04/02/2013 12:40PM

Gulfstream Park: Busted Again tops Cibelli's pair in Thursday feature

Barbara D. Livingston
Busted Again's maiden win (above) came last winter over the Gulfstream strip.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Jane Cibelli and owner Goodwood Racing Ltd. were deprived of a lucrative payday when their Swear Me In was disqualified from first and placed third following her apparent victory in Sunday’s Secret Grace Stakes. On Thursday, Cibelli and Goodwood will attempt to get back some of that lost swag when they send out Busted Again as the likely favorite against just five foes in a $62,100 optional-claiming race that serves as the main event on the penultimate program of the 2012-13 Gulfstream Park season.

Busted Again is one of two Cibelli has entered for Thursday’s headliner, along with the uncoupled More Than Love. The pair are part of a lineup that also includes Lighthouse Bay, Latin Rocks, Isabelle’s Thunder, and Done in Love. Lighthouse Bay is the only 3-year-old in the six-furlong dash for fillies and mares.

Busted Again is coming off a game second-place finish behind Sly Warrior under similar conditions in her 2013 debut, for which she received a career-best 88 Beyer Speed Figure. The outing was the first for the daughter of Sharp Humor since she finished fifth in Monmouth Park’s Just Smashing overnight stakes nearly nine months earlier.

Busted Again registered one of her two tallies here, a 2 3/4-length maiden special weight victory over a sloppy strip last winter in her second start. Her only other win came three months later at Monmouth Park, a convincing 8 1/4-length entry-level allowance triumph in a field that included Baffle Me, who has since become a stakes winner on turf.

More Than Love will don blinkers for just the second time in her career and will try dirt for the first time if Cibelli chooses to start both fillies in Thursday’s main event. A daughter of More Than Ready, More than Love was stakes placed on turf last season for trainer John Terranova, having finished second in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs in her 3-year-old debut. She has been off the board in a pair of two-turn outings on grass since joining Cibelli’s stable earlier this year.

Lighthouse Bay, 4, is the only stakes winner in the field but will be taking on older horses for the first time while also making her first start in four months. Lighthouse Bay concluded her 3-year-old campaign with a game nose victory in Laurel’s six-furlong Smart Halo Stakes. She’s been working steadily for her return at trainer George Weaver’s winter headquarters at Palm Beach Downs.

Latin Rocks, an easy seven-length winner of her previous start, was claimed out of her last race for $25,000 by trainer Marcel Navarro. The one-sided victory came in Latin Rocks’s first start since July 2012.

Latin Rocks is one of two horses in Thursday’s lineup with five career victories, along with Isabelle’s Thunder, who has not finished worse than second in her last seven starts.

Done In Love brings a modest two-race win streak into the race, both victories coming at Charles Town earlier this winter with trainer Jeff Runco. She moves into the dangerous hands of trainer Marty Wolfson for the first time Thursday.