Doctor J Dub slams door on Daring Kathy in Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint

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July 02, 2016 01:47pm
Doctor J Dub wins 2016 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint
Photo: Gulfstream Park
Drawing Away Stable's Doctor J Dub led gate-to-wire, holding off multiple-stakes winner Daring Kathy down the stretch, to win the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Sprint Saturday at Gulfstream by a neck.

The 6-year-old son of Sharp Humor, who was turned over to Jena Antonucci in May after being trained previously by Maria Borell, returned $58. Doctor J Dub covered the a firm five furlong course in :55.38.

A winner of five of 22 starts, Doctor J Dub had run in allowance optional claimer turf sprints during the winter and finished sixth in March in the Silks Run.

"I'm so proud of this horse," Antonucci said. "Our huge focus when we got him was to get him to take a breath, relax, be happy."

After finishing fourth for Antonucci in the five furlong Bonita at Gulfstream June 4, Doctor J Dub tired at a mile June 26. "It was an experiment for us, more a pedigree thing," Antonucci said. "It's hard to take an older horse and shut him down and have him go two turns. But it was a question we wanted to ask, so the race became more of a big breeze for him."

Antonucci said the plan now is "probably New York."

Pink Poppy Impressive in Spook Express

Arindel Farm's 5-year-old homebred Pink Poppy led gate-to-wire under jockey Rafael Hernandez to win Saturday's $75,000 Spook Express by three lengths over Susie Bee.

A daughter of Tiznow trained by Ronny Werner, Pink Poppy was taken to the front by Hernandez and coasted through fractions of :24.18, :47.70 and 1:10.41 before covering the firm 1 1/16 mile course in 1:39.67. Pink Poppy, a winner of four of 19 starts, previously won the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at Gulfstream in 2015.

The race is named after a son of Comic Blush who was a multiple graded-stakes winner. Trained by Tom Skiffington, Spook Express finished second in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and won Gulfstream's Honey Fox (G3) and Suwannee River (G3) that same year.

Aire Bueno Takes Miesque's Approval

Jockey Matthew Rispoli drove the 7-year-old gelding Aire Bueno inside the pacesetter Star Contender down the stretch to win the $75,000 Miesque's Approval by three quarters of a length over a closing Hammers Terror. Star Contender was third.

Owned by Charles Simon and La Estrella and trained by Simon, Aire Bueno covered a firm 1 1/16 mile turf course in 1:40.68. Aire Bueno, a winner of 12 of 39 starts, has won three of his last four starts for Simon. His only loss was a second-place finish June 16 when he lacked room and had to alter course down the stretch.

Source: Gulfstream Park

 

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