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Lady’s Island Frolics to Easy Victory in Sunday’s Nicole’s Dream

Jun 9, 2019
Art G is Back Gets Back to Winner’s Circle in Thirsty Fish

–  Averill Racing LLC and Matties Racing’s Lady’s Island took advantage of a surface switch from turf to the main track for Sunday’s $75,000 Nicole’s Dream at Gulfstream Park, frolicking in the slop to notch a front-running triumph in the five-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old daughter of Greatness won her fourth victory, all over sloppy or muddy surfaces, in five starts in 2019. Ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the 3-5 favorite set an uncontested pace, posting fractions of 21.93 and 44.76 seconds for the first half-mile before drawing off to win by nine lengths.

“She’s won all her races this year on an off track, but I think she’ll run on anything,” trainer Georgina Baxter said. “She’s done nothing wrong this year. She’s four of five this year and the other race she was second to that good filly of [trainer] Kathleen O’Connell’s [Grade 2 stakes winner Stormy Embrace].”

Lady’s Island, who ran five furlongs in 57.77 seconds to capture her first stakes victory. Catharsis finished second, a length ahead of Violent Time.

Claimed for $16,000 last June, Lady’s Island has won five of seven starts for her new connections.

“She’s improving. She’s always been a tall filly, but she’s really filled out and is getting stronger. It’s showing in her races,” Baxter said.

Art G Is Back Gets Back to Winner’s Circle in Thirsty Fish

Monarch Stables Inc.’s Art G Is Back got back to the winner’s circle in Sunday’s $75,000 Thirsty Fish at Gulfstream Park, winning for the first time since breaking his maiden during the Championship Meet.

The multiple stakes-placed son of Exchange Rate, who broke his maiden on the main track in his debut Dec. 29, wasn’t hurt by the surface switch from turf to the sloppy main track. The Thirsty Fish, originally slated for 7 ½ furlongs on turf, was contested at seven furlongs.

After Jackson, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Samy Camacho, broke last of seven from the starting gate, Fully Loaded sprinted to the lead, closely shadowed by Art G Is Back to his outside. A wound-up Jackson rushed into contention along the backstretch and took over the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch when a tiring Fully Loaded drifted off the rail after setting fractions of 23.37 and 46.49 seconds for the first half mile. Art G Is Back was far from finished, however, kicking in through the stretch to pass a tired Jackson to score by two lengths under Miguel Vasquez.

“He showed a little more speed that we expected. There was a lot of speed in this race, but he lay close. The #3 [Jackson} getting off bad didn’t hurt us any,” trainer Ron Spatz said. “You know what? He might be better on the dirt. I know he likes a wet track. But he’s been efficient on everything.”

Art G Is Back ran seven furlongs in 1:23.48 to capture his first stakes win and second triumph in eight starts. Sharetheblame closed to finish second, a length ahead of Jackson.

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