As a turf sprint specialist on a five-race win streak there are
limited opportunities for Nutmeg Stable’s 3-year-old filly Madame Giry.
But Thursday’s third race allowance feature at five furlongs on turf
should fit her just right with jockey Jose Lezcano riding for trainer
A Maryland-bred daughter of Castledale, Madame Giry launched her
streak breaking her maiden over the Belmont Park course in July, won a
pair of allowance tests at Saratoga, and stepped up to capture the Smart
N Fancy Stakes back at Belmont in September before another impressive
tally in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes over the Keeneland
course last out on Oct. 12.
“It took a week for the race to go, but we’re still pretty much on
schedule with her,” said Gambolati Sunday morning. “I don’t get to use
her regular rider Eddie Castro. He’s got five or six mounts in New York
that day, but I’ve got Jose Lezcano, who worked her last week.
“My biggest concern is that the course has been speed-oriented in
turf sprints. They just go to the front and don’t come back. We’ll just
hope she can stay up close enough early to have a chance against the
bias. The timing works well for her to make her next start in a stakes
at Tampa and then a race here in late February if all goes well.”
The Tampa Bay Downs race is the $75,000 Lightning City Stakes at
about five furlongs on Sat., Jan. 26 and the Gulfstream race is the
$60,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at five furlongs on Feb. 24.
Madame Giry faces five rivals in Thursday’s race that carries a
purse of $65,000 with her most dangerous rival likely to be William
Schettine’s 4-year-old Rosa Salvaje to be ridden by leading rider Joel
Rosario for trainer Lisa Lewis.
A daughter of Chapel Royal, Rosa Salvaje was an allowance winner
sprinting over the Gulfstream course early this year on Jan. 16 and
didn’t run again until scoring in the Shakespeare Cross Stakes at
Saratoga on July 30. In one start since she finished an even sixth
behind Inspired in the $200,000 Turf Amazon Stakes over the Parx course
on Sept. 3.
Rosario & Velazquez in Action Wednesday at Santa Anita
Current leading Gulfstream Park jockey Joel Rosario and two-time
meet champion John Velazquez will make a day trip Wednesday to
California to accept mounts in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (G1) on
opening day at Santa Anita, returning to Gulfstream to ride Thursday.
Rosario has a return call on Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 3-year-old
gelding Politicallycorrect, who ships from Gulfstream for current
leading trainer Wesley Ward. They teamed up at Santa Anita on Breeders’
Cup Sat., Nov. 3 as the son of Kitten’s Joy won the $100,000 Damascus
Stakes early that afternoon.
That same day Velazquez rode Barry Schwartz’ 3-year-old The Lumber
Guy to finish a game second behind Trinniberg in the $1.5 million
Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and they are re-united for the Malibu.
Rosario, who leads the Gulfstream standings with 17 wins after 16
days of the session, also will be aboard Glen Hill Farm’s 3-year-old
filly Creditcardroulette for trainer Tom Proctor in the $300,000 La Brea
Stakes (G1) earlier on the Santa Anita card Wednesday.