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Breeders' Cup 2017

Wolfson looking forward to Sunshine Millions

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Trainer Marty Wolfson has sent out the winners of three Sunshine Millions races since the unique event for Florida-breds and California-breds at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita was first run in 2003. Those winners include Edmund Gann’s It’s a Bird in the $1 million Classic here last winter. He will be represented in three of the six races to be run this year on Sat., Jan. 30.

“Jessica Is Back goes in the Distaff and Jet Propulsion in the Turf here, and Rate of Exchange flies to California for the Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita,” said Wolfson Wednesday morning, pre-entry day for the rich events. “I’ll also pre-enter Pickapocket in the Turf, but he might not get in and is entered in a race Friday (8th at Gulfstream).

“Rate of Exchange finished second in the first three starts of her career out there (Santa Anita) on the synthetic, so I’m sending her and Joel Rosario will ride her. I won’t run It’s a Bird on a synthetic track (Classic),” said the Calder-based horseman.

Wolfson sent out Santa Cruz Ranch’s Stay Forever to win the first edition of the Filly & Mare Turf in 2003 and Live Oak Plantation’s Miesque’s Approval took the 2006 renewal of the Turf here, the latter one of the series’ most memorable as he upset Silver Tree, who finished second as Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey’s final career mount. Miesque’s Approval went to capture the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, sealing an Eclipse Award campaign.

Desperado Stables and partners’ Rate of Exchange is a 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Exchange Rate and lost a neck decision when second in her last two starts, an allowance at Calder on Nov. 28 and a tough beat as runner-up in the Sandpiper Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 2 after holding a 2 ½ lengths lead past the eighth pole.

The Tex Sutton Forwarding charter flight from California bringing west coast-trained runners for the three Sunshine Millions races to be run at Gulfstream is due on Tuesday (Jan. 26) and will turn around Wednesday (Jan. 27)  to take South Florida-based contenders for the three races at Santa Anita.

Farnsworth Stable’s 5-year-old mare Jessica Is Back goes into the Distaff after a 5 ¾ lengths romp in an allowance at Calder on Dec. 6 in her last start. The daughter of Put It Back was an easy winner of the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap there last summer and second in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff in November prior to her last start.

Farnsworth Stable’s 6-year-old Jet Propulsion will be making his first start for Wolfson after being claimed for $50,000 out of his last start at Calder on Dec. 12 when he went wire-to-wire to score impressively by 2 ½ lengths. The son of Double Honor was a graded stakes-winner at Calder earlier in his career.

Wolfson also will be represented in this Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with Kramer Stable and Will Rosenfeld’s Thank U Philippe to be ridden by Eddie Castro in the one-turn mile test. The highly-consistent but somewhat unlucky son of Proud Accolade shows just one win but five seconds from eight career starts, finishing fourth in the other two.

Thank U Philippe comes back just 16 days after finishing second to highly-regarded Eskendereya in a one-mile allowance over the track here on Jan. 7. “He’s a big, heavy horse and needs to run,” said Wolfson. “Eddie (Castro) suggested last year that blinkers might help him and we’re going to put them on him for Saturday.”



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