Friday, September 29, 2017
With three months remaining for Florida's freshman sires to exert some late-season kick, unless one not in the current top four makes a strong run, the 2017 title of frosh king will come from Treasure Beach or Brethren (Pleasant Acres), Soldat (Woodford Thoroughbreds), or Prospective (Ocala Stud). Treasure Beach and Soldat have seven winners each, and Brethren and Prospective five apiece.
Thus far, 13 of the Florida group of 14 first-year stallions have recorded at least one winner. Only Beau Choix (Pleasant Acres) doesn't have one yet, but he also hasn't had a runner. The 13 who have been successful have 39 winners among them, and 18 of those have come at Gulfstream Park. Brethren's runners, in particular, love Gulfstream, with four of his five winners coming over the strip in Hallandale Beach.
Treasure Beach has had three winners at Gulfstream, while Hartley/DeRenzo's Rattlesnake Bridge is 3-for-3, all coming in the last five weeks. Soldat's ledger is the most diversified, with two winners at Maria-plagued Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico, and one each at Mountaineer Resort & Casino, Gulfstream, Ellis Park, Arlington Park and Presque Isle Downs.
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