01/28/2012 4:33PM

Gulfstream: Soaring Stocks comes back quickly to take Sunshine Millions Sprint

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Bob Coglianese
Soaring Stocks, returning 16 days after winning a first-level allowance, takes the Sunshine Millions Sprint under John Velazquez.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -  It isn’t normal operating procedure for Todd Pletcher to run a horse back on just 16 days’ rest. But the multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer pressed his good luck at this meeting with Soaring Stocks and the move paid off with a half-length victory in the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions sprint at Gulfstream Park.

Despite getting off a step slowly - something Pletcher felt actually benefited the colt - Soaring Stocks rallied past pacesetting Royal Currier inside the sixteenth pole and held off longshot Cajun Breeze to win. Cajun Breeze rallied from seventh to get second by a neck over Royal Currier.

They were followed in the order of finish by Zero Rate Policy, It’s Never to Late, Madman Diaries, 9-5 favorite Apriority, and Ribo Bobo.

Soaring Stocks was running back just 16 days after winning a first-level allowance race here on Jan. 12. Pletcher said the fact he had two other sprinters for the same owner - Joyce Robsham - eligible for the second-level allowance condition, and how well the horse came out of his last race factored into why he ran in this spot.

Under John Velazquez, Soaring Stocks broke slowly and was last two jumps into the race. He quickly recovered and Velazquez put Soaring Stocks into third and three wide down the backside.

Royal Currier set the pace under Ramon Dominguez, going a quarter in 22.02 seconds and a half-mile in 44.19, while being chased by Madman Diaries.

Soaring Stocks moved into second approaching the quarter pole and persevered past Royal Currier inside the sixteenth pole. Soaring Stocks, a 4-year-old son of Trippi, covered the six furlongs in 1:09.49 - .54 of a second slower than Its Me Mom ran six furlongs in the Filly and Mare Sprint - and returned $11.

 “He broke just slowly enough that it put him in just the right spot,’’ Pletcher said. “One of the things we were concerned about is he’s still a lightly-raced horse. He hasn’t had a lot of dirt in his face and we know he’s got tactical speed. We didn’t  know if he was as fast as some of these other horses. We were a little concerned about getting in a position where he gets a lot of dirt in his face. We were able to hustle him just into that spot behind the main speed, which is where we wanted to be.”

Apriority, who had been 3 for 3 at Gulfstream, including a victory in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector last out, never fired under Luis Saez and finished seventh, beaten 10 lengths.

“He said he had nothing,’’ trainer David Fawkes said. “He said at the three-eighths pole he had no horse. We’ll scope him and see.”