Friday, November 08, 2013


Souper Speedy to Stretch Out in $1 million Sunshine Millions Preview Card
Parranda No One-Trick Filly in $125,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview
Sr. Quisqueyano Seeks 3rd Stakes Win of Meet in $150,000 Classic Preview

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Speedy became a prominent 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful when he finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct in the fall of 2011.

Unfortunately, the Tom Albertrani-trained colt didn’t return to the races for nearly a year and hasn’t run around two turns since his Remsen run.

Souper Speedy is slated to make his long-awaited return to two-turn racing Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview, one of eight races for Florida-bred horses worth a total of $1 million.

“He ran long as a 2-year-old and he ran very well,” Albertrani said. “We brought him back sprinting and he’s done very well going seven-eighths, so we didn’t make any changes on distance. But we’ve always felt that maybe he wanted to stretch out. We thought this would be a good opportunity to bring him back and stretch him out.”

Souper Speedy, who finished third in a one-turn mile allowance at Gulfstream on April 3, won three of four seven-furlong races in New York, including the Jaipur, in which he finished a close second and was placed first through the disqualification of stablemate Big Screen, who had forced him out through the stretch. In his most recent race, he finished fourth in the one-turn mile Kelso (G2) after tracking heavily favored Graydar in the early stages.

Jose Lezcano has the return mount aboard Souper Speedy, who was rated second in the morning line at 3-1 for the Classic Preview, which also attracted 2-1 morning-line favorite Jackson Bend. Albertrani views the 1 1/16-mile distance of Saturday race as ideal for the purpose of stretching out Souper Speedy.

“His last races going shorter, he’s got some natural speed that’s going to put him into the race going into the first turn,” he said.

Parranda No One-Trick Filly in $125,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview

Trainer Rodolfo Garcia wasn’t surprised that Parranda captured the $100,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 28, but he was caught off guard by the manner in which she won the turf stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

The 4-year-old, who had established herself as an off-the-pace closer in the first 15 races of her career, broke alertly to press the early pace before moving to the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch and drawing off to win by 2 ¼ lengths.

“I was really surprised. When I saw the race, there was no pace and she’s always been a closer. She was right there at the beginning,” Garcia said. “I’m not saying we’ll change her style, but the race proved that she can adjust to a no-pace race and still give it her best. That day she broke and wanted to be with them.”

The 4-year-old daughter of English Channel is slated to return to action in Saturday’s $125,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Preview at Gulfstream.

“The race looks to have more speed, and that always is going to play better for her,” Garcia said. “I don’t foresee her being so close this time, but I also know if she needs to be closer, she can do it and still close.”

Lone Stable’s Parranda debuted victoriously at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 4, 2012, closing from ninth to prevail at 67-1 before being sidelined with physical issues a few months later.

“There were issues with some bleeding and she had a small injury for a while. She went away and when she came back, all of those problems disappeared and she stepped it up and she’s been maturing,” said Garcia, whose filly returned to win at Gulfstream last winter.

Prior to the Our Dear Peggy, Parranda spent the summer at Monmouth Park, where she captured an allowance race and finished a fast-closing second in the Omnibus Stakes.

“Ever since she went up north and came back, I could see her attitude around the barn and the way she trained. I think that race showed how much she’s matured,” Garcia said. “I’ve always felt that these grass horses get better the older they get.”

Sr. Quisqueyano Seeks 3rd Stakes Win of Meet in $150,000 Classic Preview

DDRD Racing’s Sr. Quisqueyano is entered to make a bid for a third stakes victory during the current meeting at Gulfstream in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview. The Luis Olivares-trained 3-year-old has defeated older horses in both of his local stakes wins, both coming at Saturday’s distance of 1 1/16 miles.

The son of Exclusive Quality captured the Eight Miles East Stakes on Aug. 24 after setting the pace and holding off veteran Where’s Sterling by a neck, After turning back to a one-turn mile in the Monbrook Stakes, in which he finished fourth after pressing the early pace, Sr. Quisqueyano grabbed an easy lead on his way to a 2 ¼-length victory in the Quality Road Stakes on Oct. 5.

“He’s training great. He loves to train,” Olivares said. “I give him three days after he runs, and when I take him back to the track, he’s powerful.”

With the presence of Super Speedy in the seven-horse Classic Preview field, grabbing an easy lead may not be quite so easy Saturday.

“There looks like there’s more speed in the race, but you don’t know. Sometimes the speed breaks bad and you end up in front,” Olivares said. “He doesn’t need the lead. He can lay second. There’s no problem. But if they give him an easy lead, that’d be perfect for him.”

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