Silverton hill’s Red danger , Street Sense Stakes finalist Churchill Downs main track last time, made a victorious return to the turf in the $ 75,000 Pulpit Stakes from Dec. 3 to Gulfstream Park.
The Pulpit, a one-mile turf stake for 2-year-olds, co-titled the opening day of the 2021-22 Championship meet with the $ 75,000 Wait a While, a turf stake from one mile for juvenile fillies.
Red Danger’s hard-fought victory opens up the possibility that Coach Brian Lynch may decide to nominate the son of the 2013 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Winner Marques (G1) Orb towards the upcoming issues of Gulfstream for 3 year olds on earth.
âIt’s a pipe dream. Is he as good as some of the others right now? This quest is here to be answered,â Lynch said. âBut he’s as honest as he gets and a model of consistency. He’s an honest horse who brings it every time. Today we’re just going to take advantage of today.â
Red Danger, the 4-5 favorite, settled in the middle of the pack under Julien Leparoux before making a radical movement in the turn down the stretch to set up a winning stretch drive, during which he passed the leader of game. Biz biz buzz and withstood an outside challenge from Talking Scout by a head.
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âYou have to love a little horse that tries as hard as he does and brings it up every time you take him out there,â Lynch said. “It’s a great way to start the championship game. He’s our first runner and it’s good that it’s in an issue.”
Red Danger, who smashed his young daughter on the turf and annexed the Global Turf Juvenile Sprint Stakes on the turf at Kentucky Downs, ran second behind Howling time in the 1 1/16 mile Street Sense over land.
“That’s the main thing with him, he keeps fighting. He’s probably a better grass horse, but even on gravel last time he tried hard and dug and ran a great second.” , said Leparoux. “He’s a judge for sure.”
Red Danger prevailed in the pulpit despite Leparoux abandoning his harvest halfway.
“It was great to see him succeed. He fought hard for some good wins all year against good company,” said Lynch. “Julien said he dropped his whip. Maybe he would have been better. He might have learned something.”
The Speaking Scout finalist finished 1 1/2 steps ahead of Biz Biz Buzz.
Fractions and final time for this race were not available.
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Lia Marina Aces Stakes debuts Waiting a while
Lia Marina wins the Wait a While Stakes at Gulfstream Park
After another successful stay in Kentucky and New York in the summer and fall, Tyler Gaffalione, 27, from Davie, Fla., Celebrated his return to Gulfstream Park by guiding Lia marina to a half-length win in the $ 75,000 Wait a While earlier on Gulfstream’s opening day card.
Gaffalione was greeted with cheers and applause as he returned to the winner’s circle aboard Lia Marina (who paid $ 7.60), the narrow second pick in a field of nine behind the European import Sunburn , making its debut in the United States.
âIt’s so nice. I grew up here. It’s one of the first tracks I went on,â said Gaffalione. âComing back here and winning races is a feeling like no other. I feel on top of the world.â
The 2015 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice, represented by Agent Matt Muzikar, Gaffalione won the fall competition at Keeneland, his fourth career title there, and swept all four competitions this year at Churchill Downs, including the fall competition that immediately preceded Gulfstream.
Coming out from the outside of all but one of the horses, Gaffalione put Lia Marina in second, just to the side of the driver’s right hip. Gunboat , with Sister Lou Ann ready to their outside through a quarter mile in: 21.95 and a half in: 45.53. Lia Marina took a short lead out of the far corner after six stages clocking 1: 09.48 with sister Lou Ann on a par, but the daughter of Uncle Mo never let this filly run the full length of the stretch to win in 1: 33.06 on a firm turf course.
Gun Boat finished third.
âThere was a lot of speed in form, but my filly was coming out of the sprints so we didn’t want to take much away from her,â said Gaffalione. “We just wanted to make her forget, save some ground and take cover. She relaxed there and when I called her she responded kindly.”