A field of seven Florida-breds, 3-years-old and older, will take center stage at Gulfstream Park Friday in the sixth race, a first condition, $20,000 optional claiming going five-and-a-half furlongs on the turf.

Two 3-year-olds by Bucchero are coming out of victories in their career debuts and will likely get plenty of attention in Gran Chanito Stable LLC’s Boomchero and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rhum Saint Esprit.

Boomchero was a length-and-a-quarter winner on April 13 against $50,000 maiden optional claimers after overcoming trouble early. Ridden by Jesus Rios, he hit the gate at the start of the five-furlong synthetic contest but recovered to settle in a joint second on the rail. Rios remained patient with a ground-saving trip around the turn then tipped out Boomchero at the top of the stretch to get the lead inside the final furlong and win convincingly.

Bred by Golden Legacy Stable LLC, the bay colt is out of Something Casual, by Unbridled’s Song, and twice passed through the auction ring at Ocala Breeders’ Sales. He sold to Arga Racing Stable for $9,000 at the 2022 Winter Mixed Sale when consigned by Kaizen Sales but did not meet his reserve the following year in the OBS June Sale.

Trainer Ronald Coy has again assigned Jesus Rios to ride Boomchero and they will break from post four.

Rhum Saint Espirit battled with rival Eastbostonbenny throughout much of the five furlongs on synthetic in his first race before wearing down his foe to win by a neck under Jose Ortiz. 

Out of Beleiveittobeaver, by Yes It’s True, Rhum Saint Esprit was bred by Paul M. Sharp, who sold him to his current owners for $36,000 at last year’s OBS June Sale.

He is trained by David Fawkes and will be ridden from post seven by Miguel Vasquez.

Completing the field are Adios Cole and rider Cipriano Gil, Paynted Blue with jockey Edgard Zayas, Takecareofbusiness will be carry Emisael Jaramillo, Heals the Soul will have Edwin Gonzalez aboard, and English Bob with Jose Morelos in the irons.

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