A Tropical Weekend at Guflstream

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, December 28, 2020

Gulfstream hosted three stakes races over the weekend with the Tropical Park Derby, Tropical Park Oaks and the H. Allen Jerkens.

colonel liamCOLONEL LIAM took the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby for Todd Pletcher giving the trainer hope for an invitation to the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf to be held on January 23rd. The colt won by 3 ¼ lengths with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons. DON JUAN KITTEN held onto second by a neck over SUMMER TO REMEMBER. 

VIGILANTES WAY pulled away by 2 ¼ lengths to take the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks. The filly led throughout finishing well ahead of MORE THAN UNUSUAL. SPEAKTOMEOFSUMMER finished third. Her final time of 1:40.61 was .34 seconds faster than COLONEL LIAM's time. Both races are 1 1/16 miles. 

SIR ANTHONY was victorious after rallying for a three quarter length victory over the pacesetter CONVICTION TRADE in a grueling two mile H. Allen Jerkens. A seldomly ran distance, the colt finished in 3:19.48, setting a course record. SIR ANTHONY shipped to the Florida track from Illinois where his previous starts were on the grass going 1 1/16 miles at Arlington Park late this summer. This was his only fifth start on the turf. 

As a 25-1 outsider, he ran midpack for the opening 1 ½ miles before advancing and engaging CONVICTION TRADE who finished two and half lengths ahead of COWTOWN. The 5-2 favorite, FOCUS GROUP, finished seventh in the field of eleven. SIR ANTHONY paid $58. 


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