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Bim Bam Tops Gulfstream Closing Day

Gulfstream Park
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J D Farm’s 3-year-old colt Bim Bam and Farnsworth Stables’ 4-year-old filly Speak Easy Gal have each won stakes during Gulfstream Park’s 2010 racing season, and each could take home a final major prize on closing day at the session in the $100,000 Island Whirl Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes and $100,000 Capital Request Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes, respectively.

The two companion events to be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf highlight the first annual $400,000 Sunshine State Bonanza program with four other races worth $50,000 each on the 12-race card to be run under starter/allowance conditions, two at one mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up and two at seven furlongs on the main track restricted to 3-year-olds.

Jockey Elvis Trujillo is named to ride Bim Bam for trainer David Brownlee as the homebred son of Deputy Wild Cat returns from a brief freshening to run against older horses for the first time in a full field of 12 entered in the Island Whirl, although he will have to break from post 11.

Bim Bam was a game nose winner of the Hallandale Beach Stakes over highly-regarded Interactif on Feb. 7 and came back to finish fifth last out as the favorite in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) on Mar. 6 won by Paddy O’Prado, finishing out of the money for the first time in 10 career starts on dirt and turf while posting earnings of more than $300,000.

Owner-trainer Lori Smock’s 4-year-old gelding Allie’s Event will get plenty of support in the race with regular rider Carlos Montalvo aboard as he makes his Gulfstream debut after four good efforts on turf at Tampa Bay Downs. The son of Wild Event finished a game second last out in the Turf Classic on Apr. 3.

Completing the field for the Island Whirl are White Hall Lane Farm’s Saint Jude, Patriot Stable’s Famous Patriot, Korina Stable’s Sincero, Jacqueline Tortora’s Pound Foolish, L and D Farm’s Riversrunrylee, Santa Cruz Ranch’s Stay Red, Dennis Manning’s Roman Tiger, Lawrence Foggle’s I’m Only Laughing, Steve Dwoskin’s Mean Sax and E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Gold Trippi.

Speak Easy Gal appears to be a standout in the Capital Request with Elvis Trujillo getting a return call for trainer Marty Wolfson in a field of nine fillies and mares as she bids for a fourth consecutive victory over the Gulfstream course, most recently a wire-to-wire score in the 12-furlong Orchid Stakes (G3) on Mar. 28. The daughter of West Acre had won three straight allowance events previously at 1 1/16 miles.

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While Speak Easy Gal is on a win streak of three, High Grade Racing Stable and Aventura Stable’s 7-year-old mare Talented Princess has won her last seven starts for trainer Peter Walder beginning last summer at Monmouth Park when the daughter of Suave Prospect scored for a $22,000 claiming tag.

Completing the field drawn for the Capital Request are Marilyn Selter’s Amazing, Sweeney and Leigh’s Nina Springs, Patricia Generazio’s Just Livin a Dream, Fernando Abreu’s Granted Tiger, Charles Patton’s Omega Cat, Caroni Stable’s Cumana and Tom and Helene Andreadakis’ Many Kisses.

Speak Easy Gal, Talented Princess and Cumana are double-entered into the $50,000 Coolbythepool starter/allowance at one mile on turf, which drew an overflow field of 13 fillies and mares.

The companion event to the Coolbythepool also at one mile on turf is the $50,000 Carterista starter/allowance attracting a wide-open field of 10 3-year-olds and up with Javier Negrete’s 4-year-old Wingedlie among the likely choices.

The $50,000 Shake You Down starter/allowance at seven furlongs drew a field of 11 where Stride Rite Stable’s Bernie the Maestro rates as the probable favorite for trainer Milt Wolfson after winning his last two starts here, one on the main track and the last on turf.

Completing the Sunshine State Bonanza stakes line-up is the $50,000 Cherokee Frolic starter/allowance with a field of nine 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs led by Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Sweet N Sour Nina. Trained by Tom Proctor, the daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint has won three straight over the track, most recently a starter/allowance at seven-eighths on Mar. 28.




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