Now trained by Todd Pletcher, the defending eight-time training champion at Gulfstream Park, Afleet Lass was sent to post as the 1-9 favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Northern Afleet, who was privately purchased from owner/trainer Jose Pinchin since her previous start, scored a front-running victory by 1 ½ lengths under John Velazquez.
Quote of the Day: “She’s still got a lot of run in her. They bought her as a racehorse,” said Steve Young, the bloodstock agent who brokered the purchase of second-race winner Afleet Lass for Gainesway Thoroughbreds. “Jose Pinchin obviously did a great job with her and she’s a filly who is on the improve. She’s a nice prospect.”
Work of the Day: Graham Motion-trained Animal Kingdom continued preparation for his 2012 debut, perhaps in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) on Feb. 11, breezing five furlongs in 59.80 seconds over a “good” turf at Palm Meadows Training Center. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner posted the fastest of eight workouts at the distance on turf, before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.
Who’s Hot: John Velazquez rode three winners on the card, prevailing aboard Herecomeseveryman ($4.40) in the fourth race and Gamecents ($ ) in the sevenths, as well as scoring aboard Afleet Lass ($2.20) in the second. Herecomeseveryman and Game Cents are both trained by Linda Rice.
Leading rider Javier Castellano guided Wayward Sailor ($17.40) to a front-running victory in the featured ninth race, giving him a double on the card. Castellano rode Sweet Lil Cherokee ($19.40) into the winner’s circle after the sixth race.
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