Risk Factor Makes Triumphant South Florida Return

October 22, 2014 01:57pm
Gulfstream Park West

Stephen Screnci’s Risk Factor made a triumphant return to South Florida Wednesday with a front-running triumph in the featured sixth-race at Gulfstream Park West. The 4-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, who captured an optional claiming race at Gulfstream in July, most recently finished third in the Turf Monster (G3) at Parx on Sept. 1.

Returning to dirt for Wednesday’s $44,000 six-furlong open allowance, Risk Factor broke sharply under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado to grab a clear lead in the run down the backstretch and never looked back. The Rohan Crichton-trained 3-2 favorite scored by three-quarters of a length over late-closing Grande Shores while running the six furlongs in 1:10.06. Close It Out finished third, another 1 ¾ lengths back.

Jockeys Edgar Prado and Edgard Zayas each had two winners Wednesday. Prado won the fourth aboard Little Baker ($2.40) and Risk Factor ($5) in the sixth while Zayas won the second aboard Afleet Allie ($5.80) and the third on Alcaravan ($31.20).

Gulfstream, Palm Meadows Well-Represented on Pre-Entries Lists for Breeders’ Cup

South Florida racing fans will have many rooting interests in the 31st Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Most notable among the 201 international stars pre-entered for the 13-race World Thoroughbred Championships with connections to Gulfstream Park and/or Palm Meadows Training Center are $5 million Classic prospects Tonalist and V.E. Day.

The pair of classic-winning colts kicked off their respective 3-year-old campaigns during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet last winter. Robert S. Evans’ Tonalist broke his maiden at Gulfstream on Jan. 18, scoring by four going-away lengths over 1 1/8 miles in his second lifetime start. The Christophe Clemente-trained colt went on to win the Belmont Stakes (G1), the third leg of the Triple Crown, after capturing the Jim Dandy (G2) and before prevailing over older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) last time out.

Magalen Bryant’s V. E. Day, who began his career with fifth- and second-place finishes over the Gulfstream Park turf course last winter, went on to achieve success on Saratoga’s main track with a fast-closing 19-1 upset in the Travers Stakes (G1). The James Jerkens-trained son of English Channel finished a nose in front of Wicked Strong and 2 ½ lengths ahead of Tonalist in the ‘Mid-summer Derby.’ Tonalist turned the tables on V. E. Day in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Tonalist and V. E. Day are scheduled to clash with Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome and Pacific Classic (G1) victor Shared Belief in the 1 ¼-mile Classic, in which Cigar Street is sure to have some South Florida supporters. The Bill Mott-trained Cigar Street, owned in a partnership by former Miami Heat forward Rashard Lewis, won three straight races during the 2012-2013 Championship Meet before heading to the sidelines for more than a year. The 5-year-old son of Street Sense returned to winning form in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs.

Breeders’ Cup celebrations are planned for both Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West. Simulcast wagering on the full cards at Santa Anita will be offered at both tracks on both days, including the four Cup races on Friday, Oct. 31 and the nine Cup races on Saturday, Nov.1.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, contests and drawings will be held at Gulfstream, where fans who purchase a seat in the Silks simulcast facility will receive Official Breeders’ Cup hats. An all-you-can-eat buffet ($24.99) will be available in Ten Palms restaurant. A live program will be conducted at Gulfstream Park West, where the Official Breeders’ Cup hat will be given to those purchasing indoor seats. For reservations call 954.457.6201954.457.6201.

The Shug McGaughey-trained Imagining, who closed with a five-wide run to finish second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) in February, is being pointed to the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. The Phipps Stable’s homebred came off his Gulfstream effort to win the Manhattan (G1) in his next start.  McGaughey, the Hall of Fame Gulfstream mainstay, is also slated to be represented by Abaco, stakes-placed at Gulfstream, in the Filly & Mare Turf.

The Championship Meet produced many other high-profile pre-entries, including Golden Ticket (Dirt Mile), Summer Front (Mile), Kaigun (Mile), Stephanie’s Kitten (Filly & Mare Turf), No Nay Never (Turf Sprint), Undrafted (Turf Sprint), two pre-entered horses have especially close ties to Gulfstream Park, having scored victories during the Championship Meet and Summer Meet. Frank Calabrese’ Fast Anna, who is pre-entered for the Sprint, posted a pair of front-running victories during the meetings before shipping north to finish second in both the King’s Bishop (G1) and the Gallant Bob (G3). The son of Dreaming of Anna, the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies champ, is trained by Kathy Ritvo, who became the first woman to saddle a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner last year with Mucho Macho Man. The Carlo Vaccarezza-trained Little Alexis, who is pre-entered for the Filly & Mare Spring, broke her maiden in February and came off a five-month layoff to win the Cash Run Stakes in July before shipping north to finish third in the Test (G1) and fourth in the Cotillion (G1).

Source: Gulfstream Park West


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