World Tour Wins on Debut at Gulfstream Park

Facing 11 other fillies in a 1-mile maiden special weight over Gulfstream Park’s turf course, World Tour was sent off as the second betting choice at 4-1. Hailing from the barn of Bill Mott, who has been having a tremendous meet at the South Florida track, the daughter of WinStar stallion Tourist broke from gate 9 under jockey Junior Alvarado.

Racing into mid-pack as the field entered the first turn, World Tour settled into fifth, rating well under Alvarado as the leader, Unshakable U, set a first quarter of 23.61. She maintained that position down the backstretch, and responded well as Alvarado angled her toward the outside. Entering the far turn off a half in 47.96, World Tour began to move up in between horses and it was clear Alvarado had plenty of horse rounding the turn.

Angled out again turning for home, World Tour responded well to Alvarado’s asking and shot forward like a bullet near the eighth pole, lengthening her stride to overtake Unshakable U and coast to a 1-length victory—Alvarado’s third win on the day. She completed the mile trip in 1:35.81, a nearly identical time to the 1-mile allowance on the grass for older fillies and mares three races later.

Purchased by WinStar for $130,000 at last year’s OBS April Sale, World Tour’s win gave sire Tourist his eighth winner of the year, and kicks off the filly’s career with $24,000 in earnings. Hailing from the same barn as WinStar Stablemates G1-winning Paris Lights, hopes are high for World Tour.

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Crystal Ball Works 5 Furlongs from the Gate in 1:00.80 at Santa Anita Park on February 15th, 2021

Crystal Ball, our runner-up finisher in the 2020 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) behind stablemate Paris Lights, posted a work from the gate at Santa Anita yesterday in preparation for her 4-year-old campaign. Watch it here on XBTV:

Crystal Ball Worked 5 Furlongs in 1:00.80 at Santa Anita Park on February 15th, 2021

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Gulf Coast Adds More Black-Type in Ruthless Runner-Up Finish

Already a stakes winner as a result of her victory in the Cash Run Stakes at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day, Gulf Coast added more black-type to her page when finishing second in the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct on Monday.

Shipped from Florida to New York for the race, Gulf Coast was slated to run against four other fillies on Sunday. However, a winter storm struck New York that day and forced the card to move to Monday. By race day, the field was scratched down to three.

Gulf Coast left the gates as the second choice in the betting, as the favorite—Miss Brazil, coming off a maiden score where she earned a 93 Beyer speed figure—went to the lead. Gulf Coast, a filly that usually comes from behind, was forced to use different tactics in the short field and was urged by jockey Manny Franco to press the pace.

The Union Rags filly made a move around the turn, overcoming Dealing Justice and setting her sights on Miss Brazil. However, the favorite proved best on the day and while Gulf Coast continued to make her run, she crossed the wire second.

The Stablemates filly now boasts a race record of two wins and two second-place finishes from four starts, with three of those starts being in stakes company. Never worse than second, she has earned $93,705 to date.