Winning for Sarah seeks first stakes triumph in Boca Chica
June 23, 2016 08:42am
Winning for Sarah at GP.
Photo: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park
A two-time allowance winner during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet, Winning for Sarah will seek a return to winning form and her first stakes triumph in Saturday’s $75,000 Boca Chica, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

The Drawing Away Stable’s 6-year-old mare came back from a subpar effort two starts back to finish a fast-closing second in the Sea Lily Stakes at Gulfstream June 4.

“Her last race was what we had expected in her prior race. She was in such a good place and training super. We felt for a long time that this was a little-stake mare that just needed to get herself together,” trainer Jena Antonucci said. “She’s a deep closer – that’s her style. She ran out of runway a bit going six furlongs. Six-and-a-half, seven furlongs seems to be her wheelhouse.”

Winning for Sarah blossomed during the Championship Meet with back-to-back victories Feb. 12 and March 10 before being shipped to Aqueduct for the New York Claiming Championships and finishing fourth in the Karakorum Elektra Stakes April 2.

“She actually ran a great race that day. It was a heavy track and she got hung out a bit. She had a rough trip. She ran an honest race,” Antonucci said. “Then, she just bounced a bit when we sent her back down.”

The daughter of Graeme Hall, who was claimed by her current connections for $40,000 at Saratoga last summer, finished fifth in the Miss Gracie Handicap at Gulfstream May 8 before rebounding with a solid showing in the Sea Lily.

“We couldn’t be happier with her. She’s bright and happy and training super,” Antonucci said. “She’s back on her form. She had an off-form race after she came back down from up north. She ran huge last time out and she looks to be coming back in this race in the same kind of form.”

Jesus Rios has the return mount aboard Winning for Sarah.

Savingtime, who finished three-quarters of a length behind Winning for Sarah while finishing third in the Sea Lily, is slated to clash with the Antonucci-trained mare again in the Boca Chica. Trainer Vaughan Heard’s homebred previously got much the better of Winning for Sarah in the Miss Gracie while scoring by 1 ¾ lengths. Vicente Gudiel is set to return aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Kantharos after a one-race absence.

Jacks or Better Farm’s Dogwood Trail, who finished sixth in the Sea Lily off a three-month layoff, has the back class to prevail over her six rivals. The Mark Casse-trained 4-year-old filly has won multiple stakes, including the Azalea (G3) last year, while earning nearly $325,000. Tyler Gaffalione is slated to ride the daughter of Awesome of Course for the first time.

Pinnacle Racing Stable and Norman Stables’ Moment of Delight, who defeated Dogwood Trail in the Florida Sire Stakes Meadow Star last fall, is scheduled to return from a five-month layoff in the Boca Chica. The 4-year-old daughter of A. P. Warrior is slated to make her first start since finishing off the board in the Sunshine Millions Distaff Jan. 16. Eddie Castro has been named to ride Moment of Delight, who will be making her first start for trainer Stanley Gold.

Get Away Farm’s Pursuing Fate, Stipa Racing Stable’s Fulfilled Fantasy and Adolfo Exposito’s Double Secret round out the field.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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