(Curlin’s Approval Will Run at Gulfstream Park on Saturday)

BOURNE IN NIXA AIMS FOR THREE STRAIGHT IN SUGAR BOWL; EBBEN TO JAN. 13 LECOMTE

Robert and Lawana Low’s Bourne In Nixa will be shooting for a hat trick when he makes his stakes debut in Saturday’s $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes for trainer Steve Margolis.

The son of More Than Ready, who will break from post five with James Graham in the irons, scored a maiden win second time out at Indiana Grand on Oct. 11 and followed his first victory with an allowance win at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

“He’s doing real good,” Margolis said. “He’s coming off that win at Churchill and he’s got about five weeks so this race is a next logical step for him. We’re looking forward to Saturday. He’s an improving horse so hopefully he can give us another good effort.”

Bourne In Nixa isn’t the only 2-year-old that Margolis is excited about. Craig Aguilar’s Ebben was a decisive allowance winner over the Churchill Downs main track on Nov. 25.

“He’s improved and had some hard luck in his stakes but he’s stepped up at Churchill with a big effort,” Margolis said. “He got a smooth ride and ran big. We’re excited about him. (Owner) Craig (Aguilar) is excited. We’ll aim for the (Gr. III) Lecomte (on Jan. 13) because he’s a two-time winner and the timing is good. It gives us about six weeks which is perfect for him.”

(Trainer Michael Stidham)

STIDHAM AFTER MORE GODOLPHIN GLORY IN LETELLIER 

Trainer Mike Stidham scored his first stakes victory for prestigious Godolphin Racing with Cedartown in last month’s Zia Park Derby and looks to continue such success with the world-renowned Thoroughbred operation when he sends out Stellar Moon in Saturday’s $50,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes.

Breaking from the rail under Joe Bravo, the royally-bred daughter of Tapit was fifth in her career debut at Delaware Park but redeemed herself in the following start when she broke her maiden by 1¾ lengths  under apprentice rider Jose Bracho. Her dam, Stellar Jayne was a multiple Grade I winner herself and finished third in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Distaff behind Kentucky Oaks winner Ashado. Of the seven foals she has produced, however, none of them have won a stakes race, but Stellar Moon will try to change that.

“We’re obviously delighted to be training for Godolphin and winning that stake at Zia was a big step in the right direction for us,” Stidham said.  “Certainly Stellar Moon is bred beautifully as most all of Godolphin’s horses are. Especially for a filly to win a stakes race to get black type is very important, she’s got a lot of talent and was impressive breaking her maiden. We’re looking for a big effort in the stake here on Saturday.”

G3 Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park
 

Curlin’s Approval enters Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart (G3) with a history of excellence over Gulfstream’s main track, over which she scored triumphs in the Royal Delta (G2) and the Hurricane Bertie (G3) during last season’s Championship Meet, as well as in the Princess Rooney (G2) on the July 1 Summit of Speed program.

“She’s a special filly. We look forward to the Gulfstream meet and winning some of the same races she won [last season],” said breeder Happy Alter, whose Alters Racing Stable owns the 4-year-old daughter of Curlin with Bridlewood Farm.

Curlin’s Approval, who has won seven of her 10 starts at Gulfstream, fell short of winning last year’s Rampart, finishing second behind Eskenformoney after setting a pressured pace throughout the one-turn mile. The Kentucky-bred filly went on to capture the seven-furlong Hurricane Bertie from off the pace and romp to an eight-length score in the 1 1/16-mile Royal Delta.

“Seven-eighths, a mile and beyond are her best distances,” said Alter, who had also nominated his homebred filly to Saturday’s six-furlong Sugar Swirl (G3). “At six furlongs she could win, but it’s more taxing on a horse.”

Curlin’s Approval went on to earn a berth in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar with her victory in the Princess Rooney, a seven-furlong ‘Win and You’re In’ event. She lost all chance in the Filly and Mare Sprint when she stumbled badly at the start.

“It was disappointing. When a horse stumbles out of the gate it’s like a relay race with people and someone drops the baton. You can’t recover. You can’t pick it up and recover,” said Alter, whose filly is rated as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Rampart..

