12/20/2012 6:04PM

Gulfstream Park: Emma's Encore to start year in Sunshine Millions

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Tom Keyser
Emma's Encore has not started since finishing eighth in Keeneland's Grade 2 TCA on Oct. 6.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Emma's Encore, who gave Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens his first Grade 1 win at Saratoga in five years when she won the Prioress on Aug. 4, will make her 2013 debut in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 19.

Emma's Encore, a 3-year-old daughter of Congrats, has not started since finishing eighth in Keeneland's Grade 2 TCA on Oct. 6. Emma's Encore rallied from last to defeat Judy the Beauty by a nose in the six-furlong Prioress. She won Belmont Park's Grade 3 Victory Ride in similar fashion four weeks earlier.

"She wasn't ready to run last week in the Sugar Swirl, so we'll go for the Sunshine Millions, that's the plan right now," Jerkens said. "Hopefully she'll run well there, and then we'll look at some of the other open stakes here this winter. She's a funny horse, one of those active fillies, and didn't put on any weight even though she really hadn't done anything for a while."

Emma's Encore has worked just once since arriving in south Florida, breezing an easy half-mile in 49.23 seconds Dec. 11.