08/04/2016 11:00AM

Perfect records on line in Dr. Fager, Desert Vixen

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Three Rules, under Cornelio Velasquez, wins the Birdonthewire Stakes at Gulfstream Park on July 2.

A couple of juvenile stakes winners hope to keep their records perfect when they start in the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. The races, both at six furlongs and with purses of $200,000, are part of the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes series for horses sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida.

In the Dr. Fager, trainer Jose Pinchin has a powerful tandem in Three Rules, the winner of the $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes against open company, and Front Loaded, who won his only start. In the Desert Vixen, trainer David Fawkes has a solid pair in Cajun Delta Dawn, the winner of the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes against open company, and Perfect Kay, who won her career debut and finished third in the Cassidy.

The Dr. Fager drew a field of nine 2-year-old colts and geldings; the Desert Vixen drew 13 juvenile fillies.

Three Rules holds a Beyer Speed Figure edge in the Dr. Fager. The Gone Astray colt, owned and bred in part by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc., won his career debut in the slop at Gulfstream in June, drawing off by 3 1/2 lengths and scoring a 75 Beyer. He came back last month to win the 5 1/2-furlong Birdonthewire by five lengths with a 74 Beyer. No other horse in the Dr. Fager field has earned a Beyer higher than 66.

“It was a couple weeks after I got him that I knew he was special,” Pinchin told Gulfstream Park publicity. “He breezed so good, and he’s just a pretty horse who can really run. I’ve trained some good horses, but he’s right up there. He’s a special horse.”

Cornelio Velasquez, aboard for both of the colt’s races, retains the mount. They will start from post 8.

Front Loaded, a Kantharos gelding, delivered as the favorite in his only start, beating fellow Florida-breds by two lengths July 8 and earning a 65 Beyer.

Jewel Heist, a Wildcat Heir colt trained by John Kimmel; Glory Stars, a Repent colt trained by Cynthia Reese; and Love My Cotton, a High Cotton colt conditioned by Kathleen O’Connell, all enter their stakes debuts off solid maiden special weight victories.

Jewel Heist won a $75,000 maiden race at Belmont Park in his only start July 1, digging in for a three-quarter-length victory under Joel Rosario. Tyler Gaffalione picks up the mount.

“Rosario said he broke sharp,” Kimmel told Gulfstream publicity. “He sat with him and let him get headed. He said when he asked him, he had plenty of horse left. He’s a pretty competitive horse.”

In the Desert Vixen, Fawkes will look to continue his hot start to the Gulfstream summer meet, having won with 10 of 28 starters (36 percent) through Wednesday. In the Cassidy Stakes on July 2, his Cajun Delta Dawn stalked her pacesetting stablemate, Perfect Kay, through a 45.21-second half-mile before getting up to win by half a length, with Perfect Kay third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

“The gray filly, Perfect Kay, got a little tired last time with the fast pace, but she still ran a good race, and the other filly took advantage of the pace and won,” Fawkes said. “They’re both good fillies, and I think they could run 1-2 really easily. I’d like to see Cajun Delta Dawn settle a couple of lengths off the pace again. Perfect Kay can be rated, too. She does not have to be on the lead.”

Cajun Delta Dawn earned a 64 Beyer in the Cassidy, the highest mark in this field. The Kantharos filly won her career debut in the slop at Gulfstream in June, leading throughout and holding on by a neck. Juan Leyva retains the mount, and they will start from post 2.

Perfect Kay, another Kantharos filly, has earned 60 Beyers in both of her starts, having scored a front-running, two-length victory in her career debut at Gulfstream in June. She’ll have to overcome the No. 12 post under Velasquez.

Callie California, a High Cotton filly trained by Rory Miller; Southern Sis, a Kantharos filly conditioned by Mark Casse; R Incredible Life, a Wildcat Heir filly trained by Ralph Ziadie; and Stormy Embrace, a daughter of Circular Quay conditioned by O’Connell, all will step up into stakes company off maiden victories by daylight. Of those four, Callie California is the only one who didn’t win her career debut.

Callie California scored by 8 1/2 lengths in her third start, a $54,000 maiden special weight race July 17, after placing in both prior starts. She drew the far-outside No. 13 post for Saturday.

Southern Sis earned this field’s second-best Beyer, a 63, in her only start, rallying for a 2 1/4-length victory in a $54,000 maiden special weight race on the Gulfstream turf July 17.

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