02/25/2016 12:50PM

Catch a Glimpse has solid turf credentials in Herecomesthebride

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Barbara D. Livingston
Catch a Glimpse will start in Saturday's Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Catch a Glimpse, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and is favored to get a Sovereign Award for champion 2-year-old filly in Canada, makes her first start of the year Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 3, $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Catch a Glimpse has won all three of her starts on turf and will be heavily favored to keep that streak intact in the Herecomesthebride. She drew the outside post in a field of eight going 1 1/16 miles on turf. It goes as race 6 on the 13-race card.

The male counterpart to the Herecomesthebride is the Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf. A full field of 14 is entered, including the first three across the line – J R’s Holiday, Don’t Be So Salty, and Azar – in last month’s Kitten’s Joy here. It goes as race 11.

There are two listed grass stakes on the card as well. The $75,000 Texas Glitter, race 1, at five furlongs for 3-year-olds, includes Noholdingback Bear, who futilely chased Fountain of Youth entrant Awesome Banner in his last two starts. The $100,000 Sand Springs, race 9, at one mile for older fillies and mares, includes course specialist Daring Kathy, who is back with her original trainer, David Fawkes.

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Daring Kathy, a perfect 3 for 3 on Gulfstream’s turf course, is making her first start since August and her first since returning to Fawkes’s barn. But there are several worthy contenders in the 14-horse field, including Hope Cross and Partisan Politics, both dropping out of graded stakes races.

Noholdingback Bear is trying turf for the first time in the Texas Glitter, but he has the pedigree to be a turf sprinter, and he definitely will appreciate the class relief after trying to go with Awesome Banner in the Hutcheson and Swale. Stakes winner Expected Ruler and graded stakes-placed Manhattan Dan are also in the nine-horse field.

KEY CONTENDERS

HERECOMESTHEBRIDE (RACE 6)

Catch a Glimpse, by City Zip

Last 3 Beyers: 84-91-73

◗ Whether firm turf or yielding, whether on the lead or stalking, no scenario could stop Catch a Glimpse once she moved to turf last year after her initial scheduled grass race was rained off.

◗ With an outside post in the field of eight, jockey Florent Geroux should be able to place her wherever he wants. There doesn’t appear to be much pace in the race, though, so she very well could wind up on the lead, and when that happened in the Natalma, she romped by five lengths.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 8 Catch a Glimpse. Trainer Mark Casse is 21-1-1-4 with a $0.12 ROI over the past five years in turf route graded stakes following a layoff of 60 days or more. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Lira, by Giant’s Causeway

Last 3 Beyers: 80-79-74

◗ Clearly the main threat to Catch a Glimpse, she has won all three of her starts, all on turf, and owns a victory at Gulfstream in the Ginger Brew on Jan. 2, in which she rallied in time after being stuck in traffic to midstretch.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 4 Lira. Trainer Todd Plecther is 20-7-3-2 with a $2.55 ROI over the past five years in turf graded stakes at Gulfstream Park with Javier Castellano aboard. Click for more details. Mike Hogan


Wedding Dress, by Medaglia d’Oro

Last 3 Beyers: 71-71-69

◗ She returns to action after concluding her 2-year-old campaign with a sixth-place finish in the Chelsey Flower at Belmont, in which she volleyed for the lead but then faded late.

◗ She gets Lasix for the first time Saturday and is adding blinkers.

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PALM BEACH (RACE 11)

J R’s Holiday, by Harlan’s Holiday

Last 3 Beyers: 84-69-66

◗ He rallied from last to score a 19-1 upset in the Kitten’s Joy, which marked his third win in his last four starts.

◗ In five grass races, all at Gulfstream, he has never been out of the money, and the combined margin of defeat in his two losses is just one length.

Don’t Be So Salty, by Tiz Wonderful

Last 3 Beyers: 83-87-54

◗ He crossed the wire second in the Kitten’s Joy and then was disqualified to fourth for interference in deep stretch.

◗ He is reunited with Emma-Jayne Wilson, under whom he scored his biggest win in the Display Stakes in November at Woodbine.

◗ It will be interesting to see where he goes after this race because he is 2 for 2 on synthetic, including the Display, and the timing from this race to the Spiral Stakes at Turfway on April 2 seems ideal.

Azar, by Scat Daddy

Last 3 Beyers: 82-57-80

◗ He’ll have to overcome the far-outside post in this bulky field, but with the exception of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, run over a yielding course, he has fired in every one of his two-turn grass races.

◗ He was moved up to second via the disqualification of Don’t Be So Salty in the Kitten’s Joy.