HRFLA Staff Report
Multiple stakes winners Chance It and Double Crown will make their first starts of the year on Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
They will be part of a five-horse field in the ninth race, at six furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and up. Man of Honor was entered, but was scratched on Sunday morning..
Scheduled post time is 5:02 p.m. for the allowance/optional claimer that has a $48,000 purse. None of the entrants are eligible to be claimed.
Sunday’s card has eleven races with first post of 12:50 p.m.
The first race has a Super Hi-5 carryover of $8,509.
The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $133,006. The 20 cents per combination-only bet is on races six to eleven with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:26 p.m.
Chance It, a 4-year-old colt, won the six-furlong Dr. Fager and the 1 1/16 mile In Reality (photo on home page) at Gulfstream in 2019. Those races are part of the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds.
He began 2020 with a win in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man on Jan. 4 at Gulfstream.
Chance It’s last race was a fifth place finish in the 1 1/16 mile Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2) at Tampa Bay Downs on March 7, 2020.
Chance It is a son of Currency Swap. A review of Equibase charts shows that no other sons or daughters of Currency Swap have won a stakes race during the last five years.
“He’s (Chance It) not a horse that will be sent to the breeding shed any time soon,” said trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. “There’s no sense rushing him back.”
Edgard Zayas will ride Chance It for owner Shooting Star Thoroughbreds.
Double Crown, a 4-year-old gelding, won the 6 1/2-furlong Roar and the seven-furlong Carry Back at Gulfstream last year.
His most recent race was a second place finish in the six-furlong Chick Lang (Grade 3) at Pimlico on Oct. 1.
Prior to that, Double Crown finished third in the six-furlong Smile (Grade 3) at Gulfstream on Sept. 5.
Cool Arrow won the Smile, finishing 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Double Crown. But he has not finished higher than third in five subsequent starts.
Luca Panici will ride Double Crown for trainer Kathy Ritvo and owner Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.
Leonel Reyes will ride Cool Arrow for trainer Teresa Pompay and owner My Purple Haze Stables.
Went West and Inter Miami are seeking their first stakes win, and past performances indicate they will battle for the early lead.
Went West has been third or better in all seven of his career starts. In his only Gulfstream race he finished second by a neck to Shivaree in the six-furlong Buffalo Man on Nov. 30, 2019.