Curlin’s Approval has worked sharply for her return to action in the Rampart, perhaps a bit too sharply Nov. 20, when she breezed five furlongs in 56.63 seconds. She came back to breeze five furlongs in 1:00.31 Dec. 2 before tuning up with a 47.55 half-mile Dec. 11.

“Since the breeze she fooled the jock by going too fast, her works have been perfect,” Alter said. “Even though that breeze was fast, she was by herself, off the rail and no whip.”

Luis Saez has the return mount for the Rampart, in which Curlin’s Approval is scheduled to meet six fillies and mares, including St. Elias Stable’s Nonna Mela, a 3-year-old filly trained by Todd Pletcher.

“Nonna Mela is doing really well. I thought she worked very well [Saturday],” Pletcher said. “This will be her first time stretching out to a mile, which I think will suit her.”

Nonna Mela captured the 6 ½-furlong Adirondack by six lengths last year at Saratoga. The daughter of Arch made her 2017 debut at Saratoga in August, registering a front-running 4 ½-length triumph a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance. She went on to finish second in the six-furlong Prioress at Saratoga and fifth in the Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland in October.

Alpha Delta Stable’s Lewis Bay is scheduled to make her first start in more than a year in the Rampart. The Chad Brown-trained 4-year-old filly, who won the Gazelle (G2) at Aqueduct and the Turnback the Alarm (G3) at Belmont last year, hasn’t raced since losing a photo finish in the Comely (G3) at Aqueduct Nov. 26, 2016.

Lewis Bay was also Grade 1 stakes-placed in the Kentucky Oaks, Mother Goose and Test.

Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode the winners of three of the five Clasico Internacional del Caribe races at Gulfstream last Saturday, has the return mount.

King’s Ghost, Lirica, Alpine Sky and Gamble’s Ghost Round out the field.

Pretty Perfection a Main Track Attraction in G3 Sugar Swirl

Stoneway Farm’s Pretty Perfection has achieved perfection over the Gulfstream Park turf course, winning all three starts during the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.

However, the Kelly Breen-trained filly won’t put her undefeated record on the line Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the 5-year-old mare will take to the main track for a scheduled start in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3).

Pretty Perfection, who won an optional claiming allowance, the Ladies’ Turf Sprint and the Captiva Island all at five furlongs on turf last season, has demonstrated a lot of talent on dirt in her two most recent starts. She captured a six-furlong open allowance at Parx on Oct. 23 and rallied to win an off-the-turf five-furlong open allowance at Churchill Downs Nov. 19.

“I’m excited to see her race Saturday. The last time she was here she rolled off three in a row. Now, she has a two-race win streak and hopefully she can keep it going,” Breen said. “She’s doing great and likes South Florida.”

The daughter of Majesticperfection had been winless in six starts on turf after leaving South Florida in the spring before the switch to dirt.

“We were running out of races. She does train very well on dirt. When I received the filly I had another top filly sprinter for the owner, Stonetastic, so we’d keep one on the dirt and one on the turf. If was a perfect combo,” said Breen, who saddled Stonetastic for a victory in the 2016 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream. “They retired Stonetastic and bred her to Candy Ride. Now, we had months where we couldn’t find a race. Before we came down here, we said, ‘Let’s try her on the dirt.’ It was an experiment that worked out.”

Pretty Perfection’s recent success on dirt does not preclude a return to the Gulfstream turf course.

“Her next start will probably be in the turf sprint [Ladies’ Turf Sprint Jan. 27). Or, if she keeps running well on the dirt, she could stay on the dirt,” Breen said. “It’s a toss-up to me as to what’s her best.”

Nik Juarez, who was aboard for last year’s three wins on turf at Gulfstream and her two recent dirt scores, has the return mount in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl. Pretty Perfection is rated second in the morning-line in a field of nine fillies and mares, including graded-stakes winner Dearest, the 6-5 favorite.

Owned by Gelfenstein Farm, Dearest captured the Sugar Swirl last season. The 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman hasn’t raced since finishing fourth behind Curlin’s Approval in the Princess Rooney July 1.

Trained by Gilberto Zerpa, Dearest has won the Azalea and Royal Palm at Gulfstream Park. Edgard Zayas, who rode her to victory in last year’s Sugar Swirl, has the mount.

