HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Blessed with a barn chock full of quality fillies and mares, trainer Marty Wolfson dropped four names in the entry box Sunday for Saturday’s $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Starship Truffles, who was beaten by 4 ½ lengths after being jostled back to last in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga last time out, has won 14 of 26 lifetime starts. My Pal Chrisy made her first start for Wolfson a winning one at Gulfstream on Aug. 17, capturing the $100,000 Paseana Stakes by nearly seven lengths. The veteran stakes performer has earned more than $540,000 during her 39-race career.
Sure Route, a recent addition to the Wolfson barn, finished off the board after a wide trip in the Ballerina last time out. Bringingdown Babel, a winner of 13 of 22 starts, finished fourth behind My Pal Chrisy in the Paseana.
Wildcat Lily, who has blossomed into one of the top 3-year-old filly sprinters in the country, figures to be a formidable foe for the Wolfson horses in the 6 ½-furlong Musical Romance. The 3-year-old daughter of D’Wildcat fell just a head and a half-length short of winning back-to-back Grade 1 races at Saratoga in her last two races. Trained by Manny Azpurua, Wildcat Lily set the pace before losing the Prioress on July 27 by just a half-length to Lighthouse Bay. She came back to stalk the early pace in the Test on Aug. 24 and take the lead in mid-stretch only to lose the head-bob to Sweet Lulu at the wire.
Isabelle’s Thunder, who finished a distant second behind My Pal Chrisy in the Paseana; Appealing Stella, an allowance winner at the Gulfstream winter meeting before spending the summer in the Mid-Atlantic region; and Defy Gravity, stakes-placed at Charles Town last time out; round out the eighth horse field.
Who's Hot: Apprentice Jonathan Gonzales rode three winners on the eight-race program: Many Crowns ($5) in the first, Fazed ($6.20) in the second and Upon Reflection ($3.40) in the fourth.
Gangnam Camp, a Korean-bred juvenile owned by Korea Racing Association (KRA), made his U.S. debut in Sunday's sixth race. Last in the nine-horse field, Gangnam Camp was one of three horses sent to the U.S. by the KRA in their attempt to improve the competitiveness of horses they breed...Because of scratches in the last race, the Super Hi 5 was cancelled Sunday. The carryover will be picked up Saturday.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $13,814.80
Super Hi 5 Carryover: $1,103.53.