Temple Fur finds winning spot in Mary Todd

February 20, 2017 12:15pm
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Photo: Leslie Martin

Temple Fur ran a deceptively good race in the Claiming Crown Tiara at Gulfstream Park Dec. 3. She finished eighth, but was beaten just 3 3/4 lengths, following a traffic-plagued trip. It was an effort that prompted her trainer, Jessica Campitelli, to give consideration to running the filly in the Suwannee River (G3) Feb. 11.  

Ultimately, Campitelli ended up scratching the 4-year-old daughter of Temple City out of the Suwannee River in favor of Monday’s $60,000 Mary Todd, one of 12 starter stakes worth a total of $640,000 in purse money on a special Presidents’ Day card at Gulfstream Park.

That decision paid off in a big way for Campitelli and the filly’s owners, Stirrup Trouble LLC, as Temple Fur won the 1 1/16-mile turf race by one length over Be Playful. The race’s 2-1 favorite, Quiet Kitten, failed to fire and finished seventh in the 11-horse field of fillies and mares.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Temple Fur saved ground while racing comfortably toward the rear of the field down the backstretch. Castellano eased her out around the final turn and she came with a five-wide move at the top of the stretch, and then finished with a flourish. She returned $12.40 and completed the distance over a firm course in 1:40.93.

“There were just a lot of traffic problems in her last race . . . not the jockey’s fault . . . just how it is in a big field,” Campitelli remarked. “I wanted Javier to save ground on the first turn if at all possible, and he wanted to do that, if at all possible. I gave no instructions after that. I said that she would kick for him down the lane.”

The Mary Todd marked the second stakes win for Temple Fur on a holiday program at Gulfstream Park. Last Independence Day, Temple Fur captured the 7 1/2-furlong Betsy Ross Stakes. 

Navarro Wins Despite Shaft of Light’s Flop

The Jorge Navarro-trained Shaft of Light went postward as a strong favorite to win the $50,000 Trust Buster, but the 1-5 choice didn’t break well from his rail post and ended up finishing fourth in Race 4. But Navarro didn’t come away empty-handed; he saddled Al and Michelle Crawford Racing’s Fire Mission ($14.80) to victory in the second running of the Trust Buster.

Ridden by the white-hot Luis Saez, Fire Mission, a 7-year-old son of Wildcat Heir, was a 1 3/4-length winner over Big Boy Bruno in the seven-furlong dirt race. His final time was 1:24.64.

“I’m sick [over Shaft of Light’s bad start],” Navarro said of the winner of the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit at Gulfstream Park Dec. 3. “I don’t know what happened.”

Fire Mission was claimed by Navarro for $30,000 from a Jan. 12 race at Gulfstream Park in which the gelding finished second. The Trust Buster was his first start for his new connections.

“He’s an older horse. He’s a [sound] horse and trained good,” Navarro said. “The race set up for him. I thought he was going to be second. I don’t know what to say.”

Navarro returned later in the card to win Race 9, the $50,000 Lady Bird with Too Clever by Half ($8.20).

Mo Cash Undefeated after American Fabius Win

Marco Thoroughbred Corp’s Mo Cash followed his nine-length win in a $35,000 maiden claimer last month with another eye-catching performance in the $60,000 American Fabius.

Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, the Ron Spatz-trained 3-year-old is now undefeated in two career starts. After pressing the pace and storming to the lead around the turn, Mo Cash won the seven-furlong dirt race by 3 3/4 lengths over Dont Come Knockin. The winner returned $7 as the second choice in the eight-horse field and completed the distance in 1:26.14.

The son of Adios Charlie was acquired for $11,000 at auction as a 2-year-old and didn’t reach the races until Jan. 27.

“He had shins when I bought him out of the sale, and I stopped and took care of him,” Spatz said. “I thought today was a good test for him. We hoped he was this good, but you never know until you try them. I thought it was a good acid test for him to see if he was up to this level of competition, because it was a wide-open and very tough race. I don’t think you will see him in a claimer for his next race.”

Chepstow Wins Third Straight

Chepstow ($8.60) kicked off the all-stakes program with a gutsy one-length triumph in the $50,000 Rough and Ready, a 1 1/16-mile event for horses that started for a claiming price of $12,500.  GLAB Racing Stable’s 7-year-old gelding registered his third straight victory while following up a triumph in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse in his most recent start.

The Ralph Ziadie-trained gelding ran 1 1/16-miles in 1:45.51 under jockey Edgard Zayas. Goodtimehadbyall, a runner-up to Chepstow in the Iron Horse, again finished second,  5 ¼ lengths ahead of Racetrack Romance.

Ziadie was back in the winner’s circle in Race 3 with R Kingsley Doll, the 3-2 favorite of the $60,000 Queen Mother, a seven-furlong race for older fillies and mares. Ridden by Paco Lopez, R Kingsley Doll won the race by one length over Little Cherie. She returned $5. Last year at Gulfstream Park, R Kinsley Doll won back-to-back races as part of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
Source: Gulfstream Park


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