David Doubles Up with Shea D Summer, Legal Deal in GPW Stakes
Nov 14, 2020
Florida-Breds Take Center Stage on Millions Preview Program
MIAMI GARDENS, FL
– Up-and-coming trainer Carlos David enjoyed a career afternoon Saturday at Gulfstream Park West, where he saddled back-to-back stakes winners on the Millions Preview program.
Shea D Summer put her trainer in the winner’s circle following a decisive 6 ¾-length victory in the $60,000 Juvenile Fillies Sprint in Race 5. One race later, David made a speedy return to the winner’s circle with Legal Deal following a photo-finish victory in the $60,000 Millions Sprint Preview.
“I’m feeling blessed, thankful. I have an amazing team,” said the 37-year-old native of Cali, Columbia, who emigrated to the U.S. at 16. “Two in one day – I have no words for that. It’s my third year of training, so I’m more than thankful to have the team and the horses and the people backing me up.”
The Millions Preview program of five stakes for Florida-bred horses was kicked off in Race 4 with Quenane registering a 27-1 upset victory in the $60,000 Millions Classic Preview.
Shea D Summer more than lived up to even-money favoritism while romping to a victory in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint, a 6 ½-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.
Trained by Carlos David for Shea D Boys Stable, the daughter of Summer Front remained undefeated in two starts with a commanding front-running performance under Emisael Jaramillo. Pressed early by Briella, Shea D Summer set fractions of 22.09 and 44:73 seconds for the first half-mile before drawing away through the stretch, completing the 6 ½-furlong distance in 1:17.09 over a sloppy track.
“I didn’t want to be on the lead, but it just worked out that way the way the track was. I guess she was the best horse of the day,” said David, who had contemplated sending Shea D Summer to Keeneland for the Songbird Stakes on last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup undercard. “Moving forward with her, we’ll see how she comes out of the race. She was breathing pretty hard after running in 1:10, out in 1:17. She gave it her all. I’ll give her 30 days and see what’s in store for her at the Championship Meet at Gulfstream.”
Briella, who had won two of her three career starts, settled for second under Miguel Vasquez, 5 ½ lengths clear of Sky Proposal.
Shea D Summer, who was purchased for $35,000 at the OBS April Sale, debuted with a length victory in a six-furlong maiden special weight race at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 7, attracting several inquiries about a private purchase that were not accepted by the owners.
Shea D Summer will likely attract more lucrative offers in the aftermath of her sparkling performance Saturday.
Things were considerably tenser during Legal Deal’s stretch run in the Millions Sprint Preview, which was decided by a nose. The 3-year-old son of Khozan got the ideal set up while tracking a speed duel between As Seen On Tv and favored Shivaree, who duked it out while producing fractions of 21.71 and 44.30 seconds for a half-mile. Jockey Paco Lopez swung Legal Deal three wide on the turn into the homestretch as As Seen On Tv and Shivaree began to weaken, looking very much like a comfortable winner. However, Jackson rallied from far back, cut the corner on the turn into the stretch and kicked in through the stretch to gain a narrow lead, only to give it up at the finish line.
Legal Deal was claimed for $12,500 out of a winning effort at Gulfstream Aug. 15. After a troubled turf start and a second-place finish in an optional claiming allowance, he paid dividends in the Millions Sprint Preview while running six furlongs in 1:09.51 as the 5-2 second choice. Jackson finished 1 ½ lengths clear of With Verve.
Stonehedge LL’s Poppy’s Pride ($10) won his third-straight race and second stakes in a row with a front-running performance in the $60,000 Juvenile Sprint.
The Michael Yates-trained son of Khozan was allowed to set sensible fractions of 22.24 and 44.69 seconds for the first half mile before edging away to win by 1 ½-lengths under Jesus Rios.
The 2-year-old gelding broke his maiden in this third career start before coming right back to capture the off-the-turf Armed Forces Stakes against open company at Gulfstream Sept. 26.
Gatsby rallied from far back to finish second, 4 ½ lengths ahead of The Distractor, who was a neck in front of 7-5 favorite Real Talk.
Paradise Farm Corp.’s Tiz Possible Dear ($9.20) wrapped up Saturday’s stakes action with a front-running victory in the $60,000 Millions Distaff Preview, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Claimed for $16,000 at Gulfstream Sept. 7, the Peter Walder-trained 5-year-old daughter of Prospective set fractions of 22.23 and 44.52 seconds for the first half-mile before drawing away from 6-5 favorite Sound Machine in the stretch. She ran seven furlongs in 1:23.32 while winning by 2 ½ lengths under Paco Lopez. Sound Machine, who finished third in the Miss Preakness (G3) in her most recent start on the Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard, finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Ceci Valentina.