03/04/2015 4:36PM

Gulfstream Park Handicap big on quality

Barbara D. Livingston
Cigar Mile winner Private Zone (above) faces Wicked Strong, Honor Code and three others in the Gulfstream Park Handicap on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The presence of three-time Grade 1 winner Private Zone, Grade 1 winner Wicked Strong, Grade 1-placed Honor Code, and the hard-knocking Valid kept the field for Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap to just six starters. The big four will be joined in the starting gate by the multiple graded stakes winner East Hall and the speedy Loverbil.

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Private Zone is the 122-pound highweight in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Herecomesthebride downgraded

As expected, the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride has lost its graded status after being moved from the turf to a sloppy main track last Saturday. Divine Aida cruised to a six-length victory over Sweet Swingin, with the scratch-reduced field of six 3-year-olds strung out a sixteenth of a mile from front to back at the wire.

Graded stakes are automatically downgraded as a result of a surface switch, although the American Graded Stakes Committee can reinstate the race’s grade.