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Interesting Gulfstream Allowance Saturday


G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.’s homebred Shadow Warrior will be among the choices in the field of six with jockey Javier Castellano aboard for trainer Rusty Arnold. The son of A.P. Indy is out of Grade 1 winner Victory Ride and has run well in all three of his starts, finishing third last out in a one-turn, one-mile race over the track on Jan. 17 as the 2-to-1 favorite.

In two starts as a 2-year-old, Shadow Warrior finished fourth in his debut going about seven furlongs at Keeneland on Oct. 21 when beaten only three-quarters of a length for it all and broke his maiden next out going a mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 19 by three lengths.

John Oxley has a top 3-year-old filly prospect in Dancinginherdreams with trainer John Ward and also a promising young colt in Strike Oil with trainer Mark Casse entered in the allowance, with jockey Rajiv Maragh named to ride.

A son of Forest Wildcat, Strike Oil was a $190,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase and makes his season debut after three starts last year at Woodbine. After fifth-place tries in a maiden special and the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes in mid-October, he broke his maiden winning the nine-furlong Coronation Futurity on Nov. 7 when rallying from tenth-place early in the race over the Polytrack surface.

Trainer Ken McPeek has an intriguing prospect in the race with Magdalena Racing’s Casper’s Touch, to be ridden by Julien Leparoux. The son of Touch Gold was a $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling purchase and finished third in the listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot in June after a fourth-place debut at Keeneland. Casper’s Touch didn’t run again until breaking his maiden going a mile at Churchill on Nov. 19.

--Edited from track notes

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