Gen­er­ous Kit­ten, Farz could be hard to sep­a­rate

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Marty McGee

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – When a three-turn turf al­lowance was run on the last day of De­cem­ber at Gulf­stream Park, not one pixel sep­a­rated Farz and Gen­er­ous Kit­ten on the wire amid a four-horse photo.

Now comes the last day of Jan­uary, and an­other $44,000 first-level al­lowance at 1 7/16 miles on turf is serv­ing as a co-fea­ture on an 11-race Sun­day card at Gulf­stream – and no­body would be sur­prised if a sim­i­larly tight fin­ish un­folds.

Farz, with Jose Lez­cano back rid­ing for trainer Kiaran McLaugh­lin, once again will face Gen­er­ous Kit­ten in the 10th race, the se­cond of backto-back al­lowances. That pair fin­ished in a dead heat for third in the Dec. 31 race in which only a half-length sep­a­rated the top four fin­ish­ers.

An over­sub­scribed field of older horses is en­tered in the 10th race.

The ninth race marks the re­turn of Im­pe­ria, a one-time Triple Crown hope­ful for McLaugh­lin. Un­raced in nearly a year, Im­pe­ria will be rid­den by Joel Rosario when he faces seven oth­ers in the one-mile race on the main track.

As a 2-year-old of 2014, Im­pe­ria won the Grade 3 Pil­grim prior to be­ing nar­rowly de­feated by El Kabeir in the Grade 2 Ken­tucky Jockey Club. His ab­bre­vi­ated 3-yearold cam­paign wasn’t nearly as pro­duc­tive, as he was scratched off the pro­gram for the Spiral Stakes last March and sent to the side­lines, re­turn­ing with his first of 10 breezes in early Oc­to­ber at the Godol­phin train­ing cen­ter.

First post Sun­day is 12:35 p.m. East­ern, with the two fea­tures go­ing at 4:35 and 5:05. Af­ter Sun­day, Gulf­stream goes dark for two days be­fore an­other five-day week re­sumes Wed­nes­day.

KEY CON­TENDERS

Farz, by Smart Strike (Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-80-84)

◗ This Shad­well Sta­ble run­ner rated nicely near the lead in his lat­est and stands to ben­e­fit from that first at­tempt at a marathon dis­tance. Gen­er­ous Kit­ten, by Kit­ten’s Joy (Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-70-84)

◗ This hard-try­ing Ken and Sarah Ram­sey home­bred em­ploys a grind­ing style. He will have Julien Leparoux aboard.

En­joy the Show, by Jump Start (Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-84-83)

◗ This rail-drawn 4-yearold gets John Ve­lazquez and re­turns to a more re­al­is­tic class level af­ter be­ing 60-1 in the Trop­i­cal Park Derby.

Sharp Omar, by Sharp Hu­mor (Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-89-73)

◗ Javier Castel­lano has the call on a re­cent Michael Dubb claim who is one of four en­tered here for a $35,000 claim­ing op­tion.

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