Horses to Watch: Debut Edition
Horses to Watch is a new and regular HorseRacingFLA feature
Some of our “Watch” horses are coming off recent wins at Gulfstream Park or at Tampa Bay Downs and appear to be candidates for repeat wins. Others had a recent race with a troubled trip and could be ready for a big effort next time out. We will report on when these horses will race again, and then report their results.
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Gulfstream Park – Jim Freer
Heavenhasmynikki is the Ohio-bred filly that Ron Paolucci of Loooch Racing Stables wanted to make her career first start in a Breeders’ Cup race.
That was the Juvenile Fillies Turf last Nov. 4 at Del Mar. One week prior to the race, Breeders’ Cup stewards said “no,” citing the filly’s lack of experience.
So, the high-profile Paolucci turned to option two—a six-furlong MSW dirt race for Ohio-breeds on Oct. 31 at Mahoning Valley. She was sent off at 3-10 in the nine-horse field and won by 5 ¼ lengths in the day’s third race. She earned a Brisket Speed Figure of 81—solid for a 2-year-old.
For a second start, Paolucci and trainer Anthony Quartarolo put Heavenhasmynikki in a 6-furlong S75,000 optional claimer at Gulfstream on Jan. 15.
It was the third race, with several horses that had run in stakes.
With Tyler Gaffalione riding, Heavenhasmynikki taced on the inside in the stretch and edged favored Toni Ann’s Miracle by a head. At 3-1, she won in 1:10.81and earned a 92 Brisnet figure
The third start for Heavenhasmynkki will be this Saturday’s Forward Gal (Grade 2) at seven furlongs on dirt at Gulfstream. She is 6-1 in the morning liner in an eight-horse field, and has displayed a stalking style that could prove to her benefit.
Luis Saez, who leads Gulfstream jockeys, in wins, will ride Heavenhasmynikki. Gaffalione is staying with 9=5 morning line favorite Miss Mo Mentum, trained by Mark Casse.
On Dec. 9 at Gulfstream Miss Mo Mentum won by 10 1/4 lengths in the Hut Hut Stakes. That one mile race for Florida-breds was run on the dirt listed as sloppy. Clear skies are in the forecast for Saturday.
*Paden overcame a pile of trouble to finish second in a 14-horse field in the 12th race this past Sunday, Jan, 28, at Gulfstream.
That otherwise non-descript $6,250 claimer as noteworthy in that it was the final race in the Rainbow 6 on a day when the carryover and the day’s bet created a poll of almost $16 million.
Paden was the 9-2 second choice. He reared in the air at the start and was near the back of the pack until thr turn in the 6 ½ furlong dirt race.
Paden, a son of Cowboy Cal, began passing horses under Gaffalione. He continued his surge, even though Gaffalione lost his whip near the top of the stretch.
Paden finished second—1 ¼ lengths behind 36-1 shot Forest Gator who had been loose on the lead.
Paden trained by Michael Maker, likely will be well-backed in his next start especially if it is at $$6,250.
Even though the return might not be high, he could be a good Win prospect. And he should be a key horse in exacta ad trifecta handicapping.
Tampa Bay Downs — By Bob Bauer
Jo Jo’s Dream from the potent RalpZadie outfit (25% winners in Tampa) had a bad start and was last in a field of ten at the break, in Race 10 at Tampa on Jan. 27.
The five-year-old gelding then had to race from off the pace and really had no chance, and finished eighth at one mile on turf. This one has run his best races when able to get involved in the pace early, although he has won before without an early lead.
He was sent off (third choice) at 4-1 and clearly fits with $16,000 claimers. Might be really dangerous if he finds a field lacking early speed rivals.
Twin Channel gave a good account of herself in her debut in Race 6 at Tampa on Jan. 26.
This sophomore miss went in the gate at 42-1 under veteran Scott Spieth and led the field of ten fillies on a merry chase, getting caught near the wire by the highly regarded favorite, Scat Gal, and finishing second by a half length in the 1 1/16 mile turf race.
Trainer Stephen Lyster had Twin Channel ready and with expected improvement this lass shouldn’t be a Maiden for long. She is bred up and down for grass, being the daughter of English Channel out of a Galileo mare.