Gulfstream Park will offer six graded-stakes races next weekend, beginning Friday with renewals of the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2), companion events for 3-year-olds, the latter for fillies.
Also on the weekend slate are Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap and the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, both at nine furlongs, the Holy Bull exclusively for 3-year-olds, and, on Sunday, the Grade 1, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf and the Grade 3, $125,000 Suwannee River, both turf events for older horses, the Suwannee River exclusively for fillies and mares.
Jockey Alan Garcia was aboard Break Water Edison for the Nashua victory and gets a return call for trainer John Kimmel. The son of Lemon Drop Kid was a $525,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase and finished second in the Saratoga Special (G2) and fourth in Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. However, he raced very wide into the stretch when eighth of 10 in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont before the Nashua.
Jockey Edgar Prado will ride Hello Broadway for the first time for trainer Barclay Tagg. The Kentucky homebred chestnut by Broken Vow is a half-brother to Valando’s Wood Memorial (G1) winner Nobiz Like Shobiz and was beaten only 1¾ lengths in the Nashua with trouble in the race. He finished fifth in the Champagne after a winning debut at Saratoga.
Another accomplished contender in the wide-open field for the Hutcheson is Joseph Rauch and David Zell’s Capt. Candyman Can with regular rider Julien Leparoux in the saddle for trainer Ian Wilkes. The son of Candy Ride won the one-mile Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1 and came back with a strong third-place effort in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) there last out on Nov. 29.
Completing the field for the Hutcheson are J. Robert Harris, Jr.’s Bee Cee Cee, Cornelio Velasquez; Mijak Racing Stable’s Salo Jak, Javier Santiago; Live Oak Plantation’s Rocketing Returns, Eibar Coa; and Zayat Stable’s Z Day, John R. Velazquez.
Gemswick Park & Frolic’s Dream Meet Again in Forward Gal
Melnyk Racing Stable’s Gemswick Park and Dare To Dream Stable’s Frolic’s Dream finished first and third in the six-furlong Old Hat Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 4, separated by only a head at the wire, and they face off again as the two likely favorites going another furlong in the 29th edition of the Forward Gal Stakes.
Jockey John R. Velazquez has the mount on the homebred Gemswick Park after the chestnut daughter of Melnyk’s Eclipse champion sprinter Speightstown held on with determination to hold off Frolic’s Dream in the Old Hat. Gemswick Park finished third in the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park and second in the Tempted (G2) at Aqueduct in her last two starts as a 2-year-old.
Regular partner Jermaine Bridgmohan will be back aboard Frolic’s Dream for trainer Marty Wolfson. The roan/gray homebred daughter of Smoke Glacken suffered her first defeat after winning all three starts last year at Calder, including a 12¾ lengths romp in the Cassidy Stakes.
Certain to attract attention in the field of seven fillies entered in the Forward Gal will be William Pacella’s C.S. Silk with jockey Robby Albarado in town to ride for trainer Dale Romans. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro makes her first start since a good runner-up effort in the Delta Princess Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs on Dec. 5. She scored her biggest victory in the Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) in early September.
Completing the field for the Forward Gal are Richard Rowan’s Renda, Edgar Prado; New Life Racing’s Hopeful Image, Herb McCauley; Derby Lane Farm’s Dr. Zic, Jose Lezcano; and Zayat Stable’s Heart Ashley, Julien Leparoux.