Stakes-Winning Veterans Top 100k Soldier’s Dancer Noms
May 27, 2020
$100,000 Ginger Punch, $75,000 Game Face Join June 6 Program
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Veteran campaigners Class and Cash, Galleon Mast and My Point Exactly, who have combined to win 35 races and more than $1.5 million in purses over their lengthy careers, top the list of nominees for the $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer Saturday, June 6 at Gulfstream Park.
The Soldier’s Dancer for 3-year-olds and up will be joined by the $100,000 Ginger Punch for females 3 and older, both restricted to Florida-breds and scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass, and the $75,000 Game Face for 3-year-old fillies sprinting 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.
Gulfstream has also added the $60,000 Treasure Coast for fillies and mares 3 and up going 1 1/8 miles on the grass to the stakes schedule Sunday, June 7. Nominations close Saturday, May 30.
Owned and trained by Carlos David, who claimed the 8-year-old gelding for $10,000 last October at Gulfstream Park West, My Point Exactly made five starts during Gulfstream’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet with two wins, two seconds and a third. Third in his most recent start April 3, he is 12-for-59 lifetime with $468,477 in purses earned. A stakes winner at 2 and 3, he was third in last year’s Soldier’s Dancer.
Edward J. Short’s Class and Cash, 8, raced three times during the Championship Meet following more than 10 months between starts, most recently running fourth behind next-out winners Halladay and Kroy in an April 4 optional claiming allowance. The 13-time winner has a stakes triumph in the 2018 Laurel Dash and has bankrolled $434,955.
Anne D. Scott’s Galleon Mast owns 10 lifetime wins, six coming in stakes, with $624,535 in purses earned. The 7-year-old son of Mizzen Mast has been ultra-consistent throughout his career with 28 top-three finishes from 35 starts. He has run twice previously in the Soldier’s Dancer, finishing third in 2017 and fourth in 2018; ran third in the 2018 Canadian Turf (G3); and won stakes at 4, 5 and 6.
Also prominent among nominees are 11-time winner Ice Tea; Kroy, exiting an off-the-turf optional claiming allowance win May 16 at Gulfstream; Last Judgment, most recently third in Gulfstream’s Big Drama May 2 yet to race on the grass; 2019 Claiming Crown Emerald winner Muggsamatic; and Proven Strategies, runner up in the 1 1/16-mile English Channel over Gulfstream’s turf course May 2.
Sanford Bacon and Patrick Biancone Racing’s Kelsey’s Cross is among nominees to the Ginger Punch. The 4-year-old filly has yet to win a stakes but has placed four times including thirds in the 2018 Wonder Again (G3) and 2020 Hillsborough (G2). Both her career victories have come over Gulfstream’s turf course.
Arindel’s homebred Onyx won the 7 ½-furlong Sharp Susan and one-mile Our Dear Peggy at Gulfstream last summer and fall at Gulfstream, but has been off the board in a pair of starts this year, most recently a troubled run in the 1 1/16-mile Honey Ryder May 2.
Also nominated are stakes winners Midnight Soiree, second in last year’s Ginger Punch, Crown and Sugar, a career 13-time winner; and Raki; stakes-placed Bienville Street and Una Luna; Key Biscayne, a winner of two straight – one on turf, one on dirt – 22 days apart earlier this month at Gulfstream; and 2019 Comely (G3) winner Bellera, whose eight lifetime starts have all come on the main track.
Stakes-winning homebreds Spanish Point and Vast are among nominees to the Game Face. Limestone Thoroughbreds’ Spanish Point captured the 2019 House Party at Gulfstream in her second start, and Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Vast was a popular winner of the 2019 Hollywood Wildcat at Monmouth Park, both going six furlongs.
Nominees also include Boerne, a winner of her last three races at Gulfstream by a combined 15 lengths; 2020 Melody of Colors runner-up Compensate; Dream Marie, third in the Davona Dale (G2) and second in the Hollywood Wildcat at Gulfstream this year; Loriloupies, who won her last two starts by a total of 15 ¾ lengths; and Up in Smoke, fourth in the May 15 Hollywood Wildcat after three wins to open her career.