02/19/2013 3:15PM

Gulfstream Park: Cigar Street bound for stakes

Tom Keyser
Cigar Street wins an allowance race at Gulfstream on Sunday. Trainer Bill Mott is considering sending him to the Skip Away at Gulfstream or the Oaklawn Handicap.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Bill Mott not only won all three graded stakes decided here this past weekend, he also sent out the up-and-coming older horse Cigar Street to an impressive allowance win Sunday. Cigar Street led throughout to register a 2 1/2-length decision over Big Screen going 1 1/8 miles for his second straight victory since returning from nearly nine months on the sidelines due to a hairline fracture in his right hind ankle.

“It looked like he did it pretty easily, and I liked the way he just kept going when those other horses started breathing on him,” Mott said. “He just gave you a little more and a little more.”

Mott said Cigar Street needs to take a step up in class in his next start and mentioned the Grade 3 Skip Away here at the end of the meet along with the Oaklawn Handicap as possible options.