From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Top Racing LLC’s Ocean Ride is scheduled to make his stakes debut in Saturday’s $75,000 Limehouse at Gulfstream Park following a debut victory that has raised hopes that the son of Candy Ride may have the talent to follow in the hoofprints of a couple of former stablemates.
The Limehouse is one of five stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday’s 11-race program that will be headlined by the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, the first stakes on the 2021 Road to the Florida Derby.
The Gustavo Delgado-trained Ocean Ride is slated to face seven other sophomores in the six-furlong Limehouse.
“He has the same ownership as Bodexpress and Caracaro. This was the one they always said they liked. They said, ‘We have a Candy Ride on the farm that looks good,’” said Gustavo Delgado Jr, the trainer’s son and assistant. “They own the mare. They bred this horse. As soon as he got here and started breezing, he showed quality.”
Bodexpress, the lovable bad boy who finished second in the 2019 Florida Derby (G1) and closed out his eventful career with a victory in the Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs in November; and Caracaro, who followed up a Jan. 11 maiden victory at Gulfstream with second-place finishes in the Peter Pan (G3) at Belmont and Travers (G1) at Saratoga; were both trained by Delgado.
“We’re a small barn,” Delgado Jr. said, “but we’ve been fortunate to come up with something that can run.”
Ocean Ride debuted Nov. 28 at Gulfstream Park West, where he broke slowly from the rail post position, briefly prompted the early pace from the inside, shook off a bumping incident on the far turn while moving to the lead and continued on to win by a half-length under Cristian Torres.
“Cristian said he just wanted to run, so he let him go and he kept going,” Delgado said.
Ocean Ride’s debut performance somewhat surpassed expectations.
“We were just taking advantage, since we’re based at Calder [Gulfstream Park
West] and that was the last maiden special weight at Calder. We said, ‘Ok, let’s give him a race at Calder, so he could get experience,’” Delgado said “He surprised us a little.”
Irad Ortiz Jr. is scheduled to ride Ocean Ride for the first time Saturday.
Slam Dunk Racing’s Drain the Clock is set for a return to Gulfstream following a most eventful journey to Delta Downs, where the jockey was unseated after an iron broke in the Nov. 30 Jean Laffitte Stakes. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained son of Maclean’s Music had previously won his first two starts, a six-length romp in his Sept. 12 debut at Gulfstream and a length triumph in an Oct. 28 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park West.
Edgard Zayas, who was aboard for his debut victory, returns aboard Drain the Clock.
Godolphin LLC’s Highway Bound is set to make the jump into stakes company following a front-running maiden score Oct. 30 at Belmont Park. The Bill Mott-trained son of Into Mischief, who finished off the board after a slow and troubled start in his debut, showed vast improvement with the addition of blinkers in his maiden score.
Junior Alvarado has the return mount on the homebred colt.
Just For Fun Stable Inc.’s Warrior’s Pride is scheduled to seek his third straight victory Saturday after breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park West in his third career start by 2 ¾ lengths and coming back to win a Dec. 4 optional claiming allowance in a 4 ¼-length romp at Gulfstream.
Leonel Reyes has the return call.
Arindel’s Tiger, who will race with blinkers on after finishing second behind Warrior’s Pride last time out; Hill n Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Bruce Lunsford’s Runway Magic, a 2 ¾-length maiden winner at Churchill Downs last out; Black Cloud Racing Stable LLC’s Newyearsblockparty, a stakes-placed son of New Year’s Day; and Lea Farms LLC’s Willy Boi, a front-running debut winner Dec, 10 at Gulfstream; round out the field.
Clement-Trained Duo Headline Glitter Woman Stakes
Hoolie Racing Stable LLC and Madaket Stable LLC’s Hit the Woah and Kinsman Stable’s Shop Girl are scheduled to represent trainer Christophe Clement in Saturday’s $75,000 Glitter Woman at Gulfstream Park.
The Glitter Woman, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, will be among five stakes on Saturday’s program.
Hit the Woah, a daughter of Vancouver, is coming off a Nov. 13 maiden special weight victory at Aqueduct in her second career start. The second and third-place finishers came back to break their maidens in their respective next outings.
Shop Girl, a daughter of Constitution, captured her Nov. 27 debut at Aqueduct by 1 ¼ lengths.
Irad Ortiz Jr. has the call on Hit the Woah, while Jose Ortiz is scheduled to ride
The Elkstone Group LLC’s Lucifers Lair is scheduled to return from a four-month layoff in the Glitter Woman. The daughter of Quality Road, who debuted with a three-length victory July 19 Saratoga, hasn’t seen action since finishing far back in the Adirondack (G2).
Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the call aboard the Todd Pletcher trainee.
John Minchello’s Competitive Speed will seek her third straight victory after breaking her maiden for a $25,000 claiming tag at Gulfstream Park West and romping to a 4 ½-length optional claiming win at Gulfstream.
Trainer Darien Rodriguez has awarded the return mount to Leonel Reyes.
Drawing Away Stable’s Gone to Cabo, Reitman Stables LLC’s Dancing Crane and Sea Gull Capital’s Dial to Win round out the field.