Wedding Toast Victorious in Miami Shores Return
January 07, 2015 05:26pm
Wedding Toast wins 2015 Miami Shores
Photo: Lauren King, Gulfstream Park
Wedding Toast made an impressive return from a nine-month layoff Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $60,000 Miami Shores Handicap while likely extending her racing career.

The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained 5-year-old mare, who went into the seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares with four victories and two seconds in six career races, broke alertly to press a solid pace set by Best Behavior to her inside before edging away to victory by 1 ¼ lengths.

“It’s great, because when we sent her home, we were afraid they might breed her because she’s a graded-stakes winner. What more can we do with her?” said McLaughlin, who trains the Kentucky-bred mare for Godolphin Racing. “We were happy she showed back up and ran like this, so hopefully, we can keep her all year racing instead of sending her to be bred. Now we hope we’re going to continue on. She ran great.”

Best Behavior held second under Joel Rosario, another 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Ol Donyo and jockey John Velazquez. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, Wedding Toast ran the seven-furlong distance in 1:22.04.

“I had a very easy trip. She broke good and was on the outside, and put herself second the whole way,” Lezcano said. “I kept waiting and waiting and wanted to give her a chance to run and when I asked her, she gave me the kick and won the race very impressively.”

The daughter of Street Sense launched a very promising career in 2013, when she capped a four-race winning streak with a victory in the Comely Stakes (G3), but she raced only once in 2014, finishing second in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct in April before going on the sidelines with a knee injury.

“She didn’t need surgery. She was just a little bit rough-kneed, so we stopped on her,” McLaughlin said. “We all thought she’d done enough, but we were hopeful to get her back. She’s come back better than ever,” said McLaughlin.

Wedding Toast will be pointed to the Rampart (G3) at Gulfstream on Feb. 21 or possibly the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel on Feb. 14.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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