Entries and J’s Picks for Graded Stakes on Feb. 22 

Only 2 graded stakes this weekend: the World of Trouble Sprint Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park and the Buena Vista Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park

Race 9.World of Trouble Sprint Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park .

For four-year-old and up at 6 furlongs on the dirt. Purse $100,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Epic Dreamer  Jose L. Ortiz Kelly J. Breen 4/1
2 Lasting Legacy  Paco Lopez Jason Servis 7/5
3 Sweetontheladies  Marcos Meneses Henry Collazo 15/1
4 Admiral Lynch  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Jason Servis 7/2
5 Jackson  Luis Saez Jose Pinchin 10/1
6 Fast Pass  Cristian Torres Peter R. Walder 8/1
7 Goldenlion  Silvia Zapico Amador Merei Sanchez 30/1
8 Yorkton  Chris Landeros Stuart C. Simon 8/1

Yorkton enters the World of Trouble Sprint as the only multiple graded-stakes winner in a field. of eight older horses.  He has the ability to record his first graded stakes on dirt in the six-furlong sprint. He has run only four times outside of Canada, twice on dirt, once at Gulfstream and another time at Keeneland. He was unplaced in both races. though one start came following a troubled start and another over a wet track. He needs to be in front to have a chance of being on the board.

Epic Dreamer has been racing against optional claimers off a distance turnback to six furlongs early at the meet. He is cutting back again after battling for the lead in the one-mile Fred Hooper Stakes (G3). His only other sprint was a second in his debut as a 2-year-old.

Lasting Legacy won three in a row at Monmouth Park last June through September and returned from a layoff to run second in the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) here two months ago. The cutback from seven furlongs should only help, and he should finish on the board.

Admiral Lynch has sprint win over optional claimers at Penn National Race Course in 2019.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Lasting Legacy
  • Epic Dreamer
  • Yorkton

Race 5. Buena Vista Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.

For four-year-old fillies and mares at 1 mile on the turf. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Filly /Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Jolie Olimpica  Mike E. Smith Richard E. Mandella 8/5
2 Carressa  Victor Espinoza John A. Shirreffs 4/1
3 Muchly  Umberto Rispoli Simon Callaghan 15/1
4 Mucho Unusual  Joel Rosario Tim Yakteen 8/1
5 Sold It  Mario Gutierrez Doug F. O’Neill 50/1
6 Meal Ticket  Tiago Josue Pereira Matthew Chew 15/1
7 Brill  Geovanni Franco Don Chatlos 12/1
8 Lady Prancealot  Joe Bravo Richard Baltas 5/1
9 Super Patriot  Ruben Fuentes Richard Baltas 12/1
10 La Sardane  Flavien Prat Neil D. Drysdale 12/1
11 Keeper Ofthe Stars  Abel Cedillo Jonathan Wong 20/1
12 Tiny Tina  Drayden Van Dyke Philip D’Amato 15/1

Jolie Olimpica  won her United States debut six weeks ago taking the 5 1/2-furlong Las Cienegas Stakes (G3T) to remain unbeaten through her four starts. There’s always the possibility of a regression second time back, though, especially when stretching out, and she faced only four opponents in the Las Cienegas and breaks inside of 11 rivals this time.

Lady Prancealot closed her three-year-0ld season with in win the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks (G1T). 

Mucho Unusual finished second in  the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks (G1T) in her  final race at age 3. She had trouble early on and was boxed in down the  stretch. She should like the distance.

Carressa won the Megahertz  Stakes (G3T) last month. She is making her first start on turf after five races – and two wins – on the dirt.  

Super Patriot finished second in the Megahertz  Stakes (G3T) last month.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Jolie Olimpica
  • Carressa
  • Lady Prancealot

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