SADLER'S JOY looks to break a nine-race losing streak Saturday in the $200,000 Pan American (G2) presented by Rood and Riddle at Gulfstream Park. The eight-year-old stallion is not quite ready to hang it up just yet and he will be going for a repeat score in the Pan American. The race was his first graded-stakes victory four year ago.
Being ran for the 60th time, the 1 ½ mile turf race for 4-year-olds and up is part of the Florida Derby card this weekend that features 10 stakes, six of which are graded. Combined they are worth $1.85 million with the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n' Dale Farms being the feature.
SADLER'S JOY won the race in 2017 and finished fourth in 2018. He did not run the past two years. He has started once this year in the W.L. McKnight (G3) where he finished fourth by 2 ¼ lengths on January 23rd.
"He's doing as well as ever so hopefully we'll get another good trip out of him and go from there," Albertrani said. "We just keep him on a regular routine, training-wise. You look at his work tab and you don't see the fancy, fast works or anything; just normal, kind of routine works just to keep him ticking over between races."
SADLER'S JOY has a bankroll of more than $2.6 million from 35 starts and is by far the richest horse in the race. All but one of his last 29 races have been in graded-stakes, with his most recent win being the Red Smith (G3) at Aqueduct in the fall of 2019.
The son of KITTEN'S JOY went 0-for-8 with four thirds last year. He was disqualified from first to fourth in the Bowling Green (G2) for interference.
"He puts up a game effort every single time, whether he gets beat a neck or a head in so many of these close races. And it's only because of his running style that prevents him from getting up in time," Albertrani said. "We just need to get everything to work, as always."
Jose Ortiz has the ride from Post 3 in the field of eight.
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