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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – WinStar Stablemates Racing’s Gulf Coast successfully stretched out after a pair of sprints to start her career and became a stakes winner for the first time in Friday’s $75,000 Cash Run at Gulfstream Park.
The one-mile Cash Run for newly turned 3-year-old fillies was the second of three $75,000 stakes on the New Year’s Day program, preceded by Imprimis winning the Janus for 4-year-olds and up and followed by Hear My Prayer’s victory in the Abundantia for fillies and mares 4 and older, both sprinting on the turf.
Irad Ortiz Jr. swept all three stakes as part of a five-win afternoon to open the calendar year. The Championship Meet’s two-time defending leading rider, Ortiz is favored to win a third straight Eclipse Award later this month as North America’s champion jockey.
Ortiz began his big day notching back-to-back wins aboard 4-year-old first-time starter and 4-5 favorite Luann ($3.80) in Race 5 and 3-year-old filly Lionessofbrittany ($13.20) in Race 6.
WinStar Stablemates Racing’s Gulf Coast, stakes-placed in one of two juvenile starts, will step up and stretch out for her sophomore debut in Friday’s $75,000 Cash Run at Gulfstream Park.
The one-mile Cash Run for 3-year-old fillies is among three $75,000 stakes on the New Year’s Day program along with a pair of five-furlong turf sprints, the Abundantia for fillies and mares 4 and older and the Janus for 4-year-olds and up featuring the 7-year-old debut of multiple graded-stakes winner Imprimis.
Gulf Coast, a bay daughter of 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags, will be racing beyond six furlongs for the first time in the Cash Run, her second straight stakes after running second in the Sandpiper Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay Downs, overcoming some early trouble to get within two lengths of the winner.
The Sandpiper came barely three weeks after Gulf Coast debuted with a come-from-behind half-length maiden special weight triumph at Indiana Downs.
“She ran huge there. She wasn’t settled perfectly in the gate and broke maybe a step slow and got bumped pretty hard,” trainer Rodolphe Brisset said. “We don’t think the six furlongs is what she wants to do but, at that point, the black type is very attractive.
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