Za Approval Headlines Field for $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes

Za Approval Headlines Field for $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes

Category : News - Fri 09/01/2015 - 23:42 EST

On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the featured race is the 62nd running of the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes. The Grade 2 race, scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, has drawn a deep field of thirteen with one additional entered for the main track only.

Za Approval has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 and will be making his first start for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper has won eight times throughout his career and is a multiple graded stakes winner. Three of his victories have come over the Gulfstream Park turf. He has been training forwardly for his first start of the year and will have Joel Rosario aboard from post position eleven.

Mshawish going for two in a row 

Todd Pletcher will saddle the second choice, Mshawish, at morning line odds of 4-1. The five-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro made his stateside debut in July after racing on multiple continents for the early part of his career. He has four wins from fifteen starts including a Group 2 score at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. He won the El Prado Stakes at Gulfstream Park last time out and will have Javier Castellano aboard from post position three.

Stakes debut for seven-figure purchase Mosler

Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Mosler who is making his stakes debut and his first start on turf for trainer Bill Mott. Purchased for $1.05 million as a yearling, the four-year-old son of War Front is out of a half-sister to graded stakes winner Pomeroy. He has won three of his six career starts, most recently an optional claiming race at Aqueduct. John Velazquez will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position six.

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