Speedy Gemswick Park Tops Tempted Cast
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 5:15:22 PM
Last Updated: 11/1/2008 1:50:49 PM
Gemswick Park, third-place finisher in the Frizette (gr. I) a month ago in her stakes debut for trainer Tom Albertrani, returns in a more comfortable spot as the likely favorite in the $100,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 2 at Aqueduct Park.
The one-mile Tempted, the same distance as the Frizette, attracted six 2-year-old fillies. Albertrani saddles Gemswick Park for owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk, as well as the untried Morning Chatter, owned by Michael Ryan's TYB Stable.
Gemswick Park is the most experienced of the pair with three starts. The daughter of Speightstown broke her maiden at Belmont Park in her second try, winning an off-the-turf special weight event by 6 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:09.43 under John Velazquez.
She returned a couple of weeks later in the Frizette, where she overcame her outside draw in the field of 10 to lead into the stretch with Chris DeCarlo aboard. She weakened in the lane to finish third behind Sky Diva and Persistently, who ran third and fifth, respectively, in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita last weekend. In her debut, Gemswick Park ran second on a sloppy track at Saratoga.
The chestnut filly set a lively pace in the Oct. 4 Frizette, completing the opening four furlongs in :45.96, which was a little too quick, Albertrani acknowledged.
“She is just a very fast filly," he said. "We thought the mile in the Frizette would be a test for her, but she hung on gamely. She is naturally fast, but that day, Chris (DeCarlo) was riding her and he really wasn’t used to her. Johnny (Velazquez) had been involved in a spill at Keeneland the day before, so we went with Chris. I think Johnny understands this filly better and maybe he’ll be able to get her to relax better.”
Gemswick Park will break from post 5 in the short field and won't have nearly as many to clear early if she is intent on getting the lead.
Morning Chatter started off her career with a closing second-place finish in a seven-furlong maiden dash at Belmont Sept. 21, a race that showed plenty of promise. Eibar Coa, who rode her that day, has the mount once again.
“I thought it was a very good first race for her,” Albertrani said. “She got a little tired, but that was because we had some setbacks at Saratoga. But I think she has a lot of ability and fits in well with these horses on Sunday.”
Livin Lovin, coming off a runner-up finish as the favorite in the Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) over the Woodbine Polytrack Oct. 5, appears dangerous for trainer Steve Kelsaris. The Puglisi Racing-owned daughter of 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone broke her maiden by eight lengths prior to that at Delaware Park.
In the 1 1/16-mile Mazarine, Livin Lovin stalked the pace before getting the lead at the eighth pole, then was caught shortly before the wire by Van Lear Rose, losing by a half-length.
Trainer Kelly Breen has a solid contender with Fools in Love. The Not for Love filly won her debut by a neck at Monmouth Park on July 5 and followed that with a third in the Colleen and a pair of seconds in the Sorority and Laurel’s Maryland Million Lassie. She stretches out for the first time.
“It looks like she wants more ground, which is unusual for her body type,” Breen said. “She’s not a real big filly, and you would think that she would be a lot quicker and more precocious. But in all of her races so far, she’s been doing all of her running at the end. When we ran her in Maryland last time, I thought that seven furlongs would hit her right on top of the head. She trains in fast time, but she doesn’t have the quickness out of the gate. She takes her time, collects herself and then runs late. She has gotten better each time she’s run, so hopefully, she will continue to like longer races.”
Jockey Stewart Elliott is named to ride.
Obsequious made Elizabeth Gray, long-time assistant to Dale Romans, a winner at Saratoga Race Course in only her second start as a trainer. The Fusaichi Pegasus lass was then ambitiously placed in Belmont’s Matron (gr. II), where she ran fourth. Edgar Prado has the mount for the Andrew Farm filly.
Pull Dancer broke her maiden at Keeneland as the favorite on Oct. 10 in her second start. She makes her Aqueduct debut for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin
$100,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III, Race 7, 3:16 p.m.), 2-Year-Old Fillies, 1 Mile
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Fools in Love (MD), Stewart Elliott
2. Morning Chatter (KY), Eibar Coa
3. Pull Dancer (KY), Alan Garcia
4. Livin Lovin (KY), Ramon A. Dominguez
5. Gemswick Park (KY), John R. Velazquez
6. Obsequious (KY), Edgar S. Prado
Each assigned 117 pounds.
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