Tuesday’s flight will come from New York and will be arriving into nearby Opa Locka Airport in mid-morning with the contingent led by IEAH Stables and partners’ 5-year-old Benny the Bull, the top-ranked sprinter in North America and likely odds-on favorite for the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) for trainer Rick Dutrow.
Two rivals for Benny the Bull in the Smile Sprint will be on the plane with S. Stephen Atkins’ 6-year-old gelding Man of Danger coming up from Monmouth Park to board the flight for trainer Bruce Levine and Lindy Redding’s 4-year-old gelding Ravalo shipping to New York from Laurel Park for trainer Donald Barr.
Also on the Tuesday plane will be Vinery Stable’s 3-year-old colt Lantana Mob, expected to be one of the favorites in the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) for trainer Michael Trombetta, and Bahadur Cheema’s 3-year-old filly Dancing Allstar coming from Woodbine to catch the flight for trainer Terry Jordon as one of the favorites for the $250,000 Azalea Stakes (G3).
Wednesday’s flight will originate from Ontario Airport near Los Angeles and stop in Louisville, Ky. before arriving into Miami by mid-afternoon. Among those booked from California is Southern Equine Stable’s 3-year-old colt Salute the Sarge to run in the Carry Back for trainer Eric Guillot.
Among those confirmed to board in Kentucky are Maggi Moss’ 5-year-old Indian Chant to run in the Smile Sprint for trainer Tom Amoss and Eagle Valley Farm’s 3-year-old filly Grand Obsession to contest the Azalea Stakes for trainer Eddie Kenneally. Due this afternoon on a FedEx flight from Northern California to run in the Azalea is Jill and David Heerensperger’s 3-year-old filly Indyanne for trainer Greg Gilchrist.
Probable fields as of Saturday morning include:
+ $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) – Benny the Bull, Blue Pepsi Lodge, How’s Your Halo, Indian Chant, Man of Danger, Paradise Dancer, Ravalo and Rockerfeller.
+ $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) – Beraba, Casino Transaction, Dixie Dreamer, Dream Rush, Looky Yonder, Miraculous Miss, Mistical Plan and Rgirldoesn’tbluff.
+ $250,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) – Gentleman James, Golden Spikes, Lantana Mob, Make Me Zach and Salute the Sarge.
+ $250,000 Azalea Stakes (G3) – Dancing Allstar, Dite Moi, Grand Obsession, Indyanne, Orinoquia and Sadie’s Time.
The post time schedule for the four stakes has also been set:
Race Stakes Estimated post time
7 $250,000 Azalea Stakes (G3) 3:30 p.m.
8 $250,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) 3:58 p.m.
9 $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) 4:26 p.m.
10 $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) 4:54 p.m.