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Daredevil Gets Rail Again in Redrawn Swale


Todd Pletcher hopes the postponement of the Swale Stakes after a deluge of rain was nothing more than an inconvenience for team Daredevil, but one thing didn't change. They drew post 1 again.

Daredevil was one of the leading Triple Crown contenders heading into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but after breaking from the far outside, he never got going and finished last.

“I’m not really sure what happened,” Pletcher said. “He got a wide trip on a track that probably wasn’t playing that way, and he had had three races in a short period of time. He’s a very talented horse. He showed that in his first two starts last year and he’s come back and trained very well. He’s a very efficient mover and just has a terrific action to him.”

Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard Daredevil, the 123-pound highweight.

Six of the seven horses originally set to contest the Swale were re-entered on Wednesday, including grade III-placed X Y Jet, Spectacular Bid runner-up Ready for Rye and Senor Grits, a recent Tampa Bay Downs allowance winner who was third in the James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel Park.

X Y Jet shows just one win in eight lifetime starts but has never been worse than fourth with five seconds. Beaten a neck in the Pasco Stakes on Dec. 27 at Tampa, the speedy Kantharos gelding was a half-length shy of Barbados in the Hutcheson on Jan. 24 at Gulfstream.

Trainer Jorge Navarro gave the Florida-bred an open gallop on Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park West. He said he expects to once again use front-running tactics. Jesus Rios will ride from Post 3 at 117 pounds.

“It will be the same plan,” Navarro said. “He’s doing amazing. The way he trained, I was like, ‘Wow.’ Even the exercise rider jumped off and said ‘He would have won the race.’ He was great and happy, so we’ll be set for Saturday.”

Ready for Rye debuted last September and romped by seven lengths in his maiden victory six weeks later on a sloppy, sealed track at Belmont Park. In his first race this year, he battled for the lead in mid-stretch before giving way and finishing second by three lengths to Barbados in the six-furlong Spectacular Bid.

Ready for Rye worked a half-mile in 49 seconds on Monday at Palm Meadows. He will carry Luis Saez and 117 pounds from Post 4.

“Our schedule didn’t really get all that interrupted,” trainer Tom Albertrani said. “At least we had some time to come back and breeze him, and he should be on pretty much the same kind of schedule, just a week later. The way he broke his maiden I was hoping for a little rain, just not so much.”

Senor Grits was a professional 1 1/2-length allowance winner on Jan. 31 in his first start at three, about 10 weeks after rallying for third behind Cinco Charlie and Majestic Affair in Maryland to end his juvenile campaign.

Trainer Ian Wilkes has lined up Corey Lanerie to ride at 117 pounds from Post 6.

“He’s easy to train, and he’s not a bad horse to ride,” Wilkes said. “He’s push-button. You can do whatever you want with him.”

Souper Colossal was cross-entered in the Swale and the Tampa Bay Derby, but it looks like he's going to Tampa. The multiple stakes winner has won four of five starts including the five-furlong Texas Glitter on turf at Gulfstream Feb. 7.

Winner of the Mucho Macho Man Stakes, formerly the Gulfstream Park Derby, on Jan. 3, Bluegrass Singer joins the Swale field just two weeks after contesting the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth, where he led the field for better than a half-mile before tiring to sixth.

Bluegrass Singer, who beat X Y Jet to break his maiden in October, cuts back to seven furlongs for the Swale after successive two-turn stakes races. Edgar Prado has the call from Post 8 at 121 pounds.

“He’s doing real good right now, He’s feeling good and acting good, so I figured why not? I got an extra week when they brought the race back,” trainer Marcus Vitali said. “I was just going with the flow and this seemed to fall into place with the extra week. I think he’s better suited to the shorter distance.”

Twotwentyfive A, winner of the seven-furlong Florida Stallion Affirmed Stakes last fall at Gulfstream in his only try at the distance, and stakes-placed Social Request, off the board in the Texas Glitter in his South Florida debut, complete the field.

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey


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