Updated on 09/16/2011 7:36AM

Appleton has live shot at another Appleton


HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. - Arthur Appleton won the Grade 2 Appleton Handicap - named for him - in 1991 with Jolie's Halo. On Saturday, Appleton, a nationally renowned owner-breeder, stands a good chance of duplicating that feat when he runs Galic Boy and perhaps Broadway Snowman in this year's edition of the race.

"It sure would be nice to win the race for Mr. Appleton," said Mickey Goldfine, who trains Galic Boy and has five other Arthur Appleton runners stabled at Gulfstream Park.

Galic Boy will carry 116 pounds in the one-mile Appleton, one fewer than highweight *. Galic Boy, 7, had his best year in 2001, winning three of six starts, all stakes, including the Grade 3 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne Park in his 2001 finale on Nov. 3.

"I'll enter him and then wait to see what the grass course looks like," said Goldfine, whose father, Lou, trained some the Appleton horses for many years before his retirement in 1999. "He doesn't like it too soft but he is doing real well, so I hope we'll get the chance to run him."

Galic Boy could be coupled in the race with Broadway Snowman, who is trained by Christophe Clement. Broadway Snowman is also eligible for a third-level allowance race on Sunday, as is Flamin' Jolie, an up-and-coming turf horse who has a very promising future, Mickey Goldfine said.

"Flamin' Jolie could really turn out to be a nice one," said Goldfine. "He's run right through his maiden and first two allowance conditions, and comes in here on a three-race win streak."

One of the intriguing horses expected to enter the Appleton is Conormara, a Maryland-bred who made his first 12 starts in Ireland before shipping to trainer Phil Serpe last fall. Conormara finished second under allowance conditions in his U.S. debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 12.

"The problem is getting into the race on Saturday," Serpe said on Wednesday morning. "He's weighted at 112 pounds, and if the race overfills the conditions read: 'highweights preferred.' I ran him in a never-won-three allowance in New York, even though he's still eligible for a two-other-than, because I was concerned the turf season might end up there before we had a chance to get him started. And I thought he ran a hell of a race, disputing all the pace and holding on very game to just get beat."

Conormara was stakes placed at the Group 3 level in Ireland at 3, but was winless in three starts in 2001 before shipping to Serpe.

"Running him in a race like the Appleton might be a bit ambitious, but we wanted to find out where we stood and he is doing awfully well at the moment," said Serpe. "And, for a Grade 2 race, the field doesn't appear to be coming up that tough. I really like this horse. He's very outspoken around the barn and has a great deal of personality."

Capsized back on turf

After an unsuccessful attempt on the main track in the Cigar Mile, Capsized will return to the turf, and figures to be a live longshot in Saturday's Appleton.

Capsized won three of his first 12 starts, all on dirt. He didn't debut on turf until August 2000, winning an allowance race at Saratoga. But he strained a suspensory ligament in a hind leg that kept him away from the races for more than a year.

After finishing third in an allowance race at Belmont on Oct. 5, Capsized finished a strong second behind the Bobby Frankel-trained Aldebaran in the Nassau Handicap at Belmont on Oct. 28. Trainer Lisa Lewis was considering shipping Capsized to Hollywood Park for the Citation Handicap, but did not want to face Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal, who was scheduled to run but scratched when the turf came up soft.

Instead, Lewis and owners Stonerside Stable and Gold Spur Stable opted to run Capsized in the Cigar Mile, the last Grade 1 of the year in New York. He finished a non-threatening eighth, 12 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Left Bank.

"That race was in our backyard so we decided we'd give it a shot," said Lewis, who spends most of her time in New York. "[Jockey] Javier Castellano didn't kill him. I told him if he wasn't handling it [the surface], just get him around [the course] there. He seemed to come out of it in good shape and he worked good before we left New York. Hopefully, if he can return to his turf form, he could be competitive."

Lewis has Mark Guidry riding Capsized on Saturday.

Lewis, who has four turf horses at Gulfstream this meet, said the last horse she remembers running in a stakes at Gulfstream was Buchman, who ran second in the 1991 Fort Lauderdale Handicap.

With Anticipation may run here

With Anticipation, winner of the Sword Dancer and Man o' War last summer, might launch his 7-year-old campaign here this meet, trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Wednesday.

* is at Sheppard's farm in Pennsylvania, getting a little break. "He's under tack and getting light exercise," Sheppard said.

After finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf, With Anticipation ran in the Grade 1 Japan Cup, where he finished ninth. Unfortunately for Sheppard and owner George Strawbridge, they only pay down to eighth.

"It wasn't a total disaster," Sheppard said. "A Japanese jockey rode him and he had watched the tapes of his American races. He moved him just like [at] an American track, but the stretch is three-eighths of a mile and slightly uphill. If he had waited a little longer he would have gotten a piece of it. He wasn't going to win it, but he could have been fifth or sixth, and they paid $120,000 for eighth."

* Hook and Ladder, who went 3 for 3 at Gulfstream last winter, including a victory in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship, worked five furlongs in 1:03 Wednesday at Payson Park. He is being pointed to the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap on Jan. 13.

- additional reporting by David Grening



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