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.

Gulf Coast – Race Notification – Saturday, February 6 – Race 9 – Tampa Bay Downs – 4:02 PM ET- Suncoast Stakes – 1 Mile & 40 Yards Dirt – Purse $150,000

Gulf Coast has been entered in Saturday’s Suncoast Stakes, an official prep race for the Kentucky Oaks with a points allocation of 10-4-2-1. Good luck, Stablemates members!

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GULF COAST becomes a Stakes winner in the 75k Cash Run

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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.

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‘Looking Forward To Running Her Longer’: Gulf Coast Gets Class Test In Friday’s Cash Run Stakes

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.