02/07/2013 4:48PM

Gulfstream Park: Bahamian Squall good rebound candidate in Sprint Championship


Bahamian Squall, who rallied belatedly over a sloppy track to finish a game second in the Sunshine Millions Sprint, will seek to bounce back while returning to open company in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship on Saturday. Bahamian Squall, an easy winner of the restricted Sunshine State Stakes here in December, was shuffled back from tight quarters during the early stages of the Sunshine Sprint before angling wide and finishing full of run to fall less than a length short of catching upset winner Off the Jak.

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“He had some excuse for getting beat in his last race,” trainer David Fawkes said. “I’m not so sure he was getting a hold of the track, and he dropped back a little too far early in the race. It took him a while to get going, and when he did finally, it was a little too late, although it was a good effort “

Travelin Man has been idle since missing by a nose to the speedy Royal Curier in Monmouth Park’s Teddy Drone on July 29. Travelin Man has won four of his five local starts, including the Sir Shackleton here during spring 2012.

“He’s been off for a little, but he’s a horse who always runs well here at Gulfstream and usually runs well off the bench,” trainer Todd Pletcher said of Travelin Man. “I put him in an allowance race here last week that didn’t go, so we figured we might as well run in the Sprint and take a crack at a good one.”

Fort Loudon, third after forcing the early pace in the Sunshine Millions Classic, returns to perhaps his most effective distance Saturday. Fort Loudon was beaten just a half-length in a game effort going seven furlongs in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga and was also second behind Bahamian Squall following a wide trip over the same distance last month in the Sunshine State.

Swagger Jack has won his last two races, both at a mile.

Big Grandpa earned a career-best 105 Beyer Speed Figure when claimed for $35,000 out of a winning effort last fall at Belmont Park and will make both his local and graded stakes debut for new trainer Diane Alvarado.