Trainer Todd Pletcher would have had plenty to look forward to Sunday at Gulfstream Park after sending out Let’s Go Stable’s 3-year-old colt El Padrino for a sharp victory in an ‘a other than’ allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in the seventh race, a performance that earned him a probable start next in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) over the track and distance on Feb. 26.
A half-hour after the Forward Gal, Pletcher and his crew were back in the winner’s circle to celebrate the victory of Starlight Racing’s 3-year-old colt Algorithms posting a five-length victory over previously undefeated 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old Hansen in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) going a mile as the stable’s arsenal of potential Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders continues to swell this winter.
Quote of the Day: “You can never have enough good 3-year-olds, but you hate to run them against each other. Now we have Discreet Dancer and this colt (Algorithms) that are two-for-two over the track. He’s by Bernardini and I don’t think he’ll have distance limitations. So we just have to sort things out from here.” Jockey Javier Castellano, who rode Algorithms to victory in the Holy Bull.
Who’s Hot: It was another Todd Pletcher kind of day at Gulfstream Sunday as he added three more victories to his runaway lead total at the session while he marches toward a ninth consecutive meet championship. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin won back-to-back races earlier on the card while jockey Rajiv Maragh and Javier Castellano rode two winners each on the program.
Workout of the Day: Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile drilled a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Palm Meadows Sunday morning, fastest of 36 horses timed at the distance as she prepares for her first start this year and first for trainer Chad Brown.
A Virginia-bred daughter of Include, Her Smile was purchased for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sales days after finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths for it all by Musical Romance.
Her Smile raced last year for owner Bobby Flay and trainer Todd Pletcher, finishing a disappointing 11th behind Plum Pretty in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), but became a Grade 1 winner turning back to sprinting with her victory in the Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park in early July before her good try in the Breeders’ Cup.
Brown indicated Sunday afternoon that Her Smile was being pointed to make her season debut in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 19.
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