04/07/2011 3:28PM

Life At Ten returning at Gulfstream


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Life At Ten, who has not started since being pulled up less than halfway through the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, will make her 2011 debut in an $80,100 optional claiming and allowance race Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

Life At Ten was the focal point of a lengthy investigation by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that resulted earlier this week in her jockey, John Velazquez, agreeing to pay a $10,000 fine for charges lodged against him last month in the incident. A separate but related case against chief state steward John Veitch remains open.

Velazquez, the leading rider at the Gulfstream Park meeting, returned earlier this week to New York, where he was scheduled to ride Uncle Mo on Saturday in the Grade 1 Wood. He will be back here to take his regular seat on Life At Ten on Sunday.

Life At Ten had won 5 of her 6 previous starts in 2010, including both the Grade 1 Beldame and Ogden Phipps Handicap. She wintered with trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows, where she completed a series of eight recorded workouts that began on Feb. 13 by breezing six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Sunday.

Pletcher had originally mentioned the possibility that Life At Ten could launch her comeback in next Friday’s Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park, where the competition was expected to include Havre de Grace and Blind Luck but opted instead to bring her back at a mile in a much softer spot here Sunday.

Life At Ten will face a field that includes the disappointing Chilean sensation Belle Watling, Glotona, The Isabella Angel, Joanie’s Catch, Musical Romance, and Jehan.

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