Grade 3 Rampart Tops Four-Stakes on Saturday’s Program Harlan’s Holiday, El Prado, South Beach on Undercard
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The first of 37 graded stakes scheduled for the 2015-2016 Championship Meet will be marked Saturday by the 40th running of the Grade 3 Rampart. The mile $100,000 stakes for fillies and mares will be supported by the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday, $100,000 El Prado and the $100,000 South Beach on an 11-race program with a first-race post of 12:05 p.m.
Trainer Marty Wolfson is slated to saddle three starters in the Rampart, including Cali Star, a convincing winner at Gulfstream Park West in her recent South Florida debut; Curlin’s Princess, who finished third in behind Cali Star; and Best Behavior, a last-out winner coming off a five-month layoff.
The Harlan’s Holiday, which will be run as a Grade 3 stakes next year, is scheduled to feature the return of multiple-stakes winner Mr. Jordan, who hasn’t run since finishing off the board behind Triple Crown hero American Pharoah in the Haskell (G1) at Monmouth Park Aug. 2. Graded-stakes winners Madefromlucky and Valid are expected to vie for favoritism in the 1 1/16-mile main-track test.
The El Prado and South Beach are both slated for 7 ½ furlongs on turf.
Who’s Hot: Trainer Dane Kobiskie and jockey Tyler Gaffalione teamed for a pair of victories, scoring with Constraint ($17.40) in the seventh and Drawbridge ($8.40) in the 10th. Jockey Paco Lopez rode a pair of winners: Crazy Frank ($3.60) in the first and Coco’s Cat ($13.20) in the sixth. Jose Lezcano also doubled with Stock ($4) in the second and Wicked One ($7) in the fourth.
Harry Benson, who once trained for Hollywood actress Betty Grable and World War II hero and actor Audie Murphy, saddled Warrior’s Instinct ($32.20) for a maiden-breaking victory in Friday’s fifth race. The octogenarian trainer has been a longtime industry activist in South Florida and former president of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $12,600.20 Super Hi-5 Carryover: $3,800.90