Suwannee River Stakes, GIIIT, at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9

The 1 1/8-mile Suwannee River for older fillies and mares co-headlines a 12-race program that includes the $100,000 El Prado Stakes for 4-year-olds and up sprinting 7 1/2 furlongs, also over the turf course.

Race 9. Suwannee River Stakes, GIIIT. For four-year-old and up Fillies and Mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Purse $150,000.


PP Filly / Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Vagabond Princess Robby Albarado Jose Sanchez 12/1
2 Special Event John Velazquez Shug McGaughey 6/1
3 Avie’s Mineshaft Chris Landeros Josie Carroll 8/1
4 Rymska Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad Brown 3/5
5 Valedictorian Tyler Gaffalione Kelly Breen 6/1
6 Peach of a Gal Luis Saez Graham Motion 20/1
7 American Frolic Miguel Vasquez David Fawkes 20/1
8 Conquest Hardcandy Julio Garcia Antonio Sano 10/1

Rymska is a multiple graded stakes winner. She appears to be the horse to beat when she kicks off her 5-year-old campaign in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3T) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park. She will be making her ninth start since coming to the United States in the fall of 2016. She started  three times in 2018. After finishing second in an optional-claiming allowance race at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31, she won the Athenia Stakes (GIII) at Belmont Park on October 21. She ended her 2018 season by finishing sixth in the Matriarch Stakes (G1T) Dec. 2 at Del Mar. She is also entered in the Lambholm South Endeavour S.(GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Special Event will be seeking her first stakes win in the Suwannee. The 5-year-old Arch mare has placed in three graded stakes for trainer Shug McGaughey, most recently closing from well back to be third in the one-mile My Charmer Stakes (GIIIT) Dec. 15 at Gulfstream.

Avie’s Mineshaft has raced exclusively in her native Canada. Two of her past three starts on grass after making her first seven over Woodbine’s synthetic surface. She enters the a second place finish in the Carotene Stakes Oct. 20 at Woodbine. She has finished in the top three in six of her 10 career starts.

Completing the field are American Frolic, winner of the Miss Gracie Stakes last fall at Gulfstream; Peach of a Gal, who captured the Christiana Stakes last summer at Delaware Park; two-time turf stakes winner Valedictorian; 2017 Sanibel Island Stakes winner Conquest Hardcandy, most recently second in the 7 1/2-furlong South Beach Jan. 26; and multiple stakes-placed Vagabond Princess.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Rymska
  • Special Event
  • Avie’s Mineshaft


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