Thursday, April 05, 2012

Gulfstream News & Notes: 4.5.12

Entrustment & Ruthenia Make Season Debuts in Saturday Feature

Farnsworth Stable’s Entrustment was graded stakes-place in California last year and Virginia Kraft Payson’s Ruthenia was stakes-placed last season in New York several times. The two 4-year-old fillies are set to launch their 2012 campaigns in Saturday’s sixth race $66,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan will be on hand to ride Entrustment in her first start for trainer Marty Wolfson in the ‘two other than’ allowance carded for 1 1/16 miles on turf. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Forestry makes her first start since finishing a close-up sixth in the H.C. Ramser Stakes (G3) on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 16 when trained by Patrick Gallagher. She was sold privately shortly thereafter to Farnsworth.

“I’ve had her since November,” said Wolfson Thursday morning from his Calder headquarters. “She’s been ready to run for awhile now and I had her entered to run several times, but she drew outside posts, including the Honey Fox Stakes (G2), and I scratched her. She won her only start on dirt and I’ll be looking to run her in races on turf or dirt.”

Entrustment won her career debut on dirt at Santa Rosa in Northern California in August of 2010 and an allowance race on turf at Golden Gate in her fourth start in early 2011. She finished second in the Senorita Stakes (G3) at Hollywood Park last May and ran two big races there finishing fourth in the Honeymoon Handicap (G2) when beaten a length for it all and fourth in the American Oaks (G1) in mid-July when beaten a neck.

Jockey Luis Saez rides Ruthenia for trainer Christophe Clement in the field of eight fillies and mares. The Kentucky homebred filly by Pulpit is a full sister to Payson’s Rutherienne, a Grade 1 winner of $1.3 million trained by Clement racing through the 2009 season.

Ruthenia makes her first start since shipping from Payson Park to Fair Grounds to finish second in the Pago Hop Stakes on Nov. 26. Winner of the Good Mood Stakes as a 2-year-old at Belmont Park, Ruthenia finished second in both the Hattie Moseley Stakes and Riskaverse Stakes last summer at Saratoga.

Completing the field for Saturday’s race are Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Silver Prism, Vann Bran Stable’s Ventania, Continental Racers’ El Benidat, Tommy Ligon’s Write When Ready, Hidden Brook Farm and Dan Zucker’s Ms Silver Oak and Murray Stroud’s I Fly High. Chasing Tails Stables’ Majestic Maria and Alters Racing Stable’s With Moms Blessing were entered to run ‘main track only’ by their connections.

Broadway’s Alibi, Trinniberg & Gemologist in Action at Aqueduct Saturday

E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old filly Broadway’s Alibi, Shivananda Parbhoo’s 3-year-old Trinniberg and WinStar Farm’s 3-year-old Gemologist were each very impressive last out winners at Gulfstream Park and will be heavily-backed to win major Graded stakes Saturday on Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct.

Broadway’s Alibi is a Kentucky homebred daughter of Vindication trained by Todd Pletcher who ran off to win the $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) by an amazing 16 ¾ lengths over a ‘sloppy’ track last out at Gulfstream on Jan. 29 after a six-length allowance score on Dec. 15. She will be among the choices in the $250,000 Comely Stakes (G3) Saturday.

Trinniberg ran off to win the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream by six lengths on Mar. 10 for trainer Bisnath Parboo. The son of Teuflesberg runs back as one of the favorites in the $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at seven furlongs.

Gemologist remained undefeated in four career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher winning a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream on Mar. 16 by seven lengths. The son of Tiznow was making his first start since winning the Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in late November and will likely be the favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial (G1).

In the race after the Wood Memorial, Robert LaPenta and Jacks or Better Farm’s 5-year-old Jackson Bend runs in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (G1) making his third start of the year for trainer Nick Zito following a victory in the Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan. 14 and good third-place finish behind Mucho Macho Man last out in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Mar. 10.

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