By Jim Freer
Five horses that are familiar to Gulfstream Park fans and newcomer El Deal make up the field for Saturday’s $75,000 Groomstick Stakes.
The Groomstick is Saturday’s sixth race, with scheduled post of 3:15 p.m. It is seven furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and up.
It is the feature on a12-race card that has first post of 12:30 p.m.
There is a carryover of $117,502 on the Rainbow 6, on races seven through twelve.
El Deal, a 4-year-old colt, has been racing at Parx Racing in Philadelphia and other tracks in northeastern states. He has five wins in eight starts, mostly in high-end allowances.
Andrew Lakeman trained El Deal in the northeast. In July, owner Passion Stables transferred the colt to trainer Francisco D’Angelo in South Florida. El Deal has since had five fast workouts, including two bullets, at Calder (Gulfstream Park West).
Emisael Jaramillo will ride El Deal in the Groomstick.
Even with his impressive credentials, El Deal is facing a tough task against five rivals that are among the top sprinters stabled in South Florida.
El Deal is listed at 3-1 in the morning line, second behind the 2-1 morning line favorite Mr. Baker and just ahead of Yourdreamsormine at 7-2.
Mr. Baker is making just his second start after an eight-month layoff.
On Aug. 12, Mr. Baker won a six-furlong allowance/optional claiming race at Gulfstream on a track listed as good. The time was a very fast 1:09.27.
Edgard Zayas has the return mount on Mr. Baker for trainer Ralph Ziadie.
Yourdreamsormine is coming off a win at one mile on dirt in an allowance/optional claimer at Gulfstream on Aug.12. Tyler Gaffalione has the return mount for trainer Milt Wolfson.
Bullet Gone Astray, Master Blender and Hy Kodiak Warrior are the others in the Groomstick field.
El Deal, in post three, and Mr. Baker, in post six, are the two horses in the field with histories of early speed. Yourdreamsormine is in post four.
*On Sunday, Gulfstream will have the $75,000 Added Elegance Stakes, at seven furlongs on dirt for three-year-olds and up.