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.
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
River goes as Race 7 and is one of seven graded stakes events on a 12-race