04/03/2011 4:52PM

Gulfstream Park: Little Mike does it again!


The speedy and game Little Mike won his third graded stakes of the meeting with a front-running tour de force under Joe Bravo to take Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 Appleton Stakes over a late-running Riviera Cocktail. Asphalt checked in third.

 Little Mike, trained by Dale Romans, cut out fractions of 23.25 seconds, 46.07, 1:09.05, and covered the mile in 1:32.87. He returned $4.20 as the even-money favorite.

 Little Mike, owned by Priscilla Vaccarezza, added the Appleton to earlier victories in the Grade 3 Ft. Lauderdale, and Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap. He equaled Tackleberry as the only other three-time stakes winner of the meet.

 Little Mike's lone loss came in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap where he finished sixth, beaten 2 1-2 lengths.