Tomorrow at beautiful Gulfstream Park is an all Ladies Day race card with 3 big Graded Stakes on tap, in the GII Davona Dale Stakes for the 3yo ladies, GIII Very One Stakes for the older lady turfers and the $100,000 GIII Sabin Stakes, going 1 1/16 mile , for the older girls will showcase two of the top older lady runners in training in 2011.
Royal Delta, the 2011 Ladies Classic winner comes out for her first run of the 2012 racing season and looks to be in top form with just a bit of winter rust to work off and is the 6/5 favorite here.
In 2011, Awesome Maria was going places after rolling off 4 consecutive G/S wins in the first half of 2011 but was sidelined with by a season ending injury after her victory in the GI Ogden Phipps Hcp up at Belmont Park last June!
Trainer Todd Pletcher has been bring this race’s defending champ back slowly for this date and if Mr. Todd feels she ready well we all know how Mr. Todd has had the run of this place all meet long here at Gulfstream and Awesome Maria is his prize female pupil, so 8/5 on the M/L line is a bit gifty to us off the long layoff!
Groupie Doll, who had a good 2011 with a G/S win and a pair of good 2nd’s in the Charles Town Oaks and the GII Raven Run at Keeneland. Groupie Doll has been busy at Gulfstream this winter running in a pair of $100,000 Aoc’s, winning the first and a good 2nd to Boys At Tosconova in her last out! Groupie Doll should find her way to the board in this group of five older lady runners.
So 5 lovely ladies are coming out for this GIII adventure here on Saturday!
By Posts, Horse, M/L Odds
1. Ghostly Darkness – 15/1
2. Royal Delta – 6/5
3. Awesome Maria – 8/5
4. Groupie Doll – 3/1
5. Canadian Mistress – 8/1
Post time is 3:49 pm est!
Picks are – 2,3,4 boxed exacta or tri!
So it’s an all ladies day card at Gulfstream Park this Saturday, much like an Oaks or Black-eyed Susan day that always precedes a Triple Crown event. In this case, it’s Sunday’s GII Fountain of Youth Stakes!