Turf Pre­view kicks off pro­gram

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

The Sun­shine Mil­lions Turf Pre­view kicks off Sun­shine Mil­lions Pre­view Day on Satur­day at Gulf­stream Park West, and, like many of the eight other $75,000 stakes races for Florida-breds that make up the bulk of the 11-race card, it is a wide-open af­fair. Post time for the Turf Pre­view is noon Eastern.

Galleon Mast will cer­tainly re­ceive a lot of bet­ting sup­port in the 1 1/16-mile race that drew seven horses. Trained by David Fawkes, he fin­ished sec­ond in the Turf Pre­view last year and then won the $150,000 Sun­shine Mil­lions Turf at Gulf­stream Park. He is com­ing off a nar­row loss af­ter a trou­bled trip in the $75,000 Mr. Steele Stakes go­ing a mile on turf Sept. 29 at Gulf­stream.

The 5-year-old son of Mizzen Mast gets a sig­nif­i­cant rider change with Paco Lopez rid­ing him for the first time in his 28-race ca­reer, and he should ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra half­fur­long he gets to work with.

“He couldn’t be do­ing any bet­ter,” Fawkes said. “He was un­lucky to lose the Mr. Steele, and I’m just hop­ing for a clean trip. “

A deep closer, Galleon Mast should have an hon­est pace to work with. He will break from post 5.

Archer Road is com­ing off back-to-back stakes wins at Gulf­stream. Af­ter tak­ing the 1 1/2-mile Copin­g­away on July 28, he was able to cut back in dis­tance in his win over Galleon Mast in the Mr. Steele.

The Stan­ley Gold-trained 4-year-old, who also does his best run­ning late, could take a big step for­ward mak­ing his sec­ond start fol­low­ing a two-month lay­off. He will break from post 6 with Jef­frey Sanchez re­tain­ing the mount.

Class and Cash, trained by Jane Ci­belli, is usu­ally in the mix early, but he trailed the field on the turn when he won the $100,000 Lau­rel Dash go­ing six fur­longs on yield­ing turf in his last start Sept. 22.

Ex­pect him to be on the lead or sit­ting just off the Mike Mak­er­trained Swag­ger Jag­ger. Swag­ger Jag­ger set the pace in the Mr. Steele and faded to fin­ish fifth. On Oct. 18, he lost by a neck af­ter lead­ing most of the way in a $62,500 op­tional-claim­ing race at Gulf­stream Park West.

Com­pe­ti­tion ap­pears to run deep in the Filly and Mare Turf Pre­view as well. How­ever, if Thinkin Cow­town con­tin­ues to move for­ward for trainer Gary Jack­son, she could be a hand­ful in the 7 1/2-fur­long dash that drew eight horses and goes as race 3.

Mak­ing her third start for Jack­son, the 5-year-old daugh­ter of Cow­town Cat fin­ished with a rush to win a $62,500 op­tional-claim­ing race on Sept. 23 at Gulf­stream. She won her first start for him in her ini­tial out­ing this year on Aug. 5. Sand­wiched be­tween her wins was a third-place fin­ish in a $62,500 op­tional-claim­ing race Aug. 24.

“When she fin­ished third we shod her the day of the race and she just wasn’t per­fect,” Jack­son said. “She has a lot of abil­ity and is the big­gest horse I’ve ever trained. When I first got her, my black­smith, who didn’t know she was a win­ner, told me her feet were too big and that she would never run. Af­ter her last race he thinks she’s a Breed­ers’ Cup horse. She runs well fresh and is a pretty happy horse right now.”

South­ern Sis, trained by Mark Casse, is el­i­gi­ble to move for­ward af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in a first-level al­lowance race with a $35,000 claim­ing op­tion in her first start of the year Oct. 19.

War­ranty just missed to nextout win­ner Proud O’Paddy in a first-level al­lowance race with a $25,000 claim­ing op­tion in her first start at Gulf­stream Park West on Oct. 28. She could be sit­ting on a peak per­for­mance in the third start of her form cy­cle for Maker.

Picara came from a stalk­ing po­si­tion to win in a first-level al­lowance race with a $16,000 claim­ing op­tion for Floridabreds on Oct. 14 at Gulf­stream Park West, her sec­ond start for trainer Todd Pletcher. Her only other win came in her de­but over the lo­cal sur­face as a 2-year-old last year.

Last year’s Sprint Pre­view win­ner Qui­jote has a good chance of de­fend­ing his ti­tle in the six-fur­long dash that drew seven horses and goes as race 2.

Last time out, the 5-year-old Pomeroy geld­ing romped by 6 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track in a $62,500 op­tion­al­claim­ing race on Oct. 7 It was his sec­ond start for new trainer Sally Mitchel­hill, who also sent Qui­jote out to fin­ish third in the $75,000 Trin­niberg on Sept. 8 at Gulf­stream.

Edgard Zayas picks up the mount from Lopez, who will ride Kroy for Qui­jote’s for­mer trainer, Ar­mando De La Cerda.

Kroy and Field Trip ap­pear to be the main threats to Qui­jote.

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