Pink Sands goes from last-to-first to take Gulfstream's Rampart

Gulfstream Park Communications
December 14, 2019 04:44pm
Pink Sands goes from last-to-first to take Gulfstream's Rampart
Photo: Gulfstream Park/Lauren King
Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen’s Pink Sands rallied from last to score her first graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Rampart at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapit claimed her third victory in four starts over the Gulfstream Park track in the one-turn mile stakes for fillies and mares.

“She kind of went through her conditions here last year so we felt like when we brought her back down here that she does like the track and she’s had a little bit of an opportunity," McGaughey said. "I took her to Churchill; it was a bad move on my part. She ran bad, we gave her a little time and brought her back at the end of October and the last race was a decent race.

"We had this in our mind after that, and it worked out well. She likes it here, it was a mile and [we were] trying to win a graded-stake with her.”


Pink Sands ($11) dropped far off the pace under Jose Ortiz and Cookie Dough, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Paco Lopez, showed the way along the backstretch while posting fractions of 23.47 and 45.72 seconds for the first half-mile, during which she was stalked by Baccarat Fashion.

The Stanley Gold-trained Cookie Dough continued to show the way on the turn into the homestretch with a clear lead. Pink Sands, who launched her drive on the far turn, swung extremely wide into the stretch and finished with a flurry to catch the favorite at the wire.

“That’s the way she wants to run," McGaughey said, "and Jose knows how to ride her. The 23 [-second first quarter] worried me a little bit but the 45 [second half] I thought might be fast enough. She’s going to go wide, that’s her deal, and when she kicks like that and she gets a little bit of a chance, she’s tough. I think she likes this racetrack. We’re happy today."

Pink Sands, who turned in back-to-back victories before finishing fourth in the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream last season, ran a mile in 1:36.20 to win her fifth race and second stakes from 17 starts.

Cookie Dough, who won the $200,000 Susan’s Girl and $400,000 My Dear Girl Florida Sire Stakes divisions last year at Gulfstream, finished ahead of third-place finisher Cairenn while making her first start since August.

 

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