Streaking Gufo steps up to graded stakes in Delaware Park's Kent

Streaking Gufo steps up to graded stakes in Delaware Park's Kent
Photo: Lauren King/Gulstream Park
Otter Bend’s Gufo tops the $125,000 Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile grass affair has attracted a field of eight 3-year-olds. The Kent has been carded as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 5:15 p.m. ET. Gufo will try to extend his current winning streak to four. The Kentucky-bred trained by Christophe Clement, started his career with a third in an Aqueduct turf maiden on Nov. 17. The son of Declaration of War followed with three successive turf victories all at Gulfstream Park. On Dec. 29, Gufo broke his maiden by a nose going 1 1/16 miles. He followed with a half-length triumph in a 1 1/8-mile allowance on March 27. In his most recent, he won the 1 1/16-mile, $75,000 English Channel Stakes on May 2. He has career earnings of $102,510. Trainer Graham Motion has entered Alex Campbell Jr.’s Bye Bye Melvin, who has a career record of two wins and a third from six starts with earnings of $32,840. In his most recent, the son of Uncle Mo was unplaced in the 1 1/16-mile, $400,000 Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 7. His previous two efforts, on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs, tell the real story of the Kentucky-bred. On Dec. 7, he broke his maiden going a 1 1/16 miles by 8 1/4 lengths and then he followed with a three-quarter length score in a one-mile allowance on Jan. 8.


“He had two solid turf victories at Tampa over the winter,” Motion said. “But we thought he breezed really well on the dirt, so we decided to run him in the Tampa Bay Derby. After the Tampa Bay Derby, we are excited to get him back on the grass. He is a half-brother to Mean Mary, so we think he has a bright future on the grass.” Mean Mary has a career turf record of five wins and a second, including victories this year in the La Prevoyante (G3) and Orchid (G3) at Gulfstream Park and New York (G2) at Belmont Park.

2020 Kent Stakes (G3)

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