Mr. Jor­dan, Richard the Great prep for Mil­lions

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Randy Gould­ing

The $75,000 Mil­lions Clas­sic Pre­view at Gulf­stream Park West on Satur­day has an in­trigu­ing matchup be­tween last year’s win­ner, Mr. Jor­dan, and Richard the Great, who will stretch out to a mid­dle dis­tance for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

The Mil­lions Clas­sic Pre­view, which drew eight horses, is a prep for the $200,000 Sun­shine Mil­lions Clas­sic at Gulf­stream Park on Jan. 20. It is one of eight $75,000 stakes races for Florida-breds that will make up the bulk of the 11-race Satur­day card, which be­gins at noon East­ern. Post time for the Clas­sic is 4:37 p.m.

Last year Mr. Jor­dan went into the Mil­lions Clas­sic Pre­view off a 9 1/4-length romp in an open al­lowance race at Parx Rac­ing that came on the heels of a nar­row loss in the Penn­syl­va­nia Derby Cham­pion Stakes. In his most re­cent start he fin­ished last af­ter an awk­ward start in the Penn­syl­va­nia Derby Cham­pion at Parx on Sept. 23.

The Ed­ward Plesa-trained son of Kan­tharos should be happy be­ing back at Gulf­stream Park West, where he is per­fect in three starts.

“I know he likes this sur­face,” Plesa said. “He had an ex­cuse in his last race when he broke out­ward and made hard con­tact with the horse next to him. I’m feeling as good as I can go­ing into a race.”

Mr. Jor­dan will break from post 7 with Edgard Zayas rid­ing. He has good speed, and if he breaks well he shouldn’t be too far off what will likely be a fast and con­tested pace.

Trained by Stan­ley Gold, Richard the Great will ap­pre­ci­ate the class re­lief af­ter fin­ish­ing eighth in the Grade 2 Phoenix at Keeneland on Oct. 6. In his pre­vi­ous two starts, both at Gulf­stream Park with Emisael Jaramillo rid­ing, the 5-year-old son of Dis­torted Hu­mor was the run­ner-up in the $50,000 Groom­stick on Sept. 2 and romped in the $50,000 Trin­niberg for Florida-breds on Aug. 12. He earned a ca­reerbest 101 Beyer Fig­ure in the Trin­niberg.

Be­ing a half-brother to mul­ti­ple route stakes win­ner Bernie the Mae­stro, Richard the Great has the pedi­gree to get a mid­dle dis­tance.

“He’s bred to go long,” Gold said. “If we’re go­ing to try him long, we’re not go­ing to find a bet­ter spot.”

Richard the Great drew post 5 with Jaramillo re­gain­ing the mount from Florent Ger­oux. He has ex­cel­lent speed, but is also ca­pa­ble of stalk­ing.

Mama Joyce has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally in her last two starts for trainer Ralph Nicks and should be fa­vored in the Mil­lions Distaff. She will be rid­den by Tyler Gaf­falione from post 7 in the sev­en­fur­long dash, which drew 12 fil­lies and mares.

Nicks trained the 4-yearold daugh­ter of First Dude when she won a $50,000 maiden-claim­ing race by more than 10 lengths at Gulf­stream in her sec­ond start as a 2-year-old. Fol­low­ing her blowout win, owner Don­ald Dizney trans­ferred her to trainer Brad Cox.

Dizney lost her when trainer Joe Sharp claimed her for $30,000 out of her third start for Cox at Churchill Downs in 2016. Nicks claimed her back for Dizney out of a run­ner-up fin­ish in a $40,000 claim­ing race at Bel­mont Park on June 16.

In two starts since be­ing re­united with Nicks, she beat next-out win­ner Alpine Sky by a neck go­ing one mile in a sec­ond-level al­lowance con­di­tions Aug. 11, and then romped by four lengths in the $50,000 Sea of Grass.

“She showed me tal­ent in the be­gin­ning, so it didn’t sur­prise me that she ran well,” Nicks said.

“It would be nice to get her a stakes win.”

Sweet Khaleesi is a se­ri­ous threat for Gold. Since be­ing trans­ferred to him she has two wins and two run­ner-up fin­ishes.

The 4-year-old daugh­ter of Mai­monides is com­ing off a nar­row vic­tory over Money or Love in the $50,000 Sugar Loaf Key at Gulf­stream Aug. 26.

Money or Love is also en­tered in the Mil­lions Distaff.

Splash Rules will be gun­ning for his fourth straight win for trainer John Vin­son and jockey Tyler Gaf­falione in the Mil­lions Sprint Pre­view.

In his last two starts, both at Gulf­stream, Gaf­falione brought him from a stalk­ing po­si­tion to win the $50,000 Groom­stick Hand­i­cap on Sept. 3 and the $50,000 Alabama Jacks Hand­i­cap on Oct. 1.

He drew the rail in the six-fur­long Mil­lions Sprint Pre­view, which drew seven horses.

En­ter­pris­ing will at­tempt to de­fend his ti­tle in the Mil­lions Turf Pre­view.

The Michael Maker-trained son of Elu­sive Qual­ity will ap­pre­ci­ate the class re­lief af­ter run­ning sev­enth in the Grade 1 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional at Wood­bine on Oct. 15.

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