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Stat Returns in Thursday GP Allowance

2/5/2012

Todd Pletcher appears have the favorite in an allowance race coming up Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

Bortolazzo Stable’s Stat is in the eighth, a 6 1/2 furlong allowance. Post time is 3:59 ET.

Stat (Worth Watching) is entered to make his first start since finishing second as the favorite in the Grade II Saratoga Special on Aug. 15. Union Rags (Looking Good) won the Saratoga Special.

A $400,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old sales purchase by Unbridled’s Song, Stat won his only previous start by two lengths making his debut at Belmont Park on July 9. John Velazquez is named to ride on Thursday.

Stat will likely be a strong favorite against seven rivals with Maan, trained by Eddie Kenneally, getting support with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard. A $200,000 Fasig-Tipton February 2-year-old purchase by Malibu Moon, Maan won his only start at Churchill Downs on July 3 as the 3-to-2 favorite by 1 1/2 length under Leparoux.

Completing the field are Blings Express, Seven Kind, Isutalkintome, Prayer Meeting, Dangerous Trick and Angelofdistinction, who won the Dec. 10 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa before finishing eighth in the Pasco Stakes at the same track.

--Edited track releae with additional content by Dick Downey

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