From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Chance It worked in company with stakes-winner Captain D. and was timed in 59.74 seconds for his third workout since capturing the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Jan. 29. The clocking was the third fastest of 43 recorded at the distance.
“It was a good work. I’m happy with where we’re at,” Joseph said. “He’ll have two more works and we should be ready to go in the Fountain of Youth.
Chance It, the hero of the 2019 Florida Sire Stakes series, made an impressive 3-year-old debut in the Mucho Macho Man, in which he rated off the pace before taking the lead in the stretch and fighting back to win by a head after being headed by As Seen On Tv in deep stretch. Sole Volante, who finished third, went on to win the $200,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Saturday. Smash Factor, who defeated Chance It in their respective debuts in June but finished far back in the Mucho Macho Man, won a stakes-quality allowance at Gulfstream last week.
“The true test for any race comes in four or five weeks when you see how the form works out. Smash Factor came back to win and Sol Volante won [Saturday] at Tampa. To beat those horses off a layoff was impressive,” Joseph said.
Chance It bounced back from his second-place finish in his June debut to turn in a brilliant 9 ¼-length triumph at Gulfstream. He came right back to capture the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager before finishing second in the $200,000 FSS Affirmed and winning the $400,000 FSS In Reality by 7 ¼ lengths to close out a highly productive 2-year-old campaign. The In Reality was contested at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Fountain of Youth.
The 3-year-old son of Tiznow produced the fourth fastest of 35 workouts recorded at the distance while breezing for the fifth time since arriving at Gulfstream Park.
“Everything went well, exactly what we were looking for,” trainer Dale Romans said. “He hasn’t missed a beat. His progression has been great.”
Dennis’ Moment, who ranks among the most highly regarded Triple Crown prospects, broke his maiden in spectacular fashion in his second career start July 27 at Ellis Park, scoring a 19 ¼-length triumph after running seven furlongs in 1:21.95. The Kentucky-bred colt came right back to win the Sept. 14 Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths in his first start around two turns.
“He’s just a good horse. He’s only going to improve,” Romans said.
Dennis’ Moment, who lost his rider after clipping heels shortly after the start of his debut at Churchill Downs last June, lost all chance in the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita when he stumbled badly at the start to close out his 2019 campaign.
Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Mr. Freeze, who finished second in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, returned to the worktab Saturday with a five-furlong leg-stretching breeze in 1:04.17.
“We haven’t decided where we’re going with him yet,” Romans said.
Restless Rider Tunes Up for Return in Saturday’s Royal Delta (G3)
Three Chimneys Farm LLC and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider tuned up for a highly anticipated return to action in Saturday’s $150,000 Royal Delta (G3) at Gulfstream Park while breezing five furlongs Saturday morning.
“It was good. Her breeze last week was good too,” Trainer Kenny McPeek said. “We’re all set.”
The Grade 1 stakes-winning daughter of Distorted Humor covered the five furlongs in 1:01.43 in her eight breeze at Gulfstream since Dec. 13.
“She’s been thriving there,” McPeek said.
Restless Rider earned Grade 1 credentials in the 2018 Alcibiades at Keeneland. She came back to finish second in the Ashland (G1) at Keeneland last spring before finishing off the board in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Restless Rider is slated to return from a nine-month layoff in the Royal Delta, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for older fillies and mares.