Beneath Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado, Howe Great set moderate early fractions of :24 3/5 for the first quarter and :48 for the half mile. Around the far turn, the 3-year-old colt by Hat Trick opened up a clear lead and was able to hold off his Graham Motion-trained stablemate. As the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, Howe Great returned $11.40 to win.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Julien Leparoux captured a mid-day Bet 3 all by himself by sweeping races six through eight on the Sunday card at Gulfstream Park. In the day’s sixth race, Leparoux scored with Godard who rallied from well back in the pack to take the nine-furlong turf event. One race later, Leparoux guided Tarpy’s Goal to the winner’s circle. In Race 8, Leparoux took the 1 ½-mile turf race with Minister Colin. The Bet 3 on races six through eight paid $88.50 for a $1 wager.
Quote of the Day: Edgar Prado – “We saw the race just like everybody else did. There was no speed on paper. We went to the front, slowed it down, and the rest was history. He had plenty left.”
Work of the Day: Saeed Naser Al Romaithi’s Force Freeze, runner-up to Champion Sprinter Amazombie in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 2/5 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer Peter Walder. The 7-year-old gelding by Forest Camp, who won Monmouth Park’s Teddy Drone and was second in Belmont’s Grade 1 Vosburgh in his only other starts in North America last year, is expected to make his 2012 debut in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship on Feb. 18.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $11,463.51
Super Hi 5 Carryover: $19,443.12