Las Vegas, NV -- Saturday January 28th is Florida Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park. It promises to be a tremendous day of racing - one that has brought together 48 of the best horses in the country to vie for a total of $1.3 million in purse money. Six races are on tap featuring Florida-breds exclusively on a schedule that features at least one graded stakes winner in every race.
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Here is an early breakdown of some of the talent included in each of the races on Saturday.
$400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic
This is the richest race on the schedule and is open to horses four-years-old and older willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. Mucho Macho Man who finished third in last year's Kentucky Derby and has recently won the G2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds will likely be the odds favorite. Expect challenges from Adios Charlie who has three wins and three seconds in six career starts, Duke of Mischief, a Grade 2 and two-time Grade 3 Stakes winner and Turbo Compressor to put on a show in a small yet talented field.
$300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff
Open to fillies and mares four-years-old and older willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the dirt. This race should be all about Awesome Feather, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner who won the first five starts of her career in south Florida at Calder but ran just twice in 2011. She was last seen winning the Grade 1 Gazelle Handicap at Aqueduct on November 26. Awesome Feather has never raced at Gulfstream however. Challenges will come from Sweet Repent - winner of the 2010 Sunshine Millions Distaff and Delightful Mary who was last out in a win at the January 8th Ocala Stakes and finished third to Awesome Feather at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.
$150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf
Open to four-year-olds and older willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the turf. Little Mike is the big draw in this race having notched three Grade 3 turf triumphs at Gulfstream last year. He won the won the Fort Lauderdale, Canadian Turf, and Appleton, and was a close-up sixth in the Gulfstream Turf Handicap (Grade 1). 11 horses will take part in the Sunshine Millions Turf on Sunday.
$150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf
Open to four-year-olds and older fillies and mares willing to race one and one-eighth miles on the turf. This race is a rematch of last year's Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf in which winner Trip for A.J. beat out Askbut I Won'ttell. Askbut I Won'ttell's best work may be behind her - she was 11th last out. Unbridled Humor and Romacaca may end up stealing the show in this race however - their recent runs have been superior to those of Trip for A.J. and Askbut I Won'ttell.
$150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint
Open to four-year-olds and older willing to race six furlongs on the dirt. Apriority will be the favorite in this one after finishing second last year in the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita. Apriority's most recent outing was an impressive win at the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes on December 31st. Seven other entries will contest the $150,000 purse on Saturday.
$150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint
Open to fillies and mares aged four and up willing to race six furlongs on the dirt. Musical Romance, 2011 Eclipse Award winner for champion female sprinter is entered in this race and will undoubtedly be the favorite. Musical Romance won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on November 4 and faces a stiff challenge from Pomeroys Pistol who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup and won a Grade 3 Stakes as well as a Grade 2 Stakes last year. Pica Slew is also expected to run.