Bode’s Dream is set for a return to Gulfstream Park and a return to action Saturday, when the undefeated 2-year-old filly comes off a six-month layoff for a scheduled start in the $75,000 House Party Stakes.
Trained by Todd Pletcher for the St. Elias Stable, the daughter of Bodemeister showed a decided affinity for the Gulfstream racing surface May 22, when she rolled to a 3 ¾-length debut victory in a 4 ½-furlong sprint. The Kentucky-bred filly came right back a month later to show the way throughout the 5 ½-furlongs of the $200,000 Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park to score by 2 ¾ lengths.
“She’s two-for-two and hasn’t run since the Astoria. She’s training well,” said Pletcher, the defending 13-time Championship Meet titlist. “Hopefully, we’ve got her fit enough to be ready.”
Bode’s Dream is slated to face eight fillies in the six-furlong House Party, one of six $75,000 stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday’s Juvenile Showcase program.
John Velazquez is scheduled to ride Bode’s Dream.
“She just wasn’t moving great after the Astoria and we were preparing as though we might run in the Schuylerville, but she just didn’t seem to be thriving,” Pletcher said. “We’ll hope that we’ve got her ready off the layoff.”
Bode’s Dream, who had things go pretty much her own way while winning her two career starts, may face an early challenge from Yes I’ll Go, an impressive debut winner at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 13. The Jorge Navarro-trained filly was a runaway front-running winner by nine lengths under Emisael Jaramillo while debuting at six furlongs.
“She came out of her race good. She had a bullet work (Friday). She breezed in 46 (seconds) and galloped out in 59,” Navarro said. “Jaramillo was very delighted with the work.”
The daughter of Yes It’s True’s debut had been delayed when she sustained an entrapped epiglottis while training for her first start.
“I had her in at Parx for $40,000. The owner wanted to see her and I told him, ‘There’s a $40,000 race at Parx. I don’t think anyone will claim her.’ So, I took her at the gate at Monmouth and I told one of our exercise riders to break out of the gate, give her an easy furlong and pull her up. He let her go a half in 45 (seconds), so I scoped her and found out that she was entrapped. She had surgery,” said Navarro, who trains the Florida-bred filly for Hernandez Racing Club.
The House Party lured another sparkling debut winner in Gelfenstein Farm’s La Vie Ross. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro pressed the pace before drawing clear to win by 3 ½ lengths, running six furlongs in 1:10.93 over a sloppy track. The Pletcher-trained Sand Shark, who finished second behind La Vie Ross, came right back to graduate last Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Edgard Zayas has the return mount.
San Basilio LLC’s Wildcat Kate is scheduled to enter the House Party coming off a runner-up finish in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 12. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained filly, who set the pace before coming up a half-length short of victory, had previously debuted with a 15 ¾-length victory in a $30,000 claiming race over a sloppy track. Eddie Nunez…has the return mount.
Brahms Cat, who graduated in her first start on dirt after launching her career with two turf races; Truge, who dominated $50,000 claiming rivals while winning her debut by 2 ¼ lengths; Touch of Quality, a debut winner at Gulfstream in September before finishing fourth in an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park West; Silver Threads, who followed up a second-place finish in her debut at Monmouth with an off-the-board finish in the Debutante at Churchill Downs; Little United, a starter allowance winner last time out; are also entered.
Stretch-Running Lirica Stretches Out to a Mile for Hut Hut
Magic Stables LLC’s Lirica is slated for a stretch-out to a mile in Saturday’s $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The Antonio Sano-trained filly has enjoyed success at sprinting distances, winning twice and finishing second twice in five races to get her career started. After finishing second in her debut, the daughter of Kantharos closed with a rush to graduate by four lengths. She then came up a half-length short in the Cassidy Stakes won by Cajun Delta Dawn, who went on to win two legs of the Florida Sire Stakes and finish second in the $400,000 Delta Princess. She came back to capture an optional claiming allowance in her fourth start at Gulfstream before finishing off the board in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West.
“She wasn’t able to run her race last time,” said Sano, who is looking forward to stretching his Florida-bred trainee to a mile. “She has been training very well for this race. I think the one mile will be good for her.”
Edgard Zayas has the mount.
Sandra Trotter’s U S Diva is set for a return from a two-month freshening in the Hut Hut, in which the multiple stakes-placed filly will try to rebound from an off-the-board finish in the $500,000 Florida Sire Stakes My Dear Girl Oct. 1.
Trained by Daniel Pita, U S Diva debuted with a front-running 1 ¾-length victory over next-out winner Callie California July 2. The daughter of United States went on to finish third in both the FSS Desert Vixen and FSS Susan’s Girl behind Cajun Delta Dawn.
Emisael Jaramillo is slated ride U S Diva for the first time.
Michael House’s Phone Chick looms as a serious contender in the Hut Hut looking to an impressive late-closing maiden score at Keeneland. The daughter of Dialed In, who finished fifth in her debut at Saratoga following a slow start, trailed the field at Keeneland before sweeping to a 1 ½-length graduation.
Trainer Ignacio Correas named Joe Bravo to ride the Maryland-bred filly.
Also entered in the Hut Hut: My Cousin Martha, Hello Juliet, My Lerler and Creative Talent.
Source: Gulfstream Park