In the Gold, who has established impressive credentials over the last two seasons, meets undefeated Pool Land for the first time to highlight Saturday's $200,000 Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park.
Rafael Bejarano rides Live Oak Plantation's In the Gold, the 4-year-old daughter of Golden Missile
who makes her first start since finishing fifth in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 29.
Chris DeCarlo is aboard Melnyk Racing Stable's Pool Land in the seven-furlong Shirley Jones. The 4-year-old Silver Deputy
filly starts for the fourth time in her career.
Trained by Nick Zito, In the Gold scored her biggest career victory in the Gazelle (gr. I) at Belmont in September, earning her a shot in the Breeders' Cup. She ran at Gulfstream three times last year, winning an allowance race and finishing second in both the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) and the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II), losing the latter by a nose.
Pool Land comes out of the Todd Pletcher arsenal after winning all three of her starts easily, most recently the Sun Colony Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 22 by seven lengths.
Manoel Cruz rides Peter Vegso's two-time grade I winner Splendid Blended for Bill Mott and her performance may well determine if she remains in training this year or goes home to be bred this spring. The daughter of Unbridled's Song finished sixth in the 6½-furlong Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III) on Feb. 18.$200,000 Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II, Race 10, 5:28 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 7 furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Injustice (KY), 114, Rene Douglas
2. Pool Land (KY), 114, Christopher DeCarlo
3. Beautiful Bets (KY), 115, Mark Guidry
4. Splendid Blended (FL), 117, Manoel Cruz
5. Malibu Mint (KY), 114, Kyle Kaenel
6. Givememore (BRZ), 114, Scott Spieth
7. In the Gold (KY), 120, Rafael Bejarano
8. So Much More (KY), 112, Kristi Chapman
9. Johns Place (FL), 112, Elvis Trujillo
10. Toll Taker (IL), 114, Rajiv Maragh
11. Menifeeque (KY), 114, Eddie Castro