The 2017 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series kicks off at Gulfstream Park Saturday, highlighting a 13-race program of full fields. A total of 129 horses was entered for the 12:10 p.m. card as the Summer Meet gets into full swing this weekend when multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera headlines Sunday’s $ 100,000 Tangelo Stakes.
Arindel and trainer Stanley Gold are scheduled to be represented by the morning-line favorites in both the $ 100,000 Desert Vixen Division for 2-year-old fillies and the $ 100,000 Dr. Fager Division for 2-year-olds colts and geldings Saturday. Awesome Mass, a homebred daughter of Brethren who broke her maiden by 11 ¾ lengths July 20, has been rated as the even-money favorite in the Desert Vixen. Dunk, a homebred son of Brethren who graduated with an 8 ¾-length romp July 15, has been rated at 7-5 in the Dr. Fager. Gold has saddled a record 18 winners of Florida Sire Stakes series events.
The Desert Vixen and the Dr. Fager, carded as Races 11 and 12, respectively, are scheduled for six furlongs on the main track. The two six-furlong stakes for horses sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida will be included in Saturday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 sequence, slated for Races 8-13. There will be a $ 39,196.22 carryover jackpot for Saturday’s Rainbow 6. There will also be a Super-Hi-5 carryover of $ 2,307.18 for Saturday’s first race.
Gunnevera, unraced since finishing fifth in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 20, has been rated as the 2-5 morning-line favorite for 1 1/16-mile Tangelo, slated for Race 4 on Sunday’s 12-race card. The Antonio Sano-trained 3-year-old won the Fountain of Youth (G2) and finished third in the Florida Derby (G1) before finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Edgard Zayas, who was aboard for Gunnevera’s five straight bullet workouts in preparation for his return, has been named to ride the son of Dialed In for the first time.
Sunday’s program, which is slated for a 12:45 p.m. start, will also feature the $ 75,000 Eight Miles East, a mile stakes on turf. Multiple stakes-winning veteran Manchurian High is scheduled to make his second start off a seven-month layoff for trainer Lilli Kurtinecz. Galleon Mast and Two Step Time, second and third, respectively, in the Mecke Handicap last time out, are among the most serious contenders.
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