Friday, January 27 2012
Gulfstream Today: 1.26.12
Shadwell Stable’s 3-year-old filly Almusafa was reserved off a moderate pace early in Thursday’s $53,500 allowance feature on turf at Gulfstream Park before coming with a big rally in the stretch to win the 1 1/16th miles test by 2 ¼ lengths as the 11-to-10 favorite over Elizabeth Valando’s 12-1 longshot Sweet and Lovely.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Almusafa was making the third start of a promising career following a debut victory on the turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 27 and a close-up fifth-place finish in the Ginger Brew Stakes over the Gulfstream course on Dec. 24 when beaten only 1 ¼ lengths despite early trouble.
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