Del Mar Show and North East Bound head a field of eight older horses in Saturday's $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles over the Gulfstream Park turf.
Del Mar Show certainly has the right connections for the 49th running of the Lauderdale. Jockey Jerry Bailey has won five of the last six runnings, and trainer Bill Mott has taken down five of the past editions. A 5-year-old son of theatrical, Del Mar Show is owned by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust. Del Mar Show won the 2001 runnings of the Hialeah Turf Cup (gr. II), the grade III Connaught Cup at Woodbine, and the Royal Palm Handicap at Hialeah.
North East Bound is a 6-year-old gelding conditioned by Bill Perry. Three years ago, he won two contests over this course, including The Vid Stakes. He comes off a second in the Appleton Handicap (gr. II) behind Pisces.
Kiss A Native is using the Fort Lauderdale as a prep to the Feb. 9 grade I Donn Handicap. The 5-year-old gelding, trained by Bill White, comes off a win in the grade III Fred W. Hooper Handicap at Calder Dec. 29. Galic Boy, a 7-year-old son of Irish River, comes in off a win in the R.F. Carey Memorial Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne.
The field for the Fort Lauderdale, in post position order with jockeys and weights: North East Bound (Jose Velez Jr., 117); Tv Sports Director (Jose Rivera II, 112); Mr. Livingston (Eibar Coa, 113); Rize (also Eibar Coa, 114); Del Mar Show (Jerry Bailey, 119); Groomstick Stock's (Edgar Prado, 114); Kiss A Native (Cornelio Velasquez, 115); and Galic Boy (John Velazquez, 116).