12/31/2015 3:12PM

Isotherm switches back to best surface for Dania Beach

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Nikki Sherman
Isotherm will try to improve his record on turf to 3 for 3 in the Dania Beach for 3-year-olds.

Isotherm will attempt to remain unbeaten on turf Saturday when he moves back to the grass for the Grade 3, $100,000 Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park. The race is one of five stakes, all for 3-year-olds, on the card.

“We’ve been pointing for this the last four or five weeks,” said George Weaver, who trains Isotherm for Matthew Schera. “As long as he was doing well, we thought it was the right place to go.”

The Dania Beach will be run over 7 1/2 furlongs. Its counterpart for fillies is the $100,000 Ginger Brew. The Dania Beach drew a field of 10, while the Ginger Brew lured 11, including the stakes winners Lira, Pancake, and main-track only entrant Disco Rose.

Isotherm has raced twice on grass in four career starts, winning a maiden special weight Aug. 22 at Saratoga and then capturing the Grade 3 Pilgrim on Sept. 26 at Belmont Park. His rivals Saturday include Ray’s The Bar, who was third in the Pilgrim, and Mountain Music Man, the winner of the Awad at Belmont Park.

Dania Beach, Race 7

KEY CONTENDERS

Isotherm (Last 3 Beyers: 73-81-76)

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◗ He exits the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. He finished 13th, nine lengths behind the winner, Nyquist, who is the front-runner for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old male of 2015.

“He wasn’t beaten that far for the whole package,” Weaver said, noting that Isotherm broke from post 10 and had issues on the first turn. “It wasn’t a bad race.”

◗ Isotherm had been considered for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf off his win in the Pilgrim, but Weaver said rainfall levels at Keeneland played a role in the decision to skip the race, which indeed ended up being run on yielding ground. Weaver also said Isotherm had trained well on dirt ahead of the BC Juvenile.

“Now it’s logical to get back on the turf with him, but he still trains well enough on dirt, and we wouldn’t rule out other options on the dirt later this year,” said Weaver.

◗ The BC Juvenile has become a key race, with fourth-place finisher Exaggerator returning to capture the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot and eighth-place finisher Conquest Big E winning an optional $75,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs.

◗ Isotherm will break from the rail under Luis Saez.

“We’ll try to leave there naturally, have decent position going into the first turn, and run his race from there,” said Weaver.

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◗ Isotherm, who has won from both stalking and closing positions, is a son of the Australian-bred stallion Lonhro.

“He’s a straightforward, enthusiastic-training horse,” Weaver said of Isotherm. “He knows he’s a racehorse, and he’s got the ability to go along with it.”

Ray’s The Bar (Last 2 Beyers: 70-79)

◗ He also exits a Breeders’ Cup race, having finished 11th in the Juvenile Turf on Oct. 30 at Keeneland. Ray’s The Bar finished eight lengths behind the winner, Hit It a Bomb. One start prior, Ray’s The Bar closed for third in the Pilgrim, finishing a half-length off Isotherm.

◗ The Juvenile Turf has produced two next-out stakes winners. The runner-up, Airoforce, came back to take the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, and the fifth-place finisher, Dressed in Hermes, captured the Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar.

◗ Ray’s The Bar won his maiden in a seven-furlong turf race at Ascot on July 11.

◗ Javier Castellano has the mount for trainer Chad Brown.

Ginger Brew, Race 5

KEY CONTENDERS

Pricedtoperfection (Last 3 Beyers: 75-72-72)

◗ She last raced Oct. 30 and finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. It was her first start on yielding ground, and she was beaten just five lengths, one start after a maiden special weight win at Belmont Park.

Lira (Last 2 Beyers: 79-74)

◗ She is undefeated in two starts, with both of her wins coming on turf at Gulfstream Park West. Lira took a maiden special weight Oct. 11 and then captured the $75,000 Wait a While on Nov. 28.

Pancake (Last 3 Beyers: 72-69-60)

◗ She won her maiden over the Gulfstream course in September and then took the $100,000 Juvenile Filly Turf in November at Gulfstream Park West.