HorseracingFLA Staff Report
The Gulfstream Park West meet, being held at Calder, will have ten races today with first post of 12:35 p.m.
The featured ninth race, at six furlongs on dirt, is a $16,000 allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
The race has a $39,000 purse and 11 entrants, following the morning scratch of Fiesta Rose.
Boheme de Lavi, Bikini Girl and Mom’z Laugh are likely favorites. Tar and Feather, trained by Stan Gold for Jacks or Better Farm, could be a live longshot.
On Saturday, GP West will have the only two graded stakes races of its meet.
The $100,000 Tropical Turf (Grade 3) is 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds and up. The $100,000 My Charmer (Grade 3) is 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
We will have previews of the two races on Saturday morning.
Cali Star, in her first race for trainer Marty Wolfson beat the 4-5 favorite Danessa Deluxe by five lengths in Wednesday’s feature–at one mile on dirt for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
It was a $62,500 optional claimer with a $40,000 purse. Tyler Gaffalione rode Cali Star, the 3-1 second betting choice, who won in 1:38.33 on a track listed as fast.
Owners Ben Walden and Larry Taylor recently transferred the 4-year-old Cali Star from Kentucky-based trainer Alice Cohn to Wolfson.
This summer and fall in Kentucky, Cali Star raced in five high-level optional claimers—finishing third in three of those races and out of the money in the other two.