06/04/2016 2:48PM

Requite fires fresh to win Parrot Key Stakes

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Requite, ridden by Eddie Castro, wins the Parrot Key Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday.

Trainer George Weaver has always felt that Requite had the talent to take a place among the elite in the sprint division. And he’ll likely get a chance to prove that theory during the second half of the season after Requite returned from a nine-month layoff to register a 3 1/2-length victory over Yourdreamsormine and three other overmatched rivals in Saturday’s $75,000 Parrot Key at Gulfstream Park.

Requite, Idle since suffering a severe foot injury while preparing for the Grade 1 King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga, controlled all the pace under jockey Eddie Castro in the six-furlong Parrot Key, which serves as a prep for the Grade 2 Smile Sprint on July 2.

Requite covered his opening quarter in 22.95 seconds, got to the half in 45.37, then increased his advantage despite racing on his left lead down the stretch, completing six furlongs in a brisk 1:09.18 over the fast track.

Yourdreamsormine, exiting a career-best effort in his previous start, ran well again but was no match for Requite while also racing on his left lead through the stretch. Mitos Y Leyendas finished third.

Grande Shores proved to be a major disappointment, trailing throughout before finishing a distant fifth in a field reduced to five due to the scratch of Risk Factor.

Requite, a 4-year-old son of Warrior’s Reward, posted his third win in as many starts at Gulfstream and paid $4.60.

“He broke sharp and got away with a nice first quarter, and I was pretty confident at that point,” said Weaver. “I didn’t think he was 100 percent fit going into the race because we missed some time after he got sick earlier this spring. But when he came back to the winner’s circle, he wasn’t blowing that hard, so perhaps I was wrong.”

Weaver said Requite will ship to Saratoga this week, but at the moment, his first option would be to bring him back for the Smile Sprint.

“If he got to the top level, it wouldn’t surprise me,” said Weaver. “I’m not saying he will, but he’s an awfully nice horse who I always felt had a lot of talent, and we’re interested in trying to get him to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint if we can. We’ll see how he’s doing once he gets up to Saratoga, but he obviously handles this track well, so if he’s doing well, we’ll definitely think about shipping him back for the Smile.”

• Successful Native slipped up the rail under jockey Matthew Rispoli to defeat the only filly in the field, Daring Kathy, in the $75,000 Bonita going five furlongs on turf. Defending champion Do the Roar outlasted Doctor J Dub to finish third.

Successful Native, fourth in the 2015 Bonita, paid $4.80. He is trained by Aubrey Maragh for Marco Thoroughbreds Corp.