Trainer Christophe Clement has begun shipping runners from
his powerful stable out of his Payson Park winter quarters back to New
York, but will continue to have runners for spots that fit during
the final weeks of the Gulfstream
Park meet, including the
$50,000 South Beach Stakes next Saturday (Apr. 10).
Clement has a trio of fillies and mares eligible for the
South Beach to be run at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf course – Oak Bluff
Stable’s 4-year-old filly Akilina, Jon and Sarah Kelly’s 5-year-old Irish-bred
mare Carribean Sunset and Waratah Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old filly Miss World.
Carribean Sunset is a daughter of Danehill Dancer and an
intriguing prospect that hasn’t run since a solid third-place finish in the
Palomar Handicap (G2) at Del Mar on Sept. 9, beaten a length as the favorite.
In her two previous starts she won the Dr. James Penny Handicap at Philadelphia
and narrowly missed when second by a head to Eclipse champion Forever Together
in the Diana Handicap (G1) at Saratoga.
Akilina is a daughter of Langfuhr and finished third in the
Honey Fox Stakes (G3) over the Gulfstream course on Feb. 20 in her first
appearance since shipping to Louisiana
to score in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 5. Miss World posted a
13-to-1 upset winning the Garden City Stakes (G1) at Belmont