Simplification, White Abarrio Featured Among Florida Derby Nominees – Horse Racing News

Simplification of Tami Bobo, a dominant winner of the March 5 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth(G2), and C2 Racing Stable LLC and La Milagrosa Stable LLC’s White Abarrio, a convincing winner of the March 5 Holy Bull(G3). February, are prominent among the 32 3-year-olds nominated for the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby(G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Xalapa on April 2 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

The 71st edition of the Curlin Florida Derby will headline a program offering 10 bets, including six stakes, worth $2.2 million. Entrants in the 3-year-old Gulfstream Park Traditional Classics have won 58 Triple Crown races, including 24 Kentucky Derby(G1) races. Participants in this year’s Florida Derby will compete for 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby on May 7 with 100 for the winner, 40 for the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth.

Simplification, trained by Antonio Sano, a leading winner of the January 1 Mucho Macho Man, showed a new dimension by closing for second at the Holy Bull after a troubled start and wide ride. The Florida-bred colt qualified seventh down the stretch before making a sweeping move to the front and pulling away to win the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth.

Simplification is eligible for a portion of the $100,000 Florida-Bred Bonus, to be distributed on a 70-20-10 basis for an end-in-the-money. There will also be a $100,000 ‘Winners Only’ bonus available to offspring of stallions nominated for the Florida Sire Stakes.

White Abarrio, trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., who bypassed the Fountain of Youth, defeated Simplification by 4 ½ lengths at the Holy Bull in his 2022 debut. The son of Race Day was bought by his current connections after debut at Gulfstream on September 24 with a win by 6 ¾ lengths. He went on to earn an optional claim allowance at Gulfstream for four bodies five weeks later. White Abarrio wrapped up his 2021 campaign with a third-place finish in the November 27 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs behind Smile Happy and Classic Causeway. Secret and Skippylongstocking, trained by Joseph, are also nominated.

O Captain of OGMA Investments LLC and Jack Hardin Towell Jr., who closed with a run from 11th and last to finish third in the Fountain of Youth at 87-1, is aiming for the Florida Derby. The Carpe Diem son, trained by Gustavo Delgado, led through his 5 ½ furlongs debut to win early at Gulfstream in August before returning on January 1 to finish third in the Limehouse Stakes.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to seek a record seventh Florida Derby success with Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Charge It, a son of Tapit coming off a showy maiden 8 1/2-length win at Gulfstream. February 12. Pletcher- Trained Emmanuel, Major General, Medina Pioneer, Swing Shift and Mo Donegal are also nominated.

Iris Smith Stable LLC’s Shipsational, who finished second in the Sam F. Davis(G3) and third in the Tampa Bay Derby(G2), is scheduled to travel across the state of Florida to participate in the Florida Derby. The Midshipman son, trained by Edward Barker, won three of four starts last year, including a pair of New York-bred stakes wins.

Reddam Racing LLC and trainer Doug O’Neill, who teamed with Nyquist to win the 2016 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, nominated Slow Down Andy, the Los Alamitos Futurity(G2) winner who finished off the board in the Risen Star on February 19. (G2) at the Fairgrounds. Win the Day, trained by O’Neill and an easy inaugural winner at Santa Anita on March 6, is also nominated.

Lucky Seven Stable’s Smile Happy was nominated but is not scheduled to participate in the Florida Derby.

Kathleen O. of Winngate Stables LLC leads a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks(G2). Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the daughter of Upstart, she is undefeated in three career starts for her, including Davona Dale (G2) on March 5, which she won and walked away by two lengths. . Kathleen O. won early asking in a maiden trial on Nov. 12 at Aqueduct before winning the Cash Run Stakes on Jan. 1 at Gulfstream Park by 8 ½ lengths.

The 1 1/16-mile Gulfstream Park Oaks will offer 170 qualifying points for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with 100 for the winner, 40 for the runner-up, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. – place finisher.

Robert and Lawana Low’s Classy Edition and Dixiana Farms LLC’s Cocktail Moments, who finished second and third, respectively, at Davona Dale, are nominated for Gulfstream Park Oaks.

Classy Edition, trained by Pletcher, entered the Davona Dale after three straight wins against the New York-bred company last year. Pletcher-trained Favor, a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile who broke her maiden and won an authoritative optional claim assignment during the Gulfstream championship meeting for Stonestreet Stables LLC, is also nominated for the 52nd Gulfstream Park Oaks.

Cocktail Moments, trained by Kenny McPeek, initially won by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27, before finishing third in the Dec. 26 Untapable at Fair Grounds. The McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver captured the 2020 Gulfstream Park Oaks before finishing second in the Kentucky Oaks and defeating the boys in the Preakness Stakes(G1).

The $200,000 Pan American (G2), a 1 ½-mile turf event for older horses that will mark his 61st start, drew 19 nominations, including Susan and Jim Hill’s Phantom Currency, which recorded a premiership victory in the Mac of February 27. Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream, as well as Grade 1 stakes winners Channel Maker and Gufo.

The $150,000 Orchid (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf game for fillies and older mares, drew 11 nominations, including Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd.’s Beautiful Lover, a Christophe Clement-trained Arch daughter she captured Jan. 29 La Prevoyante (G3) at Gulfstream before finishing fourth at The Very One (G3) on March 5. Hunter Valley Farm, Debra O’Connor and Marc Detampel’s Family Way and Flaxman Holdings LLC’s Harajuku, who finished second and third at The Very One, are among the top nominees for the 58th Orchid.

The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Appleton (G3), a one-mile prize for senior horses to be run for the 70th time on April 2, drew 18 nominations, including undefeated Chez Pierre de Lael Stable, who posted three wins in France, with a March 9 optional assignment win at Tampa. Calumet Farm’s Grade 1 winner Tango Tango Tango is also nominated.

The $100,000 Ghostzapper (G3), a 1 1/8-mile prize for senior horses that will mark its 27th renewal, drew 15 nominations, including Repole Stable’s Fearless, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Fred W. Hooper ( G3) and Gulfstream Park Mile (G2). . The Pletcher trainee is joined on the nominations list by Don Alberto Stable, WinStar Farm LLC and Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC’s First Constitution, who is coming off a 6 ¾ length victory in the Jan. 27 Jazil at Aqueduct. Courtlandt Farm’s top honor, the winner of last year’s Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth, is also a Ghostzapper nominee.

Pan American, Orchid, Kitten’s Joy Appleton and Ghostzapper are offering a $25,000 ‘Just to Win’ bonus for a Florida-bred winner.

The $100,000 Sir Shackleton Presented by New Holland, a seven furlongs race for older horses, drew 15 nominations. The $100,000 Sand Springs, a 1 1/16-mile turf game for fillies and older mares, drew 13 nominations. A total of 23 3-year-old fillies were nominated for the $100,000 Sanibel Island, a 1 1/16-mile turf game presented by US Foods. The $100,000 Cutler Bay, a 1 1/16-mile turf game for 3-year-olds, drew 15 nominations.

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