03/16/2012 4:08PM

Gulfstream: Boisterous returning in Sunday allowance

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Boisterous, with Alan Garcia riding, wins the Red Smith.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Sunday’s feature at Gulfstream Park is the Grade 3 Honey Fox, but the best race on the card might be the afternoon’s fourth event, a $74,900 optional claiming and allowance test at a 1 1/16 miles on the turf that marks the 2012 debut of the Grade 1 placed Boisterous. The six-horse field also includes Turbo Compressor, Kindergarten Kid and the Group 3 placed Forte Dei Marmi whose only start in North America came last September in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

Boisterous closed out his 2011 campaign with victories in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker and Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap. A homebred son of Distorted Humor who was also third last summer in the Grade 1 Man O War, Boisterous is trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stable.

“The distance is short of his best, but with the rain we’ve had the course may have some give for a closer to have a chance,” said McGaughey. “I needed to get him started, and didn’t want to start him out at a mile and one half in the Pan American.”

The Grade 3 Pan American will be run here next Saturday.

“He was ready to run a month ago, but I couldn’t get a suitable race for him. This works out because it gives us more time to get ready for the Woodford Reserve.”

The Grade 1 Woodford Reserve traditionally headlines the undercard on Kentucky Derby Day, which this year will be decided on May 5.

Turbo Compressor, third behind only Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Mucho Macho Man and Santa Anita Handicap winner Ron the Greek in the Sunshine Millions Classic, will be making his turf debut on Sunday for trainer Todd Pletcher.

“I thought he breezed really well over the turf,” said Pletcher. “He’s got a little pedigree on the bottom side for the grass and we’ve been thinking about trying him on turf for a while.”

Kindergarten Kid finished fifth, beaten less than six lengths by Get Stormy, in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap five weeks earlier and will be returning to allowance company for the first time since winning a two other than optional claimer at Belmont in June.