Soutache improves Florida resume with In Reality win
September 30, 2017 08:53am
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GoldMark Farm’s homebred Soutache ran to his 1-9 odds Saturday, producing a 1 ½-length victory in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park.


In winning the 1 1/16-mile event in 1:45.10 under jockey Tyler Gaffalione, Soutache rewarded GoldMark with two-thirds of the three-race series and also provided trainer Ralph Nicks with a sweep of the three races for 2-year-old colts. Nicks, who won the first leg with Phantom Ro, joins trainers Stanley Gold and Manny Tortora as the only trainers to sweep the series with two horses.


Soutache is now three for four in his career. His only loss was a third-place finish behind Phantom Ro in the opening leg. Arindel’s Tip Sheet was second and Tracy Pinchin’s Highborn third.


“He’s grown into a very professional horse and does things the right way,” said Nicks of Soutache, who returned $2.20.


“I don’t think you can describe sky high very well other than sky high,” said GoldMark owner T. Paul Bulmahn. “It’s just been a beautiful experience.”


Breaking cleanly away from the gate, Soutache was rated in third by Gaffalione around the first turn and entering the backstretch while Highborn set fractions of :23.93 and :48.58. After the longshot His Name Is Sue tugged jockey Eduardo Nunez to the front approaching the three-eighths pole, Gaffalione stayed right behind the pacesetters entering the turn before taking the lead around the turn from Highborn and then having plenty left to hold off Tip Sheet at the finish.


“My horse broke sharp and put himself in a good spot,” Gaffalione said. “I let the speed outside of me go on and sat right off them and he relaxed beautifully back there. When I called on him he exploded. Ralph did a great job and I can’t thank the owners enough. The game plan was to try and sit off the pace and see what happens at the break. With a bunch of young horses going two turns for the first time, you never know. I wanted to get him into a nice rhythm and he should be the best here, so we just needed to run smart, which we did.”


“He was in great position and looked to be relaxed and in good form the whole way,” Nicks said. “He had a very good trip, very smooth. Tyler looked awful confident at the quarter pole and I was like, ‘Go on and open up a little bit.’ You never know with 2-year-olds.”


When asked if he had any desire to look at the Breeders’ Cup with Soutache, Nicks replied, “I would imagine he’s going to get a vacation.”

Source: Gulfstream Park


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