HRFLA Staff Report
Five stakes races on the dirt track will be the highlights of Saturday’s nine-race card at the Gulfstream Park West.
First post is 12:35 p.m. at the Calder track in Miami Gardens, Fla.
All of Saturday’s stakes have $60,000 purses and are restricted to Florida-breds.
The featured Millions Classic Preview, for 3-YO and up, is at one mile and is headed by Red Crescent and Noble Drama, the one-two finisher in the race last year, when it was run at 11/16 miles.
It is the fourth race with scheduled post of 2:03 p.m.
That race also is the start of the Rainbow 6, with a $92,906 carryover.
There is a guarantee that the Rainbow 6 pool will be at least $175,000 if there is just one ticket with all six winners on the 20 cents per combination-only bet.
Meet sponsor Gulfstream Park had scheduled nine stakes races for this Saturday.
Four were scheduled for turf. Gulfstream has moved two of them to Saturday Nov. 21 and two to Sunday Nov.22. Details are in a story we published on Friday morning.
Gulfstream made that switch to increase the chances that those races can be run on the turf.
Friday was the fourth straight race day and 23rd day in the GP West schedule, now 29 days old, on which at least one scheduled-for-turf race has been moved to dirt because of rain or lingering wet conditions.
The third and ninth-races on this Saturday’s card are scheduled for turf.
The Weather Channel is for just a 20 percent chance of rain during racing hours.
On Friday, the track was listed as Wet Fast. In the nine races, all on dirt, only one winner was farther back than third after a half mile.
Fourth Race: Millions Classic Preview, one mile, 3-YO and up, scheduled post 2:03 p.m.
Noble Drama, a multiple-early $600,000 in career earnings has been installed as the even-money favorite.
Shivaree, the 2020 Florida Derby (G1) runner-up, is ready to make his first start since finishing off the board in the Aug. 7 Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
With Verve and As Seen on Tv loom as top threats to Shivaree
Real Talk, a sharp debut winner at Gulfstream, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite.
Nicks-trained Real Talk romped by six lengths in his Sept. 6 debut despite running into traffic in the stretch. Michael Yates-trained Poppy’s Pride will seek his third-straight win after capturing the off-the-turn Armed Forces Stakes last time out.
*Eighth Race: Distaff, 7 furlongs, F&M 3-YO and up
Peter Walder-trained Cory Gal, a six-length optional claiming allowance winner last time out, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite.