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Thirteen to Contest Seven-Furlong Swale Stakes


Updated: Merit Man a likely scratch

Forty Tales closed well only to fall a half-length short of catching Honorable Dillon in the Grade II Hutcheson Stakes. With Honorable Dillon pointing to the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Forty Tales inherits the role of logical favorite in Saturday’s Grade II Swale Stakes.

Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano gets the call on Forty Tales in the bulky field of 13. A son of Tale of the Cat purchased for $80,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sales, Forty Tales won his two previous starts impressively. He debuted at Aqueduct on Nov. 24 and took that race by 2 3/4 lengths. He won an entry-level allowance at Parx on Jan. 5 by 3 3/4 lengths.

An accomplished contender making his season debut in the Swale is Are You Kidding Me with jockey Edgar Prado aboard for trainer Roger Attfield. He makes his first start since a close fifth behind Joha in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 6.

“He had some poor racing luck in some of his races last year, including the Breeders’ Futurity when he didn’t get a clean run,” said Attfield. “He missed a little time, as did some other horses that got sick up here (at Payson Park), but he’s over that and done very well training since then.

“It’s time for him to get started. He did run well in a couple of sprints at Woodbine last year, but I think his future will probably be going a distance. I think he’s a very promising prospect.” Are You Kidding Me drew the far outside post 13 for the seven-furlong Swale.

Tulira Castle will bid to bounce back from a very disappointing effort when eased in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes. That race followed his very good 2 1/2-length allowance victory going a one-turn mile at the track on Dec. 8 for trainer Jim DiVito.

“He had a case of the ‘thumps’ from a reaction to Lasix,” said Divito. The condition resuls from an electrolyte imbalance in a horse’s body caused by heat and/or dehydration and affects heart rate and breathing.

 “They don’t suffer any long term effects, and there are things you can do to prevent it from recurring. Basically, we’re turning back and starting all over again with him,” DiVito said.

Merit Man is likely to scratch, but if not will likely get a share of support despite a somewhat disappointing performance last out when fourth in the Hutcheson. He was beaten only 2 3/4 lengths for it all. Kent Desormeaux gets aboard the son of With Distinction for the first time. Merit Man had been nearly perfect in four previous starts for trainer Bob Hess, Jr.

Merit Man made his first three starts in California last year. Following a winning debut at Del Mar in early September, he won the $100,000 Tim Conway Stakes at Santa Anita by 5 1/2 lengths and lost a nose decision to Hightail in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.

In one start before the Hutcheson at Gulfstream this winter, Merit Man won the Spectacular Bid Stakes at six furlongs on New Year’s Day.

An intriguing prospect in the Swale is Clearly Now, with jockey Luis Saez in the saddle for trainer Brian Lynch. The Kentucky-bred by Horse Greeley finished a distant third last out in the Holy Bull Stakes in his 2013 debut.

Clearly Now made three starts last year at Woodbine, winning a pair of sprints and finishing third in the 1 1/16-mile Display Stake on Dec. 1.

“I just don’t think he’s ready for two turns against the kind of horses he would have to face down here this winter,” said Lynch “Maybe he’ll stretch out when we get back to Toronto and matures a little later this year. In the meantime, I think turning back to seven furlongs for this race will be ideal for him.”

Undrafted, a gelding owned by New England Patriot wide receiver Wes Welker, ran a huge race to finish third in the Hutcheson, beaten a half-length for trainer Wesley Ward. He comes back in the Swale with Julio Garcia in the saddle breaking from the rail. The son of Purim won a one-mile turf allowance early in the meet and finished third in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby.

Completing the field for the Swale are Silverton Hill LLC’s Little Distorted, Joe Bravo; Juan Cintron, Jr.’s Dighton, Manoel Cruz; Bermuda Limestone Stable’s Gombey Dancer, Corey Lanerie; James Hood’s Nevada, Paco Lopez; Taylor Rice’s Triple Cross, Mario Pino; Herman Van Den Broeck’s Singanothersong, Jozbin Santana; and Someday Farm’s Red Judicata, Joe Rocco, Jr.

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey

Saturday, R10
Grade II Swale Stakes
Gulfstream Park
Seven Furlongs
Post Time: 5:35 ET

Post   Horse ML Jockey Wt Trainer
1 Undrafted (KY) 6-1 J. Garcia 117 W. Ward
2 Merit Man (FL) 6-1 K. Desormeaux 121 R. Hess Jr.
3 Little Distorted (KY) 15-1 J. Bravo 117 M. Wolfson
4 Dighton (FL) 20-1 M. Cruz 117 J. Cintron Jr.
5 Clearly Now (KY) 15-1 L. Saez 117 B. Lynch
6 Gombey Dancer (KY) 4-1 C. Lanerie 117 E. Kenneally
7 Nevada (KY) 12-1 P. Lopez 117 J. Orseno
8 Tulira Castle (KY) 20-1 E. Trujillo 117 J. DiVito
9 Triple Cross (FL) 20-1 M. Pino 119 A. Rice
10 Forty Tales (KY) 5-2 J. Castellano 117 T. Pletcher
11 Singanothersong (KY) 20-1 J. Santana 117 R. Pellegrini
12 Res Judicata (PA) 8-1 R. Rocco Jr. 119 J. Servis
13 Are You Kidding Me (KY) 15-1 E. Prado 117 R. Attfield

All will run with Lasix.

Owners: 1 - Wes Welker ; 2 - Bruce Chandler, Robert H. McKee, and James Glavin ; 3 - Silverton Hill, LLC ; 4 - Juan Cintron, Jr. ; 5 - Up Hill Stable ; 6 - Bermuda Limestone Thoroughbreds ; 7 - James R. Hood ; 8 - Curtis C. Green ; 9 - Taylor Rice ; 10 - Perretti Racing Stable, LLC ; 11 - Herman Van Den Broeck ; 12 - Someday Farm ; 13 - Kirk, Ronald K., Bates, John C., Riordan, Michael, Sones, Aaron and Shaw, A.

Breeders: 1 - Catesby W. Clay Investment LLC; 2 - Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds &Stephen Barberino; 3 - WinStar Farm, LLC; 4 - Frank Bertolino; 5 - Claiborne Farm; 6 - Wilfred Robinson, LimestoneThoroughbreds; 7 - Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC &WinStar Farm, LLC; 8 - Curtis C. Green; 9 - Gail Rice; 10 - Randal Family Trust; 11 - Herman Van Den Broeck; 12 - Patricia L. Chapman; 13 - John Bates, Ron Kirk, Greg McDonald &Riordan, Shaw & Sones

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