11/05/2015 2:18PM

Millions Turf Preview far softer spot for Reporting Star

Michael Burns
After facing Grade 1 foes in his last two starts, Reporting Star meets Florida-breds in the Millions Turf Preview.

Reporting Star will be making a notable class move on Saturday when he drops from a series of starts in graded stakes to run against fellow Florida-breds in the $100,000 Millions Turf Preview at Gulfstream Park West.

Reporting Star has been facing elite grass runners in the Canadian International and Woodbine Mile and now invades south Florida to prepare for the Sunshine Millions Day program Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.

“He ran in the Sunshine Millions last year, and we’ll probably repeat that,” said Pat Parente, who trains Reporting Star for Copper Water Thoroughbred Co.

Reporting Star, who was second to Manchurian High in last year’s Sunshine Millions Turf, faces seven rivals Saturday. The Turf Preview, for 3-year-olds and up over 1 1/16 miles, is the first of eight stakes on the card. Other offerings include the $100,000 Millions Turf Sprint Preview.

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Millions Turf Preview, Race 2


Reporting Star (Last 3 Beyers: 97-100-100)

◗ He was fifth by 4 3/4 lengths in the Canadian International at 1 1/2 miles on “good” turf in his most recent start Oct. 18. One start prior, Reporting Star ran fifth by 2 1/4 lengths in the Woodbine Mile on yielding ground Sept. 13. Both stakes are Grade 1 fixtures at Woodbine.

“He ran two great races,” said Parente. “He wasn’t beaten much against really nice horses. He’s a versatile horse. He won at seven-eighths earlier this year. It’s something he’d never done. He’s pretty versatile as far as distance. He’s just a very game competitor.”

◗ Reporting Star won the first stakes of his career in the Grade 2 Play the King, a seven-furlong turf race run on firm footing Aug. 23 at Woodbine. He wore blinkers, and after removing the equipment for the Canadian International, he will put the blinkers back on Saturday.

“We took them off for the mile and a half,” said Parente. “He’s [cutting] back to a mile and a sixteenth, and to go a mile and a sixteenth, we wanted to get him a little sharper and paying attention.”

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◗ Paco Lopez has the mount from post 6.

“He’s so versatile,” Parente said of Reporting Star. “He can lay close to the pace or off the pace.”

Old Time Hockey (Last 3 Beyers: 69-80-84)

◗ The other Grade 2 winner in the field, he is coming off a 19-length romp in an optional $40,000 claiming race that came off the turf Sept. 17 at Parx. The field was reduced to two starters.

◗ Earlier this year, Old Time Hockey was a stakes winner on turf at Tampa Bay Downs.

Starship Zorro (Last 3 Beyers: 86-82-83)

◗ He is the race’s horse-for-course with a 3-for-6 record over the local turf, among his wins an optional $35,000 claiming race in his most recent start Oct. 21.

Padilla (Last 3 Beyers: 84-89-89)

◗ He played runner-up to Starship Zorro in the local prep for the Millions Turf Preview on Oct. 21.

Millions Turf Sprint Preview, Race 4


Katie’s Kiss (Last 3 Beyers: 91-86-85)

◗ She takes on males in the five-furlong race and will vie for favoritism. Katie’s Kiss has won two of her last three starts and worked a near-bullet half-mile on dirt Oct. 31, going in 47.40 seconds. The move was the third-fastest of 82 at the distance on Halloween morning at Gulfstream.

◗ Katie’s Kiss is moving back into the statebred ranks after winning a no-conditions allowance over open-company fillies and mares Oct. 10 at Gulfstream Park West. She was turning back from a mile for the five-eighths turf sprint and was up by a half-length. For the effort, she earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 91.

◗ Eddie Castro has the mount from post 2 for Stonestreet Stables and trainer David Fawkes.

Delta Bluesman (Last 3 Beyers: 88-95-95)

◗ He’s a winner of two of his last three starts, against open company foes at Monmouth Park.

◗ Delta Bluesman was moving back to turf for the first time in a while last out and took an optional $30,000 claiming race at Monmouth on Aug. 28.

◗ For his return, Delta Bluesman shows a pair of strong five-furlong works at Gulfstream Park West.