01/16/2011 6:27PM

Gulfstream: Confusion following the Dania Beach


There was a good deal of confusion following the running of the Dania Beach. Apparantly the stewards neglected to tell track announcer Larry Collmus there was an inquiry into the stretch run as no announcement was made until well after Adirondack Summer had his picture taken in the winner's circle. At first there was even some concern among the connections of the winner just who was involved in the inquiry but eventually the ceremonies continues and ultimately fourth place finisher Swift Warrior was disqualified for squeezing the tiring The Best Glacier in late stretch. It also appeared runner-up Brilliant Speed might have cut off Racing Aptitude while angling out of traffic to launch his bid at midstretch but no action was taken. In addition, the replay of the disqualfiication was never shown to the public. 

 The Dania Beach was oddly run to begin with as the favored Lil Bit O Fun was very rank under jockey Jose Lezcano while stalking the rapid pace of The Best Glacier with the race just collapsing at the end to late runners Adirondack Summer and Brilliant Speed. 

The main track was definitely deeper along the rail and favored outside stalkers and closers throughout the card.