01/01/2015 2:41PM

Ready for Rye ready to flaunt talent

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Ready for Rye wins a maiden race by seven lengths at Belmont Park, earning a Beyer of 96.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – If you like Mawthooq in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, you’ve got to love Ready for Rye in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid earlier on the card.

The Spectacular Bid, for 3-year-olds, is one of five stakes on the Saturday card at Gulfstream, including the $100,000 Old Hat for 3-year-old fillies.

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In his second start, Ready for Rye ran away and hid from Mawthooq when they met at Belmont Park in the fall, drawing off to a seven-length victory and earning an eye-catching 96 Beyer Speed Figure. Not only did Mawthooq come back to flatter the effort with a 10-length maiden win of his own six weeks later, but Furyofthenorseman, the third-place finisher, further embellished Ready for Rye’s performance when he graduated at next asking with an 86 Beyer.

Ready for Rye finished a troubled second in his debut behind Carpe Diem. Ready for Rye’s trainer, Tom Albertrani, said: “I don’t think the trouble cost him. I think it was just a matter of him needing the race, and we knew he’d make a jump forward in his second start.”

Ready for Rye will face up to 10 rivals in the six-furlong Spectacular Bid. Bluegrass Singer, who drew the rail in the Spectacular Bid, is also entered in the Mucho Macho Man.

Former claimer It’s Not Me is the only stakes winner in the Spectacular Bid field, having outlasted Brother Bobo and Bluegrass Singer to register a neck decision in the Buffalo Man at Gulfstream Park West. It’s Not Me was claimed for $16,000 on Oct. 16.

Also entered in the Spectacular Bid off a victory are Barbados, Big Family, Bluegrass Angus, Tizcano, and Toasting Master.

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Spectacular Bid Stakes (race 8)

Key contenders

Ready for Rye (Beyers: 96-77)

◗ He has six works under his belt since arriving at the Palm Meadows training center in preparation for his 3-year-old debut Saturday.

It’s Not Me (Last 3 Beyers: 84-83-59)

◗ Broke from the outside in winning the Buffalo Man. He is drawn on the outside again today and has considerably more speed to his inside than in his last start.

Barbados (Last 3 Beyers: 81-57-70)

◗ Moved up when he switched from turf to dirt and had a sharp five-furlong work here earlier in the week.

Big Family (Beyer: 70)

◗ Won with something left in his only start and was scratched last week from an easier spot in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Toasting Master (Last 3 Beyers: 84-85-61)

◗ He brings a two-race win streak into the race but is one of several in here who has done his best on the lead.

Fashion Alert tops Old Hat

Fashion Alert, among the leaders of her division early last year, will attempt to get back on the winning track when she is favored over seven others in the Grade 3 Old Hat at six furlongs.

Fashion Alert opened her career with victories in Belmont’s Astoria and Saratoga’s Grade 3 Schuylerville but has not started since finishing sixth after making the lead in early stretch of the 1 1/16-mile Alcibiades, a Grade 1 stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 3.

Both Temper Mint Patty and Concealedwithakiss also launched their careers with back-to-back victories. Temper Mint Patty won a pair of races against New York-breds, including a restricted stakes by 13 lengths. Concealedwithakiss posted a couple of easy victories at Monmouth Park, including a two-length triumph in the Sorority Stakes.

The stakes-placed Ekati’s Phaeton should have a say in the early running of the Old Hat, as will recent winners Little Miss Julia and R Sassy Lass.

Old Hat Stakes (race 4)

Key contenders

Fashion Alert (Last 3 Beyers: 70-70-89)

◗ Defeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Eclipse Award favorite Take Charge Brandi in winning the Schuylerville last summer.

Temper Mint Patty (Last 3 Beyers: 53-68-89)

◗ Looked sharp while working five furlongs in 1:00.80 from the half-mile pole here Tuesday.

Concealedwithakiss (Last 3 Beyers: 72-50-72)

◗ Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. reaches out to his go-to rider, Paco Lopez, for the first time on this filly. Plesa and Lopez have combined for 104 victories and won at 26 percent together over the past three years, according to DRF Formulator.

Ekati’s Phaeton (Last 3 Beyers: 74-53-72)

◗ She’s not been worse than second in her three starts on dirt, all at six furlongs.

“This filly has a lot of talent,” said trainer Bill Kaplan. “Hopefully, she’ll be able to handle the jump in class.”