$100,000 Dania Beach Stakes Draws Field of Ten
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Thu 01/01/2015 - 22:34 EST
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the featured race is the 10th edition of the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes. The Grade 3 race is scheduled to be run at seven and a half furlongs on the turf and has drawn a field of ten sophomore colts and geldings.
Smokem Kitten has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Michael Maker. Bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the gray son of Kitten’s Joy will be making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden in his first career start in December. The colt set the pace, overlooked at 7-1 on the tote board, and drew off by 5 ½ lengths over a field of twelve rivals. Edgar Prado will remain aboard and they will break from post six.
Wayward Kitten making first start without blinkers
Wayward Kitten, another homebred color bearer for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is the second choice at 7-2 on the morning line. Trained by Wesley Ward, the chestnut son of Kitten’s Joy will get blinkers off for the first time and has been gelded since his last race in October. He has been on the board in all three career starts with a maiden win to his credit. Rafael Hernandez will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position five.
Night Prowler trying for first stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Night Prowler for trainer Chad Brown. Bred and owned by Paul Pompa, Jr., the chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway is the first foal out of graded stakes winner Mary’s Follies. After breaking his maiden in his second career start as the favorite, he was third in his first try against stakes competition in the Pulpit Stakes. Javier Castellano will be back aboard from post position nine.
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