Lady’s Island, Jakarta Score Stakes Victories At Gulfstream

Averill Racing LLC and Matties Racing Stable LLC’s Lady’s Island was all alone at the finish of Saturday’s $100,000 Musical Romance at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., after running her eight rivals off their feet with a dazzling front-running performance.

The Musical Romance, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares, was the last of three stakes contested on Saturday’s 11-race program, which also offered the $75,000 Roar, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds won by Double Crown, and the $75,000 Powder Break, a mile off-the-turf race for fillies and mares won by Jakarta.

Lady’s Island winning the Musical Romance

Lady’s Island, who captured the Sugar Swirl (G3) during the Championship Meet, rolled to her 10th victory in her last 12 starts, all in front-running style. The 6-year-old daughter of Greatness, as usual, broke alertly from the gate to gain an uncontested lead on her way to posting fractions of 22.17 and 44.24 seconds during the first half-mile of the Musical Romance. She continued on to draw away in the stretch to score comfortably by 3 ¾ lengths under Emisael Jaramillo.

“She looked settled; she looked happy. Around the bend she pulled away, which is her normal move,” trainer Georgina Baxter said.

Lady’s Island ($8.80) ran seven furlongs in 1:22.86 to easily hold off even-money favorite Wildwood’s Beauty, who stalked the pace under Irad Ortiz Jr. Bellera, who was ridden by Luis Saez, finished third another 1 ¼ lengths back..

Lady’s Island, who was claimed for $16,000 nearly two years ago, collected her 16th victory in 30 career starts and seventh win in 10 races at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s win was the first in two starts at seven furlongs for the five- and six-furlong specialist.

“We were worried. Seven furlongs, we thought she might be vulnerable,” said Baxter, whose trainee finished second behind Stormy Embrace in last year’s Musical Romance. “We’re very happy. She’s improved and improved. It’s been a progression.”

Lady’s Island’s romp pushed the strapping mare’s earnings over $475,000.

“She’s bigger and stronger. She’s double the size of any filly in this field,” Baxter said. “She’s a monster and physically a monster.”

Jakarta Fights Back for First Stakes Win in $75,000 Powder Break
Three Diamonds Farm’s Jakarta, stretching out for the first time in 11 career starts and first in a stakes, dug in after being headed by multiple graded-stakes winner Valedictorian in the stretch and edged clear for an 11-1 upset in Saturday’s $75,000 Power Break at Gulfstream Park.

The Powder Break for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, originally carded for the grass, was moved to the main track after overnight rain but remained at one mile. Jakarta ($24.60) completed the distance in 1:36.37 over fast main track to extend her win streak to three races with a 2 ¼-length victory.

Moved to trainer Mike Maker for her 5-year-old season, Jakarta debuted with a front-running optional claiming triumph going five furlongs on the turf March 18 at Gulfstream. Jockey Edgard Zayas had her forwardly placed again in the Powder Break from Post 2, posting fractions of 23.26 and 46.30 seconds, pressed to her outside by 2-1 favorite W W Fitzy.

W W Fitzy began to drop back on the turn as Valedictorian picked up the chase outside Jakarta, forging a short lead after going six furlongs in 1:10.48. Zayas kept busy on Jakarta along the rail and the Bustin Stones mare surged again as Bella Ciao came flying late to edge Valedictorian for second.

Stakes winner Valiance, previously undefeated in three starts but unraced since June 2019, finished fourth, followed by W W Fitzy, Goodbye Brockley and Great Sister Diane. Grade 1-winning millionaire Got Stormy was scratched when the race was taken off the turf.

“I knew she was going to be on the lead; it was a matter of if they let her go comfortable enough that she could hold on,” Zayas said. “She fought back. At the three-eighths pole she got a little pressure, and I thought at the quarter pole she was about to be done and I started riding her and she kept digging in. It was an off-the-turf race and a lot of horses didn’t finish, and she got lucky.”

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