. 1 winner Chasing Yesterday and Gr. 1 winner Flightline. Flightline (Tapit / Feathered, by Indian Charlie) was bred by and partially owned by Summer Wind Equine and is currently considered the “World’s Best Racehorse” with a rating of 139 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

    Summer Wind Equine owns Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman / Exclusive Rosette, by Ecliptical) – the dam of American Pharoah. Lyon retains partial ownership of Magic on Tap and Summer Wind Equine is committed to supporting this young stallion’s exciting new breeding career! The arrival of Magic on Tap to Pleasant Acres Stallions was brokered by Stallion Company of Lexington and the Lifetime Breeding Rights arrangements will be handled by Director of Stallion Services Christine Jones at 352-804-6618.

    Magic on Tap hails from an impressive generational female line of accomplished racehorses. His first dam, Aubby K (Street Sense / Lilly Capote, by Capote) had nine starts with four victories and two thirds, winning the $300,000 Gr. 1 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs and the $150,000 Gr. II Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She was purchased in 2015 by Summer Wind Equine for $2.5 million – in foal to Tapit – carrying Magic on Tap. She has produced four foals – three starters and two winners – a GSW and a GSP.

    His second dam, Lilly Capote (Capote / London Lil, by London Company) is also a GSW – having won the $150,000 Gr. III Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs, the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and the black-type Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland. She has had great success as a broodmare with seven starters and six winners and progeny earnings in excess of $1 million.

    Magic on Tap’s third dam, London Lil (London Company / Lil’s Day, by Misty Day) is a GSW (Gr. III La Prevoyante Handicap) along with multiple additional stakes wins. She is the dam of eight winners, including a GSW and a BTW.
Magic on Tap’s sire, Tapit (Pulpit / Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) is America’s most dominant sire of his time. Standing at Gainesway in Kentucky for $185,000 in 2022, he has emerged as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the past half-century. Tapit is #1 on the Lifetime Sires by Progeny Earnings in North America with nearly $160,000,000, 890 winners, 143 BTWs (11.9%), 92 GSWs and 28 G1Ws.

    Magic on Tap joins Amira’s Prince, Bellavia, Bucchero, Curlin’s Honor, Gone Astray, Gunnevera, Leinster, Long On Value, Neolithic, No Never No More, Rushie, and Sweetontheladies, at the 220-acre farm located just northwest of Ocala.

Monday, September 19, 2022
Hidden Warrior pays $13.80 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gustavo Guevara broke through with his first victory in the U. S. Sunday with his first stateside starter, when Hidden Warrior rallied to win Race 4 at Gulfstream Park.

  A native of Venezuela, Guevara most recently trained in Panama before venturing to South Florida in July.

    “Thanks to God and my family,” said an emotional Guevara, who was joined by his wife, Carla, and their daughters, Valeria and Natalia, in the Gulfstream winner’s circle.

    The 47-year-old trainer, who estimated that he had saddled 200 winners in Venezuela and Panama, currently trains six horses at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

    Guevara claimed Hidden Warrior ($13.80) for $12,000 out of an Aug. 6 maiden special weight race, in which the 3-year-old son of Khozan faded to sixth after contesting the pace into the stretch. Sunday, Hidden Warrior stalked the early pace before kicking strongly through the stretch to graduate by 2 ¼ lengths under Romero Maragh.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $450,000 Friday. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 16 days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.