03/27/2013 5:37PM

Gulfstream Park notes: Anjaz tries to keep Albertrani rolling in Orchid

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Barbara D. Livingston
Travelin Man tries to defend his title in the Sir Shackleton on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Tom Albertrani will be hard-pressed to top last weekend when he had Twilight Eclipse set a world record in the Pan American here and watched Big Screen run off the screen at Aqueduct.

Saturday, he will try to keep the ball rolling when he sends out European import Anjaz in the Grade 3, $150,000 Orchid for fillies and mares at 1 1/2 miles.

Anjaz, a daughter of Street Cry, is making her North American debut after winning minor races at Doncaster and Wolverhampton. Anjaz is a half-sister to Giants Play, who finished third in the 2011 Orchid and who won the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont. She gets Lasix and blinkers for the first time.

“I think her races overseas were just listed races,” Albertrani said. “She’s got a nice pedigree. We’re hoping here she might step up a little bit, but she’s been training well.”

The Orchid field returns five horses from The Very One including 1-2 finishers Starformer and Angegreen.

Sir Shackleton draws past winners

Capt. Candyman Can and Travelin Man, winners of the last two runnings of the Sir Shackleton, head a field of seven entered for this year’s renewal of the $75,000 race, run at 6 1/2 furlongs. The Sir Shackleton will go as race 2.

Capt. Candyman Can won the Sir Shackleton in 2011, but has gone winless in seven starts since, all for trainer Ian Wilkes.

Travelin Man won last year’s Sir Shackleton and has gone winless in four starts since. Travelin Man is one of three horses entered by Todd Pletcher. Soaring Stocks, who returns from an eight-month layoff, and Spring Hill Farm, a recent allowance winner here, are the others.

Sky Captain to Calder Derby

Trainer Mark Casse had contemplated entering Sky Captain in Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby. But after he learned the field had swelled to 10 late Wednesday morning, it took him little time to decide to skip the race.

“If the field had been six or seven we might have taken a shot, but it’s an easy choice now,” said Casse. “We could take him to Keeneland for an allowance race next, but the more likely option would be to run him next week in the Calder Derby.”

The $250,000 Calder Derby, which has been switched from turf to the main track this year, will highlight Calder’s opening-day program on April 6.

Sky Captain finished second behind Cerro under allowance conditions here earlier this winter before finishing 10th in the Grade 3 Gotham in his most recent try.

“He’s been a bit of a disappointment to us so far,” said Casse. “The Calder Derby would be a little easier spot for him than the race here, and the money is good.”
– additional reporting by Mike Welsch