From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Jacks or Better Farm’s Shivaree lived up to his 3-5 favoritism in Saturday’s $75,000 Limehouse at Gulfstream Park, closing into a hotly contested early pace to draw off to victory by 3 ¼ lengths.
The six-furlong Limehouse kicked off Saturday’s Sophomore Showcase card with five stakes for 3-year-olds, including the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, the first stop on the Road to the Florida Derby, and the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3).
Shivaree, who broke from the No. 1 post position in his quest to win his third straight race and second stakes in a row, was outsprinted along the backstretch as Cajun Casanova and Zaino Boys hooked up while setting a sharp a first-quarter faction in 21.50 seconds. The pacesetters continued to battle into the far turn before being joined on the outside by Ricki Ticki Taffi, who took over the lead on the turn into the homestretch. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo swung Shivaree to the far outside entering the stretch and the Jacks or Better homebred kicked in to draw away to a comfortable victory.
Shivaree ran six furlongs in 1:10.91. Ricki Ticki Taffi finished second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of late-running Peruvian Boy.
“The post was a concern and they outfooted him. Fortunately, he was able to get out and he stayed steady. They went very fast in front of him and kudos to Emisael for staying busy around the turn because if he gets too far back away from them, I don’t think he catches up,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “He’s just steady. He has kind of a high speed to him, but not really, really fast. He stays even; he doesn’t give up.”
Shivaree had previously captured the Nov. 30 Buffalo Man, in which he set a pressured pace before being headed inside the eighth-pole, only to come back late to prevail over favored Went West by a neck in the six-furlong sprint. The son of Awesome of Course, who is a half-brother to multiple-stakes winner Garter and Tie, had previously broken his maiden by 9 ½ lengths in his fifth career start.
Sound Machine Sparkles in Glitter Woman Romp
e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Sound Machine ($5.80) dominated seven 3-year-old fillies to score a 6 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Glitter Woman, completing back-to-back stakes wins for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who saddled Island Commish for a triumph in the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3) won race earlier on the Sophomore Showcase program.
The daughter of Into Mischief, who was a $500,000 purchase at the 2018 Keeneland September sale, made amends for a second-place finish behind Spanish Point in the Nov. 30 House Party Stakes at Gulfstream.
Sound Machine broke sharply to closely stalk the pace set by Sayonara Baby, who set fractions of 22.44 and 45.39 seconds for the first half mile of the 6 ½-furlong stakes. The Joseph Jr. trainee moved to the lead entering the stretch and power away to a convincing victory under Tayler Gaffalione.
“She trained much more forwardly for this race. I knew she was going to improve, but I didn’t know how she was going to handle 6 ½ [furlongs] and she handled it well,” Joseph Jr. said. “Tyler gave her a perfect trip. He worked her on Sunday and he was very confident. He came back and he was like, ‘Wow.’ He rode her with confidence and she ran that way.”
Sayonara Baby held second under Luis Saez 1 ½ lengths ahead of Spanish Point, who had won her two previous career starts.
Sound Machine ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.35 to win her second race from four career starts, which included an 8 ¼-length debut romp, a sixth in a Keeneland allowance, a second in the House Party.
“It was very impressive to see her do that, kind of like how she won first time out. We’ve kind of never really had her perfect since her first start,” said Joseph, who mentioned the Forward Gal (G3) Feb. 2 as a possible next-out for the Kentucky-bred filly. “She always looked a little sulky on us and she’s turned the corner now since her last race. She’s obviously an expensive purchase and it’s good to get a stakes win and hopefully we can win a graded-stakes down the line with her.”