12/20/2012 6:28PM

Gulfstream Park notes: Pletcher filly cruises in debut

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Leslie Martin
Highestmaintenance, a $240,000 purchase, is owned by Mike Repole.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Add Highestmaintenance to the long list of soon-to-be 3-year-old prospects trainer Todd Pletcher will have at Gulfstream Park this winter. A Macho Uno filly, she cruised to a one-sided victory launching her career in Thursday's seventh race.

Highestmaintenance, a $240,000 purchase earlier this year at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale, is owned by Mike Repole.

"She's a talented filly," Pletcher said in the winner's circle after the race. "We bought her in March, she had some baby issues, so we gave her some time off. Mike's a patient guy. He's blessed with a deep stable and can take his time, and it paid off."

Pletcher said he had no immediate plans for Highestmainenance's next start.

Next uncertain for Tulira Castle

Trainer Jim DiVito said he is undecided whether he'll run his top 2-year-old prospect Tulira Castle in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1. Tulira Castle rallied to a 2 1/4-length optional claiming victory going a mile in his first start on dirt in his juvenile finale here Dec. 8.
"What I want to do is run in the Florida Derby," DiVito said. "How I get there, I don't know yet. I thought his last race was very impressive for his first start on dirt."

Tulira Castle also is nominated to the Spectacular Bid.

The Gulfstream Park Derby attracted 37 nominees, among then Black Onyx who worked five furlongs in 1:01.16 with jockey Luis Saez aboard here Thursday.

** O'Prado Again, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen at 2, and the Grade 3-placed Heavy Breathing, idle since July, headline Sunday's $57,500 allowance feature going a mile on the grass.
The race drew a field of nine that also includes El Commodore, Master Dunker, Chosen Empire, Mr. Online, El Romano, Burn The Mortgage, and Kings Over.

** Animal Kingdom continued preparations for his 2013 debut when he worked five furlongs in 1:02.03 over the Palm Meadow turf course Thursday. Animal Kingdom, second behind Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile, is scheduled to launch his campaign in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.

Mike B More than 1 year ago
I honestly can't remember the last time a non-gelded Derby winner raced aged 5
John Wayne More than 1 year ago
I like Highestmainenance's chances for the coming yr. see ya @ the Breeders cup in Nov. 2013..She reminds me of last great .Todd Pletcher product (Stop Shopping Maria) :p By the way, Merry X-mas Uncle Mo
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I've not read what plans they have lined up for them but those light poles are an eyesore.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Will be traveling South Feb 9th to what ANIMAL KINGDOM start 2013 campaign..... The Horse , troubled in BC Mile , YES should have beaten WISE DAN>>>
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
utter nonsense. though i see Animal Kingdom as a true star on the grass and synthetic (and dirt as well), he was not "best" in the BC Mile, he was 2nd best. Wise Dan, oddly enough, is his equal or better on all surfaces.
matthew_melton More than 1 year ago
BC Turf Mile**
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
You watched that race from a crack house, huh? To think they are bring Animal kingdon to Dubai And France is utter nonsense. I hope he has a long tail, as it will have to fit between his legs when the smoke clears. Hype, hype, hype. He beat 3 yo's in the Derby and then got a bad start in the Preakness. Let's look at the resume after that. Animal kingdon beat an Optional Claimer, I believe at GP and than second in the BC Mile. Does this qualify him for going to take on the best in Dubai and France? Nope. Good horses overcome trouble, if he did indeed use this as an excuse. He is going on a long trip to get mugged.
Perl More than 1 year ago
As usual your comments are half baked. This horse is obviously top class and he adds intrigue to any field he is in.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Good news sounds like Gulfstream is the placee to be. O prado will win, AnimalKingdom is an animal cant wait to watch him win next out..