Graded Winners Abound As Snowbirds Remain For Gulfstream Stakes

The Spring/Summer Meet stakes schedule at Gulfstream Park gears up next Saturday with the runnings of the $75,000 Honey Ryder, the $75,000 English Channel and the $100,000 Big Drama.

The nominations lists for the three stakes include the names of a number of graded stakes winners that are being afforded opportunities to get into – or stay in – action for the 2020 season through the continuation of racing at Gulfstream Park under strict protocols.

The Honey Ryder, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, drew 36 nominations, including graded-stakes winners Abscond, Outburst, Alms, Cheermeister, and Lake Avenue.

Eddie Kenneally trains both Abscond, who captured the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine last year and finished second in her 2020 debut in the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream, and Outburst, who captured the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay last time out.

Michael Stidham-trained Alms, a daughter of City Zip, is undefeated in four career starts, including the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar last fall. Armando De La Cerda-trained Cheermeister won both the Herecomesthebride and the Sweetest Chant (G3) during Gulfstream’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet. Lake Avenue won the Demoiselle (G2) for trainer Todd Pletcher last year over Aqueduct’s main track.

Graded stakes-placed nominees include Antoinette, Dream Marie, Ivyetsu, Maedean, Micheline and Secret Stash.

The English Channel, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds, attracted 33 nominations, including Grade 1 winner Decorated Invader for trainer Christophe Clement. The son of Declaration of War captured the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine last season and won the Cutler Bay at Gulfstream in his 2020 debut. Teresa Connelly-trained Cadet Connelly, who finished a close second in the Summer and has yet to run in 2020, is also nominated.

Michael Maker-trained Field Pass, who captured the Jack Ruby Steaks (G3) on Turfway Park’s synthetic surface after winning the Dania Beach on turf at Gulfstream; and Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Island Commish, who won the Jan. 4 Kitten’s Joy (G3) at Gulfstream in his most recent start, are also prominent on the list of nominations.

Graded stakes-placed Our Country, South Bend and Tiesto are also nominated to the English Channel.

The Big Drama, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up, drew 17 nominations, including Noble Drama, a David Fawkes-trained multiple-stakes winner who is out of Queen Drama, a half-sister to Big Drama. Noble Drama captured the Sunshine Millions Classic during the 2019-2020 Championship Meet.

Elizabeth Dobles-trained Royal Squeeze, who captured last year’s Big Drama, has been nominated for a title defense.

Todd Pletcher-trained Bellera, a 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini who captured the Comely (G3) at Aqueduct last year, and Scott Becker-trained Wildwood’s Beauty, a 4-year-old daughter of Kantharos who finished second in both the Inside Information (G2) and the Hurricane Bertie (G3) at seven furlongs during the 2019-2020 Championship Meet, have been nominated for a possible clash with the boys in the Big Drama.

Larry Bates-trained With Verve, who captured the Feb. 29 Hutcheson at Gulfstream last time out; and Stanley Hough-trained He Hate Me, who finished third in the De Francis Dash (G3) at Laurel last fall; are also prominent on the list of nominations.

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