11/20/2014 2:56PM

Lubash makes rare trip out of New York for Tropical Turf Handicap

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Lubash, winner the Ashley T. Cole at Belmont, will run in Florida for the first time Saturday in the Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West.

MIAMI – Lubash, who rarely ventures out of his native New York and never competes once they roll in the carpet at Aqueduct each fall, will try to become racing’s newest millionaire when he comes to south Florida for the first time to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West.

Lubash might feel a little lost without seeing familiar faces like Kharafa and King Kreesa when he loads into the starting gate for the 1 1/8-mile Tropical Turf, but the race will renew a couple other fierce rivalries, with Lochte and Dreams Cut Short meeting for the third time over the last 10 weeks and Reporting Star and Karibu Gardens coming down from Woodbine to square off for the fourth time this year.

Lubash has posted 3 wins and 3 seconds in 6 starts while racing exclusively against New York-bred company thus far in 2014. Despite having earned more than $950,000 during his career, the son of Freud owns just one graded stakes win, having captured the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Aqueduct in spring 2013.

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Reporting Star gets some class relief after finishing third in the Northern Dancer and sixth in the Canadian International, both Grade 1 races, in his last two starts at Woodbine.

Karibu Gardens defeated Reporting Star going 1 1/4 miles Aug. 16 in the Grade 2 Sky Classic at Woodbine but finished far behind that nemesis when a distant eighth in the Northern Dancer.

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Lochte, the only Grade 1 winner in the field, and Dreams Cut Short have exchanged their two previous decisions. Lochte came out three-quarters of a length best when capturing the The Vid Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 13, and Dreams Cut Short avenged the setback by posting a 1 1/4-length allowance victory over the Gulfstream Park West turf four weeks later.

Key contenders

Lubash (Last 3 Beyers: 99-100-99)

* He has not competed outside of New York since finishing fourth in Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Red Bank in July 2012.

Despite owning the highest recent Beyer Speed Figures in the field, Lubash gets a nice break in weight, receiving five pounds from Reporting Star, four from Lochte, and three each from Dreams Cut Short and Unbridled Command.

Reporting Star (Last 3 Beyers: 93-98-95)

He wears blinkers for the first time since his second-place finish in the Sky Classic, having competed without shades in both the Canadian International and Northern Dancer.

Florida-bred began his career here, winning his debut and finishing third in the Mambo Meister Stakes over the local turf course at 2.

Lochte (Last 3 Beyers: 92-92-92)

He never has won at any venue other than the Gulfstream Park turf course.

His lone victory at 1 1/8 miles came in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap earlier this year.

Dreams Cut Short (Last 3 Beyers: 95-91-87)

Former claimer, who really has stepped up his game since joining trainer Mike Maker’s barn, is winless in two starts at 1 1/8 miles but turned in a credible effort going 1 1/4 miles in the Grade 3 Stars and Stripes earlier this year.