Saturday, Gulfstream ParkGULFSTREAM PARK H.-GII
, $300,000, GPX, 3-9, 4yo/up, 1m, 1:35, ft.
1--#@DISCREET DANCER, 115, c, 4, by Discreet Cat1st Dam: West Side Dancer, by Gone West2nd Dam: Bering Cruise, by Danzig3rd Dam: Lassie's Lady, by Alydar
O/B-E Paul Robsham Stables LLC (FL); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-Javier Castellano. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-1, $313,150. *1/2 to Travelin Man (Trippi), GSW, $256,084. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 117, h, 5, Smart Strike
--Lyrical Prayer, by The Minstrel. ($280,000 yrl '09 KEESEP). O-Silverton Hill LLC; B-Edward P Evans (VA); T-Martin D Wolfson. $60,000.
, 120, c, 4, Awesome of Course
--Lottsa Talc, by Talc. O/B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc (FL); T-Nicholas P Zito. $30,000.
Margins: 5 1/4, 1 1/4, 3 1/4. Odds: 1.90, 6.40, 4.80.
Also Ran: Gourmet Dinner, Decaf Again, Fort Larned. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Reigning GI Breeders' Cup Classic hero Fort Larned (E Dubai) crossed the wire well in front in Saturday's GII Gulfstream Park H. Problem is, he left jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. covered in dirt about eight furlongs behind him. The complexion of the race changed in a heartbeat when Fort Larned stumbled about two strides out of the gate, causing his rider be catapulted straight over his neck, and it was ultimately TDN Rising Star Discreet Dancer who proved the beneficiary. The Robsham homebred earned the Rising Star distinction with a thoroughly dominating 9 3/4-length defeat of fellow Florida-breds at first asking in December 2011 and followed with a near six-length thrashing of subsequent MGSW Neck ‘n Neck (Flower Alley) in a first-level allowance going a mile Jan. 7. Despite the presence of Union Rags (Dixie Union), Discreet Dancer was the 4-5 chalk for the 2012 GII Fountain of Youth S., but he could do no better than third after setting a soft pace and went missing. He returned to land a second-level allowance by a neck Feb. 6 and was the second choice here to Fort Larned. The race’s other ‘fort,’ Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course), showed the way down the backstretch, but Discreet Dancer never let him off the hook and edged past when that one came under heavy pressure at the quarter pole. Discreet Dancer hit the eighth pole full of fun and remained well clear, as Swagger Jack made late progress into second. "We were pleased with his first back," said trainer Todd Pletcher, minutes after welcoming Verrazano back to the Tampa Bay winner’s circle. "We thought it was a good performance and we thought he’d move forward for this race. Obviously, we benefitted from the bad luck for the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, but we’re happy to win and we felt he was going to give us a good effort today." Ian Wilkes, trainer of Fort Larned, said the 5-year-old grabbed his left front in the middle of the heel, but took the developments in his stride. "He won, I didn't get paid, that's the problem," he said, smiling. "He's a very intelligent horse and I'm glad he didn't run off the track. We just want to make sure he's OK most importantly."
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