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This blog covers Oaklawn Park, Fairgrounds and Gulfstream Park card including The Fountain of Youth Grade 1 stakes, in which Charlie & Rich go head to head….
Gulfstream 5.55 – (Race 4) Mac Diarmida Stakes (Grade 2)
Tide Of The Sea – Has won 4 times now including when landing the Grade 3 W L McKnight Stakes here last time out, when beating Temple by 3/4 of a length. Should confirm placings with that rival again here with a similar display.
Oaklawn Park 10.58 (Race 10) Southwest Stakes (Grade3)
Essential Quality – Has won 3 times including a 3/4 of a length victory over Hot Rod Charlie in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile In November last year. Has had time to recover from that race and should stamp his authority here if showing same attitude again. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Jackie’s Warrior who was 4th to the selection in that Breeders Cup Juvenile race.
Fairgrounds 10.52 (Race 9) – Stakes Race
Palazzi – Won last time out at Sam Houston when beating Excess Magic by a short head, that made it two wins in succession and if repeating that run again should confirm placings even though is now carrying a penalty for that victory.
5.26(R3) Herecomesthebride Stakes – Turf – 3yo Fillies’ Only – 1m 110yds
Con Lima – Commissioner X Second Street Cry 3yo filly.
Stakes winner at this course on January 3rd before finishing runner up on January 30th in the Grade 3 1m Sweetest Chant Stakes to White Frost. Top Rated 103.
8.27 (R9) Mile Stakes – 4yo Plus – Grade 2 – 1m…
Eye of the Jedi – Eye of the Leopard X Sea Song’s Grace 6yo gelding.
Won 2 races in June, 1m handicap & in July a 1m 110yd Stakes arce before having a 147 day break.
Returned in December in the Grade 3 1m 110yd Harlan’s Holiday Stakes finishing 2nd & was again 2nd last time out on January 23rd in the 1m Grade 3 Fred Hooper Stakes, beaten by Performer after being hampered…. Day is today maybe think you!
22.04 (R12) Davona Dale Stakes – Fillies’ Grade 2 – 3yo Only – 1m…
Venquist – Nyquist X Vero Amore 3yo filly.
3 runs in 2020, winning twice. Last September landed the 7f Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga before finishing 2nd in the Grade 1 Frizette Fillies’ Stakes at Belmont. Finished 2020 in November at Keeneland when winning the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Fillies’ Turf 1m 110yds.
Head to Head – 11.10 (R14) Fountain of Youth Stakes – Grade 2- 3yo Only – 1m 110yds…
Charlie – Tarantino -Out of Pioneer Of The Nile and Without Delay. This colt has won twice and placed 2nd twice from 4 runs, was beaten into 2nd last time out when handed a 5 and 3/4 length defeat by Greatest Honour in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes here on the 30th January. Faces that rival again here and could reverse the placings with Tyler Gaffalione taking over the reigns for tonight’s race.
Rich – Fire At Will – Declaration of War X Flirt 3yo colt.
Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Mile winner when beating Battleground at Keeneland in November, having won the Grade 2 Pilgrim Stakes over 1m 110yds at Belmont in October. He is a Saratoga Stakes dirt winner from last September & returns after 113 days.
That is everything for you today folks…. A NH blog & a trip Stateside, we are spoiling you all…. We really appreciate your support..
All the Best – Charlie & Rich