True Romance, who finished third in the Thoroughbred Club of American (G2) at Keeneland two starts back; stakes-winning Miss Hollywood, a $1.3 million yearling purchase who was recently sold at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale for $725,000; and Rich Mommy, a late-developing 3-year-old filly with three wins in her last four starts at Gulfstream; are among the top contenders for the Sugar Swirl.

More Than a Party, Stella Performance, Girls Know Best, and Bodacious Babe round out the field.

 
G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes
 

Page McKenney is entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) at Gulfstream Park for a quest to add another chapter in the remarkable story of the former $16,000 claimer who has gone on to distinguish himself as a multiple stakes-winning millionaire.

The 7-year-old gelding, who had won only 1 of 14 starts when claimed in July 2013, will seek his 20th victory and 14th stakes win for his trainer Mary Eppler and owner Adam Staple in the 1 1/16-mile Harlan’s Holiday, one of five graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race card.

“There are no words to describe the ridiculousness of this all. I know there are stories you read about – the Seabiscuits of the world – but there is no way you could ever say while remaining in touch with reality, ‘Oh yes, we expected it,’” Staple said.

Page McKenney will seek his first graded-stakes success around two turns in the Harlan’s Holiday. The two-turn specialist won his first graded stakes and first race around one turn in the seven-furlong General George (G3) at Laurel Park in February 2016.

The Pennsylvania-bred son of Eavesdropper will make his Gulfstream Park debut off a rare off-the-board finish in the Nov. 11 Richard Small Stakes at Laurel Park.

“He had some behavioral issues, which is really out of character for him, before the Richard Small Stakes last time out. He couldn’t be a more laidback horse. He just wasn’t himself that day,” said Staple, who graciously sold a 10-percent share in Page McKenney to his breeders/former owners Dr. James Bryant and Linda Davis shortly after claiming him. “He didn’t run a bad race that day. He got stuck between horses, got bounced around the first turn and ran fairly evenly, but he was acting up coming out of the receiving barn and something just wasn’t right.”

Stabled at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, Page McKenney wasn’t originally being considered for the Harlan’s Holiday.

“He’s really settled in well. We were expecting him to take his time settling in when he got to Florida, but he settled in very quickly. Everyone’s been impressed how he’s traveling over the track at Palm Meadows,” Staple said.

Horacio Karamanos, a longtime prominent Mid-Atlantic jockey, has the return mount.
Unlike Page McKenney, graded-stakes winner Mr. Jordan will enter the starting gate Saturday off one of his career-best performances. The Eddie Plesa-trained multiple-stakes winner registered a stunning 11 ½-length triumph in the Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 11.

The 5-year-old son of Kantharos had previously finished a disappointing eighth behind Page McKenney in the Pennsylvania Derby Championship at Parx – an uncharacteristic performance his trainer attributes to a lack of communication between horse and rider. Ridden for the first time by Edgard Zayas in the Classic Preview, Mr. Jordan couldn’t have offered a more professional performance.

“He shows these flashes. Myself, as a trainer, I can look at his PPs and pretty much sort things out logically why he didn’t run as well as he should. Some of it is that he’s a somewhat peculiar horse to ride. He needs a certain type of rider on him,” said Plesa, noting Paco Lopez was one rider who was able to get the best out of the Florida-bred gelding. “Zayas got along with him fantastically last time. He was one of the reasons why he won so easily. Zayas is a smart rider. He got along with him. Edgard and I spent some time together and went through the replays of his races, still photos and things like that, and he took it to heart and rode him the way he needs to be ridden.”

Having done his best at Gulfstream Park West, Mr. Jordan will be seeking his first win in eight starts at Gulfstream Park, where he has finished second in three stakes.

“He certainly likes that surface over there at Gulfstream Park West. It all clicked, and I expect it to click this Saturday. He’s coming into the race great. I feel very, very comfortable with Edgard back on him,” said Plesa, who trains Mr. Jordan for his wife Laurie, David Melin and Leon Ellman. “I have zero concerns going into this race right now.”

