01/17/2013 5:33PM

Gulfstream Park: Edge to Romacaca in Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf

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Courtney Heeney
Romacaca comes off this victory in the South Beach earlier in the meet.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Hooh Why upset favored Romacaca in last year’s running of the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, but for that to happen again, they will have to reverse their most recent form, as Romacaca comes off a win over Hooh Why in last month’s South Beach here.

Both mares, now age 7, have had long, productive careers. Hooh Why (47 starts) has earned more than $1 million, and Romacaca (32 starts) would reach that mark with a win. Romacaca appears the better of the two right now. She has won three of her last four starts, all since Danny Miller took over as her trainer, and is 5 for 10 on Gulfstream’s turf.

“She’s doing very well,” Miller said. “She’s strong, training excellent. She’s coming into the race great. She just got beat in this race last year to Hooh Why, but she came off a layoff, she made the lead, and it looked to me like she just got a little tired. This time we got a race into her, and she’s trained really well since that race.”

Speak Easy Gal, who is cross-entered in the Distaff but was third in this race last year, and Regalo Mia, dipping into a statebred race for the first time, are the other top contenders.
– additional reporting by Mike Welsch