11/06/2017 3:10PM

Sweet Story on top of her game going into starter allowance

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Sweet Story will be shooting for the hat trick when she runs Wednesday in a $25,000 starter allowance race at Gulfstream Park West. The 1 1/16-mile race on turf drew seven horses and kicks off the nine-race card that begins at 12:35 p.m. Eastern. The Rainbow 6 begins on race 4 with a $26,432 carryover.

Sweet Story earned 83 Beyer Speed Figure for her win in a first-level allowance race with a $25,000 claiming option Sept. 16 at Gulfstream Park. Proving it was no fluke, she received the same figure for winning a $62,500 optional-claiming race with second-level allowance conditions Oct. 20 at Gulfstream Park West.

The Cathy Rountree-trained 4-year-old showed her versatility in the one-mile races on turf. With Jose Batista riding, she rallied from last in her win at Gulfstream. Batista brought her from a stalking position to edge Imperial Secret in her race at Gulfstream Park West.

She drew post 5, and considering the lack of speed in the race Batista will likely try to have her stalk what figures to be a moderate pace.

Quebec looks like the main threat. The last time she ran in Florida for trainer Robert Dibona she was the runner-up by a nose in the $50,000 Treasure Coast Handicap on July 15.

She is reunited with Dibona following fifth-place finishes in the $200,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks on Sept. 18 and a second-level allowance race on the turf Oct. 18 at Keeneland for trainer Kent Sweezey. The winner of the Oaks, Daddys Lil Darling, was the runner-up in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and recently finished second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland.

KEY CONTENDERS

Sweet Story, by Mass Media
Last 3 Beyers: 83-83-80

◗ With three wins in her last four starts and a nose loss in her runner-up finish Aug. 31, she is on top of her game right now. So is Batista, who won both stakes here Saturday for trainer Michael Maker.

Quebec, by Into Mischief
Last 3 Beyers: 76-73-87

◗ She was overmatched in the Dueling Grounds Oaks and had an excuse when she got off to a slow start in her race at Keeneland.

◗ She will appreciate the easier company, and with a sharp half-mile work at Gulfstream on Oct. 30, she could be sitting on a big effort with Tyler Gaffalione riding her for the first time.

Arthemisa, by Broken Vow
Last 3 Beyers: 78-73-80

◗ The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred was coming off a two-month layoff when she finished with a rush to get up for third in a $25,000 optional-claiming race with first-level allowance conditions Oct. 9.

◗ She worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Oct. 28 at Palm Meadows and could be sitting on a big race in her second start back.

◗ She also will be making her first start for trainer Oscar Gonzalez who is winning races at a 32 percent clip at the meet.