Bode's Dream Remains Undefeated in House Party

Bode's Dream Remains Undefeated in House Party
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Bode’s Dream got the jump on her eight rivals and continued on to register a comfortable front-running victory in the $75,000 House Party Stakes, scoring by 2 ¾ lengths in the first of six $75,000 stakes on Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase card at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old daughter of Bodemeister kept her record clean with her romp over a sloppy track, capturing her third straight victory without a loss while running six furlongs in 1:11.16.
Bode’s Dream, who captured her career debut by 3 ¾ lengths at Gulfstream May 11, hadn’t raced since scoring by 2 ¾ lengths in the $200,000 Astoria Stakes at Belmont June 9.
“She’d been training well, but it’s been a while since she ran. We had her ready off the layoff,” Pletcher said. “The one thing she has is exceptional gate speed. She broke and it was pretty straight forward after that.”
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Bode’s Dream rocketed to the early lead under John Velazquez, stalked by Wildcat Kate along the backstretch. The Kentucky-bred filly continued to show the way around the far turn before shaking off a mild bid by Wildcat Kate turning for home and drawing away to a decisive victory.
Wildcat Kate, ridden by Eduardo Nunez, held second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of late-running Brahms Cat and jockey Jose Alvarez. Even-money favorite Yes I’ll Go was never a factor while finishing fifth following a slow start from the No. 1 post position.
“It was one of those things where you see so much speed on the inside and the outside and you think you’re going to break and be right behind the speed. No one broke, so I let her do it. She was doing it pretty easy and she was comfortable the way she was doing it,” Velazquez said. “The other horse came to her early and, right before the three-eighths pole, I kind of kept her in there and kept her head clear, switched to the outside and she gave me a good run.”
Owned by St. Elias Stable, Bode’s Dream earned $45,105 for her second stakes victory.
“She’s obviously fast, so she gives us the impression that she’s a quality sprinter,” Pletcher said. “The next logical step would be the Old Hat (Grade 3, Jan. 7).”
Lirica Stretches Out to Score in Hut Hut Stakes: Magic Stables’ Lirica appreciated the added distance of Saturday’s one-mile Hut Hut Stakes, notching her first stakes victory in her first race beyond 6 ½ furlongs.
The daughter of Kantharos had won two of her first four starts at sprint distances while finishing second twice, including a narrow loss in the Cassidy Stakes at Gulfstream in June. After finishing off the board for the first time in the recent Juvenile Fillies Sprint at Gulfstream Park West off a three-month layoff, trainer Antonio Sano opted to run Lirica in the Hut Hut instead of the six-furlong House Party.
Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Lirica saved ground while advancing along the backstretch run before being angled to the outside for a run at pacesetter My Lerler on the far turn. The 5-2 scond choice responded when asked for her run, roaring off the turn into the homestretch and wearing down My Lerler to score by a length over a sloppy track. 
“I talked to Edgard this morning and I told him the track was different today. With it being sloppy, it’s not good to be in the back, maybe be third or fourth early, and at the three-eighths pole make one move,” Sano said. “The last race after the layoff turned out to be good preparation for today.”
My Cousin Martha made a strong inside run under Miguel Vazquez to finish second 10 ½ lengths ahead of a tiring My Lerler, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Carlos Olivero.
Lirica ran the mile in 1:39.68 over the off going.
“The distance helped her. It was so easy for her because she was so comfortable close to the pace and coming into the stretch she finishes pretty good, so it came out perfect for her,” Zayas said. “I had to make the move because I saw [My Cousin Martha] was coming through the inside so I needed to get the jump on her and it worked out pretty good.”
Source: Gulfstream Park

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