Todd Pletcher-trained Destin is scheduled to drop from Grade 1 company to compete in the Harlan’s Holiday. The 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway finished sixth in the Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 24, three weeks after winning the Grade 2 Marathon at Del Mar. Destin, who is owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, was on the 2016 Triple Crown campaign after winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), and went on to finish second, beaten by a nose by Creator, in the Belmont Stakes (G1).

Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofani’s Fear the Cowboy, who captured the Skip Away (G3) at Gulfstream in March; and Brian Hytrek, Rodney Paden and Ryan Kuhn’s Flatlined, who captured the Fort Lauderdale (G2) over Gulfstream’s turf course in January, are among five graded-stakes winners in Saturday’s field.

Frammento, Conquest Big E, Richard the Great and Joshua’s Comprise round out the field.

Tropical Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park:
 

Given its recent success in the race, Team Clement is understandably excited about running Jump Sucker Stable’s multiple-Grade 2 winner Blacktype in Saturday’s $100,000 Tropical Turf at Gulfstream Park.

The 36th running of the Tropical Turf for 3-year-olds and up and the 33rd renewal of the $100,000 My Charmer (G3) for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at one mile on the grass, are among five stakes worth $500,000 on the 11-race program.

The Tropical Turf had been held at Gulfstream Park West since its inception in 1979, run as the Christmas Day Handicap through 1992. Trainer Christophe Clement has won four of the past five editions of the race, including last year with Lubash. The only exception came in 2015, when he did not enter a horse.

Clement’s candidate to continue the streak is Blacktype, a 6-year-old gelding bred in France that already owns graded-stakes victories in the 1 1/8-mile Knickerbocker (G2) Oct. 9 at Belmont Park and the one-mile Commonwealth Turf Cup (G2) in the fall of 2016 at Laurel Park.

In between those wins, Blacktype notched one victory from seven starts with one second and three thirds, and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the one-mile Artie Schiller, beaten less than three lengths, Nov. 18 at Aqueduct.

“He’s coming off two wins in New York very impressively. The last race he was a bit unlucky,” said Clement’s son and assistant, Miguel. “We had a few things going against us last time. He was conceding a lot of weight and he had a very wide trip.

“He has done so well since the Artie Schiller, where I think he ran a winning race,” he added. “We hope he puts it all together this time. He’s training well and he looks great, so we’ll see. I’m excited to see him run.”

Blacktype will carry co-topweight of 123 pounds, including jockey Joel Rosario, from Post 7 in the field of nine. It will be the first race at Gulfstream for Blacktype, who has a record of 9-3-8 from 29 starts, earning nearly $750,000 in purse earnings while running in New York, Maryland, Kentucky and New Jersey since arriving from France in the fall of 2014.

“It’s great that he’s able to run in Florida, especially since some of the owners will be able to be there to see him. It’s amazing he’s never run in Florida. He’s always been running well; we’ve just kept him in New York and last year we pulled the plug on him,” Clement said. “I don’t think there’s a reason why he wouldn’t run well.”

Also in the Tropical Turf are Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s multiple graded-stakes winner Camelot Kitten, who finished behind Blacktype in each of his past two starts and is approaching $1 million in career earnings; All Included, winner of the Appleton (G3) April 1 at Gulfstream; Tower of Texas, a multiple Grade 2 winner at Woodbine racing for just the fourth time outside of Canada in his 30th start; and Le Ken, a two-time Group 1 winner in Argentina who is winless in three North American starts.

All Included has raced just four times in 2017 and not since finishing eighth after bobbling at the break of the one-mile Red Bank (G3) May 27 at Monmouth Park. He won the one-mile Appleton after finishing third by a length but promoted to second via disqualification in the 1 1/8-mile Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) Feb. 11.

“It seems like he’s freshened up nicely,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’s always run well at Gulfstream, so we’re looking forward to getting him back.”

Completing the field are multiple-stakes winner Western Reserve, most recently third in the Autumn (G2) Nov. 12 over Woodbine’s synthetic surface; Galton, third in the 2016 Woodford (G3); and stakes-placed One Go All Go and Shakhimat.

