02/16/2013 8:38PM

Gulfstream Park: Amira's Prince completes big day for Mott, Velazquez in Mac Diarmida

Tom Keyser
Amira's Prince provides jockey John Velazquez with one of his three winners on the card and completes a stakes sweep for trainer Bill Mott in the Mac Diarmida.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -   Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott capped off another big day at Gulfstream Park, completing a sweep of Saturday’s two stakes and registering his third win overall after Amira’s Prince rallied to 3 3/4-length victory over Teaks North in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes.

Earlier in the day, Mott sent out Starformer to an easy win in the Grade 3 The Very One Stakes and Emollient to a game allowance victory in her 3-year-old debut.  John Velazquez, who guided Amira’s Prince to his first stakes win, also won three races on the card.

Amira’s Prince broke a step slow but recovered quickly to race within easy striking distance of the pacesetting Teaks North, drew even with the leader midway around the final bend then readily edged away once settling into the stretch. Teaks North, a three-time Grade 1 winner, was easily second best, finishing 2 3/4 lengths clear of Twilight Eclipse.

Amira’s Prince is a 4-year-old son of Teofilio owned by the partnership of the Wachtel Stable and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. He began his career in Europe but is now perfect in three starts since joining Mott’s barn late last summer. 

Amira’s Prince returned $5.40 after negotiating a mile and three furlongs in 2:17.14 over a good course.

“He’s been doing very well for us. It seems like he keeps improving,” said Mott. “We had no idea how good he would be. They sent him over for the Jamaica last fall but we didn’t run him. He looked like he needed more time so we brought him down here and freshened him up.”

Mott said the Grade 2 Pan American on March 23 could be a possibility for Amira’s Prince’s next start.

“Whether it would be too much to run him here one more time, I don’t know,” said Mott. “If he’s doing extremely well, maybe, but you’ve got to be careful this early in the year. There are a lot of things coming up later on."

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
off topic: The cost of the online version of the racing form has gotten out of hand. I like to bet a lot of tracks and paying 20.00 for "unlimited cards" is a joke. A few years ago DRF had an end of the year special that ran from October to December for unlimited access for $25. I am sure they made plenty of money at that price. Now they want $20 a day for the same product.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I thought Teaky was a pretty good second (albeit definitely second best) and did try to fight back when the winner started to pass him.
George Berry More than 1 year ago
Didnt IOYA BIGTIME run 3rd?
Gunner More than 1 year ago
3rd - 6 1/2 L behind the winner at 7.90 - 1. Top 2 were long gone on a quirky course that saw a lot of rain in the previous 30 hrs.
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
Lets' see: Amira's Prince is 3 for 3 in America (Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners) Judy in Disguise is 2 for 2 in America (Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners) Un Lucky Chappy is 0 for 10 in America (Team Valor International) Angegreen is 0 for 3 in America (Team Valor International) MMM...I wonder who the REAL International Partnership is?????????????
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bob More than 1 year ago
good call
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Angegreen got up for 2nd at 12-1 and kicked off a 76.80 EX - hope you had it !