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Admission Office (Amerman Racing LLC) will return from a six-month layoff in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 9.
In a perfect world, the 6-year-old son of Point of Entry would be bypassing the mile turf stakes to prepare for a second straight start in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) Jan. 23.
"We would have loved to run in the Pegasus Turf again, but he hasn't run since June. He needed some time off after his last race and the Pegasus Turf comes up too soon," said trainer Brian Lynch, noting a prep race would have been needed to make it back to the Pegasus Turf.
Race 10 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 9 - Post 4:49 PM
|1||Admission Office||7-2||Julien Leparoux
|2||Casa Creed||8-1||Junior Alvarado
|3||Ride a Comet||5-1||Tyler Gaffalione
|4||Doctor Mounty||10-1||Jose Ortiz
|Claude McGaughey III|
|6||Analyze It||2-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.
|Saffie Joseph, Jr.|
|8||Hay Dakota||15-1||Paco Lopez
|9||Flying Scotsman||30-1||Corey Lanerie
Admission Office, who is coming off a victory in the 1 ½-mile Louisville (G3) June 13 at Churchill Downs, is scheduled to meet eight other older horses in the Tropical Turf.
`He's coming back at a distance that isn't really ideal for him, but it's a good starting point," Lynch said. "The good thing about this race is there's plenty of pace, which ideally suits Gulfstream. But if they get going too fast up front, it could set up for someone to come off the pace."
Admission Office is a drop-back-make-one-run closer who has finished in the money in six of eight graded-stakes starts. In addition to his victory in the Louisville, he has finished second or third in five graded-stakes races, finishing a half-length behind the winner four times and losing the other race by a length.
"He's his own worst enemy. He gives himself too much to do," Lynch said. "He needs the ideal trip and the heavens to open up. He needs a clean path. He's such a big horse, when you get him stopped, it's hard to get him started again. He can be his own worst enemy the way he takes himself out of it, but we've been seeing a lot of maturity in him."
In his first start during Gulfstream's 2019-2020 Championship Meet, Admission Office finished second in the Fort Lauderdale (G2), beaten a half-length by Instilled Regard, earning a chance to run in the Pegasus World Cup Turf, in which he raced in traffic while finishing eighth.
"We took him out of his game and asked him early. He was in traffic and never got the chance to run," said Lynch, whose stretch-runner finished 5 ½ lengths behind winner Zulu Alpha.
In his next outing, Admission Office came within a length of upsetting Zulu Alpha in the Mac Diarmida (G2), finishing second after taking the lead in mid-stretch. He raced evenly through the stretch to finish fourth after uncharacteristically stalking the early pace in the Sunshine Forever at Gulfstream in May. He finished his 2020 campaign on a winning note at Churchill in June.
Julien Leparoux has the return call aboard Admission Office.
William Lawrence's Analyze It, who is on Reserve List of Invitees for the Pegasus Turf, was entered in the Tropical Turf by trainer Chad Brown. The 6-year-old son of Point of Entry raced twice last year, winning the Red Bank (G3) at Monmouth in September, after being out of action for 22 months.
Irad Ortiz Jr. has the call on Analyze It, who was multiple Grade 1 stakes-placed in 2018.
Jordan Wycoff's Tusk is scheduled to defend his title in the Tropical Turf, which he captured by two lengths last season. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained gelding went to the sidelines following the race for 11 months, before returning Dec. 6 to finish a tiring eighth after setting the pace in the Claiming Crown Emerald at Gulfstream.
"He was coming off a long layoff. He got an easy lead and stopped but he got tired," Joseph said. "He's been training forwardly since that race. He won this race last year, so we're going to give him a chance to win it again"
Luis Saez is scheduled to ride the son of Tapit for the first time Saturday.
John Oxley and My Meadowview Farm LLC's Ride a Comet, who captured the 2019 Del Mar Derby (G2), returns to turf after winning both of his 2020 starts, including the Kennedy Road (G2), over Woodbine's synthetic surface.
Tyler Gaffalione is scheduled to ride the Mark Casse-trained 6-year-old son of Candy Ride.
LRE Racing LLC and JEH Stable LLC's Casa Creed will seek to rebound from an 12th-place finish in the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland in his return to Gulfstream Park, where he captured the Kitten's Joy and finished second in the Palm Beach (G3) in 2019. The Bill Mott-trained 5-year-old son of Jimmy Creed was winless in 2020 but finished third the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga.
Junior Alvarado has the call aboard Casa Creed.
Larry Pratt and Dave Alden's Doctor Mounty, Calumet Farm's Flying Scotsman, Green Lantern Stables LLC's Frostmourne, and Michael Hui's Hay Dakota round out the field.
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