09/03/2015 12:45PM

Yourdreamsormine tries turf in Prized Stakes

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After upsetting the Unbirdled on dirt at 35-1, Yourdreamsormine will switch surfaces for the Prized.

Yourdreamsormine pulled a 35-1 upset in last month’s Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but he figures to be a much shorter price Saturday when he makes his turf debut in the $150,000 Prized division of the Florida Sire Stakes. Yourdreamsormine defeated a handful of his rivals in his last start and has been on an upward swing since adding blinkers. Yourdreamsormine also owns the field’s co-highest last-race Beyer Speed Figure.

The Prized, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds nominated to the Florida Sire Stakes, drew a field of 12. The race is one of six stakes on a 12-race program.

Yourdreamsormine was making his stakes debut in the $150,000 Unbridled, a division of the Florida Sire Stakes run Aug. 8. He will test turf for the first time Saturday. Yourdreamsormine came under consideration for both stakes in part to take advantage of the rich restricted series available to him, said Bill Kaplan, who trains Yourdreamsormine for Ione Elkins.

“When you have a Sire series horse, you have an opportunity as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old to run for very large purses against restricted company, so it’s hard to pass up the Florida Sire races,” Kaplan said.

Prized, Race 11


Yourdreamsormine (Last 3 Beyers: 87-73-65)

◗ Yourdreamsormine closed from last for a head win in the seven-furlong Unbridled. The start was his second in blinkers, following a runner-up finish in an optional $50,000 claiming race against older horses July 24. For his Unbridled effort, Yourdreamsormine earned a career-high Beyer of 87.

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“That was a terrific effort by him,” Kaplan said. “Honestly, the horses in front of him kind of went too fast. They went three-quarters in 1:09 and change. He was the only one running on the end. He ran a big race.”

◗ Yourdreamsormine was farther off the pace than usual in the Unbridled.

“We weren’t intending to be that far back, but he didn’t break too well,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan added that he would like to see Yourdreamsormine, who will start from post 5 under Juan Leyva, come from off the pace Saturday.

◗ Turf is the question mark. Yourdreamsormine is by Mr. Sekiguchi, who shows no debut turf winners from a limited sample and 7 percent winners overall on grass.

“I don’t have any idea how he likes the turf. He’s never been on it,” Kaplan said. “It’s a good time to try it, off a big win.”

Wicked Rascal (Last 3 Beyers: 87-84-56)

◗ He finished second in the Unbridled after setting a pressured pace of 22 seconds for the opening quarter, 44.60 for the half-mile, and 1:09.80 for six furlongs.

◗ Wicked Rascal is a half-brother to Florida Stallion Stakes winners Two T’s At Two ($226,185) and Scandalous Act ($341,806).

Jewel Princess, Race 4


Katie’s Kiss (Last 3 Beyers: 84-82-80)

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◗ She will be moving back to two turns for the $150,000 Jewel Princess division of the Florida Sire Stakes, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Katie’s Kiss defeated open company in her last start, when she won the $75,000 Summer Winds on Aug. 16.

“She’s a pretty talented filly,” said David Fawkes, who trains Katie’s Kiss for Stonestreet Stables. “She’s got a ton of ability.”

◗ Katie’s Kiss will break from post 4 under Tyler Gaffalione.

“We’ll kind of look at the race, see how it plays out,” Fawkes said of strategy. “We want to kind of sit in the pocket if we can.”

Josdesanimaux (Last 3 Beyers: 84-75-67)

◗ Josdesanimaux has won three of her last four starts in a streak that includes a first-level allowance at seven furlongs on turf July 15 at Belmont Park.

◗ She is scheduled to be the first mount back from injury for top Gulfstream-based rider Edgard Zayas.

Also on the card

◗ Grade 2 winner East Hall is entered for the main track only in the $75,000 The Vid, and if the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up remains on turf, his alternate game plan is the $75,000 Sensitive Prince on Sept. 12 at Gulfstream, said Kaplan. Golden Rifle, a winner of his last two starts, is the horse to beat in The Vid.

◗ Latique will try to turn the tables on the sharp Lori’s Store in the Wasted Tears, a $75,000 race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Latique was third to Lori’s Store in last month’s Soaring Softly.