HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Farsighted made a most promising 2021 debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park while registering a 4 ¼ -length victory in the $75,000 Any Limit.
The Any Limit, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, highlighted Saturday’s program, along with the $75,000 Hutcheson and the $75,000 Captiva Island.
Unraced since the Nov. 28 Golden Rod, in which she set the pace before tiring at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs, Farsighted was a force from start to finish in the Any Limit. The Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Bernardini stalked pacesetter and 6-5 favorite Boston Post Road, who set fractions of 22.68 and 46.08 seconds for the first half-mile. Farsighted made a strong move to the lead entering the stretch under Jose Ortiz and was never threatened thereafter to win her first stakes.
“Everything went great. I left it up to [jockey Jose Ortiz]. I didn’t know if she’d be that close, but she just outbroke the gate and he said he was there and went on,” Arnold said. “Her first three sprints were great. I tried her long, and it didn’t work. We gave her a little time and she came back very good.”
Before unsuccessfully stretching out in the Golden Rod, Farsighted finished a troubled fourth in her career debut at Churchill Sept. 4 before breaking her maiden at six furlongs and finishing second in the 6 ½-furlong Songbird at Keeneland.
Farsighted ($12.20) ran six furlongs in 1:10.95.
Any Limit Replay
“She broke really sharp. [Boston Post Road] wanted the lead, so I sat off it. I felt like I had a lot of horse the whole way,” Ortiz said after his third victory on Saturday’s card. “When she got to the quarter-pole, I asked her to go, and she responded.”
Shop Girl rallied to finish second, three quarters of a length ahead of Feeling Mischief. Boston Post Road faded to fourth a half-length farther back.
A Bit of Both (Coglianese Photos)
A Bit of Both Splashes to $75,000 Captiva Island Victory
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Darsan Inc., Bethlehem Stables and David Simon’s A Bit of Both came with a steady run down the center of the stretch to reel in 4-5 favorite Miss Auramet and post a half-length victory in and off-the-turf edition of the $75,000 Captiva Island for fillies and mares 4 and older.
Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Mike Maker, who earlier in the day teamed up to win a 1 1/16-mile turf claimer with 6-year-old Dream Friend, A Bit of Both ($8.80) ran five furlongs in 58.93 seconds over a sloppy and sealed main track to earn her fourth career stakes win.
Queen of Shades was sent to the lead from her rail post and ran the opening quarter of a mile in 22.48 seconds, pressed on her right by Miss Auramet, with Tracy Ann’s Legacy on the far outside, until Miss Auramet forged a short lead on the turn after a half in 45.90. A Bit of Both raced in fifth before being tipped wide by Ortiz approaching the stretch and maintaining a steady drive through the lane for her 10th lifetime win from 18 starts.
Miss Auramet was second, followed by Tracy Ann’s Legacy, Choose Joy, Nightlife, Compensate and Queen of Shades.
Captiva Island Replay
Gulfstream Park Press Release
Photo: Farsighted and A Bit of Both, (Coglianese Photos)