Speed Figures for Florida Derby Day Stakes

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

The on and off rain on Saturday at Gulfstream Park resulted in several changes in listed conditions for the dirt track and turf course as the day moved toward conclusion with the Florida Derby (Grade 1).

To help determine “just how fast did they ran” and to help in future handicapping, here are the Equibase Speed figures earned by the winning horses in the day’s seven other stakes races—and other details of those races.

On Tuesday we will have a separate review of the Florida Derby, focusing on how horses coming out of that race might do in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

Connections are owners, trainers and jockeys.

*$150,000 Skip Away (Grade 3), 1 1/8 miles dirt, 4-YO and up

Valid wins the 2016 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park

Valid wins the 2016 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park

Fifth Race – sloppy and sealed

Winner – Valid

Time – 1:48.42

Equibase Speed Figure – 118

Connections – Crossed Sabres Farm, Marcus Vitali, Nik Juarez

Valid (2-5 odds) led gate to wire and beat Team Colors by 1 ¾ lengths. Valid, a 6-year-old, ran in five stakes races at Gulfstream during the championship meet.  He had two wins, two seconds and a fourth place finish.

*$250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade 2) – 1 1/16 miles dirt, 3-YO fillies

7th race – sloppy and sealed

Winner – Go Maggie Go (Photo  on home page)

Time – 1:43.74

Equibase Speed Figure –95

Connections –Mike Tarp, Dale Romans, Luis Saez

Go Maggie Go (4-1) took the lead coming around  the turn and  won by 2 ¼ lengths over Paola Queen. The win was the second in two career starts for Go Maggie Go, a daughter of Ghostzapper.  Romans said he plans to run her in the 1 1/8  mile Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 6.

*$200,000 Appleton (Grade 3) – one mile turf, 4-YO and up  

Reporting Star wins the Appleton

Reporting Star wins the Appleton

8th Race – Good

Winner – Reporting Star (8-1)

Time – 1:35.52

Equibase Speed Figure – 117

Connections – Merriebelle Stable, Brendan Walsh, Luis Saez

Reporting Star (8-1) took the lead in the stretch and held on to win by a  half length over Divisidero. This season at Gulfstream, Reporting Star also won the El Prado and finished second in the Sunshine Millions  Turf.

*100,000 Sir Shackleton – 7 furlongs dirt, 4-YO and up

10th race – Good

Time – 1:09.59

Equibase Speed Figure – 111

Connections – Jacks or Better Farm, Stan Gold, Edgard Zayas

Grande Shores (7-2 odds) took the lead coming out of the turn and went on to win by 1 ¾ lengths over Squadron A.  It was the first stakes win of the year for the 8-year-old Grande Shores—a consistent runner who has five wins and 14 other on-the-board finishes in 26 Gulfstream starts.

*$200,000 Orchid (Grade 3) – 1 3/8 miles turf, F&M 4-YO and up

11th Race — Good

Winner – Photo Call

Time — 2:16.38

Equibase Speed Figure — 121

Connections —  Teresa Viola Racing Stables, Todd Pletcher, Javier Castellano

Photo Call (1-1 odds) took the lead after a half mile and went on to beat Songoficeandfire by ¾ of a length. It was her first win at Gulfstream. She also has graded stakes wins at Santa Anita and Monmouth Park.

*$300,000 Honey Fox  (Grade 2) – one turf, F&M,  4-YO and up

Celestine wins the 2016 Honey Fox at Gulfstream

Celestine wins the 2016 Honey Fox at Gulfstream

12th race – good

Winner – Celestine
Time – 1:36.09

Equibase Speed Figure — 121

Connections – Phaedrus Flights, Bill Mott, Junior Alvarado

Celestine (5-1) took the early lead and went on to beat Mississippi Delta by 3 ¼ lengths. Celestine finished second and third in her two previous turf stakes races at Gulfstream this  meet.

*$200,000 Pan American (Grade 2) – 1  ½ miles turf,  4-YO  and up

13th race — good

Winner – Kaigun

Time – 2:29.20

Equibase Speed Figure –109

Connections – Quintessential Racing Florida, Mark  Casse, Joe Bravo

Kaigun (5-2) raced in sixth place most  of the race,  After making   a strong move on the outside, he took the lead in deep  stretch and held off  Wake Forest’s late bid to  win by a head. Kaigun had become known as a horse with “seconditis.”  He was the runner-up in his previous four races—all graded stakes including two at Gulfstream.

Photos — Gulfstream Park, by Leslie Martin and Laurin King