Wednesday, September 23, 2020
HALLANDALE BEACH - The 2020 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds will conclude Saturday at Gulfstream Park, with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl will co-headline a program offering six stakes worth $1.175 million.
The In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile open-division final, and the My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final for juvenile fillies, will be joined on the program by the $150,000 FSS Wildcat Heir, a mile race for 3-year-olds and up. All three stakes are for horses sired by accredited Florida Stallions. Supporting stakes are the $75,000 Armed Forces, a mile turf race for 2-year-olds; the $75,000 My Dear Peggy, a mile turf race for juvenile fillies; and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach, a five-furlong turf dash for 2-year-olds
The Florida Sires Stakes program will wrap up the stakes schedule for Gulfstream’s Spring/Summer Meet, which will conclude the next day with mandatory payouts in the Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi-5. Live racing will move to Gulfstream West for the Fall Festival meeting on Oct. 3 and run through Nov. 28.
Stonehedge Farm’s Breeze On By is scheduled to make his bid to sweep the open series in the In Reality. The son of Cajun Breeze captured the $100,000 Dr. Fager on Aug. 1 and the $200,000 Affirmed on Aug. 29. The undefeated Ralph Nicks trainee, who captured his July 12 debut, will seek to become the fifth horse to sweep the open division, joining Three Rules (2016), Sir Oscar (2003), Seacliff (1995) and Smile (1984).
Nicks saddled the first three finishers in the Affirmed with Big Daddy Dave and Seazan following stablemate Breeze on By to the finish line
Trainer Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret, who scored by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, and Stonehedge's Go Jo Jo Go, a 1 ¼-length winner over Princess Secret in the $100,000 Desert Vixen for trainer Michael Yates, are expected to clash again in the My Dear Girl.
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