Six South Florida-trained stakes runners boarded the Tex
Sutton Forwarding charter flight Wednesday morning at nearby Opa Locka Airport en route to Los Angeles for Saturday’s Sunshine Million
races at Santa Anita.
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ Palladio (Roger Attfield) and
Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style (Rusty Arnold) are entered in the $500,000
Classic, Glen Hill Farm’s Closeout (Tom Proctor) and E.J. Sukley’s Tight
Precision (Tom Proctor) in the $300,000 Filly & Mare Turf and Desperado
Stables’ Rate of Exchange (Marty Wolfson) and David Ross’ Libor Lady (Michael
Pino) in the $200,000 Filly & Mare Sprint.
The only jockey confirmed to travel in either direction
Saturday for the rich races is 2009 Gulfstream meet champion Jose Lezcano, who
flies to California
and is named on Sleep Tight for trainer Mike Mitchell in the Filly & Mare
Sprint and Closeout for trainer Tom Proctor in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Four stakes runners from the three Sunshine Millions races
at Gulfstream arrived on the Tex Sutton charter on Tuesday before the return
Gary and Cecil
Barber’s Machismo (John Sadler) runs in the $200,000 Sprint, Guy Francone’s Tie
Rod in the $300,000 Turf along with Jerry Hollendorfer and partners’ Christmas
Ship and Robert Adams’ Unforgotten in the $300,000 Distaff.
The plane stopped over in New Orleans
to pick up Unforgotten for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Several others in the three races will van in from the
Tampa Bay-Ocala area including Jagger Stable’s Sneaking Uponyou (Jamie Ness),
owner-trainer Kenneth Hoffman’s Rockefeller for the Sprint along with Mac
Fehsenfeld’s Ballonenostrikes and trainer Dennis Manning’s Roman Tiger for the