Trainer Tom Albertrani has had a strong season at Gulfstream Park with six of his 10 wins at the meet coming in stakes races, and he could head back to New York with another big victory after sending out Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment, the likely favorite, in Saturday’s $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes.
“We’ll be looking to ship to New York in the next day or two, and you just hope they can all stay healthy” said Albertrani Wednesday afternoon. “Different horses come around at different times and you just hope they can come together at the right time, and that’s been what we’ve been lucky enough to have happen this year.”
Returning from a layoff proved no obstacle last Saturday when Albertrani sent out Darley Stable’s 4-year-old filly Raw Silk to capture the $50,000 South Beach Stakes in her first start since November at Churchill Downs and set a course record of 1:27.28 for 7½ furlongs on turf while doing it.
My Magic Moment is a New York-bred chestnut by Forest Wildcat who suffered her only loss in three starts on turf when third, beaten a neck by Maram in the Miss Grillo Stakes (G3) at Belmont in early October. Maram went on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 24.
“She’s not the kind that puts a lot of effort into her works, so I think she’s the kind we could see get a lot out of this race and then improve even more next time,” cautions Albertrani.
“She’s still got a little weight on her that I wish I could get rid of, but she’s just so laid back, and doesn’t put a lot of effort into things, but I still expect her to run well.”
Owner-breeder Lawrence Goichman will be a familiar name to South Florida racing fans as having previously raced New York homebred filly J’ray in local stakes during a career as a ranking member of the filly and mare turf stakes division nationwide for trainer Todd Pletcher.
J’ray is a chestnut daughter of Distant View that just missed by a head finishing second in the La Prevoyante Handicap (G2) at Calder on Dec. 13 to bring her career record to 26-9-8-1 for earnings of $969,843.
J’ray was somewhat unlucky in three stakes starts over the Gulfstream course, finishing second by a neck in the 2007 Suwannee River Handicap (G3), and third in that race last year when beaten only a half-length, and fourth in The Very One Handicap (G3) in her next start, beaten a half-length again.
McPeek & Pletcher Tied in Gulfstream Title Chase
Trainer Todd Pletcher is bidding for a sixth consecutive Gulfstream Park title and appeared to have a big chance to win with all three of his starters on Wednesday’s program, but with one victory and two seconds, he will go into Thursday’s card tied with Ken McPeek at 31 victories with six racing days to go until next Thursday’s closing.
The competition will continue day-to-day with Pletcher having runners entered in seven races over the next three days and McPeek eight. The top two will finish the season clear of Nick Zito and Wesley Ward, tied for third in the standings with 21 each, and Peter Walder fifth with 18.