02/20/2013 4:59PM

Gulfstream Park: Silent Fright, Sonja's Angel logical picks in sprint feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Anybody putting in a Rainbow 6 ticket on Friday at Gulfstream Park – and that seems to be just about everybody these days – may want to try narrowing their selections to just two horses, Silent Fright and Sonja’s Angel, in the afternoon’s featured ninth event, a first-level optional $25,000 claiming race for older fillies and mares at five and a half furlongs.

Silent Fright will be making her first start since finishing second under similar conditions last March at Aqueduct, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin feels his lightly raced mare is fit and ready to go off the bench. Silent Fright, a 5-year-old daughter of Yes It’s True, won her maiden here last winter going seven furlongs under jockey Joe Bravo, who will have the call again on Friday.

“We gave her some time off after her last start in New York due to some minor issues, nothing serious or anything that required surgery,” said McLaughlin. “And as it goes sometimes, three months turns into 10 months for different reasons. She was ready to run in December and she spiked a temperature, which set us back the last time. But she’s doing good, working well, and she’s fit and ready to go five and a half furlongs off the layoff.”

Sonja’s Angel has been a popular item at the claim box since arriving here from Kentucky, having been haltered first for $17,500 by trainer Jamie Ness out of a fourth-place finish on Dec. 16 and again last month by Peter Walder for $25,000 after finishing second going a mile under similar conditions as Friday’s feature.

Sonja’s Angel led through late stretch before succumbing to Clarinda in her last start. She in turn hit the wire a half-length in front of Authenticity, who flattered the effort by returning to win a similar race by nearly 18 lengths here last week.

For those looking to spread a little deeper in the Rainbow 6 in the main event, Mays Treasuretrove and Backstage Magic look like viable alternatives to the likely favorites.

Mays Treasuretrove is the new face in the category as she will be making her first start over dirt or under optional claiming conditions. Owned and trained by Michael De Paulo, the Canadian-bred Mays Treasuretrove has faced open $40,000 claiming opposition going five furlongs on the turf in her only two local starts and figures to have a say in the pace along with Just Blessed, Backstage Magic, and City Trip.

Backstage Magic turns back in distance after finishing a tiring third going six and a half furlongs under similar conditions here earlier this month. Backstage Magic has hit the board in each of her last four starts dating back to early November at Calder but remains winless since capturing her 2-year-old finale at Tampa in December 2011.