April Gaze Making Return to the Grass in G3 My Charmer

Karl and Cathi Glassman’s April Gaze, worse than third just once in five starts this year, will both stretch out and switch surfaces when she makes her graded-stakes debut in the $100,000 My Charmer (G3).

Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., 4-year-old April Gaze returns to the grass for the first time since last August, when she ran a distant seventh in the one-mile Drumtop Stakes at Suffolk Downs. She was fourth in her other two turf tries, both in stakes, at 5 ½ and 8 ½ furlongs.

“She’s run well enough on the grass for me with the exception of her very last start on it,” Plesa said. “I’ve always thought she’s handled it well enough that she deserves an opportunity. We’re trying the turf. We just think it’s better for her.”

April Gaze has made each of her last six starts on dirt, the past five at sprint distances,. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and dueling through the lane before falling a half-length shy in the seven-furlong Sunshine Millions Distaff Preview Nov. 11 at Gulfstream Park West.

“She overachieved in that last race and she came out of the race fine,” Plesa said. “I don’t need to find out whether she can handle the turf because I’m convinced that she can. It’s just getting her over there in the best possible shape.

“If she takes to the turf like we’re hoping, that opens up a whole new dimension for her,” he added. “She ran fourth one time going a mile and a sixteenth and this is only a mile, so it’s a little bit shorter. In that race I felt that the last sixteenth of a mile taxed her a little bit where if it would have been a mile she would have certainly hit the board, in my opinion. I would like to get some black type on her in a race like this because that will help her later on.”

Edgard Zayas, up for the last start, retains the mount from Post 1 of nine at 119 pounds.

Also looking to make the grade in the My Charmer is Tango Uniform Racing, The Elkstone Group and Highclere America’s Stormy Victoria, fourth in last year’s My Charmer. Her lone triumph this year came in her only start outside of stakes company, a six-furlong optional claiming allowance Sept. 22 at Belmont Park.

The 5-year-old mare is coming off three straight sprints and wheels back 20 days after finishing second by 2 ½ lengths in the Autumn Days Stakes Nov. 26 over the Aqueduct turf. Stormy Victoria also ran third in the Nassau (G2) on a yielding turf at Woodbine May 27.

“She came out of her last race very well. We’re running her a bit quick back, plus the shipping, but she seems to be in great form. She’s been extremely consistent. I’m excited to see her run because she’s doing so well,” assistant trainer Miguel Clement said. “I’m excited. It’s a tough race but nevertheless the filly is doing very well and that’s why we’re being a bit aggressive running her back so quickly.”

“She’s been in the stable for the last two years and she’s been a great purchase,” he added. “She’s been paying her way. She’s everything you like in a racehorse – she’s tough, she’s consistent and she’s as game as they come.”

Rounding out the field are Stuart Janney III homebred On Leave, whose four stakes wins include the 2016 Sands Point (G2); Grade 3-placed Defiant Honor, winner of the Aug. 24 Riskaverse at Saratoga; Gianna’s Dream, exiting back-to-back Remington Park stakes victories; Josdesanimaux, winner of the 2016 Panama City over Gulfstream’s turf; Inside Out, Pancake and Southern Gem.

(Photo of Pure Silver / Courtesy of NYRA — Aqueduct)

 Fifth Avenue Stakes at Aqueduct:
 
