(Edited press release)
The $100,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds, a 1 1/16 miles turf test on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park, attracted an overflow field of 16, although only 12 will start.
Barry Schwartz’ Fernando Po and Herman Heinlein’s Soldier’s Dancer have each posted a pair of stakes victories on turf early in their promising careers and will likely vie for favoritism in the wide-open contest.
Chris DeCarlo will be aboard Fernando Po for trainer Mike Hushion as the son of Johannesburgmakes his first start since capturing the Kris S Stakes at Calder Dec. 9 with Soldier's Dancer a head back in second. The latter is a son of Lost Soldiertrained by Dave Vivian. He came back to win the Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) at Calder on New Year’s Day.
The field for the Hallandale Beach consists of:
1—One of the Best, R. R. Douglas, 120
2—Fernando Pro, C. P. DeCarlo, 122
3—Rutledge Cat, F. Jara, 120
4—Pop Goes the Tiger, E. O. Nunez, 120
5—Passport, J. J. Castellano, 122
6—Pickapocket, E. Castro, 122
7—Soldier’s Dancer, C. Velasquez, 122
8—Twilight Meteor, E. Prado, 122
9—Dippi Trippi, E. Trujillo, 120
10—Pleasant Strike, J. Velazquez, 118
11—Sedgefield, R. Bejarano, 120
12—Ace Up My Sleeve, M. R. Cruz, 120
13—AE--Le Dauphin, F. Jara, 118
14—AE—Brainy Benny, E. Prado, 118
15—AE—Rahystrada, M. Guidry, 118
16—AE—Moudez, M. R. Cruz, 118