Shake You Down, Valid Video Duel Tops Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park
When entries were drawn Monday morning for the four races that will comprise the Gulfstream Park half of the Sunshine Millions, two of the events drew full 12-horse fields.
The $500,000 Franks Farm Turf and the $500,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff each drew full fields of 12, with two horses on the also-eligible list for the Turf. The $300,000 Padua Stables Sprint drew a field of seven and six fillies will contest the $250,000 Ocala Stud Oaks.
All but one of the races will be televised live on NBC during a two-hour telecast from 4-6 p.m. EST. The first race of the day, the Ocala Stud Oaks, will be shown on a tape-delay basis. The eight races matching Florida-breds against California-breds will have total pursesof $3.6 million, with the four events at Gulfstream worth $1.55 million, and the Santa Anita Park races worth $2.05 million. Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park are both owned by Magna Entertainment.
The Padua Stables Sprint, a six-furlong event, matches Florida-bred winners in Shake You Down and Valid Video. Shake You Down won seven of 13 starts last year, including four graded stakes. Valid Video, trained by Dennis Manning, used a victory in the Sunshine Millions Dash as a springboard to victories in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Calder and the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga later in the year.
In the early line set by Gulfstream oddsmaker Chuck Streva, Shake You Down is the 8-5 favorite, with Valid Video second choice at 5-2 in the Sprint.
The Florida-bred Proud Man and the California-bred Adminniestrator head a field of 14 entered in the Franks Farm Turf. The 1 1/8-mile race will have 12 starters, with two on the also-eligible list. Proud Man is the 7-2 morning-line favorite, with Florida-bred Miesque's Approval second choice at 4-1.
In the 1 1/16-mile Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff, the favorite will be House Party, an Allen Jerkens-trained filly who has won stakes at Gulfstream, but will be stretching out for the first time. Second choice in the Distaff is Smok'n Frolic, who won the inaugural running of the Distaff last year when it was run at Santa Anita.
Topping the Ocala Stud Oaks is the California-bred filly Silent Sighs, who has won two of three starts and is 6-5 inthe morning line. Second choice is the Florida-bred Wacky Patty, who won the Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood last year and has taken a stakes at Delta Downs this season.
Jockeys coming in from California for Sunshine Millions mounts are Tyler Baze, who has mounts in all four races; Martin Pedroza, who has three mounts; Alex Solis, two mounts; Mike Smith, and Luis Juaregi, each one mount.
The Florida-based horses racing in the Santa Anita events will be flown to Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. The California-based runners will be flown to Fort Lauderdale International Airport on Wednesday.
The four Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream will be run as the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th events on an 11-race card. Post time for the Oaks is 3:45 p.m., with the Sprint to go off at 4:15 p.m.; the Distaff at 4:51 p.m., and the Turf at 5:25 p.m. The first Santa Anita race, the Dash, goes off at 4:03 p.m., with the Classic scheduled to be run at 5:45 p.m.