Lovely Luvy, Sugar Fix Double Trouble in Ginger Punch

Mandatory Rainbow 6 payment set for Sunday

Joseph, Maker Duos Set for Clash in Solder’s Dancer

HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida –Sonata Stable’s Lovely Luvy and Mad Dog Racing Stable’s Big Frank Stable and Sugar Fix give trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. a double threat in Sunday’s $65,000 Ginger Punch at Gulfstream Park.

The Ginger Punch, a 7½ furlongs stake for Florida-bred fillies and mares on turf, will co-headline a 14-race schedule with the $65,000 Soldier’s Dancer, a 7½ furlongs turf stake for the 3-year-old from Florida. -old and older.

The Soldier’s Dancer is carded as race 13 and will headline the Rainbow 6 streak (races 9-14) on payout day. If the popular multi-race bet isn’t resolved until Saturday, the Rainbow 6 jackpot is expected to approach $3.5 million.

Beautiful Luvy and Fix Sugar finished 1-2, respectively, when they faced off at Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 22 at Gulfstream. Sugar Fix, a 5-year-old girl from Treasure Beach, took the lead in the stretch of the mile, 70-yard stakes that had been transferred to the Tapeta surface, only to be caught by Lovely Luvy, a 6-year-old girl. year of He’s had enough.

“They are two different horses in style. Sugar Fix is ​​set further forward with a good toe turn,” Joseph said. “Lovely Luvy comes from behind. She’s kind of a one-paced filly that comes from behind.

Recent rainy weather in South Florida leaves open the possibility that the Ginger Punch, which is carded as Race 6, could transfer from the turf to Tapeta.

“Sugar Fix is ​​probably better on grass, but she ran well last time [she ran on Tapeta]”, Joseph said. “Lovely Luvy is a little better in this aspect.”

Ahead of her second-place finish in the Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf, Sugar Fix captured the Claiming Crown Tiara on grass. Most recently, she finished fourth in the Honey Fox (G3) and fifth in the Sand Springs while taking on open company.

Lovely Luvy, who was never a factor in the Honey Fox the last time she joined Sugar Fix in the starting gate, recently finished fifth in an open optional claim allowance.

Junior Alvarado has the call on Lovely Luvy, while Edwin Gonzalez has the mount on Sugar Fix.

Una Luna by Robert Amendola, a 7-year-old from Dunkirk who has finished first or second in 17 of 32 career grass starts; Robert Cotran’s Tracy Ann’s Legacy, a 6-year-old from Shackleford who won 7 of 23 turf races; and Passion Pluss of Imaginary Stables, a 7-year-old daughter of Passion for Gold who beat weaker on Tapeta two races back; Lookinlikeaqueen of Rore Champion Racing LLC, the winner of an optional claim allowance from Florida last time out; and Promise Me from Rolling Meadows Farm; round the field.

Joseph will also be represented by a pair of contenders for the Soldier’s Dancer – Ten Twenty Racing’s Max KO and Mercy Man Racing’s Freedom Matters.

Max KO will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak since earning the Kentucky Downs starting allowance last fall. JP’s Gusto’s 6-year-old son returns to Gulfstream after finishing second in the Stock Horse Turf Classic in Tampa and sixth in the Opening Verse at Churchill Downs.

Freedom Matters, which finished fifth in the Turf Classic after winning consecutive races, has just suffered a narrow loss in an optional protest allowance.

Junior Alvarado has the call on Max KO while Edwin Gonzalez has the returning mount on Freedom Matters.

Coach Michael Maker is also heavily featured in Soldier’s Dancer in Alabama Slammer and Me and Mr. C. by Randall Russell.

Alabama Slammer is expected to make his first start for Maker while coming off an allowance score at Tampa Bay Downs. Me and Mr. C emerges as the horse to beat after capturing the Mr. Steele in Gulfstream.

If the Soldier’s Dancer is transferred to the Tapeta course, Maurice Miller LLC’s Uno Tiger is sure to catch the attention of bettors. The 5-year-old Kathleen O’Connell-trained gelding has won four of his five starts on the surface all season, including his three most recent starts.

PVC Stables LLC and Dominate Themoment of Allen Iwinski LLC, Hot Blooded of Palm Beach Racing Partnership, Shivaree of Jacks Or Better Farm Inc. and Imaginary Stable and trainer Elizabeth Dobles’ Cuy complete the field.

Gulfstream Park Press Release

Photo: Lovely Luvy (Gulfstream Park Photo)

Rachel J. Bradford