01/14/2013 4:37PM

Gulfstream Park: 3-year-old fillies clash in Wednesday feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - An unusual starter optional claiming race for 3-year-old fillies will serve as the main event on Wednesday’s 10-race program. The 1 1/16-mile turf event drew a field of nine led by a pair of recent maiden winners, Suesteps and Sharapova Slams, along with Rhythm Queen, who won a pair of grass races at Calder nearing the tail end of her 2-year-old season.

Suesteps might offer some value stepping up off a maiden $35,000 claiming victory here last month. A steadily improving daughter of Bernstein, Suesteps overcame trouble to register a three-quarter-length victory before galloping out extremely well past the wire.

Sharapova Slams defeated $75,000 maiden claimers in her juvenile finale, despite a wide trip while earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 66.