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Bim Bam Back for More

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

J D Farm’s Bim Bam and Joseph Riccelli’s Asphalt finished first and third, respectively, in the $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes over the Gulfstream Park turf course on Feb. 7, and meet again Saturday in a field of nine 3-year-olds drawn for the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Jockey Eibar Coa gets a return call on Bim Bam for trainer David Brownlee after his game nose victory over Interactif in the Hallandale Beach with Asphalt two lengths back in third in the 1 1/16 miles test. The Florida homebred son of Deputy Wild Cat has posted earnings of nearly $300,000 with a 9-4-1-4 record.

Bim Bam made the first six starts of his career on the main track at Calder, finishing third in all three divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes series behind Jackson Bend, punctuated by a victory in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes. In two starts on turf before the Hallandale Beach, he won the Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf at Calder in November and lost a neck decision finishing second in the Dania Beach here on Jan. 16.

Asphalt is son of Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner War Chant trained by Eddie Kenneally and won an allowance race over the course on Jan. 13 in his first start since a game runner-up effort behind Lost Aptitude in a Churchill Downs turf allowance in early November.

Finishing sixth behind Bim Bam in the Hallandale Beach was Augustin Stable’s Cat Park, but he gets another chance Saturday for trainer Graham Motion with John Velazquez aboard for the first time. The Pennsylvania homebred by Tale of the Cat was beaten only 4 ½ lengths by Bim Bam after a strong third-place performance in the Tropical Park Derby (G3) on New Year’s Day at Calder when beaten only a length.

Completing the field for the Palm Beach are Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Dean’s Kitten, Michael Sucher’s Our Champion, Namcook Stable’s Lethal Combination, J. Mack Robinson’s Center Divider and James Karp’s Mutiny.

Lori and George Hall’s In the Rough and Brereton Jones’ Check the Label finished one-two last out in the $125,000 Coconut Grove Stakes on Feb. 14, separated by a half-length; and will likely be the favorites in a field of 10 3-year-old fillies set for the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3), also to be run at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Jockey John Velazquez picks up the mount on In the Rough for trainer Kelly Breen, who also sends out the Halls’ Profiteroles as an uncoupled entry with Elvis Trujillo named to ride. In the Rough is a daughter of Stormy Atlantic that had finished a close-up second an allowance race over the Gulfstream course on Jan. 23 in her grass course debut after winning one of four starts on dirt to begin her career.

Jockey Alan Garcia gets a return call on Check the Label for trainer Graham Motion and was the beaten favorite in the Coconut Grove. The daughter of Stormin Fever had one win and two seconds in four previous starts on turf and finished a respectable third behind Sassy Image in the ‘off the turf’ Sweetest Chant Stakes here on Jan. 17 before the Coconut Grove.

Completing the field for the Herecomesthebride are Charles Deters’ Splendid Sound, Pinnacle Racing Stable’s Musical Romance, Stone Farm and partners’ Upperline, Jack Swain III’s Apple Charlotte, Mary and Chester Broman’s Khancord Kid, Lewis Lakin’s Dynazaper and Teresa and David Palmer’s Tesoro de Amor.


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