07/11/2013 4:42PM

Gulfstream Park: Wolfson has one-two punch in Cellars Shiraz


Trainer Marty Wolfson has the horse to beat in the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz at Gulfstream Park on Saturday - whether the race stays on turf or is rained onto the main track.

E B Ryder, a nose shy of winning four straight, brings a powerful stretch punch if the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies remains on turf. Swinger's Party will be tough to catch if the Cellars Shiraz ends up on the main track.

It took E B Ryder six starts to win, but since she took a $75,000 maiden claimer on the Gulfstream turf in February, she has been almost unbeatable. Almost. She came up a nose shy in the Calder Oaks in April, then won two straight allowance races on the turf there.

E B Ryder is not just a threat on grass. She earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 91 in the Calder Oaks, which was taken off the turf and run on a sloppy main track. E B Ryder has not raced since May 11, but her Calder Oaks effort - which came off a layoff of more than two months - shows she can fire fresh.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain in the Miami area on Saturday, and if storms roll through, Swinger's Party has an excellent chance to make it three straight. She has won her last two starts - both Calder allowance races taken off the turf and run on the main track.

In her one grass race, Swinger's Party tired and finished eighth in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf at Calder last November.

Threats to the Wolfson duo include Love to Score and Stars Collide, who ran second and third to E B Ryder on May 11, and Brainy and I Know It All, who gave E B Ryder a run for the money back in April. Charm Cat comes off a second July 4 in a Gulfstream turf allowance, while Twice Told Tale and Dreaming of Sophia are stakes sprinters who would be trying turf for the first time.