Although Corinthian will be making just his second career added-money start in the Saturday's Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II), the 4-year-old son of Pulpitwas made the 7-5 morning line favorite for the 1 3/16-mile event for older horses, with jockey Javier Castellano getting a return call from trainer Jimmy Jerkens.
Corinthian made a dramatic entrance onto the national stage here last year when he finished first in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) over First Samurai, but his erratic run through the stretch caused him to be disqualified and placed third.
Subsequently injured and off the classics trail, Corinthian made one more start in 2006, finishing third in a Saratoga allowance. He made a flashy return to competition here on Feb. 8, romping home a 9 1/2-length allowance winner over Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Jazil at nine furlongs.
Corinthian. the highweight at 117 pounds, faces just five rivals, led by Hesanoldsalt and A. P. Arrow, who finished second and third, respectively, behind 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor in the Feb. 3 Donn Handicap (gr. I). Rafael Bejarano rides 4-year-old Hesanoldsalt (by Broad Brush) for trainer Nick Zito, and John Velazquez will be atop A. P. Arrow (by A.P. Indy) for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The field also consists of 2005 Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up Noble Causeway, and 2006 stakes winners Rehoboth and Summer Book.$350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II, Race 6, 3:25 p.m.), 4 & Up, 1 3/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Hesanoldsalt (KY), 116, Rafael Bejarano
2. Noble Causeway (KY), 113, Cornelio H. Velasquez
3. Corinthian (KY), 117, Javier Castellano
4. Rehoboth (FL), 114, Eddie Castro
5. Summer Book (FL), 114, Mark Guidry
6. A. P. Arrow (KY), 116, John R. Velazquez