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Gulfstream Park
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Trainer Marty Wolfson appears to hold a strong hand for the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) and $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) among five stakes to be run on Donn Handicap weekend at Gulfstream Park, Feb. 9-10, respectively.

“I’m planning on both Swagger Jack and Indiano for the Sprint Championship,” said Wolfson Thursday morning after Indiano breezed an easy half-mile in 50 3/5 at Calder.

“I love the way Swagger Jack is doing right now. I’d rather the race was a flat mile like his last two races, but he should be fine at seven-eighths.”

Silverton Hill LLC’s 5-year-old Swagger Jack has already made four starts at this Gulfstream meet, winning the last two in allowance races going a mile on Dec. 29 and Jan. 17. The son of Smart Strike defeated Ever So Lucky and Spring Hill Farm in the first and Easter Gift in the second.

Stud El Aguila’s 5-year-old Indiano also won his last start here, capturing the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) going six furlongs on Dec. 29 over Off the Jak with Action Andy third. Off the Jak came back to win the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 19. A Kentucky-bred by Indian Charlie, Indiano has a 17-10-4-2 record, winning his first five starts in Panama prior to joining the Wolfson barn.

Wolfson has a trio of fillies and mares nominated to the Hurricane Bertie, but will “probably just go with Golden Mystery,” he said. Farnsworth Stables’ 7-year-old Golden Mystery has made three starts at the meet, winning the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on Jan. 19 over Emma’s Encore in second.

A daughter of Awesome Again with earnings of $460,000, Golden Mystery had previously finished second to Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) runner-up Dust and Diamonds in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) here on Dec. 8 and second to Successful Song in the Ocala Stakes on Dec. 30.

Golden Mystery is consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed sales on Mon., Feb. 11. “I wasn’t thinking of running her back in here until I found out that Dust and Diamonds was retired. She’ll leave for Kentucky the night of the race,” said Wolfson.



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