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