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Aqueduct: Kibosh might be favored in Thursday's turf route
By Dave Litfin
A quartet of Florida shippers will attract the bulk of the action in Thursday’s featured seventh race, an optional claimer with first-level allowance conditions scheduled for turf at 1 1/16 miles.
Kibosh enters off a rallying, runner-up finish with a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 86 for trainer John Kimmel, and the New York-bred filly may go off as a lukewarm favorite over fellow shippers Divine Luck, Riolama, and South Shore.
Kibosh, who prefers firm turf, closed out her 2012 campaign by winning three of her last four starts, the lone defeat a fourth in the Ticonderoga Stakes. She garnered her second-level New York-bred condition on the Big A turf course to conclude her 3-year-old season.
Divine Luck showed vastly improved early speed when trainer Shug McGaughey equipped her with blinkers for two starts at Gulfstream Park, beginning with a maiden victory Dec. 1. She set the pace to the stretch against Kibosh in her first and only start this year.
Riolama, purchased as a 2-year-old by Gallaghers Stud, was a maiden winner for Chad Brown in her second career start at Saratoga last summer, when she ran down South Shore in deep stretch. Riolama was subsequently a beaten favorite twice at this level going 1 1/8 miles and makes her seasonal debut after wintering at Palm Meadows.
South Shore was purchased and turned over to Christophe Clement after four starts last year and returned quick dividends for her new connections at Gulfstream last month, when she rallied from off the pace for a convincing maiden win.
Along with Kibosh, three other New York-bred fillies are entered to run on the turf, including Sally’s Dream, a two-time winner over the local course, and Shesabronxbomber, who was second in an overnight stakes in her first start off a claim by David Jacobson.
Jacobson clung to an 8-7 lead over Kiaran McLaughlin in the trainers’ standings entering the final week of the meet, with Chad Brown and Jason Servis right behind them with six wins apiece.
Jacobson’s seven runners Thursday include morning-line favorites Punster (9-5) in race 2 and So Scott (5-2) in race 8.
In addition to dirt-only entrant Secret Union in race 7, McLaughlin sends out Ghareeb, who tries the turf in race 4, and Tally Stick, who makes her U.S. debut in race 9.
Along with Riolama, Brown sends out morning-line favorite Ella’s Kitten for her U.S. debut in race 4.
Servis has no runners on the program.
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