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Breeders' Cup 2017

This Ones For Phil back at favorite venue

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

The best chance for one of the shippers for the three Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Saturday may come from Gary and Cecil Barber’s 6-year-old gelding Machismo, invading from California for trainer John Sadler to challenge This Ones for Phil in the $200,000 Sprint at six furlongs.

Jockey Manoel Cruz picks up the mount on Machismo as he makes his first start since posting an allowance victory at Hollywood Park on Dec. 31. The Florida-bred son of Trippi finished second behind Georgie Boy in the Sprint run at Santa Anita last year and finished eighth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes (G1) in late March before going to the sidelines for eight months.

Jockey John R. Velezquez rides This Ones for Phil as he makes his first start since winning an allowance race at Laurel Park in Maryland on Nov. 28. The Florida-bred son of Untuttable won the Sunshine Millions Dash here last January in 1:09 flat in his first start for his current connections after being developed at Calder as a 2-year-old and sold privately.

This Ones for Phil ran another big race to finish second by a half-length behind Big Drama in the Swale Stakes (G2) run in track record time in his next start and was elevated to first on a disqualification. After another runner-up effort in the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct and fifth-place try in the Woody Stephens (G2) at Belmont Park on June 6, he went to the sidelines until the Laurel allowance score.

The horse to beat in the Sprint on current form may be Tuna Stable and Off the Hook LLC’s 4-year-old Pashito the Che with regular rider Eibar Coa to ride for trainer Scott Lake. The Florida-bred colt by Flatter shows six wins and four seconds in his last 10 starts, most recently losing a nose decision when runner-up in the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct on Dec. 26.

Prior to the Gravesend, Pashito the Che had posted three straight stakes victories – the Commemorate at Belmont in late September, Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park in October and Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder on Nov. 14.

Completing the field of seven drawn for the Sprint are Jagger Inc.’s Sneaking Uponyou, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Accredit, Thor-Bred Stable’s Drift King and Kenneth Hoffman’s Rockerfeller.

 

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