Phipps Stable and Claiborne Farm's Performer (Speightstown) looks to find his way back to the winner's circle Saturday in Gulfstream's GIII Fred W. Hooper S. Opening his 2019 account with a trio of victories in New York, he capped that perfect season with a win in Aqueduct's GIII Discovery S. Nov. 30. Winning a muddy optional claimer at Belmont Oct. 17, the chestnut checked in third as the favorite in a sloppy renewal of Aqueduct's GI Cigar Mile Dec. 5.
The second and third-place finishers from this venue's GIII Harlan's Holiday S. Dec. 12 return in this spot. Runner-up Eye of a Jedi (Eye of the Leopard) won a handicap here June 13 and the Sea of Tranquility S. over this strip July 18 prior to his effort last time. Harlan's Holiday third Phat Man (Munnings) won the GIII Fred Hooper S. in Hallandale Jan, 25 and was second in the GII Gulfstream Park Mile next out Feb. 29. The gelding was sixth in the Lafayette S. at Keeneland Nov. 7 prior to his last-out effort here.