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,
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
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.
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
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
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