December 3, 2020
Grade 2 Stakes Headlines Dec. 12 Card with Four Graded Races
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2), one of four graded stakes slated for Dec. 12 at Gulfstream Park, received 26 nominations, including several candidates for the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 23 at the historic Hallandale Beach racetrack.
The 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up will headline a program that will include the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3), $100,000 Rampart (G3) and $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3), as well as the $75,000 My Charmer.
The 64th running of the Fort Lauderdale attracted four nominations from trainer Chad Brown, who saddled Instilled Regard for a victory in last year’s renewal, and six nominations from trainer Michael Maker, who saddled Shining Copper for a victory in 2018.
Maker saddled Zulu Alpha to victory in last year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf and Brown saddled 2019 winner Bricks and Mortar.
Brown has nominated William Lawrence’s Analyze It, a multiple graded-stakes winner who was a head and a neck away from becoming a multiple Grade 1 winner; Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s Delaware, OXO Equine LLC’s Greyes Creek, and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Michael Ryan’s Valid Point.
Maker is represented on the nominations list by Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Big Agenda, Michael Dubb’s Hieroglyphics, Dubb and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s Muggsamatic, Skychai Racing LLC and David Koenig’s Somelikeithotbrown, as well as Three Diamonds Farm’s Marzo and Tide of the Sea.
Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This, the winner of four Grade 2 stakes in 2020, has been nominated to the Fort Lauderdale. The Brad Cox-trained 5-year-old son of The Factor, who finished second in the Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs, is coming off a troubled sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is represented on the nomination list by Harrell Ventures LLC’s Halladay, who finished one position behind Factor This in the Breeders’ Cup Mile after capturing the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga; and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners LLC and Twin Creek Racing Stables LLC’s Largent, a late-developing son of Into Mischief who has finished first or second in all six starts this year.
Calumet Farm’s Channel Cat, whom Pletcher saddled for a third-place finish in last year’s Fort Lauderdale, has been transferred to Calumet private trainer Jack Sisterson, who nominated the son of Gulfstream Park 1 1/18-mile course-record holder English Channel (1:44.51; 2006).
Terry Hamilton’s Spooky Channel, who won the McKnight (G3) at Gulfstream after finishing off the board in the Fort Lauderdale following a troubled start last year, is on this year’s noms list for trainer Brian Lynch, who saddled Heart to Heart for a Fort Lauderdale score in 2016.
Grade 1 winners Mind Control and Math Wizard are among the 15 nominations for the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3), a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables LLC’s Mind Control, who captured the 2019 H. Allen Jerkens (G1) at Saratoga, has earned in excess of $1 million in earns for trainer Gregory Sacco. John Fanelli and partners’ Math Wizard captured the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx in 2019.
Marianne Stribling and partners’ Phat Man, who finished second in last year’s Harlan’s Holiday before winning the Fred Hooper (G3) and finishing second in the Gulfstream Mile (G2), has been nominated to this year’s edition by trainer Kent Sweezey.
Alshareef Hazzaa Shaker Alabdali’s Tatweej, a late-developing $2.5 million yearling purchase who has won his last three races going away over Gulfstream’s main track, has been nominated by trainer Todd Pletcher.
Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Jesus’ Team, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and third-place finisher in the Preakness (G1), is nominated to the Harlan’s Holiday but is scheduled to run in Saturday’s $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel with an eye toward the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
The Rampart, a mile race for fillies and mares, received 15 nominations, including Letruska, a multiple stakes winner at Gulfstream who captured the Shuvee (G3) at Saratoga.
The Sugar Swirl, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares received 15 nominations, including Shooting Start Stable’s Cinnabunny, a new Brad Cox trainee coming off back-to-back allowance wins at Parx.
The $75,000 My Charmer, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, drew 18 nominations.