Sandiva winning last year's Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream

Sandiva winning last year's Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream

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Marshua's River Cast Deep and Wide

Filly and mare turf stakes offers grade III status, plenty of possibilities.

It's no surprise Gulfstream Park's Jan. 9 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) drew a crowdfilly and mare stakes on the turf at this meet usually do. The crew for the 2016 renewal worth $150,000 goes nine deep, with three main track only runners, and is wide with talented runners from the inside out.

On the rail is Al Shaquab Racing's Sandiva, from the power combo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano, who sports a 2-1-0 mark from three previous Gulfstream outings. Last season the now 5-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Footstepsinthesand won the Tropical Park Oaksat the Marshua's River trip of 1 1/16 milesand Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT).

In her first start since June, Sandiva was a close-up third to Lady Lara and Marshua's River entrant Hope Cross in Gulfstream Park West's My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21.

To her right in the gate will be Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Partisan Politics, winner of last year's Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Park going a mile on the turf. The 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready  makes her Gulfstream debut following a wide-trip fifth at Churchill Downs in the Nov. 15 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT).

Further outside in the gate will be Quiet Kitten, winner of the Claiming Crown Tiara Stakes Dec. 5 while zinging along on the pace; Magalen O. Bryant's Hope Cross, who also ran second in the Dec. 12 South Beach Stakes at 71/2 furlongs; the South Beach winner Tuttipaesi; and grade III winner A Little Bit Sassy, from the barn of trainer Michael Matz.

Entries: Marshua's River S. (G3T)

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 09, 2016, Race 4

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 1:35 PM (local)
11Sandiva (IRE)Javier Castellano119Todd A. Pletcher9/5
22Partisan Politics (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.121Chad C. Brown4/1
33Shanon Nicole (KY)Corey J. Lanerie119Ian R. Wilkes15/1
44Strike Charmer (KY)Julien R. Leparoux119Mark A. Hennig12/1
55Quiet Kitten (KY)Angel Cruz121Marcus J. Vitali15/1
66Devine Aida (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLuis Saez119Christophe Clement6/1
77Hope Cross (IRE)Joe Bravo117Chad C. Brown5/1
88Tuttipaesi (IRE)Christopher P. DeCarlo121William I. Mott6/1
99A Little Bit Sassy (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario117Michael R. Matz15/1
1010Stiffed (NJ)Paco Lopez119John F. Mazza10/1
1111Can't Explain (NJ)Tyler Gaffalione119Ralph E. Nicks12/1
1212Gamblers Rose (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie117Dale L. Romans10/1