From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Leonard Green and Jonathan Green’s Another Miracle, a stakes-winning son of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, returns to the turf to get his sophomore season under way in Saturday’s $75,000 Texas Glitter at Gulfstream Park.
The sixth running of the Texas Glitter for 3-year-olds shares top billing on a 12-race program with the fifth renewal of the $75,000 Melody of Colors for 3-year-old fillies, both sprinting five furlongs on the grass. First-race post time is 12:45 p.m.
Another Miracle will be making his first start since being moved to the Gulfstream barn of Joe Orseno after New York-based trainer Gary Contessa announced his retirement March 5. Another Miracle raced six times for Contessa, finishing fifth as the favorite in the six-furlong Inaugural Stakes on dirt Dec. 7 last time out.
It was only the second time worse than third for Another Miracle, winner of the 5 ½-furlong Skidmore Stakes last summer at Saratoga in his third start and first on turf. After finishing fifth in the six-furlong Futurity (G3) at Belmont Park, also on grass, he split foes and rallied to be third, beaten 2 ¼ lengths by Futurity winner Four Wheel Drive in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, contested at the Texas Glitter distance.
Another Miracle got further acquainted with Orseno and South Florida with a half-mile breeze in 47.22 seconds over Gulfstream’s turf course March 15.
“I just got the horse two weeks ago. He came in from Tampa. Gary Contessa sent him to me,” Orseno said. “He’s training well. He’s done everything right up to now. I had a chance to breeze him on the grass on Sunday and he breezed excellent. He appears to be doing as good as expected and he’s ready to run. We’re looking forward to this race to start his 2020 campaign.”
After racing on or near the lead through hot fractions in each of his first three starts, Another Miracle has found himself closer to mid-pack in his most recent efforts. Orseno doesn’t anticipate any different on Saturday, despite the time between races. Jose Ortiz is named to ride from Post 4 in a field of eight at co-topweight of 122 pounds.
“He’s fresh, but I think his best race is sitting a little off the pace anyway, so we won’t take that away from him. We’re just going to let him run his race,” Orseno said. “We’re very excited to have him. We’ve got a little campaign picked out and hopefully everything goes well. He’s a fast horse. He’s nice.”
Smart Angle’s Cajun Casanova won the five-furlong Hollywood Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream turf Sept. 28, then beat Another Miracle when third in the Inaugural. The Cajun Breeze colt was claimed by trainer Michael Pino for $50,000 out of an off-the-turf win Jan. 23, then finished second as the favorite in a grass allowance Feb. 17, both five furlongs at Gulfstream. He will also carry 122 pounds including jockey Miguel Vasquez from Post 5.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Aye Aye Sir, trained by Wesley Ward, beat Cajun Casanova in the open allowance last time out, his sophomore debut. The son of Midshipman ran four times at 2, finishing third in the Ontario Racing Stakes Sept. 15 prior to his maiden triumph in October at Keeneland. Hall of Famer Javier Castellano has the call from Post 2.
Quatar Racing Limited’s Guildsman is entered to make his North American debut for trainer Brendan Walsh. Bred in France, the gelding made his first four starts in England before racing once each in Ireland and France, placing in the Coventry (G2) and Round Tower (G3). Luis Saez gets the assignment from Post 1.
Ikeisgreat, an eight-length off-the-turf maiden winner Feb. 22 at Gulfstream; Rockcrest, winner of the Simcoe Stakes on Woodbine’s all-weather surface last summer; Ain’t Wasting Time and maiden R Man Joe are also entered.