01/24/2009 1:00AM

Wild Promises, Gilchrist simply too good


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Wild Promises followed the most important victory of her career last month in the Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap with the richest one, cruising to a popular 1 3/4-length victory over Elusive Lady in Saturday's $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park.

The Filly and Mare Turf was one of four Sunshine Millions stakes to be run at Gulfstream on Saturday, with the four others in the eight-race series for Florida-breds and California-breds run at Santa Anita.

The victory was the sixth in a row and 12th in 17 career starts for Wild Promises, a 5-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Wild Event who races for the estate of the late Harry Aleo. The win was also the first of two in a row on the Sunshine Millions card for trainer Greg Gilchrist, who came right back to win the Filly and Mare Sprint with High Resolve.

Wild Promises rated just off the early pace set by Elusive Lady, who was pressed from the outside by Julia Tuttle for the opening six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Filly and Mare Turf. Wild Promises eased out three wide to commence her rally into the stretch, caught the leaders nearing the eighth pole, and easily pulled away from Elusive Lady through the final furlong.

Elusive Lady held on to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Snow Cone. Bel Air Sizzle, the second choice in the wagering and lone California-bred in the field of eight fillies and mares, raced far back and was never a factor, finishing seventh.

Wild Promises covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.82 over firm turf and paid $3.40.

"The race set up perfectly," said Gilchrist. "I figured someone would get anxious and she just tracked them. I knew she didn't need the lead. I don't know what's next. We'll figure something out."

Filly-Mare Sprint: Two for Gilchrist

Just a half-hour after greeting Wild Promises in the winner's circle, Gilchrist again was posing for pictures, this time after High Resolve led from virtually start to finish in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint.

High Resolve ($13.40) broke alertly from the rail in the six-furlong race and set fractions of 22.08 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.22 seconds for a half-mile before kicking clear late to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:10.55 on the fast main track. Dubai Majesty rallied to finish second, three lengths in front of third-place Lovely Isle. Mistical Plan, who broke slowly and then was caught wide on the turn, was fourth in the field of 12.

The victory by High Resolve avenged a loss to Lovely Isle in the 6 1/2-furlong Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita on Dec. 31. Gilchrist said before the Filly and Mare Sprint that the cut back in distance would be to High Resolve's benefit.

"Good day, good day," Gilchrist said after the race. Gilchrist was not sure where High Resolve would run next. "We'll drink a little Crown Royal and think about it," he said.

Robby Albarado rode High Resolve for the first time. High Resolve, 4, is a Florida-bred daughter of Put It Back who has now won 7 times in 9 starts. Like Wild Promises, she is owned by the estate of the late Harry Aleo, best known as the owner of the Gilchrist-trained sprint champion Lost in the Fog.

- Jay Privman

Dash: This Ones for Phil rolls

In his first start since moving to the barn of trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., This Ones for Phil rolled to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash, a performance that Dutrow said earned him a spot on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Dutrow, who watched the race from his Gulfstream Park barn, answered his cell phone saying, "Fountain of Youth, babe. Fountain of Youth," when reached after the race.

"That horse ran huge," Dutrow said. "The Fountain of Youth is around one turn five weeks from now. That should fit him good."

Dutrow did not come over for the Dash because he was feeling ill. In his absence, assistant Michelle Nevin and Walter Blum Jr. handled the chores. All jockey Edgar Prado had to do was point and click.

This Ones for Phil ($25.40) got a perfect stalking trip on the outside in fourth while Backbackbackgone, Ju Jitsu Jax, and favored You Luckie Mann battled through fractions of 22.23 seconds and 44.96 seconds for a half-mile. You Luckie Mann put away his pace rivals at the top of the stretch, but This Ones for Phil quickly pounced. He covered six furlongs on the fast main track in 1:09.10.

You Luckie Mann was second, 5 1/4 lengths clear of third-place Kelly Leak. Ju Jitsu Jax was fourth, and Backbackbackgone stopped badly and finished last in the field of 10.

This Ones for Phil, 3, a Florida-bred gelding by Untuttable, was purchased privately by owner Paul Pompa Jr. after making eight starts at Calder with trainer Kathleen O'Connell. His biggest prior win was in the Seacliff Stakes in September.

- Jay Privman