06/14/2013 4:53PM

Beulah: Tsunaami Stu goes turf to dirt seeking repeat in Sydney Gendelman Memorial


Tsunaami Stu upset last year’s Sydney Gendelman Memorial Stakes for Ohio-breds when it was contested on turf at River Downs. On Sunday, the $50,000 Gendelman will be run on the dirt at Beulah Park, and Tsunaami Stu will be a longshot again.

Trained by Mike Rone, the 6-year-old Tsunaami Stu won his only start of 2013, a $10,000 claimer at seven furlongs on turf at Mountaineer Racetrack on May 26.

Last season, Tsunaami Stu won 3 of 8 starts, including the Gendelman at 13-1. Although the distance of the Gendelman remains 1 1/16 miles, Sunday’s race will be on the main track because there is no turf course at Beulah. Agustin Bracho will ship in from Mountaineer to retain the mount.

Among the other 11 older statebreds in the field, Pyrite Personal will return to dirt and Ohio-bred competition after making his last six starts against open company on turf and Tapeta. Trained by Miguel Feliciano, the 9-year-old Pyrite Personal was third, beaten a length, in the 2012 Gendelman. His last win on dirt came in August 2011 at Thistledown.

Raise the Reward is the 3-1 morning-line favorite and the 122-pound highweight in the field, spotting his opponents two to 10 pounds. The 7-year-old Raise the Reward comes into the Gendelman off a win in the six-furlong Mike Rowland Memorial at Thistledown on May 18. Trained by Jeff Radosevich, Raise the Reward has won only once in 12 attempts at Beulah. Jacob Radosevich retains the mount.

Catlaunch won three straight editions of the Gendelman (2009-2011) when it was taken off the turf. He remains competitive at age 12, but is winless in 13 starts over the past two seasons.