BY GULFSTREAM PARK PRESS OFFICE
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Laurie Plesa and Glassman Racing LLC’s Time Passage is entered to seek her third straight stakes victory at Gulfstream Park Friday, when the daughter of Bridlewood Farm stallion Tunwoo is scheduled to meet six other 3-year-old fillies in the $65,000 Cellars Shiraz.
The Cellars Shiraz, a mile-and-a-sixteenth contest for sophomore fillies on the synthetic course, will co-headline Friday’s card with the $65,000 Our Dear Peggy, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for 2-year-old fillies also on the all-weather surface. Both stakes offer a $25,000 Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association bonus to a registered Florida-bred winner.
Time Passage has wasted no time in getting to the winner’s circle in her last three starts, all at a mile and 70 yards on Tapeta, going right to the front at the start on her way to front-running victories in an optional claiming allowance, the Sept. 9 Soaring Softly and Oct. 7 Miss Gracie. Leading rider Edgard Zayas has been aboard the Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained filly in all three victories.
The registered Florida-bred filly won the Soaring Softly by two-and-a-quarter lengths and the Miss Gracie by nearly three lengths after holding on to win a first level, $25,000 optional claiming on Aug. 20. Her three-race winning streak has coincided with a stretch-out around two turns on the all-weather surface.
“She shows up every time. She’s a sound horse and a very good-looking horse. Above it all, she can run,” said Plesa, who has saddled 2,489 winners during his career. “She puts it out there every time.”
Time Passage, out of Savingtime, by Kantharos, is a half-sister to Bill Mott-trained two-time 2021 Florida Sire Stakes winning Outfoxed, has drawn the outside post in the seven-horse field.
“She’s breaking from number seven but with seven horses I’m not concerned,” Plesa said. “She doesn’t have to have the lead. I’m not saying she won’t, but she doesn’t have to have it.”
Time Passage broke her maiden at five-and-a-half furlongs on dirt and scored an allowance win at five-and-a-half furlongs in her synthetic course debut, both while coming from just off the pace.
Time Passage was bred by Baoma Corp. and has five wins with two seconds while earning $263,045.
Two other Florida-breds in the Juan Alvarado-trained Coco and Flakes are among the top contenders in the Cellars Shiraz.
Arindel’s Coco will seek to rebound from a fourth-place finish as favorite in the Miss Gracie. BC Racing’s Flakes, who finished off-the-board in the Grade 3 Princess Rooney won by Three Witches on Oct. 7, is slated to make her synthetic debut Friday.
Full of Run Racing and Madaket Stable’s Batucada, Down Neck Stables’ On the Payroll, Delia Nash’s Writteninthestars, and Christopher Duncan’s To Thyself Be True, round out the field for the eighth race co-feature.
In the Our Dear Peggy, Arindel’s Florida-bred Kiss is slated to make her debut on the all-weather surface while seeking a breakthrough stakes victory following back-to-back runner-up finishes in the $90,000 Sharp Susan on Aug. 13 and in the $65,000 Hallandale Beach on Sept. 24.
Paco Lopez is scheduled to ride the daughter of Army Mule for the first time.
Edgard Zayas, who rode Kiss in her two recent stakes efforts, is scheduled to ride Magic Stables LLC and Cairoli Racing’s De Regreso, who is coming off a maiden-breaking victory. The Antonio Sano-trained daughter of Audible, who finished fifth in her Sept. 10 debut on dirt, dazzled with a three-and-a-half-length front-running victory while stretching out around two turns and moving to the all-weather course.
Bruno Schickedanz’s Bubbly Champagne also enters the Our Dear Peggy off a second-start maiden victory.
The Jose D’Angelo-trained daughter of Bee Jersey, who had finished a troubled third in her Aug. 23 debut, went right to the front in her Sept. 22 return at five-and-a-half furlongs on synthetic and drew off to win by six-and-a-half lengths.
D J Stable LLC’s Alcohol will be the only two-time winner in the Our Dear Peggy field.
The Joe Orseno-trained daughter of Vino Rosso graduated at second asking Sept. 8 before repeating in an Oct. 13 optional claiming allowance, both times at a mile-and-70-yards on synthetic.
Samy Camacho replaces Zayas for the Our Dear Peggy.
Stonehedge LLC’s Singing Sandra, Bourbon Ball Racing LLC’s Cat One, and Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s Dancing N Dixie round out the field.
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