Two featured stakes on the Sunday Gulfstream program and, as we’ve written before, it’s the rainy season in South Florida, problematic when trying to assess turf races.
The co-featured Ginger Punch at 7-1/2 furlongs features a favorite that is very much the filly to beat, Sugar Fix (8-5). And whatever the ground, she still owns the edge.
The last time she faced Florida-breds on turf, she won; the last time she raced on Tapeta Track she was a game second after chasing the pace throughout, earning a competitive figure.
Check both races for yourself: On Turf–Gulfstream Park, DEC 4, Race 6; On Tapeta–Gulfstream Park, JAN 22, Race 10. A repeat of either of those efforts would win this.
Edwin Gonzalez, who rides these types extremely well and her spacing into this is perfect. In fact, Saffie Joseph shows a profit for his career with this type of brief freshening
Taking Sugar Fix to win, no price restrictions, and quinellas with stablemate Lovely Luvy (7-2) and Passion Plus (6-1).