Turf Fillies Go to the Post in Marshua’s River

By Emily Shields

A field of 10 fillies and mares will take to the turf at Gulfstream Park on Saturday in one of the supporting stakes races on the Pegasus World Cup (G1) card, the $125,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3T). The one-mile contest features Tropical Park Oaks heroine Vigilantes Way.

#4 Vigilantes Way (7-2) is a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro hailing from the female family of unbeaten star Personal Ensign. She won four of seven starts last year, topping the strong season with a 2 ¼ length score in the Gulfstream Park contest. Julien Leparoux rode her in the Oaks victory, and will be back aboard for this.

#6 Evil Lyn (9-2) was second by a nose as the favorite in a stakes race at the Fair Grounds on December 26. Florent Geroux was aboard that day, but Flavien Prat picks up the mount on the daughter of Wicked Strong for trainer Mike Maker. She was a stakes winner at Pimlico in October, and then won an allowance race at Churchill Downs as the heavy favorite. She raced 11 times last year, winning five of them, and has earnings over $250,000.

#9 Niko’s Dream (6-1) is coming off a win in the My Charmer Stakes here over this turf course. The Barclay Tagg-trainee has run here six times, with two wins and four top three efforts. She has run in tough company in New York of late, but the daughter of Central Banker should find this trip and course ideal. Junior Alvarado will ride.

#10 Sweet Bye and Bye (4-1) hasn’t run since October, and makes her first start for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. She was fourth in this race last year, beaten three lengths as the favorite, and went on to be graded stakes placed in September. The tough six-year-old mare has won seven of 18 starts, with 14 top three efforts. She gives her all every time and can either show speed or sit just off the pace. Jose Ortiz is up.

#8 Tuned (8-1) for Graham Motion started her career in France before spending last year in the United States. She has not won since October, 2019, but she has run well at Belmont, Woodbine, and most recently here at Gulfstream over this track when she was second in the My Charmer. Irad Ortiz, Jr will be aboard the daughter of Toronado.

The Marshua’s River goes as Race 7 and is one of seven graded stakes events on a 12-race program.