Sweetrickydancer puts a four-race streak that includes two straight stakes scores on the line and is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday. The race for 3-year-old fillies is at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
"Switching her from the dirt to the turf was definitely the answer," said trainer Rodolfo Garcia of the filly who drew the outside post 11 for the race. "There aren't very many horses that have won four straight on the turf and she's the kind of filly that seems to be getting better with every race."
Sweetrickydancer, bred in Kentucky by Eduardo Rojas Sr. and raced by La Colmena Racing Stable, showed modest form on the dirt in her first two races. Garcia switched her to the turf at Calder Race Course on Oct. 7 and she finished a fast-closing second. She hasn't tasted defeat since and all her starts have resulted in come-from-behind victories on the turf at Calder.
An aptly named daughter of Green Dancer out of the Phone Trick mare, My Sweet Talker, Sweetrickydancer broke her maiden on the turf on Oct. 27 and followed with a score in a Nov. 16 allowance race. Garcia then upped her to stakes company and she kept the faith by winning the Hollywood Wildcat on Nov. 30. She began the new year by winning the Tropical Park Oaks on Jan. 1.
"The only thing I worry about is that she comes from behind," Garcia said. "That's her style and there's nothing you can do about it. Whenever you come from behind, you can get into trouble. The good thing is she's the kind of filly that can get a good position in the race and Eibar Coa will ride her. He's been on her in her last four wins and knows her well. Why break up a winning combination."
Edward E. Marshall's Bolaro, the champion Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly last year, will be making her first start on the turf in the Herecomesthebride. Trainer Alan Sobol doesn't think she'll have any trouble in making the transition from the dirt to the turf.
"I worked her on the turf course last week and she had a black-type work on it," Sobol said. "She seemed to handle it well and I don't see her having any trouble in making the switch from the dirt to the turf."
Bolaro, bred by Marshall and Marshall Thoroughbreds, has won three races, two of them stakes, against Ohio-breds at Thistledown. Her stakes victories were in the Miss Ohio Stakes on Aug. 24 and the Best of Ohio Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 14. In between those races the daughter of Sandpit was fifth in the one-mile Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) on Sept. 28. In her last start, she was a tiring sixth in the Three Ring Stakes at Calder on Dec. 14.
"She stumbled at the start in the Arlington-Washington Futurity," Sobol said. "Otherwise she ran a decent race in it. In her last start at Calder she just didn't seem to handle the track that well. Also, she hadn't started in a couple of months and was a bit short, which was my fault. I don't think she'll have that trouble Saturday."
Trainer Marty Wolfson is looking to pull off the upset with All My Yesterdays in the Herecomesthebride. The filly has only run three times but is fresh off her maiden score at Tampa Bay Downs.
"I know I may be shooting high with her but she is well bred for the grass and comes into the race fresh off a win," Wolfson said. "I had to send her to Tampa Bay to break her maiden because I couldn't get her into a race at Calder."
Kevin Goodman and William Seltzer's All My Yesterdays was fifth in her first two career outings at Calder last fall before breaking her maiden on a yielding turf course at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 31. That was the last start for the daughter of Wild Again who is out of the Riverman mare Rivery.
"She's been training well since her win," Wolfson said. "I'm trying to get Jesus Castanon to come down from Tampa to ride her. He's the leading rider there and I think one of the most underrated jockeys in the country."
Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf
PP, Horse, Jockey, ML
1, City Fire, Jose Santos, 12-1
2, Gal O Gal, Chris DeCarlo, 5-1
3, Formal Miss, C. Gonzalez, 8-1
4, Storm Clipper, Cornelio Velasquez, 15-1
5, Askforaraise, Marlon Suckie, 8-1
6, Devil At the Wire, Mark Guidry, 4-1
7, Barboura, John Velazquez, 6-1
8, Bolaro, Rene Douglas, 20-1
9, Holiday Runner, Edgar Prado, 12-1
10, All My Yesterdays, Jesus Castanon, 20-1
11, Sweettrickydancer, Eibar Coa, 5-2