Admission Office Returns in Tropical Park


Adam Coglianese


Amerman Racing LLC's Admission Office (Point of Entry) will return from a six-month layoff in Saturday's GIII Tropical Turf S. at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Brian Lynch, the 6-year-old finished in the top three on four occasions in 2019, including in the GII Fort Lauderdale S. at Gulfstream in December. Eighth in the Pegasus Turf, he rebounded to finish second in the 11-furlong GII Mac Diarmida S. at the Hallandale oval last February before coming home fourth in the 8 1/2-furlong Sunshine Forever S. in May. Most recently, he came from off the pace to score in Churchill's Louisville S. June 13.

“We would have loved to run in the Pegasus Turf again, but he hasn't run since June,” explained Lynch. “He needed some time off after his last race and the Pegasus Turf comes up too soon.”

He added, “He's coming back at a distance that isn't really ideal for him, but it's a good starting point. The good thing about this race is there's plenty of pace, which ideally suits

Gulfstream..He's his own worst enemy. He gives himself too much to do. He needs the ideal trip and the heavens to open up. He needs a clean path. He's such a big horse, when you get him stopped, it's hard to get him started again. He can be his own worst enemy the way he takes himself out of it, but we've been seeing a lot of maturity in him.”

Ride a Comet (Candy Ride {Arg}) is undefeated in two starts in 2020, both over Woodbine's Tapeta surface. A come-from-behind victor in a seven furlong optional claimer in October, the John Oxley and My Meadowview runner took the GII Kennedy Road S. at six furlongs Nov. 21. The Mark Casse trainee has won at distances ranging from six to nine furlongs throughout his career, including the 2018 GII Del Mar Derby. Tyler Gaffalione gets the call.

William Lawrence's Analyze It (Point of Entry), favored at 2-1 on the morning line, will scratch due to a quarter crack issue per Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch.

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