03/25/2015 3:48PM

Encryption stretches out for Skip Away

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Encryption will try to handle the 1 3/16 miles of the Grade 3 Skip Away.

Trainer Kelly Breen has contenders in both of the undercard dirt stakes for older males on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

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In the Grade 3, $150,000 Skip Away Stakes at 1 3/16 miles, Breen will run Encryption, who came off a long layoff to win a second-level allowance race by eight lengths at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 22. He will face Commissioner, the runner-up in the 2014 Belmont Stakes, and Sr. Quisqueyano and East Hall, the one-two finishers from the Sunshine Millions Classic.

In the $100,000 Sir Shackleton Stakes, Breen will run Pants On Fire, who shortens up to seven furlongs, the distance of his most recent victory last September at Charles Town.

Pants On Fire will have to tackle Valid, a multiple stakes winner who finished third, beaten a length, behind Honor Code in the Gulfstream Park Handicap last out.

◗ War Correspondent, beaten a length in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf, and Lochte, a four-time winner over Gulfstream Park’s turf course, head the field for the Grade 3, $100,000 Appleton Stakes at a mile on turf.

 

Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
Stakes have short fields but will be a long and contentious day.