Gulfstream: Har­lan’s Hol­i­day

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Steve An­der­sen – Mike Welsch

A week af­ter she would have been fa­vored to win the $100,000 Soviet Prob­lem Stakes for Cal­i­for­nia-bred 2-year-old fil­lies at Los Alami­tos, Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond is be­ing given a tougher task in Satur­day’s $300,000 Star­let Stakes at the same venue.

The pres­tige of the Grade 1 Star­let was the dif­fer­ence be­tween races for owner Kin Hui and trainer Pa­trick Bian­cone.

“We de­cided to take a shot,” Bian­cone said. “I think it’s a very open race. A week more won’t hurt her. It’s time to see how good she is.”

In a pro­jected field of seven 2-year-old fil­lies in the Star­let, Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond is one of five stakes win­ners, but none has won a Grade 1. Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond won the Gen­er­ous Por­tion Stakes for Cal­i­for­nia-bred fil­lies at Del Mar in Au­gust and an op­tional claimer for Cal­i­for­nia-bred fil­lies there Nov. 26.

The Star­let is run at 1 1/16 miles, and Bian­cone said the dis­tance has ap­peal. Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond is by the Sun­day Si­lence stal­lion Hat Trick.

There were a couple of sur­prise en­trants when Satur­day’s $100,000 Har­lan’s Hol­i­day was drawn Wed­nes­day – Mr. Jor­dan and Juan and Bina. They had been en­tered in Sun­day’s one-mile Aven­tura Stakes for 3-year-olds, which was not used, in part, be­cause of the in­clement weather pre­dicted for that af­ter­noon.

Mr. Jor­dan and Juan and Bina were sup­ple­mented to the 1 1/16-mile Har­lan’s Hol­i­day and will face a strong group that also in­cludes Made­from­lucky, Valid, Sr. Quisqueyano, Ami’s Hol­i­day, En­cryp­tion, Just Call Kenny, Lynx, and Mexikoma. The Har­lan’s Hol­i­day serves as a prep for sev­eral up­com­ing stakes, in­clud­ing the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope, the Sun­shine Mil­lons Clas­sic, and the Grade 1 Donn Hand­i­cap.

A field of eight fil­lies and mares will de­cide Satur­day’s Grade 3 Ram­part, led by Le­gal Laura and Miss Venezuela, the one-two fin­ish­ers in the Sun­shine Mil­lions Distaff Pre­view Stakes on Nov. 7 at Gulfstream Park West. Trainer Marty Wolf­son en­tered three for the race, led by the im­prov­ing Cali Star, an im­pres­sive al­lowance win­ner in her south Florida de­but. Wolf­son also will have Curlin’s Princess and Best Be­hav­ior, who was sup­ple­mented to the Ram­part.

Mo­ment of De­light, Pink Poppy, and Stiffed com­plete the Ram­part field.


Pa­tri­otic Di­a­mond (left) will seek her first Grade 1 vic­tory in Satur­day’s Star­let at Los Alami­tos.

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