01/19/2017 10:16AM

Bennett has good shot in all three stakes

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Chance of Luck holds on along the inside to win the Inaugural Stakes on Dec. 3.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Chance of Luck and R Angel Katelyn gave Gerald Bennett a sweep of the two stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 3, and those two promising 3-year-olds, along with stablemate Royal Jewely, will look to give the veteran trainer a stakes triple on Saturday here.

Chance of Luck will face six others in the Pasco Stakes, and R Angel Katelyn meets seven rivals in the Gasparilla Stakes. Both $100,000 races are for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, with the Gasparilla restricted to fillies. Royal Jewely goes in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, a 1 1/16-mile race that drew a field of eight older fillies and mares.

Bennett, the leading trainer here this season and last, is so high on Chance of Luck that he jokingly told track officials before the $60,000 Inaugural Stakes on Dec. 3 that they should engrave the horse’s name on the trophy for the Tampa Bay Derby. Owned by J J Brevan Stable, Chance of Luck has won both of his starts, romping by 5 1/2 lengths in a maiden $40,000 claiming race in October at Laurel Park and then holding on to win the Inaugural by a neck over a fast-closing Dont Come Knockin.

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Chance of Luck drew the outside post for Saturday, with Erick Rodriguez retaining the mount. The son of Skipshot has turned in four sharp breezes since the Inaugural, including five furlongs in 1:00 on Dec. 14, the fastest of 23 works at the distance here that day.

“The horse is training good up to this race,” Bennett said. “In the mornings, he’s going out strong in his works.”

Field Trip, The Money Monster, and Union Blues all will be meeting winners for the first time after scoring impressive maiden special weight victories last out.

Field Trip, trained by Henry Collazo, owns the field’s highest Beyer Speed Figure, an 80 earned for a front-running 3 1/2-length victory over Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10. He zipped four furlongs in 47 seconds there Jan. 14, the fastest of 99 works at the distance that day.

The Money Monster scored the field’s second-highest Beyer, a 74, for his debut win at Gulfstream Park West in November. He breezed a bullet half-mile from the gate there last Saturday for trainer Rohan Crichton.

Union Blues, favored in all four of his starts, has been training well for Arnaud Delacour since blasting maidens by six lengths at Penn National in November.

In the Gasparilla, R Angel Katelyn will look for her third consecutive stakes victory for owners Averill Racing LLC and CCF Racing Stable. The filly beat Florida-breds in the $100,000 Juvenile Filly Sprint at Gulfstream West in November before drawing off to a 3 1/2-length score in the $89,000 Sandpiper Stakes here Dec. 3.

R Angel Katelyn figures to flash her speed once again Saturday after breaking from post 2 under Edwin Gonzalez. Her 78 Beyer from the Juvenile Filly Sprint is tops in Saturday’s field, and she ripped through a half-mile in 47 seconds last Saturday, the fastest of 42 workouts at the distance here that day.

“We’ve pointed for this race all along,” Richard Averill said. “She’s got to get seven furlongs for the first time, but she’s fresh, and she should be tough. I don’t see seven-eighths being a problem for her at all, but she’s got to do it first though. She’s training great.”

Jumby Bay and Rashette, who finished second and third in the Sandpiper, will look to turn the tables on R Angel Katelyn. Another contender is Lirica, who shortens up from a mile after winning the $75,000 Hut Hut Stakes for trainer Antonio Sano in the slop at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10. Back in July at Gulfstream, Lirica finished a close second to three-time stakes winner Cajun Delta Dawn in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes.

In the Wayward Lass, Royal Jewely gets back on dirt after a valiant effort in an optional $100,000 claimer on turf Jan. 10 that some in the field used as a prep for next month’s Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes. Royal Jewely led almost every step of the way in that race before finishing second, beaten a head by the promising Chad Brown trainee Light In Paris. Royal Jewely earned a 91 Beyer, the highest mark in Saturday’s field.

“She came out of the race good and is doing good,” Bennett said.

Royal Jewely is a stakes winner on dirt, having taken the $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park in September.

Alotta Skirt, trained by Eddie Kenneally, and No Fault of Mine, trained by Chris Block, will be racing for the first time since finishing seventh and eighth, beaten less than four lengths, in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs in November.

Construe, conditioned by Eoin Harty for Godolphin Racing, makes her stakes debut after romping by 6 1/2 lengths in a second-level allowance here last month. Alto Belle invades from south Florida for trainer Todd Pletcher after fighting for a nose win in a second-level allowance at Gulfstream Park West in November.