Full Field Ready for $60,000 Captiva Stakes
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Wed 18/03/2015 - 15:43 EDT
The $60,000 Captiva Island Handicap is the featured race of the day March 18 at Gulfstream Park as a field of 13 including one also eligible is set to contest the five furlong turf sprint.
Free as a Bird is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Ian Wilkes after finishing her 2014 campaign on a five-race win streak including the Buffalo Trace Stakes at Keeneland October 10 in her last start. The six year-old daughter of Hard Spun has won 8 of 21 starts with four second place finishes and five thirds for earnings of $503,208. Free as a Bird has raced four times at Gulfstream with two wins and a second place effort to her credit. Joel Rosario has the mount breaking from post 11.
Fascinate, the 9/2 second choice on the morning line, will try to make amends for a poor effort in her last start when she finished eleventh in the Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes February 21 at Gulfstream. Prior to that effort the Efren Loza trainee had won three straight starts to finish 2014 including a win in the Sparkler Stakes at Gulfstream West. Paco Lopez takes the call breaking from post 12.
Gal About Town (12/1) could be a live longshot for trainer Glenn Brookfield with a series of upbeat works at Classic Mile training facility. The five year-old City Zip mare has won 4 of 12 career starts, and is multiple graded-stakes placed. Gal About Town, who has not raced since July 23, will be ridden by Rafael Hernandez.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.