$100,000 Millions Preview Classic Headlines Stakes Fest at Gulfstream West
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Sat 07/11/2015 - 02:03 EST
The $100,000 Millions Classic Preview Saturday, November 7 at Gulfstream West has drawn a field of seven Florida breds led by East Hall who captured the event in 2014.
East Hall (2/1) is once again rounding back into form after winning the Sensitive Prince Stakes September 12 at Gulfstream proper in his last start. The four year-old gelding has enjoyed a steady and consistent career for trainer Bill Kaplan, winning 6 of 27 starts for earnings of over $867,000. After winning last year’s Classic Preview, East Hall went on to finish second in the Sunshine Millions Classic two months later. The Sensitive Prince victory snapped a six-race losing streak in which East Hall failed to hit the board in any start. Tyler Gaffalione will be in the irons breaking from post 5.
City of Westin should strike front
City of Westin is the 3/1 second choice on the morning line for trainer Peter Walder after a fourth place effort in the Trinniberg Stakes August 1 at Gulfstream. Used primarily as a sprinter of late, City of Westin will attempt to reverse his form while stretching out in the mile and one sixteenth race. Jockey Edgar Zayas should find his way to the lead breaking from the rail.
New shooter tries more experienced rivals
Saraguaro (4/1) gets the outside draw with Eddie Castro set to take the mount for trainer Saffie Joseph. The three year-old chestnut colt is lightly raced compared to his main rivals, winning 2 of 9 starts in his career. The son of Express Tour broke through last out in his first try against stakes foes with a victory in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes October 3 at Gulfstream.
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