09/03/2014 3:32PM

Strong Saturday card highlighted by Florida Sire Series races

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Sing Praises wins the Dr. Fager on Aug. 9 at Gulfstream.

A terrific 12-race card Saturday at Gulfstream will start earlier than usual at 12:50 p.m. Eastern. The co-features are the middle legs of the rich Florida Sire Series for 2-year-olds: the $250,000 Affirmed for colts and geldings and the $250,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies. Both go at seven furlongs.

The Affirmed (race 10, post 5:34) has a solid favorite in Sing Praises, a 1 3/4-length winner in the first leg of the series, the Aug. 9 Dr. Fager. The Jacks or Better Farm homebred was assigned the rail slot in a field of 11.

The Susan’s Girl (race 11, post 6:06) appears more contentious, with another Jacks or Better homebred, Leap Year Luck, out to prove that her 13-1 triumph in the Aug. 9 Desert Vixen was no fluke. A field of 13 fillies is set.

The FSS events are key links in several multirace wagers, including the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot that carries a pool guarantee of $150,000 when another race week resumes Friday. A total of 147 horses are entered in the 12 Saturday races.

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Gulfstream is hosting a College Day in conjunction with the Saturday races, with a variety of attractions and activities geared toward a younger crowd.

Live streaming of Saturday's Gulfstream Park card will be available at drf.com.

◗ Leading jockey Edgard Zayas continues to win at a torrid pace. Zayas won twice Monday, extending his streak of multiple-win days to nine. Heading into Friday, his lead at the “new” meet that began July 1 had been extended to 66-37 over Ramsey Zimmerman, his closest pursuer in the jockeys’ standings.

◗ Michael Ritvo, the leading apprentice at the meet, has departed Gulfstream to ride at Delaware, Laurel, and Parx, with Mark Mace as his new agent. Ritvo, the son of Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo and trainer Kathy Ritvo, rode his first career winner in March.

◗ The Friday feature is a $40,000 allowance in which the speedy Singanothersong returns from a seven-month layoff to face eight other sprinters. Santiago Gonzalez has the mount for trainer Ron Pellegrini. First post Friday is 1:15. The feature goes as the 10th of 11 races.