Saturday, July 4, 2020

Gulfstream Stakes Coming Up with Short Fields

Gulfstream Park's two Saturday stakes races are coming up, and both are down to only five starters.

The $75,000 Azalea and the $75,000 Carry Back both had six entrants.

This morning Addilyn was scratched from the Azalea by her trainer Antonio Sano and Prince James was scratched from the Carry Back by his trainer Kelsey Danner.

The Azalea had 10 nominations and the Carry Back had 15 nominations--both standard range for races like these stakes that draw local horses.

The Azalea is seven furlongs on dirt for 3-YO fillies.  Scheduled post is 4:00 p.m.

Boerne is the likely favorite.  She finished second in the Game Face at 6  1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream on June 6.

She has good early speed and jockey Edgard Zayas will be able to see the field from post six.

Don't Get Khozy, trained by Sano, appears to be the main threat. She has four wins and a second place finish in her last five starts, all in optional claiming or claiming races at Gulfstream.

Joseph Trejos will ride Don't Get Khozy. He is a five-pound apprentice but will not have that weight advantage in the Azalea because it is a stakes race.

Estilo Talentoso is coming off a maiden win on a sloppy track a one mile at Gulfstream and had a recent very fast workout at Gulfstream.

Bankruptonthebeach (Mike Maker-Miguel Vasquez) and Compensate (Cam Gambolati-Egar Prado) also are in the field.

The  Carry Back is seven furlongs on dirt  for 3-YO males.

The likely favorite is With Verv, who won the six-furlong Hutcheson at Gulfstream this year.  Prado will ride for trainer Larry Bates.

Trainer Kathy Ritvo and owner Reeves Thoroughbred Racing have exacta threats running as separate betting interests. They are Double Crown and Onenationonparade, appropriately named for today.

Cajun Brother and Poe also are in the Carry Back.

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