By Gulfstream Park Press Staff — The 2020 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds will conclude Saturday, Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park, where the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl will co-headline a program offering six stakes worth $1.175 million.
The In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile open-division final, and the My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final for juvenile fillies, will be joined on the program by the $150,000 FSS Wildcat Heir, a mile race for 3-year-olds and up. All three stakes are for horses sired by accredited Florida Stallions. Supporting stakes will include the $75,000 Armed Forces, a mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds; the $75,000 My Dear Peggy, a mile turf stakes for juvenile fillies; and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach, a five-furlong turf dash for 2-year-olds.
The Florida Sires Stakes program will wrap up the stakes schedule for Gulfstream’s Spring/Summer Meet, which will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 27 with mandatory payouts in the Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi-5. Live racing will move to Gulfstream Park West for the Fall Festival meeting Oct. 3 and run from Oct. 3 through Nov. 28.
Stonehedge LLC’s Breeze On By is scheduled to make a bid to sweep the Florida Sire Stakes series in the In Reality. The son of Cajun Breeze captured the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager Aug. 1 and the $200,000 Affirmed Aug. 29. The undefeated Ralph Nicks trainee, who captured his July 12 debut, will seek to become the fifth horse to sweep the FSS open division, joining Three Rules (2016), Sir Oscar (2003), Seacliff (1995) and Smile (1984).
Trainer Ralph Nicks saddled the first three finishers in the Affirmed with Big Daddy Dave and Seazan following their stablemate Breeze on By to the finish line.
Trainer Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret, who scored by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 FSS Susan’s Girl, and Stonehedge LLC’s Go Jo Jo Go, a 1 ¼-length winner over Princess Secret in the $100,000 FSS Desert Vixen for trainer Michael Yates, are expected to clash again in the My Dear Girl.