Best Behavior, Fusaichi Red head Sea Lily
June 01, 2016 10:54am
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Photo: Leslie Martin

Smart Choice Stable’s Fusaichi Red is scheduled to make her 2016 debut in the $75,000 Sea Lily Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday’s $525,000 Summit of Speed Preview Day program.

The 6-furlong Sea Lily is prep for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), which will co-feature the July 2 Summit of Speed program with the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2). Both graded-stakes are designated Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ events.

The George Weaver-trained Fusaichi Red has a strong series of workouts at Palm Beach Downs in preparation for the Sea Lily. The 4-year-old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in the Fort Springs Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 31.

Following a pair of runner-up finishes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, Fusaichi Red encountered trouble in a pair of third-place finishes at Gulfstream to kick off her 2015 campaign. She subsequently broke through with a maiden score at Parx before capturing the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth and finishing third behind Grade 1 winner Cavorting in the Prioress (G2) at Saratoga Sept. 6.

Cornelio Velasquez was named to ride Fusaichi Red, who is scheduled to face seven fillies and mares in the Sea Lily, including a pair of locally based Grade 3 stakes winners, Best Behavior and Dogwood Trail.

Miller Racing’s Best Behavior, who finished third in last year’s Sea Lily, notched three straight on-the-board finishes in graded-stakes during Gulfstream’s championship meet, including a two-length triumph over multiple graded-stakes winner Stonetastic in the Sugar Swirl. The 6-year-old daughter of Into Mischief captured an optional claiming allowance April 1.

Emisael Jaramillo is scheduled to guide Best Behavior.

Jacks or Better Farm’s Dogwood Trail captured the Grade 3 Azalea on last year’s Summit of Speed program. Formerly trained by Stanley Gold, the 4-year-old daughter of Awesome of Course is set to make her first start for trainer Mark Casse Saturday. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount aboard the multiple-stakes winner.

Heardsdale Racing’s Savingtime,  Orlyana Farm’s My Miss Venezuela, Drawing Away Stable’s Winning for Sarah, P D Horse Stables’ Morea, and Adolfo Esposito’s Double Secret round out the field.

Dearest Returns from Freshening in Royal Palm Stakes

Gelfenstein Farm LLC’s Dearest is scheduled to return to action after a three-month freshening in Saturday’s $75,000 Royal Palm Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies that will serve as a prep for either the $100,000 Azalea or the Princess Rooney on the Summit of Speed program.

The daughter of Midshipman most recently finished third after setting the pace in the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Feb. 27. Cathryn Sophia, who captured the one-turn mile event, went on to capture the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs, while the runner-up Lewis Bay, continued on to win the Gazelle (G2) at Aqueduct and finish third behind Cathryn Sophia in the Oaks.

Prior to her solid showing in the Davona Dale, Dearest launched her career with a pair of impressive victories, a two-length decision in a six-furlongs maiden test and a 1 ¼-length allowance score at seven furlongs.

Trainer Gilberto Zerpa named Emisael Jaramillo to ride Dearest in her return to action.

Multiple-stakes winner Ballet Diva is also among the seven fillies entered in the Royal Palm. The Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred filly is coming off a front-running triumph in the Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream March 19.

Formerly trained by Stanley Gold, the daughter of Hear No Evil is slated to make her first start for trainer Mark Casse. Ballet Diva has won five of 10 lifetime starts, including a front-running score in the $300,000 Florida Sire Stakes Susan’s Girl last September. Jose Caraballo has the return mount.

Orlyana Farm’s My Dear Venezuela, who finished second against older fillies and mares in the Miss Gracie last time out; Arindel’s Pancake, a multiple-stakes winner; and Bell Racing’s Shakakan, a runner-up in her 2016 debut in an optional claiming allowance; are among the more prominent contenders.

Little Dream’s Racing’s Little Pricilla and Capi Racing Stable’s She Takes Heart round out the field.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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