Friday, March 12, 2010

Three-Year-Old Allowance Races Spice Sunday Card

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., Mar. 12, 2010) – In addition to the renewals of the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2), $75,000 Sunshine State Stakes and the ‘All-Turf Pick Four’ on the last four races Sunday at Gulfstream Park, a pair of allowance races to be run early on the program, one for colts and one for fillies, have attracted several highly-promising young prospects.

The third race going a mile drew a field of seven colts with J. Robert Harris, Jr.’s Allez Reef among the choices and Paco Lopez aboard for his second start this season after a very good runner-up effort behind Soaring Empire in a seven-furlong allowance on Feb. 25, the latter stepping up to run in next Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1).

Trained by Eddie Plesa, Jr., Allez Reef is a son of Indian Ocean and was making his first appearance this year in the allowance since finishing fourth behind Jackson Bend in the In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder on Oct. 17. Prior to that, he had three seconds and a maiden victory to begin his career.

Other contenders likely to attract solid support include Gary and Mary West’s Tiz the One with Alan Garcia to ride for trainer Chad Brown and Tomisue Hilbert and John Menard’s Thomas Got Even with Jose Lezcano aboard for trainer Nick Zito.

Tiz the One is a son of Tiznow purchased for $375,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and was very impressive winning his only career start here on Feb. 13 by 2 ¾ lengths going six furlongs with Garcia aboard.

Thomas Got Even made an auspicious career debut at Belmont Park last year on Sept. 11 when he drew off to score by 9 ½ lengths going seven furlongs on a ‘sloppy’ track. The homebred son of Stephen Got Even came back for his second start in a one-mile allowance here on Feb. 27, but never was a factor, trailing in last of six behind Radiohead, another probable starter in the Florida Derby.

Completing the field are Cornejo Racing’s Got That Itch, Ray Fuentes; P and G Stable’s Nervous Marvin, Eibar Coa; Dell Ridge Farm’s J’boy, Pedro Monterrey, Jr.; and Linda Harding’s Kratisto, Elvis Trujillo.

The filly allowance goes as the fifth race at seven furlongs and drew a field of 10 with Gainesway Farm and Joseph Cornacchia’s Touching Beauty and Martin Schwartz’ Electric Gold among the likely choices with jockeys Javier Castellano and Rajiv Maragh to ride, respectively.

Touching Beauty drops into the allowance ranks after making her last four starts in stakes events for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The daughter of Tapit was a $235,000 Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old purchase and won her debut last summer at Saratoga. She went on to finish second in the Matron Stakes (G2) at Belmont and finished sixth last out in her 3-year-old debut in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 9.

Electric Gold is a daughter of Seeking the Gold purchased for $425,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old sales. She won her only start for trainer Angel Penna, Jr. here on Jan. 24 by three-quarters of a length going six furlongs.

Another contender will be William Betz and Charles Kidder’s Involved with Joe Bravo getting the call for trainer Ken McPeek. The daughter of Speightstown won her first two starts last fall at Keeneland and Churchill Downs before a sixth-place finish in the Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park in December. In one start since, she rallied for second in a five-furlong turf allowance over the Gulfstream course on Feb. 15.

Also in with a chance is Charles Heider’s Score Legend with Jesus Castanon to ride for trainer Tom Proctor in her season debut. The daughter of Tiznow was a $55,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase who finished third behind She Be Wild in the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) at Arlington Park in her fourth start. She runs for the first time since late October at Keeneland.

Completing the field are Frank Alexander’s Keep It a Secret, Willmott Stable’s Taconic Victory, Smart Choice Stable’s Ultimate Class, Just For Fun Stable’s Future Heiress, William Schettine’s Jersey Shore Girl and Marje and Irving Cowan’s Superior Selection.

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