03/21/2012 4:59PM

Gulfstream: Pan American has six entered

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Barbara D. Livingston
Simmard (right) defeats Newsdad in the Mac Diarmida. They will meet again in the Pan American.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Saturday’s Pan American at Gulfstream Park was upgraded from a Grade 3 to a Grade 2 this season, but apparently not many horsemen seemed to care.

A field of only six long-winded specialists was drawn Wednesday for the 1 1/2-mile Pan Am, and the racing office had to struggle just to get a half-dozen horses to sign on for the race.

Rahy’s Attorney defeated Musketier in the 2011 Pan Am. Rahy’s Attorney just missed capturing the Grade 1 Sword Dancer when he was beaten less than a length by Winchester last summer at Saratoga. Muskietier won three graded stakes last season, including the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland and Calder’s Grade 2 W.L. McKnight.

This year’s Pan Am will rematch the first two finishers – Simmard and Newsdad – from the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida on Feb. 26. Trainer Bill Mott, who has already won the Pan Am four times, entered both Newsdad and Harrods Creek. The remainder of the compact lineup includes Hailstone, Cause of Freedom, and Center Divider, fourth-place finisher in the Mac Diarmida, who was the last of the six to pass the entry box.

“I wasn’t going to run because the first two finishers from the Mac Diarmida kind of ran away from the rest of us that day,” said Chad Brown who trains Center Divider. “But when I heard it was a short field I figured I’d enter and take a look and see what the field looks like the morning of the race. That way I’m prepared to run if I want.”

Redeemed gets in workout

Redeemed worked six furlongs in 1:12.02 here Wednesday in preparation for his next start, currently scheduled to come in the New Orleans Handicap on April 1. Redeemed, who finished third in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, broke six to seven lengths behind stablemate Photon under regular rider Edgar Prado, bided his time into the stretch, then finished strong to get within a half-length of his target at the wire before galloping out seven-eighths in 1:25.20.

Street Game set for Appleton

Trainer Phil Serpe reports that Street Game, an impressive allowance winner when he launched his comeback here earlier this winter, will return in the Grade 3 Appleton on March 31.

“He worked great last week over the turf at Palm Meadows, six furlongs in 1:11 and 3, and there was more in the tank at the end,” said Serpe. “He got what he needed to get done in his first start, we gave him lots of time between races, and if his work was any indication I’d expect him to run even better in his next start.”

◗ Post time for the March 31 Florida Derby card will be moved up 35 minutes to 12:30 p.m. There will be 13 races including seven stakes on the program with post time for the $1 million Florida Derby currently scheduled for 5:48 p.m.

Pan American Stakes, Post Time: 5:35 ET Saturday

Purse: $150,000; 1 1/2 miles (T)

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Newsdad

W. Mott

J. Leparoux

9-5

1

Simmard

R. Attfield

P. Husbands

2-1

1

Harrods Creek

W. Mott

J. Lezcano

3-1

1

Hailstone

R. Ribaudo

J. Rocco, Jr.

10-1

1

Cause of Freedom

C. McGaughey, III

E. Prado

12-1

1

Center Divider

C. Brown

J. Bravo

5-1