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Feb 152018


Saturday, Feb. 17h – 3:00 pm EST @ Florida

GRADE 1 – 11 furlongs on TURF.


A full field of 14 has come to Florida for the Grade 1 Jai Alai Park Turf with a purse of $750,000.

Included in the field is 1 mare (STARS MIGHT SHINE), 2 six year olds (PLAIN COMEBACK and EASTWATCH), 3 four year olds (EXCEED AND DANCE, KYMARA OPALTON, and MINISTRY OF MAGIC), and 2 sons of MALIBU MOON (MR. MALIBU and DEAF EARS).  The Co Favorites in the Morning Line are; THE FACTS drew post #2 and LA GIRONA drew post #14.  PLAIN COMEBACK is the ML Longshot.  There are 6 Graded Stakes winners in the field with 4 of them having won over 1 Million in career earnings.



1 WEST COAST KING 8-1 redhill20 T. Ace
5- Bay Horse King Kamehameha x Sea The Stars x Giant’s Causeway

In Jan at California finished 4th in the G2- Marcos Footwear Handicap as charge came too late in 10f race.  Bested a field of 9 at G3- Lipstick Gold Cup at New Zealand by 2 ½ lengths.  Got caught from behind after running out front in G2- Carlton Fisk Handicap finished in 2nd, with T. Ace in the saddle, posting career high 113 SP.  Last 4 races have all been graded stakes.  Won the Local Championship Stakes at Japan last June.  Has 7 career wins in 21 starts. 


2 THE FACTS 5-1 gowans3 F. Gossett
5- Bay Horse Giant’s Causeway x Tanino Gimlet x Galileo (IRE)

In Dec at Hong Kong in G1- King Kong Cup came from mid pack to run 3rd with F. Gossett on board.  Prior race stayed in front pack and finished 3rd in G1- Breeders Bowl Turf at California Won the G1- Classic Turf Stakes running in lead pack and surging to 2 ¾ lengths victory at New York.  Has posted career best 116 SP on 3 different tracks.  Last 4 starts has hit the board every time, in all G1 races.  Has 6 career wins in 18 starts.



EXCEED AND DANCE 27-1 nycowboy P. Jones
4- Bay Colt

Teofilo x Caerleon x Kris S.

In Jan posted a wire to wire victory in a 30k Allowance race at Kansas for 4+.  Before that he stayed mid-pack the whole race finishing 5th 10 back in King Pete Turf Route at New Jersey.  Prior race posted Career high 106 SP running near the front whole race but getting caught to finish 2nd in Irish North Turf Stayer at Colorado.   Will be making his graded stakes debut.  Has went to victory circle 5 times in 13 races.


4 KYMARA OPALTON 12-1 kymar15 M. Scott
4- Brown Colt Victoire Pisa x Sea The Stars x Sadler’s Wells

Last outing in G3- Gary Trent Stakes settled mid-pack with ML favorite, hard charge finished 2nd 2 ½ back but posted his best 118 SP.  In Dec in the G2- At Night Cap after making his run dropped back to 3rd here on the Florida turf.   Before that posted a win in Sunken Treasure Turf Endurance at Italy by 1 ¼ lengths.  Last August won a Local Championship Stakes at Japan.  Has notched 5 wins in 11 turf starts.  M. Scott gets 2nd mount previous was a 4th in G2- Hanging Chad at Paris.


5 DEATHSEEKER 10-1 thethumb09 R. Radzinski
5- Light Grey Horse Medaglia D’Oro x North Light x Awesome Again

Closed out 2017 just holding on to win in a field of 6 in a NW4y as the clear ML choice at Pennsylvania.  In Nov came home 2nd in NW4y at Vermont.  In the Totheletter Turf Route also at VT faded to finish 9th 13 ¼ behind.  Has posted 114 SP twice.  Has made 4 graded stakes starts with best finish being 3rd in G1- Jockey Club at Deauville in 2016.  Has 9 career victories in 23 races, the last comin in 15k Allowance at Michigan in September.


6 KIND BUD 10-1 mikeramsey7 H. Artack
5- Bay Horse Dawn Approach (IRE) x Gone West x Danehill

Race in Dec in G2- At Night Cap had trouble with the early speed finishing in 9th right here at Florida.   At New York in G2- Flying Carpet Handicap rallied from the back to get 3rd.  Faded in G1- Classic Turf Stakes to finish 8th 15 ¾ back also at NY.  He last 5 starts have all been at the Graded level including a win in G3- Winchester Park Cup at Oklahoma.  Posted a whopping 117 SP in a 52k Allowance victory last June at Thailand.  Has 5 career wins in 22 turf starts.


