Race of the Week 2017

G1-placed Blonde Bomber sharp in half-mile breeze at Gulfstream Park

Arindel’s stakes winner Blonde Bomber, a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar, worked four furlongs in 47.54 seconds Wednesday morning over Gulfstream Park’s main track.
 
Ranked sixth among 19 horses, it was the second work for the 2-year-old daughter of Grade 1 winner Fort Larned since returning from southern California. She went the same distance in 49.60 seconds Nov. 27.
 
“She’s good,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “We’re just trying to not overdo it and not fall too far behind until we decide exactly what we’re going to do with her, and keep her happy. She went nice today and was happy. Everything’s going good with her.”
 
Blonde Bomber broke her maiden on her fifth try Sept. 2 at Gulfstream and came back four weeks later with a 7 ¼-length triumph in the Our Dear Peggy Stakes. Sent off at 30-1 in the Breeders’ Cup, she trailed the 13-horse field for a half-mile and was still nine lengths back with 2 ½ furlongs to run before uncorking a steady rally on the far outside to finish a  neck behind runner-up Alluring Star.
 
The Juvenile Fillies upset winner, Caledonia Road, is based at Gulfstream with trainer Ralph Nicks.
 
“Some people would like to say she passed tired horses, but she wasn’t passing horses because they were tired. She was coming,” Gold said. “She was making up a lot of ground. She ran a good race and I’m looking forward to seeing if she can continue that kind of form and be that kind of horse.”
 
Gold has yet to decide where to kick off Blonde Bomber’s sophomore campaign. Gulfstream’s series for 3-year-old fillies starts with the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at seven furlongs Feb. 3 and continues with the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at one mile March 3 and the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at 1 1/16 miles March 31.
 
“I think it’s pretty much down to the series here and the series at Fair Grounds. Here you have to go to two one-turn races before you go a distance. and there you’ve got three two-turn races. The time frame is pretty close to the same,” he said. “It’s nice to have to make that choice if you have something to make it with. We’ll sort that out as we go along. She’ll tell us.”

Source: Gulfstream Park

 

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