Grade 3 $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes a Wide-Open Betting Event

Grade 3 $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes a Wide-Open Betting Event

Category : News - Sat 07/02/2015 - 00:58 EST

The $150,000 Grade 3 Suwannee River starts an all-stakes late pick four February 6 at Gulfstream Park as a field of 13 is set to contest the mile and an eighth turf event.

Todd Pletcher will saddle the lukewarm favorite in Sandiva (7/2), who narrowly won the Tropical Park Oaks in her three year-old finale.  The daughter of Footstepsinthesand has recorded 5 wins in 13 career starts for earnings of $268,137, but has never travelled further than a mile and a sixteenth.  The Suwannee also represents a significant class hike for Sandiva who was well-beaten in both graded stakes tries in the United States.  Jockey Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the Tropical Park Oaks win, will likely place the filly close to the early pace. 

Cay Dancer should be tougher this time around

Cay Dancer (9/2) draws an outside post for her second try on U.S. soil after failing to make an impact in a Grade 3 race December 27 at Gulfstream, but the mile and a half distance that day may not have been to her liking.  In addition, the Chad Brown trainee was making her first start since August 15, and has worked extremely well leading up to the Suwannee. 

Zito layoff horse represents value 

Starstruck (12/1) has not raced since September 27, but would be a major player if she is able to repeat her form from last summer.  Trained by Nick Zito, Starstruck won the Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes in July at Monmouth Park at the mile and one eighth distance.   

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