Seismic Jolt seeks to shake things up in Gulfstream's Ocala

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May 30, 2019 02:44pm
Seismic Jolt seeks to shake things up in Gulfstream's Ocala
Photo: Leslie Martin/Gulfstream Park

e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Farm’s Seismic Jolt, a stakes winner during the Championship Meet, is set for a return to action in Saturday’s $75,000 Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old son of Kantharos, who was purchased for $800,000 at the 2018 OBS April 2-year-olds-in-training sale, will take on six other sophomores in the 6 ½-furlong sprint, carded as Race 4 on Gulfstream’s 12-race program with first-race post time 12:45 p.m.

Seismic Jolt has been idle since finishing sixth in the Feb. 2 Swale (G3), in which never recovered from the hard bump that significantly hampered his start.

“He just broke bad that day and got dirt on his face," 
trainer David Fawkes said. "He just wasn’t comfortable that day in the race. With that, we decided to go ahead and give him a little break and freshen him up."

Prior to the disappointing outcome in the Swale, Seismic Jolt had won back-to-back races, including a five-length maiden score in his third career start, followed by a 3 ½-length triumph in the Limehouse Stakes.

“He’s grown up a bit. He’s a lot more sensible. I don’t mean that he was bad, but he’s an older horse now,” Fawkes said. “He came back from Stonestreet Farm and looked fabulous. When he came in, he looked great.”

Seismic Jolt has turned in two sharp breezes at Gulfstream since returning from Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky. – a half-mile in 47.23 seconds and five furlongs in 1:01.65.

Seismic Jolt, who will be ridden for the first time by Edgard Zayas, raced on turf in his first two career starts. The Florida-bred colt made his debut for trainer Mark Casse, finishing fourth in a Aug. 13 Saratoga maiden race won by Fog of War, who came right back to win the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine.

Transferred to Fawkes for his second race, Seismic Jolt finished second at Gulfstream Park West in an Oct. 28 maiden race won by Gladiator King, with whom he’ll clash again Saturday.

Thoroughbred Champions Training Center’s Gladiator King has run 11 times since breaking his maiden on turf Oct. 28. Despite such a busy schedule, the son of Curlin has flourished in recent starts at sprint distances. The Jaime Mejia-trained colt, who was badly beaten the Holy Bull (G2) and Fountain of Youth (G2) around two turns at Gulfstream, closed out the Championship Meet with a front-running four-length victory in the seven-furlong Hutcheson (G3) March 23.

He came right back to win the April 20 Roar Stakes before venturing Pimlico Race Course to compete on the Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard. Gladiator King set a pressured pace before falling just a head short of holding off victorious Lexitonian in the six-furlong Chick Lang (G3)

Leonel Reyes has the return mount Saturday.

Jacks or Better Farm’s Garter and Tie, who was beaten by just a nose in the Roar Stakes, will take another shot at beating Gladiator King Saturday. The Ralph Nicks-trained colt, who rallied from sixth to just miss catching the front-running Gladiator King in the seven-furlong Roar, most recently finished a late-closing second in the seven-furlong Big Drama Stakes at Gulfstream.

Garter and Tie, who captured the $200,000 FSS Affirmed last summer, will be ridden once again by Jeffrey Sanchez. The son of Brooks ‘n Down has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite ahead of Gladiator King (5-2) and Seismic Jolt (7-2).


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