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Florida Sire Stakes Finale at Gulfstream Park

In Reality and My Dear Girl divisions each worth $500,000 at 1 1/16 miles.

Although there will be no sweep in either the male or female divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes this year, the Oct. 3 finale at Gulfstream Park will feature three juvenilesBallet Diva, It's High Time, and Tribal Dramaseeking to win at least two legs of the three-race series.

Jacks or Better Farm's homebred Ballet Diva, who has three wins, including two stakes triumphs, from four career starts, will be seeking to replicate her front-running victory in the Susan's Girl Division when she goes postward in Saturday's $500,000 My Dear Girl Division.

The daughter of Hear No Evil will attempt to stretch her speed beyond the seven-furlong distance of the Sept. 5 Susan's Girl when she faces eight other 2-year-old fillies in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl.

"You know where she's going to be. Will she stay there? We'll find out. I don't know. I really don't know," said trainer Stanley Gold said of the diminutive filly who broke her maiden by 12 1/2 lengths May 28 and then took the Cassidy Stakes by 4 1/2. "But if you looked at her, you'd say, 'No way'."

Also seeking a second leg of the filly division is Tracy Pinchin's It's High Time, a hombered daughter of Gone Astray  who won a duel with 1-5 favorite and eventual third-place finisher Ballet Diva to take the Desert Vixen division that began the filly series Aug. 8. It's High Time returned to finish third in the Susan's Girl.

Trainer Jose Pinchin said he is optimistic the filly, who is also small, will handle two turns but understands that jockey Edgard Zayas must avoid becoming involved in an early speed duel to give her the best chance to win.

"Ballet Diva is bigger than my filly," said Pinchin, who trains It's High Time for his wife. "My filly is tiny. She was doing good, but I didn't expect her to beat that horse (Ballet Diva). She's gutsy.

"I don't think it (two turns) will be a problem. I'm going to leave it up to Zayas. If she breaks good and no one wants the lead, then 'go.' If not, 'just sit there.' If I get caught in a speed duel going a mile and a sixteenth, I'll die."

In the $500,000 In Reality restricted to colts and geldings, also at 1 1/16 miles, Hallmarc Racing's Tribal Drama will seek his second Florida Sire Series leg after scoring a neck victory over Abercorn in the Affirmed division Sept. 5. The Affirmed was the second win in as many starts for Tribal Drama, who, like his champion sprinter sire Big Drama, is trained by David Fawkes.

The In Reality drew 14 entries and two also-eligibles, including Abercorn and Affirmed division third-place finisher Li'l Meatball.

Tribal Drama's debut on Aug. 2 at Gulfstream Park came too late for him to participate in the Dr. Fager at seven furlongs Aug. 8, won by Dream of Me. In the Affirmed, Tribal Drama rated just off the early pace along the backstretch, advanced on the turn to take the lead in the stretch, and held off the late challenge of Abercorn by a neck under jockey Eddie Castro.

"He's easy to work with," Fawkes said. "I expect the horse to rate and do what he's supposed to do. "He's been really just an easy-going, easy-to-deal-with colt who always stays focused. There's never been an issue. There are no real quirks about this horse."

Gold and owner/breeder Jacks or Better Farm have entered four coltsAbercorn, Brighton Lane, Fellowship, and Habersham Villagein the In Reality in pursuit of adding to their record win totals in the Florida Sire Stakes series. Fred Brei's Jacks or Better Farm and Gold have teamed for a record 17 triumphs in the FSS series for juveniles sired by accredited Florida stallions. (They ran their overall respective record FSS totals to 19 with two victories in this season's inaugural series for 3-year-olds.)

An impressive 3 1/2-length maiden winner in his third career start, Abercorn stalked the pace in the Affirmed, just behind Tribal Drama, before steadily gaining on the eventual winner, running out of ground at the wire.

"He'll get two turns," Gold said of the son of Brooks 'n Down.

The two stakes for juveniles highlight the Gulfstream Park card with $1.3 million in purses for horses sired by accredited Florida stallions.

