They finished one-two in a Feb. 20 allowance race, separated by just a neck – and on March 29, Run Sully Run and Sporting Art will have a rematch in the $150,000 Bulleit Bourbon Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
A 1 1/8-mile turf event for 3-year-old runners, the Palm Beach is part of Gulfstream’s Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard. A field of 11 has entered.
Rick Pitino of Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock gave Run Sully Run his first try over the turf in the recent allowance effort, and it looks like the son of Cherokee Run favors the surface. He heads back to the grass for trainer Cam Gambolati in search of his fourth win from nine starts. Bred in Kentucky by Grapestock LLC out of the Woodman mare Woodman’s Dancer, the colt was a $130,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale last year.
Jon and Sarah Kelly’s Sporting Art made a late bid to catch Run Sully Run, but came up short after closing four wide. The added distance should help the son of Doneraile Court, who made his American debut for trainer Christophe Clement in his last start. Bred in Kentucky by Frank and John R. Penn out of the Run Softly mare Playful Run, Sporting Art won two of four races in England last year, with the Gulfstream race being his first start since mid-September.
Clement also sends out Peachtree Stable’s Flying Dismount, a Proud Citizencolt whose last two wins – a Feb. 17 turf allowance and a Dec. 29 maiden special weight on the turf, both at Tampa Bay – came by a combined 7 1/2 lengths. Bred in Kentucky by Charles Jacobi out of the Regal Classic mare Classical Romance, Flying Dismount stretches out to 1 1/8 miles for the first time.
In an interesting twist, the horses that finished fifth through eighth in the Jan. 1 Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) at Calder will be back in this race. They are, in order of finish, Titan of Industry, Moral Compass, Wise Answer, and Celestial Comet.
Completing the field are Prime Realestate, Cherokee Focus, Wise Answer, Dynamalt, and Victory Café.
$150,000 Bulleit Bourbon Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III, race seven, approximate post 4:10 p.m., EST), 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds, turf PP, Horse, Weight, Jockey 1. Celestial Comet, 120, Kent Desormeaux
2. Prime Realestate, 118, Jose Lezcano
3. Titan of Industry, 120, Cornelio Velasquez
4. Moral Compass, 120, Eibar Coa
5. Cherokee Focus, 118, Eddie Castro
6. Wise Answer, 120, Jorge Chavez
7. Flying Dismount, 116, Rene Douglas
8. Sporting Art, 116, Javier Castellano
9. Dynamalt, 116, John Velazquez
10. Victory Café, 116, Ariel Smith
11. Run Sully Run, 118, Joe Bravo