Hidden within the DRF’s daily Gulfstream report yesterday was the revelation that Mushka is out of training after suffering an undisclosed injury, and isn’t expected back until after the Kentucky Oaks. Very disappointing!
I have not yet turned a serious eye towards the three-year-old fillies, other than a few I have been following in my Virtual Stable such as Blitzing who goes on Saturday in the Sunshine Million Oaks at Gulfstream. The oft-raced American Country is also entered, as is the More Than Ready filly Sindy Jacobson and Yogi’ssplashofgold (who couldn’t hold vs. Keep the Peace and Be Fruitful in an allowance race here on January 4). Even with Jose Lezcano up, I hardly think Yogi is a wise bet here. Given that she has been working over the Gulfstream track, I thought One Hot Wish (as a CA-bred) might be entered, but she's not. She scratched from a five-furlong turf race here on January 10, but worked five-furlongs in 1.02:80 (18/25) on dirt this past Monday.
Corinthian’s three-year-old baby sister Be Fruitful finished second today in a six-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream, her second consecutive such effort of the new year. Last October, on a very sloppy Belmont track (in a race taken off the turf), the Pulpit filly went straight for the lead in her maiden effort and, entering the stretch, easily outdistanced the rest of the field. Jimmy Jerkins dumped her into the nine-furlong Demoiselle Stakes where she got into a speed duel on the lead and faded to last. In both six-furlong races this year, she raced slightly off-the-lead and then made sweeping moves around horses at the final turn. A loose horse racing alongside may have disturbed her last time, and in today’s attempt she lost only by a neck—a few strides beyond the finish and she was well past the winner. I think this filly could make a beautiful mid-distance (7-8 furlong) runner, so I’ll be watching her this year.
Nine-year-old warrior Danthebluegrassman is dropping into a six-furlong $7,500 claimer on Saturday at Philly Park (race 5). Seems a little short for him, but then again Dan hasn’t exactly been tearing up the track these past couple years—but as long as he is enjoying himself…