Tropical Turf Features 2-1 Favorite Blacktype
The 36th running of the Tropical Turf (G3T) for 3-year-olds and older and the 33rd renewal of the My Charmer Stakes (G3T) are among five stakes worth $500,000 Saturday on Gulfstream Park’s 11-race program. The sunshine state also features four other $100,000 races at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, Dec. 16.
The two turf contests at Gulfstream each drew fields of nine. Both races were held at Gulfstream Park West prior to this year.
Trainer Christopher Clement goes for his fifth straight win in the Tropical Turf, but he did not enter a horse in 2015. He’ll saddle the favorite in Saturday’s Tropical Turf with Blacktype (FR), who is 2-1 on the morning line. Strong closing rider Joel Rosario is aboard after leading him across the finish line first in the Knickerbocker (G2) at Belmont in October and then 4th as the favorite last time out at Aqueduct.
The $100,000 Tropical Turf Stakes features a well-matched group of stakes winners. Along with Blacktype, the one mile turf test will include Chad Brown-trained Camelot Kitten (9-2), Todd Pletcher-trained All Included (7-2) and the other competitively-priced contender Tower of Texas (6-1) from the rail.
The 6-year-old Blacktype makes his first start at Gulfstream in this spot with a career record of 9-3-8 in 29 starts.
“He’s coming off two wins in New York very impressively. The last race he was a bit unlucky,” said Clement’s son and assistant, Miguel. “We had a few things going against us last time. He was conceding a lot of weight and he had a very wide trip.
“He’s training well and it’s great that he’s able to run in Florida, especially since some of the owners will be able to be there to see him,” he added. “It’s amazing he’s never run in Florida. He’s always been running well; we’ve just kept him in New York and last year we pulled the plug on him. I don’t think there’s a reason why he wouldn’t run well.”
All Included suffered his first off-the-board placing of the year when eighth last out on May 27 in the Red Bank Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. The six-year-old bobbled at the break of that mile contest and entered the race off a rallying half-length victory in the Appleton Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on April 1. The chestnut also finished third, but was elevated to second via disqualification, in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) one race prior.
“It seems like he’s freshened up nicely,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He’s always run well at Gulfstream, so we’re looking forward to getting him back.”