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Itsmyluckyday wins the Best of the Rest at Gulfstream

Itsmyluckyday, making just his second start since recovering from a fractured pelvis, cruises to a three-length victory with Paco Lopez aboard in the Best of the Rest Stakes.

Itsmyluckyday, making just his second start since recovering from a fractured pelvis, cruises to a three-length victory with Paco Lopez aboard in the Best of the Rest Stakes.

Itsmyluckyday took a small step towards what trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. hopes will be a big 4-year-old campaign when he cruised to an easy three-length victory over Sr. Quisqueyano in Saturday’s $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

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Making just his second start since suffering a fractured pelvis last July in Monmouth Park’s Pegasus Stakes, Itsmyluckyday stalked the early pace of Sr.Quisqueyano, readily took control approaching the stretch, opened a commanding advantage near midstretch, and won with something left under Paco Lopez. Sr. Quisqueyano held well once displaced on the lead by the winner and was easily second best, finishing 2 1/4 lengths in front of the rail-skimming Joshua’s Comprise.

Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron owned by Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa, won for the third time in five starts at Gulfstream. He captured the Grade 3 Holy Bull and Gulfstream Park Derby at 3 while also second best behind Orb last season in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Itsmyluckyday completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.38 under jockey Paco Lopez and paid $3.

“It’s somewhat of a vindication. They dismiss horses and people very quickly in this sport,” said Plesa, who watched the race from his tack room on the Monmouth Park backstretch. “He’s been off the radar for some time and that’s okay, because he should have been. He ran the race I expected him to run. Anything other than
how he won and I probably would have been somewhat disappointed. He is a class horse. I think before the year’s out we’ll be talking about him as one of the top handicap horses in the country, barring the unforeseen.”

Plesa said he plans to find a couple of easy spots for Itsmyluckyday before “we go hunting the heavy heads.”

“Stormy Rush” Wins Lincoln Stakes with Jockey Gabriel Saez

Stormy Rush wins the Lincoln overnight stakes at Gulfstream, giving jockey Gilberto Saez his third win on the Saturday card.In what amounted to a two-horse race from the top of the stretch to
the wire, the 2-1 Stormy Rush ran down the 7-5 Bold Thunder to register a 1 1/4-length victory in
the $75,000 Lincoln overnight stakes Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The win was the third on the
day for jockey Gilberto Saez.

Stormy Rush stalked the early pace of the five-furlong Lincoln, set by Bold Thunder and forced
briefly by Louisiana invader Jo Jo’s Comet. Bold Thunder held a clear advantage approaching the
stretch and dug in gamely when hooked by the winner at the top of the stretch. But Stormy Rush
proved too good, edging clear approaching the wire. Bon Accord rallied mildly to finish another 3
3/4 lengths farther back in third.

The win was the second in a row for Stormy Rush, a 6-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic who is
trained by Lorne Richards for True North Stable. The winner returned $6.60 as the second choice in a field of nine sprint specialists after completing the distance in 55.58 over a “good” turf course.

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“It was a perfect trip,” Richards said. “That’s what you need to win, for me anyway. Everything fell into place. The kid rode him well. I thought if he didn’t win a stakes today, he never would.”

R Free Roll wires Hollywood Beach

R Free Roll used her abundant speed to good advantage on the lightning-fast Gulfstream Park main track, leading throughout to register a three-length victory over Pixie Devil in Saturday’s $75,000 Hollywood Beach Stakes.

Paco Lopez guides R Free Roll to a 4 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Hollywood Beach Stakes.With jockey Paco Lopez aboard, R Free Roll quickly sprinted to a long lead then readily turn back a mild bid from Pixie Devil to win going away. Pixie Devil altered course briefly behind the winner and angled out with her bid in early stretch, but proved no match. She was easily second best, finishing 4 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Salamera.

Rounding out the order of finish were Lil Red Cozzette, Table Three Ten, Vuitton, Classic Point, Jane of All Trades, Joanie’s Image, and Vitameta.

R Free Roll, a multiple-stakes-winning daughter of Rockport Harbor, is owned by Richard Averill’s
Averill Racing LLC and Silver Oak Stable and trained by Ralph Ziadie. She completed six furlongsin 1:09.54 and returned $4.80.

“We’ve been waiting for her to get a clean break the whole meet,” said Averill. “When she
breaks, she’s tough to beat. We needed something to build her confidence. Now we’ll move on to bigger and better things.”

Gamay Noir scores 49-1 upset in Rampart

Trainer Marty Wolfson came to Gulfstream Park on Saturday pretty confident that he’d win the $150,000 Rampart. And, sure enough, he did, not with his 1-2 favorite Devil’s Cave, but with the 49-1 Gamay Noir, who rallied to a three-quarter-length victory over Unlimited Budget in the Grade 3 fixture for fillies and mares.

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Gamay Noir and jockey Paco Lopez win the Grade 3 Rampart by three-quarters of a length over Unlimited BudgetGamay Noir, a 4-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, was claimed by Wolfson for Chasing Tail Stables for $100,000 here earlier in the meet. Gamay Noir had been racing exclusively on turf of late, but Wolfson said he and principal owner Marvin Miller bought the horse to race “a route of ground on the dirt.”

As expected, Devil’s Cave set the early pace while pressed by the multiple graded stakes winner Unlimited Budget. Gamay Noir, who raced near the rear of the field for the opening five furlongs, rallied wide into the stretch, continued her bid despite lugging in through midstretch, then wore down the exhausted leaders near the end.

Unlimited Budget appeared to have dead aim on Devil’s Cave leaving the quarter pole but also wearied from the early duel, finally edging past that rival to finish second. Private Ensign finished fourth after steadying behind the top two finishers inside the sixteenth pole.

Following a stewards’ inquiry into the actions of Gamay Noir near midstretch, the original result stood. Gamay Noir completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.84 and paid $100.20.

“That was too much weight on my other filly [Devil’s Cave], and I didn’t think [Unlimited Budget] was going to push her like that,” Wolfson said. “When I ran Gamay Noir last time in Tampa, she got in all kinds of trouble; she should have won. I never would have run her back this quick except for the way she ran in Tampa. And [jockey Paco Lopez] just rode her the way I wanted him to ride her. She makes one three-eighths run from the outside. He’s the perfect rider for her because he listens.”

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