Entries and J’s Picks for the Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream Park on May 16

Got Stormy, a finalist for champion turf female in 2019, was one of 11 fillies and mares entered for the Powder Break Stakes May 16 at Gulfstream Park.

Entries:

PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Noor Sahara  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 7/2
2 Jakarta  Edgard J Zayas Mike Maker 20/1
3 Bella Ciao Iran Ortiz Jr Antonio Sano 4/1
4 Valedictorian  Joe Bravo Kelly Breen 10/1
5 Silver Kitten  Emisael Jaramillo Danny Gargan 8/1
6 Great Sister Diane  Miguel A Vasquez Rohan Crichton 20/1
7 Valiance  Nik Juarez Todd Pletcher 6/1
8 Tapit Today  Dylan Davis Chad Brown 9/2
9 Goodbye Brockley  Fanny Olsson Philip Serpe 30/1
10 Got Stormy  Luis Saez Mark Casse 9/5
11 W W Fitzy  Marcos Meneses Scott Becker 20/1

Noor Sahara finished 11th in the 2019 French Oaks only beaten by only four lengths. She appears to be able to run with most of the field. She has a chance of being on the board.

Jakarta led from start to finish in a five-furlong sprint in her first try on grass March 18. She should be upfront in this race. She is stretching out to a mile for the first time and her stamina will be an issue. She is 5-for-10 record but not against the level. Her chance improve if race moves to dirt.

Bella Ciao will most likely scratch if race stays on the grass. Her chance improve if race moves to dirt.

Valedictorian likes the grass at Gulfstream and the one-mile distance. Should rate just off the pace and get first jump approaching the stretch. Her better days of racing are behind her and will need lot of racing luck to finish on the board.

Silver Kitten has two wins and a second in a Grade 3 races in three starts in 2020. She likes to set the pace but there are several other runners in this race who also will trying to set thee pace. She has the stamina and should finish on the board. 

Great Sister Diane can be competitive at her best, but she’s unplaced in her last three. She will not be a factor at the wire. 

Valiance is unbeaten in three starts with a win on this turf course. She will be racing after a layoff of more than 10 months. She has posted sharp workouts but will be pushed to stay with the leaders. She should finish in the top five.

Tapit Today finished third in Grade 3 Suwanee River Stakes. She needs to improve and have a excellent trip. She should e able to finish in the top four.

Goodbye Brockley won an off-the-turf allowance race April 18 at Gulfstream. She is outclassed and will not be a factor.

Got Stormy defeated males to win a Grade 1 race last August and ran second in both the Ricoh Woodbine Mile and the Breeders’ Cup Mile. She finished second in her second start of the year in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 7 at Santa Anita Park. She has post sharp workouts leading up to today’s race. This will be  her third start of 2020. She is dropping down in class from Grade 1 stakes for an ungraded stakes restricted to fillies and mares. She is the one to outrun.

W W Fitzy is trying grass her first time. She is facing  higher class runners and has the outside post position and a short run into the first turn. Her only stakes win to date was on a synthetic surface and she’s 7-for-13 lifetime. She should not be factor at the wire.

J’s Top Three Picks: 

  • Got Stormy
  • Silver Kitten
  • Noor Sahara

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