Horse Racing News by Mike Welsch
She Be Wild is the reigning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and champion 2-year-old filly, but even her staunchest supporters may have some doubts when she tries dirt for the second time in Saturday's Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.
At first glance, Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park looks like a rematch among Kays and Jays, Tar Heel Mom, and Warbling, who were the first three across the wire here last month in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie.
Soaring Empire, an impressive seven-furlong allowance winner here earlier in the meet, has tossed his hat in the ring for next Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby, said trainer Cam Gambolati.
WinStar Farm has had considerable success over the years using the major 3-year-old races at Tampa Bay Downs as preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap, on the other hand, drew an evenly matched field of 11 older horses topped by Grasshopper, This Ones for Phil, Harlem Rocker, and Cool Coal Man.
Careless Jewel, among the dominant members of last year's crop of 3-year-old fillies despite a disappointing performance in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic in her season finale, is getting closer to her return.
Despite winning stakes on turf and dirt and holding his own against the likes of Jackson Bend last year, Bim Bam never really received the respect he deserved coming into his 3-year-old campaign.
There is no shortage of big name 3-year-olds stabled at Gulfstream Park this winter. Three of them -- stablemates Noble's Promise and Beautician and Eclipse Award winner She Be Wild -- worked here on a frigid Friday morning.
Presious Passion rebounded from one of the most disappointing performances of his career and is now off to Dubai after leading throughout to post a 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park.
What figured to be a highly competitive second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park turned into a showcase for the English-bred Radiohead, who cruised to an easy victory over stablemate Homeboykris in Saturday's third event.