Friday, August 30, 2013

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

No Lift Shift Favored in $100,000 The Vid Stakes
‘Alley Oop’ Out
Towne-Trained Filly has ‘License’ to be Good

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fresh off an impressive front-running allowance score last time out, No Lift Shift has been installed as the 5-2 favorite for the $100,000 The Vid Stakes, the highlight of Monday’s special Labor Day program at Gulfstream Park.

After making the transition to turf racing two starts earlier, No Lift Shift broke through with a victory, in which he withstood early pressure and held gamely in the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length over stakes winner Alley Oop Oop. The Manuel Wayar-trained 4-year-old colt ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in a solid 1:41 1/5 under Jonathan Gonzales. The top apprentice, who trails leading rider Jilver Chamafi, 19-18, in wins going into the weekend action, will have the mount again on the son of Put It Back but will not receive the 5-pound apprentice allowance in the stakes.

Mucho Mas Macho, who finished 3 ½-lengths behind No Lift Shift while finishing third in the recent allowance, has been rated second at 3-1 for Monday’s 1 1/16-mile turf feature. The 4-year-old son of Macho Uno, who captured the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale during Gulfstream’s winter meeting, was coming off a three-month layoff last time out.

“The last race was a good effort. He came out of it good and sharp. It wasn’t the goal. The goal was to get him fit and back on the right track. I think we accomplished that,” trainer Henry Collazo said. “I would have liked a better finish, but I’d rather have a better effort than a better finish.”

Ducduc, a hard-hitting 7-year-old who has won stakes on both turf and dirt, is rated third at 4-1. The Bisnath Parboo-trained son of Langfuhr won an allowance race over yielding turf two starts back and was in a photo-finish for the win while finishing third in a recent dirt allowance won by graded-stakes winner Where’s Sterling, who came back to finish second in the $100,000 Eight Miles East Stakes at Gulfstream last weekend.

Where’s Sterling was supplemented to the The Vid and entered for the main track only. Should the race be switched to the main track, the Kirk Ziadie-trained 6-year-old would assume the morning-line favorite’s role at 9-5.

Heiko, who was disqualified from a recent allowance victory for interference, has sufficiently impressed trainer Marty Wolfson with his form over the Gulfstream turf to earn his first shot in stakes company.

Bellefire, Midnight Cello, Isutalkintome (main-track only), Ashtar, Backseat Memories and Brother Pat will round out the field.

‘Alley Oop’ Out

Alley Oop Oop, the winner of the $100,000 Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream on July 4, was nominated for Monday’s The Vid Stakes, but trainer Stanley Gold didn’t enter the multiple-stakes winner due to a minor injury suffered while finishing second behind No Lift Shift last time out.

“It was a soft turf, and he came out of it with some issue,” Gold said. “He needs a firm turf. He ran hard and ran out of real estate. He was getting there, but he didn’t come back 100 percent. I’m going to give him some time off and get him right, then look for something in the near future.”

Alley Oop Oop, bred and owned by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm, was steadied on the first turn of the recent allowance race in which he was the even-money favorite. The son of Monsieur Cat closed steadily to finish second, nearly three lengths clear of third-place finisher Mucho Mas Macho.

“It’s nothing major,” Gold said. “Sometimes a race takes a toll of them, and the race took a toll on him.”

Towne-Trained Filly has ‘License’ to be Good

Trainer Steve Towne had hoped to run Creative License against fillies her own age in an allowance race, but he is scheduled to saddle the 3-year-old filly against her elders in Saturday’s $100,000 Wasted Tears at Gulfstream.

“She’s been training really well for the race,” Towne said.

The daughter of Showing Up already has a victory over older fillies and mares to her credit, having won a turf allowance race by 2 ½ lengths at Gulfstream on July 4. She returned to action against 3-year-olds in the Crystal Rail Stakes, finishing in a dead-heat for second, a half-length behind the winner, over a yielding turf course.

“This one looks pretty tough. She’s been improving with every start, except her numbers were down a bit on the soft turf last time,” Towne said. “I thought she had it won. It looked like to me she had it won at the three-eighths pole. She made her move and made the lead, but they got by her. I don’t know if it was the soft turf.”

Towne will saddle the promising Happy to Be Here for an allowance appearance in Sunday’s seventh race. The 3-year-old gelded son of Full Mandate made his turf debut in his eighth career start on Aug. 11 and graduated impressively by two lengths.

“I would have tried him on the turf last year, but he came up with an issue that needed time,” Towne said. “I expected he’d run on turf pretty much like he did.”

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