The Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned Kitten's Joy and Master William highlight the dozen runners entered in Saturday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. The Palm Beach is the 11th event on the 12-race card.
The Dale Romans-trained Kitten's Joy drew the rail , while Master David, trained by Michael Dickinson, goes from post 10.
Major rivals to the Ramsey entries include Commendation, Mustanfar, Pa Pa Da, and West Virginia.
Kitten's Joy, an El Prado colt, came to life when introduced to the grass. He broke his maiden first time on the turf, came back to win an allowance race, and most recently notched a half-length win in the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT).
Master William has made only three career starts. The son of King of Kings was fourth in his debut at Colonial Downs last July, but pulled a surprise by breaking his maiden in the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine last October. The Ontario-bred colt has not run since he was far back in an allowance race on the Churchill Downs main track in November.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has a classic candidate in Mustanfar, who won a good allowance race on Jan. 24, beating Suave and Swingforthefences. The trainer is seeking a Triple Crown route for the son of Unbridled. Jose Santos gets the call.
Commendation, a son of Capote, has three wins in five starts on the grass, including the Bourbon County Stakes, but has run into trouble the last few outings. Last out he stayed in the field when the Dave Feldman Stakes was taken off the turf, and never seemed to enjoy the sloppy going.
West Virginia will be making his turf debut in the Palm Beach. The colt, by Tomorrows Cat, one of several Todd Pletcher –trained 3-year-olds, finished third to Read the Footnotes in the Remsen Stakes (gr. III). Cornelio Velasquez has the mount.
The field for the $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes includes:
1--Kitten's Joy (Jerry D. Bailey, 122)
2--Commendation (John R. Velazquez, 122)
3--Prince Arch (Brice Blanc, 118)
MTO Tap Day (Gary Boulanger, 120)
5--Pincay (Joe Bravo, 118)
MTO--Tales of Glory (John R. Velazquez, 118)
7--Soverign Honor (Manoel R. Cruz, 116)
8--Mustanfar (Jose A. Santos, 118)
9--West Virginia (Cornelio H. Velasquez, 120)
10--Master William (Edgar S. Prado, 122)
11--America America (Rene R. Douglas, 115)
12--Pa Pa Da (Eibar Coa, 118)
AE-- Gin Rummy Champ (Christopher P. DeCarlo, 116)
AE-- Gold Shield (Jorge F. Chavez, 116)
AE--Paper Man (Jon Kenton Court, 116)
AE Inducement (Rene R. Douglas, 116)