Sunday, September 22, 2013


Bahamian Squall Breezes Sharply for Stakes Engagement Next Weekend
Fawkes Enters Two for Saturday’s $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Bahamian Squall prepped for a start in next Saturday’s $400,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile in a quick 47.28 seconds at Gulfstream Park.

“It was a great work,” trainer David Fawkes said. “He’s ready to go. We’re leaving tomorrow morning.”

The workout was the second fastest of 105 recorded at the distance Sunday.

Bahamian Squall showed an affinity for the Gulfstream Park racing surface right from the start of his career, breaking his maiden at first asking on Feb. 5, 2012. Earlier this year, the 4-year-old son of Gone West won the $100,000 Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park, where he also finished second in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint and third in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.

Donald Dizney’s homebred colt, who won the Grade 2 Smile over 2012 Eclipse champion Trinniberg two starts back, is coming off a second-place finish to Justin Phillip in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 4.

“I thought he ran a great race. He got trapped on the inside. He had the one post and everyone I talked to said the one post a Saratoga is the kiss of death,” Fawkes said. “Being that he ran second and ran as well as he did, I was really impressed with his race.”

Luis Saez, who rode Travers winner Will Take Charge to victory in Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, has the return mount on Bahamian Squall.

Fawkes to Double-Up in $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes

Fawkes also sent Sola Gratia to the track Sunday morning to prepare for next Saturday’s $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream. The 5-year-old daughter of Touch Gold breezed a half-mile in 49.85 seconds.

Sola Gratia got caught late by stablemate Millennia to finish second in the $100,000 Ta Wee at Gulfstream on Aug. 10. Fawkes entered both horses for the Our Dear Peggy, a race for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.

“Both horses are doing great. Sola Gratia had a nice breeze this morning,” Fawkes said.

Parranda, stakes-placed at Monmouth Park in her last start, worked five furlongs Sunday morning in 1:03.15 in preparation for a return to action at Gulfstream in the Our Dear Peggy, which drew a field of 10, including three main-track-only entrants.

Trainer Bill Kaplan dropped three names into the entry box, including Dreamlicious, Putitinmypocket and main-track-only Putyourdreamsaway. Trainer Marty Wolfson, who saddled My Pal Chrisy for a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream, entered newly acquired Diamond d’Oro and main-track-only Swinger’s Party.

Stanley Gold-trained Awesome Belle, a main-track-only entrant, and Steve Towne-trained Creative License round out the field.

Who’s Hot: Antonio Gallardo rode a pair of winners: El Beitz ($8.60) in the third and Pompous Miss ($11.80) in the fifth race.

Todd Pletcher, the 10-time defending champion trainer of Gulfstream’s Champion’s Meeting, notched his first win from three starters at the summer meeting Sunday. Assistant Anthony Sciametta saddled Enquete ($5) for a four-length victory in the eighth-race feature, a $49,000 allowance for 2-year-olds.

Rainbow 6 Winner at Portland Meadows

The winner of the 10-cent Rainbow 6 Saturday worth $21,106.16 was located at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon. The lone winning bettor played a $105 ticket. The combinations were: 4,9/1,2,6,7,8/1/1,3,6,7,8/1,2,6/1,3,4,5,7,8,12.

10-cent Rainbow 6 Carryover: $1,346.85

Super Hi 5 Carryover: $2,276.04

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