Nothing to Lose, unbeaten since moving to the grass, and Hypnotist, a colt who has already won at Gulfstream Park, head a full field entered in Friday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile on the turf.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Nothing to Lose is two-for-two since trainer D. Wayne Lukas put him on the turf. In his most recent outing he won the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) at Calder on Jan. 1.
Dogwood Stable's Hypnotist is two-for-three on the grass and took Gulfstream's Dave Feldman Stakes, a prep for the Palm Beach, last time out.
Nothing to Lose will be favored in the stakes, even though he drew post 11. The son of Sky Classic has the turf credentials and the jockey (Jerry Bailey) to add the Palm Beach to his list of credits. As a graded stakes winner, he totes 122 pounds under the conditions of the stake.
Barclay Tagg trains Hypnotist, a son of Favorite Trick who broke his maiden on the grass at Delaware last September, then finished second on the Belmont turf in an allowance event. Hypnotist was making his first start since October when he rallied to beat White Cat by a neck in the 1 1/16 mile-Dave Feldman with Bailey aboard. Cornelio Velasquez rides for the first time Friday.
Thirteen horsese were entered, but 12 will go. Shining Rock entered as an also-eligible.
Raymond Cottrell's White Cat is back after his second in the Dave Feldman. The Mountain Cat colt, trained by Ken McPeek, has yet to win on the grass in two tries. Edgar Prado rides.
Bob and Beverly Lewis & Mountain Top Racing's Private Gold, who was beaten less than a length while third in the Feldman, will have Pat Day aboard again. Patrick Byrne trains the son of Seeking the Gold, who won the Ellis Juvenile Stakes last year on the main track.
Trainer Christophe Clement sends out a promising runner in Calumet Farm's Imitation, who broke his maiden on the turf at Belmont last Oct. 9, then was fifth in the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood in his last race on Nov. 30. Jose Santos, who was aboard in the Grand Slam colt's victory, is to ride.
Edward P. Evans' One Colony broke his maiden on grass at Monmouth Park last summer, but was far back in the Feldman, finishing 11th of 12. Jorge Chavez gets the call from trainer Mark Hennig.$100,000 Palm Peach Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 mile on turf
PP Horse, Weight, Jockey
1 Unbridels King (KY), 116, Eibar Coa
2 Sea Pleasure (FL), 118, Manoel R. Cruz
3 Hypnotist (KY), 120, Cornelio H. Velasquez
4 Imitation (KY), 118, Jose A. Santos
5 White Cat (KY), 118, Edgar S. Prado
6 Purely Classic (KY), 118, John R. Velazquez
7 Private Gold (KY), 120, Pat Day
8 Millennium Storm (FL), 122, Mark Guidry
9 Title Contender (FL), 120, Jorge F. Chavez
10 One Colony (KY), 120 , Jorge F. Chavez
11 Nothing to Lose (KY), 122, Jerry D. Bailey
12 Aventura Place (FL), 116, Christopher P. DeCarlo
AE Shining Rock (KY), 116, Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr.