HALLANDALE BEACH, FL—Castleton Lyons’ El Terreno demonstrated raw star potential Friday at Gulfstream Park, where the 2-year-old daughter of Speightstown captured a entry-level, $75,000 optional claiming by four-and-a-quarter lengths under wraps.

Coming off a sharp 11-length maiden special weight romp in her debut on Oct. 25 over Presque Isle Downs’ synthetic course, the 2-5 favorite jumped out of the starting gate to grab an early lead that she would extend to the finish of the five-furlong, off-the-turf sprint carded as the second race.

The Christophe Clement-trained El Terreno ran five furlongs in :55.67 under Irad Ortiz Jr. in the dash that had been scheduled to be run on turf.

“She was very impressive. She did everything on her own. She broke out of there. I didn’t have to ask her. She was quick and then she relaxed,” Ortiz said. “Turning home, I just motioned to her and showed her the stick one time and she finished on her own.”

Tracy Farmer’s Time to Dazzle lived up to her name in the seventh race, a entry level, $75,000 optional claiming for 2-year-old fillies moved from turf to the all-weather course.

The Mark Casse-trained daughter of Not This Time grabbed an uncontested early lead and was never threatened thereafter, scoring by two-and-a-half lengths under Joe Bravo. Time To Dazzle had won at first asking at Woodbine at a mile on turf before finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Jessamine won by Buchu at Keeneland on Oct. 6.

The even-money favorite ran a mile on synthetic in 1:40.13.


Juliet’s Rose Runs Back to Sharp Debut Win in Friday Feature

Sienna Farm LLC’s Juliet’s Rose ran back to her recent sharp debut in Friday’s ninth race feature at Gulfstream Park.

Juliet’s Rose, who graduated by nearly five lengths going-away on Nov.5, went to the lead under Leonel Reyes in the first condition, $25,000 optional claiming allowance for older fillies and mares and continued on to win by eight-and-three-quarter lengths.

Juliet’s Rose paid $5.40 to win.

“She ran well. She’s got a great pedigree and a great ownership group that was patient enough to let her come around later in life,” trainer Ralph Nicks said.

The homebred 3-year-old daughter of Bolt d’Oro ran six furlongs in 1:10 22.

“She has the pedigree to run on down the racetrack, which I hope ends up at some point,” Nicks said.


Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Gross Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $225,000          

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $225,000 Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved Friday for the seventh racing day following a mandatory payout that yielded multiple $50,999 payoffs.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span race five through 11, anchored by the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Handicap in the race 11.

Who’s Hot: Trainer Juan Alvardo won back-to-back for Arindel with Kiki ($5.20) in Race 3 and Jigsaw ($5.20) in Race 4.

Defending Championship Meet titlist Irad Ortiz Jr. tripled scoring aboard El Terreno ($2.80) in Race 2, Therapist ($4) in Race 5 and Most Wanted Man $5.40) in Race 6.

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