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Gulfstream Park: The consistent Slew's Exchange has work cut out for her in Friday turf sprint
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Slew’s Exchange has been a model of consistency every time she’s been sent five furlongs on the turf, having finished third or better in all five such starts. But even trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. knows the waters will get even deeper when Slew’s Exchange goes postward among the key contenders in Friday’s $57,500 main event at Gulfstream Park, an optional $62,500 claimer at five furlongs on the grass.
Slew’s Exchange has been freshened since finishing second as the tepid favorite behind Trippin Along under optional $25,000 claiming conditions in her 3-year-old finale last November at Calder. Slew’s Exchange won her only start over the local course, overcoming a rough beginning and rallying from near the rear of the field to defeat entry-level allowance rivals here in her juvenile finale.
Among Slew’s Exchange’s rivals is the Todd Pletcher-trained Stopshoppingmaria, who is the track’s 9-5 morning-line favorite.
“What can you say, it’s a tough race,” said Plesa. “Todd’s horse probably has to be even money or less. But my horse is doing well, she’s knocking at the door, I’m just hoping the race turns out to be easier than it looks on paper.”
Stopshoppingmaria, runner-up in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at 2, continues her comeback on Friday. Stopsoppingmaria returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in 16 months, and registered her first win on grass, when she rallied to a popular 1 1/4-length victory earlier in the meet against much softer optional claiming company for owner Mike Repole.
Revenue, another very consistent turf sprinter, returns to the scene of her most recent triumph, a last-to-first second-level allowance win here on April 5. A stretch-running daughter of Exchange Rate who has not been worse than second in four career turf sprints, Revenue will return to the grass after closing out her 2012 campaign finishing a wide-running and troubled fourth in an off-the-turf allowance dash at Churchill Downs on Nov. 9.
Mosaicist has been freshened since finishing a wide-running seventh against third-level optional claimers at Laurel on Oct. 25. Trained by James Toner for the A J Suited racing Stable, Mosaicist began her career in England where she won over both grass and synthetic surfaces at 3.
War Prospector could be an upset threat turning back to a sprint off a series of longer races earlier in her career. War Prospector has not started since setting a lightning-fast pace then succumbing late to finish a close third going 7 ½ furlongs at Delaware Park on Sept. 17.
My Jopia won a pair of restricted races, including the New York Stallion Series Stakes going a mile over the Saratoga turf course, to close out her abbreviated 3-year-old campaign and will put her unblemished grass record on the line when trying open company for the first time on Friday.
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