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Major Dude, Cairo Consort Victorious on Gulfstream Turf

In contrast to his earlier start, where he couldn’t find a run until it was too late, Spendthrift’s Ranch Major had an ideal ride under the jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and overcome the distance to pass the steady friend who is speeding Brother N Colorado and grab $175,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes (G3T) on February 4th at Gulfstream Park.

The 1 1/16-mile Kitten’s Joy is the second of five classified bets for 3-year-olds and the first of two on the field against the $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Gulfstream’s next step on the way to $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1st.

Coached by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, Major Dude came in fourth while Dude N Colorado, edging past the leader’s first win on Dec. 24 over Tapeta at Gulfstream, ran over a quarter mile. in: 23.09 half in: 47.24, pressed over Boppy O . Six stretches played out at a ratio of 1:10.88 with the leads unchanged, but Ortiz was able to get past Major Dude on the outside and in position to run down the clear lane, moving up the side. in the eighth column and took the lead.

“I had the perfect ride,” Ortiz said. “I did well. I kept a little, followed some nice horses, saving land all the way. He did the rest.”

Favorite Major Dude ($4.80) finished 1.5 miles ahead in a final time of 1:40.22.

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Candidate . Following them was Boppy O, Souzak , Congruent , limelight And Cat Moon .

Major (Bolt d’Oro ), had his first three starts on dirt road last summer, finishing third in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park. He won Pilgrim Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct race track on his grass debut and has continued to play on grass since, finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and second in Dania Beach.

Pletcher Suggests Major Dude Could Change The Surface This Year

“He’s a super nice pony, very consistent,” he said. “I’m going to talk to the people at Spendthrift. We’re discussing the idea of ​​bringing him down at some point. We’ll see when the opportunity arises.”

Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farm, Major Dude is no bet twisted humor mare Mary Rita , a maker of five ponies, four to race, and two winners. The Major Dude was a $550,000 item purchased by the owner from a Taylor Made Sales Agent shipment for The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s selected annual sale in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2021.

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Cairo’s consort who had a good start that gave her opponents a lot of time at halftime, had a dramatic late run during the interval to catch up with her long-range steady friend Alpha Bella stay under the string to win a Share of the Sweetest Hymn (G3T) at Gulfstream Park.

Cairo Consort Wins Sweetest Chant Share of 2023 at Gulfstream Park
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Cairo Consort rallies late to win the Sweetest Chant Share at Gulfstream Park

Cairo Consort gave Pletcher his fourth win of the day and second in stakes, while Ortiz drove both winners.

The winner of the January 7th mile-long Ginger Brew Stakes award at Gulfstream in her first start for new relationships, Cairo Consort turned right as the starting gate opened and she hesitantly stepped out, then settled behind his number eight opponent like Sweetlou’sgotaces And maleymoo Race through the divisions of :22.75, :47,11 and 1:11.66.

Alpha Bella took the spot early before being knocked out in the turn to take on the leaders. She found herself ahead when she made it past the eighth column but Cairo Consort flew all the way down the center of the ramp and finished with a 3/4 length win.

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Cairo Consort ($6.40) ran 1 1/16 miles on solid grass at 1:40.95.

“At first I didn’t give her much of a chance to recover, she was very poor clearing the ball in the back of the court,” Pletcher said.

“I thought for a moment (Alpha Bella) would save the day and then suddenly Cairo Consort suddenly appeared out of nowhere. A very good effort by both fillings.”

Cairo Consort, formerly coached by Nathan Squires, won Catch a Glimpse Stakes in her equity debut and placed second in Natalma (G1T) Shares last summer, both on Honeysuckle on the pitch, before finishing third with a score of 19-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T). After that effort, she made $875,000 at the November Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s livestock stock sale in Lexington, and joined Pletcher’s stable.

3 year old daughter of Prince Cairo bred in Kentucky by Frankfort Park Farm and is the third foal from the absolutely amazing Street Cry mare. She was the first bet winner produced by Absolute Awesome, whose three starters were all winners.



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