Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Heart to Heart Tops Noms for G2 Fort Lauderdale
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart tops a list of 18 nominees for the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2) at Gulfstream Park January 13.
The Brian Lynch-trained multiple graded-stakes winner captured the 2016 edition of the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for older horses over a turf course for which the son of English Channel has shown a distinct affinity. The 7-year-old turf specialist has won four stakes in five starts over the Gulfstream turf, his only loss coming by a length in a fourth-place finish in last year’s Fort Lauderdale.
Heart to Heart, who has won nine graded stakes, hasn’t run his finishing off-the-board in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 4.
Trainer Michael Maker has nominated six horses to the Fort Lauderdale, including graded-stakes winners Oscar Nominated and Shining Copper, as well as 2016 Queen’s Plate winner Sir Dudley Digges and Claiming Crown Emerald victor Special Ops. Ken and Sarah Ramsey own Oscar Nominated, Shining Copper and Sir Dudley Digges, while Skychai Racing owns Special Ops.
Trainer Roger Attfield nominated graded-stakes winners Shakhimat and Tower of Texas. Shakhimat, owned by Attfield, Dan Gale and William Werner, captured the Tropical Turf (G3) at Gulfstream Park Dec. 16. Tower Texas, the 2017 Connaught Cup (G3) winner owned by Thomas Van Meter II and Scott Dilworth, finished third in the Tropical Turf, a length behind his stablemate.
Fear the Cowboy, who won the Harlan’s Holiday (G3) at Gulfstream Park last month, tops the nominations list for the $100,000 Skip Away (G3) Jan. 13. Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti’s 6-year-old son of Cowboy Cal captured last year’s Skip Away, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for older horses. The Efren Loza Jr.-trained multiple graded-stakes winner has won four races, three stakes, at Gulfstream.
Page McKenney, who has won multiple stakes and well over $1 million since being claimed by Adam Staple, is nominated to seek his 21st career victory in the Skip Away. The 8-year-old son of Eavesdropper is trained by Mary Eppler.
Grade 1 stakes-placed Giuseppe the Great, who captured an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream in his most recent start for Mossarosa and trainer Nick Zito, is among the more prominent nominees.
J Boy’s Echo, the 2017 Gotham (G3) winner, and Destin, the 2017 Tampa Bay Derby (G3) victor, are also nominated.
John Oxley’s Grade 1 stakes-winning Dream Dancing and La Coronel are prominent on the list of 16 nominations for the $100,000 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13. Both 4-year-old fillies are trained by Mark Casse. Dream Dancing, who captured the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream last year, won the Del Mar Oaks (G1) last summer. La Coronel won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Keeneland in her most recent start in October.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Roar and Jordan Wycoff’s Gianna’s Dream were nominated to the Marshua’s River by Maker. Kitten’s Roar captured the Goldikova (G2) at Del Mar Nov. 4, while Gianna’s Dream, a multiple-stakes winner, lost a photo finish for the win in the My Charmer (G3) at Gulfstream Dec. 16.