01/30/2010 12:00AM

Jet Propulsion wins Turf in first race after claim

Bob Coglianese
Jet Propulsion wins the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf in his first start since being claimed by trainer Marty Wolfson.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Marty Wolfson said he never thought Jet Propulsion, a one-time $10,000 claimer turned multiple stakes winner, would ever drop back in for a tag again. But when he did at Calder on Dec. 12, Wolfson wasted little time dropping a claim for his owner, the Farnsworth Stables LLC, who reaped quick dividends after the 7-year-old gelding led throughout to register a two-length victory in Saturday's at Gulfstream Park.

Jet Propulsion turned into a stakes winner once switched to the turf by his former connections, owner Dennis Punches and trainer Dan Hurtak, during the winter of 2006. The son of Double Honor won three stakes, including the Grade 3 Miami Mile at Calder during the spring of 2007, before ultimately being haltered by Wolfson for $50,000 out of a winning effort in his 2009 finale.

Jet Propulsion,a Florida-bred, controlled the pace, as expected, under jockey Julien Leparoux in the 1 1/8-mile Turf and had plenty left in the tank to withstand his uncoupled stablemate Pickapocket. Picou rallied from last to finish third, a neck in front of defending champion and 9-5 favorite Soldier's Dancer, who finished a disappointing fourth after making a mild run around the second turn.

Jet Propulsion completed the distance in 1:45.96 seconds over a firm turf and returned $8.00.

"I've followed this horse for years," said Wolfson. "He's beaten up on me enough for a number of years. I thought he was more like a pet and would never run for a tag. I claimed him with this race in mind. I think the further he goes the better, not the shorter. He's really settled down over the last six weeks and he really relaxed on the lead today. This horse reminds me a lot of Miesque's Approval. He's got a lot going for him and I think he'll even go three turns."

Distaff: Sweet Repent proves she's for real

Sweet Repent proved she was more than just a Calder horse for the course when rallying off a predictable pace battle to an easy 3 3/4-length victory in the at Gulfstream Park.

Sweet Repent, a 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Repent, had registered all six career wins over her home course at Calder. The last four had come in succession, three of them in stakes, including the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty Handicap in her 2009 finale.

As expected, Jessica Is Back and Amazing hooked up on the lead with jockey Manoel Cruz easing Sweet Repent back into a perfect stalking position following an alert start. Sweet Repent angled three wide to launch her bid into the stretch, surged past the tiring Jessica Is Back nearing midstretch, and won going away.

Jessica Is Back easily held second money by 1 1/2 lengths over Even Road, who rallied from last to finish third.

Amazing covered a mile and one-eighth in 1:49.26 seconds over a fast track and paid $5.20.

"I was concerned when Manny was asking her on the far turn and she was was not getting to the leaders but she got going and wore them down," said David Braddy, who trains Sweet Repent for the Buongiorno A Tutti Stable. "She'll get a vacation now. Probably about 60 days off."

Sprint: This Ones for Phil by a nose

Say what you like about This Ones for Phil, one thing is for certain. He sure knows how to put on a show.

In a race reminiscent of his stirring stretch duel here a year ago with Big Drama in the Grade 2 Swale, This Ones for Phil hooked up with Pashito the Che after the opening quarter-mile of Saturday's and proved best by a nose in one of the most exciting races of this or any Gulfstream Park season.

This Ones for Phil lost the battle to Big Drama in the 2009 Swale but won the war after being awarded the victory via a disqualification. In Saturday's Sprint, This Ones for Phil lurked just off the pace of Pashito the Che, who set lightning-fast fractions of 21.46 and 43.23 seconds while equipped with blinkers for the first time. This Ones for Phil drew even with the leader at the quarter pole, stuck his nose in front turning for home, then maintained his slight advantage with Pashito the Che digging in and fighting tooth and nail to the wire.

Drift King finished a distant third.

This Ones for Phil ($4) completed six furlongs in 1:08.81.

"That was a great horse race," said This Ones for Phil's trainer, Rick Dutrow. "I'm glad everybody got to see it and I'm glad we won it."

The Sprint marked the second straight Sunshine Millions victory for This Ones for Phil, who upset the Dash here one year ago in his first start for Dutrow.

"Last year we didn't know what to expect," said Dutrow. "But after having him run well over this track and the way he was training, we kind of expected him to run big this year."

Dutrow said if This Ones for Phil gets an invitation to the Dubai Golden Shaheen, that would be his next objective.

"If we're invited to Dubai that's where we'll go," said Dutrow. "We'll run the straightaway, just like we did with Benny the Bull a couple of years ago."

Both This Ones for Phil and Pashito the Che are Florida-breds.