Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Colonel John had a dream run on the outside of pacesetter Victory Pete, taking command leaving the three-sixteenths pole and winning the nine-furlong test for 3-year-olds under strong urging as El Gato Malo closed.
Out of the Affirmed mare Apasionata Sonata, Bsharpsonata is undefeated in three starts as a sophomore. The versatile bay filly has also won twice on turf, including a 1 ½-length victory Jan. 1 in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder Race Course.
You could take nothing away from the top three finishers in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II), but Turtle Bird Stable’s Sir Whimsey, center, got the job done and drew away in the final furlongs to win by a half-length.