Gulfstream Park's Hutcheson Stakes

Gulfstream Park’s Hutcheson Stakes

The first of the four stakes races on this Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park is the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes for three-year-olds. ; The seven furlong sprint race drew a field of six led by Kentucky Derby prospect Ever So Lucky. Ever So Lucky, currently eleventh on the BetAmerica Kentucky Derby Top 15, enters the Hutcheson off a break of just over three months after running in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. ; In the Jockey Club, Ever So Lucky was running with the Todd Pletcher-trained Gemologist, but could not go on with his rival late. The Jockey Club was only the second race of Ever So Lucky’s career, which started with flair. ; Trainer Jonathan Sheppard is not known for getting horses cranked for their debuts and is hardly known for his training of young, dirt horses, but Ever So Lucky came to the track with many making him a Kentucky Derby prospect before he ever broke from the gates. The Hutcheson marks a start for the Indian Charlie-colt on his way to the Kentucky Derby, but is not the high-figure horse in the field. Thunder Moccasin was a rare first-time-starter for Todd Pletcher as the A.P. Warrior colt was not sent off at even money or less, but was almost 7-2 even with go-to rider John Velazquez in the irons. ; Velazquez took Thunder Moccasin to the lead and never looked back, drawing off to win by two and one-half lengths. That race has turned into a key race as the second, third and fourth place finishers came back to win their next start. ; Even the fifth place horse came back to be a good third in his next race making Thunder Moccasin the biggest threat to Ever So Lucky. Two horses with stakes wins on their resume and could round out the trifecta are Wildcat Creek and Il Villano. ; Wildcat Creek was second in the Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs to Prospective, who came back to run second in the Sam F. Davis last weekend. ; Il Villano won a stakes race at Aqueduct over the main track then a stakes at Parx before finishing third in a two-turn race over the inner dirt at Aqueduct in his last. ; A return to sprinting will help the Pollard’s Vision-colt. The final two horses that will break from the gate on Saturday are the uncoupled Dale Romans-pair of Tarpy’s Goal and Quick Wit. ; Tarpy’s Goal is coming off an allowance win at the seven furlong distance at Gulfstream Park while Quick Wit is exiting a maiden breaker at a half-furlong longer. The Hutcheson goes as race eight on the twelve-race card and is the start of the 50-cent pick-5, which includes all four stakes. ; Post time for the Hutcheson live horse racing is 3:49 ET.

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