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Desert Vixen, Dr. Fager Spotlight Florida Juveniles

Trainer Kathleen O'Connell seeks 13th victory in the juvenile series.

Go Lil Lady scored on debut against maidens in a driving rainstorm June 9 at Gulfstream Park

Go Lil Lady scored on debut against maidens in a driving rainstorm June 9 at Gulfstream Park

Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

Juveniles sired by Florida stallions take the spotlight Aug. 6 at Gulfstream Park when the track hosts two divisions of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, with one race for fillies and another for colts and geldings, both at six furlongs on the main track.

Trainer Michael Yates will seek his first success in the filly division, the $100,000 Desert Vixen, with a daughter of Cajun Breeze  by the name of Go Lil Lady. A homebred for Shadybrook Farm, Go Lil Lady enters the Desert Vixen off a sharp debut victory at Gulfstream June 9, when she produced a front-running 7 1/4-length romp in a 4 1/2-furlong dash during a sudden rainstorm.

"She had worked well. It was a weird track. It was a harrowed racetrack and it started to pour as they were loading into the gate. It was absolutely pouring during the whole race, so it's hard to tell anything about the race," said Yates, who a couple of races later on the Aug. 6 card will saddle Cajun Hope in the Dr. Fager, the division for 2-year-old males.

Miguel Vasquez has the return ride aboard Go Lil Lady.

Girl Bye is scheduled to clash with her former stablemate after being privately purchased by Smith Ranch Stables and joining Luis Ramirez's stable. She graduated at first asking April 21 at Gulfstream by 6 1/2 lengths before running a well-beaten third in the June 9 Astoria at Belmont Park.

Marcos Meneses, who was aboard for her maiden score, returns to the saddle Saturday.

Cajun Breeze also will be represented in the Desert Vixen by Stonehedge's Val's Gal. The Ralph Nicks-trained filly graduated at second asking with a front-running 5 1/2-furlong score. Leonel Reyes has the call aboard Val's Gal.

It should be noted that Cajun Breeze's half sister, Cajun Delta Dawn, was victorious in the Desert Vixen and the second leg of the series for trainer David Fawkes in 2016.

Fawkes is back for the Desert Vixen with Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's Trust Me, who is coming off a sharp three-length score in her second career start. The daughter of The Big Beast  came up short in the stretch to finish second behind Lynx in her May 19 debut.

Trust Me is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Desert Vixen just ahead of Lynx at 3-1.

O'Connell Seeks Continued Success in Dr. Fager

Kathleen O'Connell, the second-winningest female trainer in North American history, will saddle Stonehedge's This Run's for You and Malcoms On the Run in the Dr. Fager in search of her 13th career victory in the lucrative series. 

This Run's for You has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 10 colts and geldings in the Dr. Fager. The gelded son of Khozan  obviously was a fast learner for O'Connell, dazzling in his July 23 debut. The Stonehedge homebred produced an 11-length front-running victory while running six furlongs in 1:10.52. He now returns on relatively short rest.

"The timing is unfortunate, but he came out of the race good and is doing good," O'Connell said.

Malcoms On the Run, a 15-1 shot on the morning line, enters the Dr. Fager as a maiden with three troubled in-the-money finishes. 

Turbo leads the opposition in a race that includes debut winners Knox and Awesome Strong—the latter a quick 4 1/2-furlong winner in :51.62 May 6

Entries: FTBOA Florida Sire Desert Vixen S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, August 6, 2022, Race 8

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 4:12 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Val's Gal (FL)Leonel Reyes121Ralph E. Nicks10/1
22Girl Bye (FL)Marcos Meneses121Luis M. Ramirez8/1
33Lynx (FL)Edgard J. Zayas121Carlos A. David3/1
44Miss Aria (FL)Romero Ramsay Maragh121Armando De la cerda12/1
55Go Lil Lady (FL)Miguel Angel Vasquez121Michael Yates4/1
66Gemma's Curls (FL)Luca Panici121Jorge Delgado6/1
77Trust Me (FL)Sonny Leon121David Fawkes5/2
88Princess Dakota (FL)Manny Jimenez118Crystal Lanum30/1
99Major Pryce (FL)Edgar Perez118Antonio Sano12/1

Entries: FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, August 6, 2022, Race 10

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Colts and Geldings
  • 5:24 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Commandant (FL)Luca Panici121J. David Braddy12/1
22Awesome Flay (FL)Romero Ramsay Maragh121Sandra L. Slivka30/1
33Zelenskyy Strong (FL)Ailsa Morrison121Jorge Delgado12/1
44Turbo (FL)Edgard J. Zayas121Juan Alvarado3/1
55Malcoms On the Run (FL)Jesus M. Rios118Kathleen O'Connell15/1
66Knox (FL)Sonny Leon121Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.8/1
77Awesome Strong (FL)Miguel Angel Vasquez121Jorge Delgado5/1
88Undalay (FL)Leonel Reyes121Ralph E. Nicks12/1
99Cajun Hope (FL)Marcos Meneses121Michael Yates10/1
1010This Run's for You (FL)Edgar Perez121Kathleen O'Connell2/1
This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.