11/09/2013 6:37PM

Gulfstream Park: Mordi's Miracle upsets Souper Speedy in Sunshine Millions Classic Preview

Adam Coglianese/Gulfstream
Mordi's Miracle and Edgar Prado pull a $22.60 upset in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH,Fla. - Mordi’s Miracle parlayed a dream trip under jockey Edgar Prado into an easy three-length victory over 3-2 favorite Souper Speedy in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview, the main event on Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Preview card at Gulfstream Park. Sr. Quisqueyano finished third.

Mordi’s Miracle, a 4-year-old son of Lawyer Ron owned by the Zayat Stables, came into the 1 1/16-mile Classic off a second-place finish under optional-claiming conditions here five weeks earlier. On Saturday, Prado was able to guide Mordi’s Miracle into perfect stalking position behind the embattled pacesetters Souper Speedy and Sr. Quisqueyano, who alternated for command through early splits of 24.01 and 47.54. Mordi’s Miracle moved readily to command when asked approaching the quarter pole, then gradually extended his advantage to the wire.

Souper Speedy eased off Sr. Quisqueyano on the second turn, then came on again in late stretch to be along by a neck for second money. Cash Rules finished a distant fourth. The multiple Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend was hung out four wide on the first turn and was done before six furlongs.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mordi’s Miracle completed the distance in 1:42.94 over a fast track and returned $22.60

“We thought there would be a couple of horses on the lead," Prado said. "We went really well up the backstretch, and when we turned for home he just kicked into gear and moved on. It was a good trip.”

Distaff: My Pal Chrisy comes through

A mile and one-sixteenth may not be her best distance, but My Pal Chrisy was still good enough to outlast a determined Awesome Belle to register a three-quarter-length victory in the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff Preview. The backers and connections of the winner had to sweat out an objection lodged by jockey Jeffrey Sanchez aboard the runner-up, which took the stewards nearly 10 minutes to adjudicate.

The victory was the third in a row for My Pal Chrisy since being purchased privately by owner Marvin Miller and turned over to trainer Marty Wolfson earlier this summer. She was ridden to victory by Jonathan Gonzales and returned $2.60.

My Pal Chrisy stalked the early pace, rallied three wide to gain control near the quarter pole, forged clear, then was fully extended to withstand Awesome Belle. Awesome Belle battled back after relinquishing the lead after six furlongs and was easily second best, finishing nearly eight lengths in front of Putyourdreamsaway, who was the best of the three fillies trainer Bill Kaplan sent out in the five-horse Distaff lineup.

Wolfson said My Pal Chrisy will be pointed for the six-furlong Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 18.

“I still think she’s better going short but it was hard to pass this race up,” said Wolfson.

Juvenile Sprint: Bolita Boyz wins on DQ

Wildcat Red got to the wire first for the third time in as many career starts in the $100,000 Juvenile Sprint, but was disqualified and placed second for interfering with runner-up Bolita Boyz in late stretch. Pachunga Party finished third.

Wildcat Red forged clear in early stretch but drifted under left-hand urging from apprentice Edgar Zayas, forcing Bolita Boyz to alter course near the sixteenth pole. Bolita Boyz was ridden by Paco Lopez, a late replacement for Sanchez, who took ill just prior to the post parade.

Bolitza Boyz is trained by Bill White for the GZS Stable. He paid $15.60.

Turf: Bad Debt a good thing

Bad Debt proved a decisive winner of the $125,000 Turf, rallying from just off the pace to an easy 6 1/2-length triumph over Blameshifter. Triple Cross was third.

The win was the first of the year for Bad Debt ($3.80), who is trained by Michael Trombetta and was ridden to victory by Joel Rosario for owner Robert Leibner


Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Of all the Gr1 winners who should be retired, it's Jackson Bend. He simply never recovered from his head injury; shame on his connections. He's a beautiful creature, God bless him and keep him safe from further harm.