From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Don’t Get Khozy and Boerne, two horses on the different side of streaks, share the similar goal of becoming a stakes winner as they square off for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Azalea at Gulfstream Park.
The Azalea for 3-year-old fillies shares top billing on a 12-race program with the $75,000 Carry Back for 3-year-olds, both sprinting seven furlongs on the main track. First race post time is noon.
Drawing Away Stable’s Don’t Get Khozy will be making her 16th career start and first in a stake in the Azalea, coming in off back-to-back victories at Gulfstream, both under five-pound apprentice jockey Joseph Trejos, who gets the return call.
A chestnut daughter of Khozan out of the Grahame Hall mare Get Noticed, Don’t Get Khozy ran for a $25,000 tag when she cruised by four lengths in a one-mile claiming event June 10. She came back 10 days later to romp by 7 ½ lengths in a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance for $75,000.
“She’s doing good,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “She’s training very good and working very good. She won very easy the last two times, and I think the Azalea is going to be a good race for her.”
Don’t Get Khozy owns four wins, three seconds and a third in nine races since being claimed by Sano for $16,000 out of a fourth-place finish Jan. 9. All four wins have come in her last five starts, sandwiching a runner-up effort in a seven-furlong claiming sprint May 22.
As a 2-year-old, Don’t Get Khozy raced five times with one victory, a maiden claiming triumph in mid-October at Gulfstream Park West, where Sano is based.
“I remember when the filly was a baby and I liked her. Before we claimed her she finished second at Gulfstream and I said, ‘Next time, I’m going to claim her,’” Sano said. “We claimed her in January and every day she has gotten better and better and better.”
Sano also entered Briannjenn Racing’s Addilyn, most recently third behind Up in Smoke and Boerne in the 6 ½-furlong Game Face June 6 at Gulfstream. By Grade 1 winner Palace Malice, Addilyn will be making her 13th start and eighth in a stakes.
“Addilyn is a good filly. She is in good condition. In her last race, she just missed second behind some good horses,” Sano said. “She is a nice filly and I think the race will be good for her.”
Leonel Reyes replaces Trejos, aboard in the Game Face, from Post 3. Trejos and Don’t Get Khozy will break from Post 5.
De Luca and Sons Stable’s Boerne had her three-race win streak snapped in the Game Face, her stakes debut where the speedy daughter of Fed Biz held a short lead entering the stretch but was unable to hold off the winner through the lane.
Prior to that race, Boerne had strung together maiden special weight, optional claiming allowance and allowance victories by 15 combined lengths, the latter two at 6 ½ furlongs. The Azalea will be her longest race to date.
“We are looking forward to Saturday,” trainer Juan Carlos Avila said. “I think I have been training Boerne better this time, giving her more strong gallop-outs to get ready for the race.”
Boerne raced once at 2, finishing fifth in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park West. She breezed twice prior to the game face but Avila chose to bypass a work in the four weeks since and gallop into the race.
“She had two good works and she had the race, and now she’s ready,” Avila said. “She’s galloped, galloped, galloped so I didn’t breeze her. I like her for Saturday. I think she will like the seven furlongs.”
Edgard Zayas has been up for all of Boerne’s races and will ride back from Post 6.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and David Simon’s Bankruptonthebeach will be making her first start for trainer Mike Maker in the Azalea. The Temple City filly debuted with a maiden special weight win last July at Monmouth Park and finished off the board in the Feb. 15 Wide Country at Laurel Park last out.
C J Thoroughbreds’ Compensate, second in the five-furlong Melody of Colors on the Gulfstream turf March 21, was bumped at the start of the Game Face and rushed up into contention before tiring to sixth. In her only tries at seven furlongs, she broke her maiden last fall over Woodbine’s synthetic surface and was fifth after setting the pace of the Feb. 1 Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream.
Completing the field is Juan Arrigada owned-and-trained Estilo Talentoso, whose name translates to ‘talented style.’ The granddaughter of 2005 Preakness (G1) and Belmont (G1) winner Afleet Alex has never been worse than third in six starts including four seconds and a maiden special weight triumph over a sloppy and sealed Gulfstream surface June 17 going one mile.