Entries: Florida Sire Meadow Star S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, October 03, 2015, Race 2

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 1:15 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Savingtime (FL)Arny E. Fontanez123Vaughan Heard-
22Holywell (FL)Orlando Bocachica123Jose Pinchin-
33Mom'z Laugh (FL)Matthew Rispoli123Marcus J. Vitali-
44Sweet Madea (FL)Luca Panici123William A. Kaplan-
55Dogwood Trail (FL)Jesus M. Rios123Stanley I. Gold-
66Moment of Delight (FL)Juan C. Leyva123William A. Kaplan-

Entries: Florida Sire My Dear Girl S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, October 03, 2015, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $500,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 4:00 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11It's High Time (FL)Edgard J. Zayas122Jose Pinchin-
22My Good Venezuela (FL)Jonathan J. Gonzales122Bruno Tessore-
33Silent Prayer (FL)Jesus M. Rios122Stanley I. Gold-
44Flora Dora (FL)Matthew Rispoli122Marialice Coffey-
55Sweet Khaleesi (FL)Diego Fernando Gomez122Joseph Hennessy-
66Secret War (FL)Manoel R. Cruz122Daniel Pita-
77Enterprising Lady (FL)Tyler Gaffalione122Ralph E. Nicks-
88Marnesia Big Girl (FL)Jeffrey Sanchez122Herman Wilensky-
99Ballet Diva (FL)Jose C. Caraballo122Stanley I. Gold-

Entries: Florida Sire Foolish Pleasure S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, October 03, 2015, Race 9

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo Colts and Geldings
  • 5:07 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Focus On Me (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel Angel Vasquez123J. David Braddy-
22Jaiden's Best (FL)Eduardo O. Nunez123Kathleen O'Connell-
33Yourdreamsormine (FL)Juan C. Leyva123William A. Kaplan-
44Western Conqueror (FL)Rafael Manuel Hernandez123Michael E. Gorham-
55Bwana Dance (FL)Manuel Aguilar123Joseph G. Calascibetta-
66Saraguaro (FL)Eddie Castro123Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.-
77Roll On the Navajo (FL)Diego Fernando Gomez123David Rakoff-
88Southern Barbecue (FL)Jesus M. Rios123Stanley I. Gold-
99Twotwentyfive A (FL)Jose C. Caraballo123Stanley I. Gold-
1010Sing Praises (FL)Edgard J. Zayas123Stanley I. Gold-

Entries: Armed Forces S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, October 03, 2015, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $75,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:41 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Golden Ray (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateHarry Hernandez120Juan Andres Rodriguez-
22Ian Smith (FL)Edgard J. Zayas120Todd A. Pletcher-
33Imperial Warrior (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEmisael Jaramillo120Antonio Sano-
44Decisive Boss (FL)Luis A. Castillo120Antonio Machado-
55Besame (FL)Tyler Gaffalione120Antonio Sano-
66Warrior A. P. (FL)Juan C. Leyva120Hernan Parra-
77Union Vow (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateRafael Manuel Hernandez118Gerald Procino-
88Golden Pirate (FL)Miguel Angel Vasquez118Juan Andres Rodriguez-
99J R 's Holiday (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEddie Castro120Jose Garoffalo-
1010Candy Jam (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJonathan J. Gonzales116Jaime Mejia-
1111Bullet Gone Astray (FL)Luca Panici122Henry Collazo-
1212Copingaway (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMarcos Meneses120Jaime Mejia-

Entries: Florida Sire In Reality S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, October 03, 2015, Race 11

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $500,000
  • 2 yo Colts and Geldings
  • 6:15 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Danbury (FL)Juan C. Leyva122William A. Kaplan-
22Brighton Lane (FL)Jesus M. Rios122Stanley I. Gold-
33Abercorn (FL)Tyler Gaffalione122Stanley I. Gold-
44Call to Honor (FL)Edgard J. Zayas122Jose Pinchin-
55Mr. Kisses (FL)Jonathan J. Gonzales122J. David Braddy-
66Fellowship (FL)Jose C. Caraballo122Stanley I. Gold-
77Tribal Drama (FL)Eddie Castro122David Fawkes-
88Swagger Jagger (FL)Rafael Manuel Hernandez122Michael J. Maker-
99Li'l Meatball (FL)Miguel Angel Vasquez122J. David Braddy-
1010Pontius P. (FL)Tommy Turner122Ronald Gaffney-
1111Behzad's Pride (FL)Luca Panici122Jessica J. Campitelli-
1212El Charro (FL)Emisael Jaramillo122Juan Andres Rodriguez-
1313Alex the Dude (FL)Ramsey Zimmerman122Ralph E. Nicks-
1414No More Chillin (FL)Pedro Monterrey, Jr.122Ron G. Potts-
1515Bygeorgehedidit (FL)Luis Figueroa122Kathleen O'Connell-
1616Habersham Village (FL)Jeffrey Sanchez122Stanley I. Gold-