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s graded stakes winner Pure Silver will look to cap her juvenile campaign on a high note as part of a field of six in the 33rd running of the $150,000 Fifth Avenue for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Part of the New York Stallion Series, the Fifth Avenue, contested at six furlongs, will feature Pure Silver in her first start since running second in the Key Cents on November 24 at the Big A, finishing a length behind I Still Miss You.
The Mission Impazible filly started her career 3-for-3, including a win in the Lynbrook on July 16 before capturing the Grade 2 Adirondack by 9 ½ lengths on August 12 at Saratoga Race Course, earning the Todd Pletcher trainee a personal-best 88 Beyer Speed Figure.
Pure Silver finished fourth in her first Grade 1 appearance in the Spinaway on September 2 and followed that up with a flat seventh-place finish in the Maid of the Mist before rebounding in the Key Cents, contested at the Fifth Avenue distance.
Jockey Christopher DeCarlo will have the call for the first time aboard Pure Silver, drawing post 2.
Wegetsdamunnys will take a step up in class as she makes her first start on a NYRA track after sandwiching two wins around a second-place finish at Finger Lakes.
Owned and trained by Jeremiah Englehart, the daughter of D’funnybone is coming off a 6 ¼-length score against allowance company last out at the Fifth Avenue distance on November 16, drawing off to defeat a six-horse field. After winning her debut on October 2, the gray or roan filly ran second her first stakes appearance against 12 competitors in the Shesastonecoldfox on October 23, finishing 2 ¼-lengths behind Indy’s Lady on a track labeled fast.
“She’s coming into the race doing well and it seems like she’s always very straight forwarded,” Englehart said. “She gives us a good, honest effort every time. Hopefully, she can compete with these horses and give us a big effort.”
Wegetsdamunnys will ride from the outside post with Manny Franco aboard.
Joseph Birnbaum’s Beaux Arts will look to rebound from a sixth-place finish against allowance company last out on October 18 at Belmont on the turf.
Trained by Russell Cash, Beaux Arts had made three consecutive stakes appearances – all on the dirt – before switching back to grass.
The Freud filly was second in her stakes debut, closing to within 4 ½ lengths of Bronx Beauty in the Colleen on August 5 at Monmouth. Back-to-back eighth-place finishes in the Seeking the Ante and Joseph A. Gimma, respectively, prompted a step-down in class and a return to the turf. Beaux Arts will now return to the main track in her first start at Aqueduct, drawing post 4 with Angel Arroyo aboard.
Aunt Babe will be running against stakes company for the third straight time after winning her debut on September 8 on Big Sandy. Trained by Carlos Martin, Aunt Babe will be looking to place in a stakes after running sixth in the Joseph A. Gimma and seventh in the Shesastonecoldfox.
Drawing post 3, Aunt Babe will make her first start at Aqueduct with Eric Cancel in the irons.
Miss Hot Stones, for trainer Ollie Figgins, and Velvet Trinni, for trainer Trevor Simpson, will make their stakes debut from posts 5 and 1, respectively.
Aqueduct / Sunday:
 

Set to make only his fourth career start, Stoney Bennett will headline a field of seven in the $150,000 New York Stallion Series Great White Way for 2-year-olds at six furlongs on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A son of Bustin Stones in the care of Maryland based trainer Ollie Figgins, III for owners Roddy Valente, Darlene Bilinski and Richard Alfred, the New York-bred won impressively in his debut on September 15 at Belmont Park, besting a field of eight by 3 ¾ lengths.
Making his next start facing stakes competition in the Sleepy Hollow on October 21 at Belmont, he dueled inside most of the way to finish fourth. Cutting back to six furlongs in his most recent start in the Notebook on November 26, he left the gate awkwardly and rushed up to finish second.
“He shipped up last week and had a good breeze over the track, so we’re looking forward to see how he’ll run Saturday,” said Figgins. “He came out of his last start in good shape. Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] said he was a little green and reluctant to pass horses, so we’re going to add blinkers. Last time, he also broke terribly so if he gets a clean break, I would expect him to be forwardly placed.”
With Ortiz, Jr. in the irons, the pair will leave from post 2.
Philip Birsch’s Belleville Spring will make his first start for trainer George Weaver. Sired by multiple graded stakes winner Trinniberg, he finished second in his debut against open company on November 17 at Churchill Downs before being transferred from trainer Wayne Mackey.
Manny Franco will be in the irons as the pair leave from post 4.
Dezzer will be shipping up from Florida for trainer Jorge Navarro and owner Joseph Besecker. The Desert Party colt won his lone career start on October 13 at Belmont winning by 3 ¼ lengths earning a 69 Beyer Speed Figure.
With Paco Lopez aboard the pair will depart from the rail.
Rounding out the field is Five Star Bunt for trainer Linda Rice and owner John McCarthy who was claimed for his new connections on November 6; Aqua Bel Sar, for owner Ryan Racing and trainer Parboo Bisnath; Inalenable Rights, for trainer Mark Hennig and owner Alan Brodsky; and Spectacular Kid, for trainer Alejandro Maymo and owner Alex Kazdan.