Lady Shipman a go for Dubai after facile comeback win
Leading turf sprinter Lady Shipman returned to her winning ways Saturday at Gulfstream Park, comfortably scoring in the $75,000 Ladies Turf Sprint over five furlongs.
Headed early by Jewel of a Cat through a soft opening quarter of :23.22, Lady Shipman forged clear under Irad Ortiz Jr. approaching the quarter pole and drew off late to win in a time of :58.14 on firm ground. Katie's Kiss finished second, one length ahead of Jewel of a Cat.
An overwhelming favorite against seven rivals, Lady Shipman paid $2.40.
This was the first start for Lady Shipman since joining the Kiaran McLaughlin barn. Previously trained by Kathleen O'Connell, the four-year-old Midshipman filly had a stellar sophomore campaign winning six stakes along the East Coast and missing by a neck in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Keeneland. She garnered 41 first-place votes as an Eclipse Award finalist for champion female sprinter.
Owned by Ranlo Investments, Lady Shipman now possesses a record of 13-9-2-2, $583,905. She will likely be pointed toward the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) at Meydan, on the Dubai World Cup (G1) undercard, March 26.
Also on Saturday, Todd Pletcher runners ran one-two in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3) for older horses at one mile. Tommy Macho, the 7-2 third choice, made a four-wide bid around the turn, passed stablemate Stanford in upper stretch and cruised late to win by 3 3/4 lengths under Luis Saez in a time of 1:33.53 over a fast track. Stanford was six lengths clear of Grande Shores in second.
Owned by Paul Pompa and J Stables, Tommy Macho paid $9.
This was the second career stakes win for Tommy Macho, a four-year-old son of Macho Uno. He registered his first added-money score November 11 at Aqueduct, winning the nine-furlong Discovery H. (G3) by 4 1/4 lengths. He's also placed in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2), Dwyer (G3), and $100,000 Queens County.
"I think it puts us in a position where we have a lot of options,” Pletcher said. “We think he's proven he's effective at a mile and a mile and an eighth. We like what he's done since he's been down here this winter. He mentally matured a bit. He behaved really well in the paddock. He's gained weight. He's filled out into a nice four-year-old.”
Tommy Macho improved his record to 9-4-1-3 with earnings of $443,190.
Power Alert bounced back to winning form in the $75,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, improving his record over the local course to three-for-three.
Under Julien Leparoux, the Australian-bred gelding traded leads with Bold Thunder through the first three furlongs, opened up a one-length advantage in the stretch and held off a late bid from Amelia's Wild Ride and Night Officer to win by a neck. The 5-2 second choice paid $7.20 after completing the distance in :57.74.
Owned by AJ Suited Racing Stable and trainer Brian Lynch, Power Alert won his first two starts in the U.S. at Gulfstream, including the $75,000 Silks Run last March. Following a fourth in the Shakertown (G3) at Keeneland, the gray six-year-old by Alert captured the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Fourth in his final two starts of the season, which ended in July, Power Alert returned to action January 9 in the $90,000 Turf Dash at Tampa Bay Downs, where he finished second. His record now stands at 21-8-3-1, $349,874.
Power Alert might defend his title in the Silks Run, scheduled for March 12.
(Adam Coglianese Photography)