09/19/2013 2:13PM

Gulfstream: Wolfson's gang of four surrounds Wildcat Lily in Musical Romance

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Tom Keyser
Marty Wolfson says he's uncertain whether he wants to take Grade 1 winner Starship Truffles to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Spri nt.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – It just doesn’t seem fair. Trainer Marty Wolfson will send out a four-pronged attack against the only 3-year-old in the field, the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint-bound Wildcat Lily, in Saturday’s $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The race is named in honor of the winner of the 2011 Filly and Mare Sprint, who was based in south Florida with trainer Bill Kaplan throughout her racing career.

Wolfson will counter Wildcat Lily, runner-up in both the Grade  1 Test and Prioress this summer at Saratoga, with a quartet led by his Grade  1 winner Starship Truffles. The remainder of Wolfson’s potent team consists of the recently acquired Sure Route, multiple stakes winner My Pal Chrisy, and the speedy Bringingdown Babel.

Starship Truffles, like Wildcat Lily, could also be heading to the Breeders’ Cup later this fall at Santa Anita. Wolfson, however, has no firm plans beyond the 6 1/2-furlong Musical Romance for Starship Truffles, the winner of Calder’s only Grade 1 race, the Princess Rooney Handicap, on July 6.

“I’m not really thinking about the Breeders’ Cup with Starship Truffles myself,” said Wolfson. “With Dance to Bristol and Groupie Doll, who has come back super nice, the Filly and Mare Sprint is going to be a very tough race. We’re just going to run her on Saturday and see what happens. I don’t consider it a Breeders’ Cup prep. It’s just a race.”

Starship Truffles has started once since her easy 3 3/4-length victory over the favored Judy the Beauty in the Princess Rooney, finishing a troubled sixth behind Dance to Bristol in the Ballerina.

“She got bumped leaving the gate, the rider [Luis Saez] took her back to last, was in all sorts of trouble, and only got beat four lengths,” said Wolfson.

Edgard Zayas, who guided Starship Truffles to victory in the Princess Rooney, will be back aboard on Saturday.

Wolfson said he was planning to run all four of his fillies and mares in the Musical Romance, including Bringingdown Babel, despite the fact she is coming off a tiring fourth-place finish behind stablemate My Pal Chrisy in the Paseana on Aug.  17. Bringdown Babel is expected to force the early pace along with Wildcat Lily.

“I’m going to lay all over Wildcat Lily,” said Wolfson. “I’m going to make her work.”

Wolfson is also high on the chances of both Sure Route and My Pal Chrisy. Sure Route was purchased privately by Miller Racing LLC following her eighth-place finish in the Ballerina.

“I love Sure Route. She may be the best of all of them,” said Wolfson. “Her dirt races in New York were really good and her works here have been great.”

Leo Azpurua said he opted to keep Wildcat Lily, who was beaten a half-length by Lighthouse Bay in the six-furlong Prioress and a head by the undefeated Sweet Lulu in the seven-furlong Test, home for her final Breeders’ Cup prep. Azpurua moved his base of operations from Calder to Gulfstream earlier this summer.

“We went twice to Saratoga and I don’t want to have to move her again before she goes to California for the Breeders’ Cup,” said Azpurua. “She was a little bit unlucky not to win those two races at Saratoga. Both times it looked like she was a winner in the stretch.”

Azpurua said he’s not concerned about the fact Wildcat Lily drew the rail on Saturday.

“She’s a fast filly out of the gate but one who never fights the rider,” said Azpurua. “She can go to the lead or stay behind if she has to. It will all depend upon how she breaks.”