7 STARS MIGHT SHINE 11-1 almaarad D. Evans
5- Brown Mare Americain x A.P. Indy x Sadler’s Wells

Off since a 2nd place in Nov in G1- Singapore Cup from post 14 would have got there at 12f.  Before that was a disappointing 7th in G2- Spankie Sho All Comers at Japan.  Picked up the win in G3- Stutenpreis posted a 118 SP at Germany.  Last 12 starts have all been in graded races with 4 victories, including bringing home the GOLD MEDAL in EQUINICS 2016 in the Cliff ‘Em All at Brazil.  7 wins in 16 career races.  Third trip for Evans with no previous success.


8 MR. MALIBU 19-1 metallinut2013 C. Mannion
5- Bay Horse Malibu Moon x Dynaformer x Storm Cat

Last 4 races have been on the dirt.  In Jan ran 2nd in a field of 4 in NW4x Allowance race at Louisiana.  Came home 4th in a NW4x at Indiana.  Last Nov charged to a 6th place in the URC Breeders Championship – Dirt Mile.  Last turf race finished 6th out of 7 in G2- Dutchland 19 ¼ back.  Has 1 victory in 6 turf starts.  Has posted 110 SP on the dirt but 102 is high on the turf.  Mannion has 2 previous rides but both came on the dirt.


9 PLAIN COMEBACK 56-1 calle5 B. Wu
6- Bay Horse Dylan Thomas x Dehere x Forty Niner

First race since Oct.  Last time out in G1- Grand Carlos faded badly to finish 7th 25 ½ lengths back at Argentina.  In the G3- Winchester Park Cup again faded to finish 8th although posting a best 103 SP.    Before that on an off track finished a distant 13th in the G1- Grand Brazilian.  Will be 4th straight Graded outing.   Last win came last Feb in a 30k Allowance at Mexico.  It will be 2nd race in a row with B. Wu in the stirrups.  3 wins in 14 turf starts.


10 MINISTRY OF MAGIC 12-1 sheen Z. Kentucky
4- Bay Colt Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Dynaformer x Sadler’s Wells

In Jan lead most of the way to get beat at the end in Slew J Turf Challenge at Spain finishing in 2nd.  Came from mid-pack to win the Paper St Soap Co Turf Challenge by 4 ¼ lengths at China. Took the lead early in Dan Colony Turf Stayer getting caught but posted a high 115 SP coming in 2nd.  This will be his first ever graded stakes race.  Has hit the board in 11 out of 12 career turf races with 3 trips to the winner’s circle.


11 FALLEN HEROES 8-1 blankpoint M. Clooch
5- Bay Horse Dubawi (IRE) x Galileo (IRE) x Danehill

At Texas in Jan, rallied from mid-pack to claim the victory in 10.5f M Radke Turf Route while posting a high 115 SP.  Finished 3rd in Southern Bird King Turf Stayer at New Jersey never leaving the front pack.  In G1- Canada Turf was 22 ¼ lengths back but good enough for 4th in the field of 8.  This will mark his 2nd Graded stakes start.  M. Clooch will get the ride for the 3rd time and 2nd straight.  Has 6 wins in 23 Turf races.


12 DEAF EARS 8-1 brasco27 PJ Munoz
5- Bay Horse Malibu Moon x Distorted Humor x Awesome Again

In Jan charged to a 2nd place finish behind FALLEN HEROES in the M Radke Turf Route at TX. At New Jersey had a stalking win in King Pete Turf Route while tying his career best 115 SP.  Prior race was a win from off the pace in a NW1s at TX as the ML favorite.  Will be running in a graded stakes for the first time.  Has posted 7 victories in 13 turf races.


13 EASTWATCH 10-1 thethumb2 K. Banner
6- Bay Horse Bernardini x Nureyev x Kris S.

Opened 2018 running 2nd in a 10.5f NW2s at California in a field of 4.  Ended last year with a 9th place finish in the G1- Breeders Bowl Turf also at CA 14 ¾ back.  Prior race was another 9th in the G1- Osmonds Memorial at New Zealand.  Has 8 Graded race starts including 3 wins.  Posted 117 SP while winning the Shore Lunch Turf Challenge last February.  5 career victories in 15 turf starts.  K. Banner has had 2 previous trips on board.


14 LA GIRONA 5-1 xpansion5 J. White
5- Bay Horse Lemon Drop Kid x Giant’s Causeway x Kingmambo

In Jan as the ML Choice went wire to wire in the Mellow Redhead Turf Route at Kansas.  In the G2- Cities Cup at NZ posted a 119 SP while leading the whole way for victory.  Prior race was G1- Jockeys Weapon at Italy where fell off pace to finish 5th 9 ¼ lengths back.  Drew 14 post at G1- Owners Stakes and finished 7th last year.  J. White has been in the saddle 5 other times including a victory in the G2- Del Web Handicap at California.



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