Friday, July 12, 2013

I Know It All to Be Put to the Test in Cellars Shiraz

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – I Know It All’s solid past performance lines clearly indicate that she can run with the top 3-year-olds turf fillies in South Florida. Trainer David Braddy would like to see the daughter of Montbrook run away from them for once, starting Saturday in the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

I Know It All has been admirably consistent since narrowly winning her turf debut last November, but her tendency to wait on horses in the stretch has likely cost the Florida-bred filly a few additional trips to the winner’s circle. Braddy added blinkers to her equipment three starts back, and the Champion Equine LLC’s filly held on to win by a rapidly dissipating margin of a nose last time out.

“Even with the blinkers on, she has a tendency when she makes the lead to pull up. We ran here and she looked like she should have galloped a couple times and there was no finish,” said Braddy, who recently filled 25 stalls in Barn 3 on the Gulfstream Park backstretch. “I don’t know if the blinkers make the difference or if the timing is the key with her. She seems to run until she gets to the front and then she pulls up.”

Juan Leyva, who just managed to keep I Know It All going on June 21, will once again try to precision time his move in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile turf test.

Braddy also plans to saddle Stars Collide for the Cellars Shiraz, although neither of his fillies would be likely to run if the race should be moved to the main track. Stars Collide, who broke her maiden over the Gulfstream Park grass course in January, does her best running in the late stages of races, but her efforts have been frequently compromised by the lack of early pace.

“Pace is everything. She’s a nice filly,” said Braddy, who has named Jilver Chamafi to ride Stars Collide. “You just got to get some pace and have some luck to get through. She’s going to be last early.”

Both I Know It All and Stars Collide will need to be at their best to turn the tables on likely favorite E B Ryder, the 5-2 morning-line favorite who is coming off a pair of turf victories for trainer Marty Wolfson. I Know It All and Stars Collide finished third and fourth, respectively, behind E B Ryder on April 28th, while Stars Collide finished third behind the Wolfson-trained filly on May 11.

E B Ryder is scheduled to be ridden by Hugo Sanchez, the winner on seven of his first11mounts at Gulfstream at the summer meeting. The daughter of Bluegrass Cat broke her maiden over the Gulfstream course on Feb. 3.

Wolfson also entered Swinger’s Party in the Cellars Shiraz. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, won her last two races, both of which were moved from turf to the main track.

“Only one will start,” said Wolfson, who named Eddie Nunez to ride Swinger’s Party. “They’re both nice horses.”

Brainy, who was a distant sixth behind Swinger’s Party last time out, could prove dangerous if the Cellars Shiraz remains on turf, looking to her fast closing second (by a neck) to E B Ryder two starts back.

Twice Told Tale, who finished a troubled six in the Azalea (G3) last Saturday has been entered by trainer Ralph Nicks for a quick turn-around in the Cellars Shiraz. The daughter of Tale of the Cat has raced only on dirt in six career races, including a pair of victories at Gulfstream Park last winter.

“She’s a Tale of the Cat. With her pedigree, she could go either way,” said Nicks, who named Manny Aguilar to ride his filly. “We need to try her out on turf and see if she likes it.”

Nicks said Twice Told Tale would be scratched if the Cellars Shiraz were moved to the main track.

Dreaming of Sophia, the only stakes winner in the field, has been entered to make her turf debut in the Cellars Shiraz. Frank Calabrese’s homebred filly, who captured a six-furlong stakes in April and finished second in a stakes last time out, is also slated to race around two turns for the first time.

Love to Score, second behind E B Ryder on May 11; Retsina, third behind Know It All last time out; and Charm Cat, a main track-only entrant; round out the field.

First Post Time for Saturday’s program is 1:15 p.m.

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