(Trainer Shug McGaughey / Photo by Gene McLean
From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
The Tropical Park Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, highlighted Saturday’s 11-race program along with the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby, a 1 1/16 turf stakes for 3-year-olds, and the $75,000 H. Allen Jerkens, a two-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up.
The Shug McGaughey-trained Vigilantes Way ($7) broke alertly to take the lead heading into the first turn and never looked back, resisting mild early pressure from longshot Blue Mistress and pulling away to a 2 ¼-length victory in 1:40.61 built on fractions of 23.91 and 47.66 seconds for the first half-mile.
A half-sister to Mr. Speaker, who captured the 2013 Dania Beach (G3) over the Gulfstream turf, Vigilantes Way was the second stakes winner of the day for Julien Leparoux, who guided Sir Anthony to an upset victory in the Jerkens.
“Nice day today, beautiful to win two stakes. The horses ran great, so we’re happy with that, it’s been a great day,” Leparoux said. “I was not expecting to be on the lead, but she broke very sharp and she was doing it very nicely. She relaxed for me on the backside and from there she was very comfortable the whole time. When I asked her in the stretch, she won nicely.”
Ask Bailey closed to finish second, a nose ahead of Speaktomeofsummer.
Vigilantes Way registered her first stakes victory Saturday in four starts on turf, which include an allowance win and two stakes placing.
“She’s a half-sister to Mr. Speaker and he liked the grass, so we always had that in mind,” McGaughey said. “She’s been a pleasant surprise. As a yearling, she was a little bit of a small, immature filly, and she’s still small. But she’s matured out and her races have all been very good.”
McGaughey said Vigilantes Way would be pointed toward another stakes at Gulfstream.