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Shivaree Seeks Return to Winner's Circle in Hutcheson


Shivaree, a gusty runner-up in the Swale (G3) last time out for Jacks or Better Farm, will seek to return to winning form in Saturday’s $100,000 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park.

Fred Brei’s homebred son of Awesome of Course will meet six rivals in the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds that will be accompanied on Saturday’s 14-race program by nine graded stakes, including the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2).

Prior to making a solid graded-stakes debut in the Swale, Shivaree had won three races in a row, including a pair of stakes.

Trained by Ralph Nicks, Shivaree won his first race in his fifth career start at Gulfstream Park West Nov. 11 after competing in the Florida Sire Stakes series against the likes of Fountain of Youth contenders Chance It and Liam’s Lucky Charm while still in the seven-furlong maiden ranks. He followed up his maiden-breaker against Florida breds with victories in the Buffalo Man and the Limehouse, both at six furlongs, at Gulfstream.

Shivaree was involved in a hotly contested pace during the seven-furlong Swale before settling for a distant second behind Mischevious Alex. He continued to fight in the stretch to hold second, a neck in front of Green Light Go.

“That was a tough field of horses. The winner looked like he might be a really good horse. It was a tough field and he battled to hold second,” Nicks said. “They had a lot of opportunities to catch him and he fought it out.”

Like his brother, multiple-stakes winner Garter and Tie, the Triple Crown-nominated Shivaree has done his best running in one-turn races, prompting his connections to run him in the Hutcheson, which was originally scheduled to be run last weekend, instead of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth.

“Fred and I talked about it, but the Hutcheson was there and we’re going through that route first,” Nicks said. “We’ll get through Saturday and we’ll cross the next bridge when he get to it.”

Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount aboard Shivaree.

Smash Factor returned to winning form for Stonehedge LLC in his most recent start at Gulfstream, entering the Hutcheson off a front-running victory in a seven furlong stakes-quality optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Feb. 5.

The Michael Yates-trained son of Khozan defeated Chance It in their respective debuts at Gulfstream June 1. He returned three-months later as a gelding to finish a distant second behind Chance It in the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile final of the Florida Sire Stakes series. He went on to finish second behind Fountain of Youth entrant As Seen On Tv in the Juvenile Sprint for Florida breds at Gulfstream Park West. Smash Factor disappointed in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Jan. 4, fading to sixth behind a victorious Chance It after opening a clear early lead.

“I’m not sure why he ran that way in the Mucho Macho Man, but I was really happy to see him come back and win that last race,” Yates said.

Miguel Vazquez has the return mount on Smash Factor.

Peruvian Boy, a multiple stakes-placed son of Tapiture; King Snake, who finished third in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile last time out; Scarto, who captured the American Fabius starter starter stakes impressively; With Verve, a recent optional claiming allowance winner by 3 ½ lengths; and Ournationonparade, who captured the Maryland Million Nursery at Laurel Park; round out the field.

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