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Wide Open Rampart

Chiefswood Stable’s Aurora Lights looked good winning the Sabin Stakes (G3) going a mile over the Gulfstream track on Feb. 27 by 2 ¾ lengths  and Alex Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil drew clear for a 2 ¼ lengths victory in the Wayward Lass Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last out on the same afternoon.

The two 4-year-old fillies face off Saturday going 1 1/8 miles in the Rampart Stakes in a field of eight fillies and mares with Cornelio Velasquez on Aurora Lights for trainer Eric Coatrieux and Ramon Dominguez atop Don’t Forget Gil for trainer Mark Hennig.

The intriguing player in the Rampart will be Paula C. Stud’s 4-year-old Venezuelan-bred filly Bambera, a winner of 16 of 18 starts in Venezuela and most recently capturing the Clasico del Caribe in Puerto Rico on Dec. 6. Regular rider Edgar Perez will be on hand to ride the daughter of Water Poet for Calder-based trainer Pablo Andrade.

Completing the field are Farnsworth Stables’ Champagne Eyes, Javier Castellano; Ersoff Racing’s Even Road, Cornelio Velasquez; Lael Stable’s Miss Match, Alan Garcia; Team Valor International’s Miss Singhsix, Julien Leparoux; and Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler’s Unrivaled Belle, Kent Desormeaux.


Kiss the Kid Bids for Appleton Repeat

Hardacre Farm’s versatile 7-year-old Kiss the Kid left South Florida last winter for summer quarters at Monmouth Park after winning the Appleton Stakes as the favorite and will be among the choices to capture the 7 ½ furlongs turf test again Saturday with jockey Eddie Castro aboard for owner-trainer Amy Tarrant.

A son of Lemon Drop Kid, Kiss the Kid has not won a race since then, but not because he hasn’t run well as he was beaten three times by a neck when second in stakes since then – the Oceanport over a ‘sloppy’ track at Monmouth Park in early August, the Meadowlands Cup (G2) in mid-October and ‘off the turf’ Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 10.

In one start since the Ft. Lauderdale, Kiss the Kid was never a factor chasing Quality Road home seventh last in the Donn Handicap (G1) on Feb. 6.

Completing the field of nine older horses drawn for the 59th Appleton are H B O Stable’s Almoradi, Agnes Peace’s Boots Ahead, Joyce Young and Gerald McManis’ Carson Hall, Elle Boje Farm and partners’ Rahy’s Attorney, Charles Fipke’s Society’s Chairman, Edward P. Evans’ Storm Play, Chandley Farms’ Suyeta and R.A. Hill Stable and Vic Fontana’s Together Indy.




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