The race is one of five stakes for Florida-breds on Gulfstream's Sunshine Millions card Saturday.
Reporting Star, a gelded 7-year-old son of Circular Quay, paid immediate dividends when he captured the one-mile Appleton Stakes (G3T) last April at Gulfstream. It was his first start for trainer Brendan Walsh since being purchased privately following a half-length loss to Manchurian High in the Sunshine Millions Turf.
Walsh put Reporting Star in four straight graded events where he finished no better than sixth in both the Red Bank (G3) and Bernard Baruch (G2) stakes, ultimately capping his campaign running fourth by 1 1/2 lengths in the 7 1/2-furlong El Prado Stakes Dec. 17 at Gulfstream, a race he won in 2015 for previous trainer Pat Parente.
"He came out of the last race good and he's been doing well, so hopefully we can rekindle his old form and if he can, he should be very live in there," Walsh said. "He was coming off a bit of a layoff (in the El Prado) but it was a good comeback and we thought he ran well.
"He wasn't beaten far and he looked like he was back to his old self," he added. "He kind of lost his way after the Appleton last year but he seems like, having had a break now, he seems like he's back to his old self again. We're looking forward to it."
In two other $100,000 Sunshine Millions stakes for Florida-breds Saturday:
• One year after winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes with X Y Jet, trainer Jorge Navarro will try to win the race a second straight year when he sends out Monster Racing Stables' Delta Bluesman in the six-furlong sprint.
A 7-year-old Wagon Limit gelding, Delta Bluesman is expected to face six other sprinters Saturday after opening the year with a third-place finish in the Jan. 1 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream. Last year Delta Bluesman captured the Smile Sprint Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream.
• After finishing second in last year's Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes, Miller Racing's E B Ryder is back to try to earn a trip to the winner's circle following the 1 1/16-mile turf race. Trained by Marty Wolfson, the daughter of Bluegrass Cat didn't earn a victory in eight starts last year but did place in three stakes.
Last year Wolfson and Miller Racing secured the top two places in the Filly and Mare Turf as Lori's Store won the race over her stablemate. Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 3 Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 6 Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 11
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1E B Ryder (FL) Julien R. Leparoux 119 Martin D. Wolfson 9/2 2 2Mom's On Strike (FL) Luis Saez 117 Joe Sharp 2/1 3 3Family Meeting (FL) Jose Lezcano 117 Thomas F. Proctor 5/2 4 4Elizabeth Aurora (FL) Luca Panici 117 Fernando Abreu 20/1 5 5Frosty Friday (FL) Javier Castellano 117 Mark E. Casse 7/2 6 6Rontos Lily (FL) Emisael Jaramillo 117 Enrique A. Sanchez 8/1 7 7Sumfloridasunfun (FL) Jesus M. Rios 117 William E. Deaton 15/1
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Yourdreamsormine (FL) Nik Juarez 121 Milton W. Wolfson 10/1 2 2Delta Bluesman (FL) Emisael Jaramillo 123 Jorge Navarro 5/2 3 3Sing Praises (FL) Jesus M. Rios 119 Mark E. Casse 20/1 4 4Extravagant Kid (FL) Roberto Alvarado, Jr. 117 Milton W. Wolfson 20/1 5 5Early Entry (FL) Paco Lopez 119 Kathleen O'Connell 3/1 6 6Schivarelli (FL) Javier Castellano 119 Eddie Kenneally 4/1 7 7Awesome Banner (FL) Tyler Gaffalione 121 Mark E. Casse 2/1
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Starship Zorro (FL) Luca Panici 117 Angel Quiroz 20/1 2 2Reporting Star (FL) Luis Saez 119 Brendan P. Walsh 2/1 3 3Two Step Time (FL) Tyler Gaffalione 117 Michael J. Maker 6/1 4 4Our Way (FL) John R. Velazquez 121 H. James Bond 8/1 5 5Class and Cash (FL) Nik Juarez 117 Jane Cibelli 8/1 6 6Enterprising (FL) Jose L. Ortiz 121 Michael J. Maker 9/2 7 7Beneficiary (FL) Paco Lopez 117 Milton Nunez 20/1 8 8Go Around (FL) Javier Castellano 119 William I. Mott 3/1
Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 3
Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 6
Gulfstream Park, Saturday, January 21, 2017, Race 11