Moshe Mark's Cautious Giant will seek to continue his triumphant return to Gulfstream Park Sunday when the son of Giant's Causeway takes on seven rivals in the $75,000 Opening Lead, a six-furlong sprint for older horses.
The Opening Lead will be one of four stakes scheduled during the three-day Memorial Day Weekend that will be kicked off Saturday with the running of the $75,000 Ana T. Stakes, a key prep for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), a Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' stakes on the June 29 Summit of Speed program, as well as the popular 'Burgers+Beers+Bets' event.
Cautious Giant, long a fan-favorite for his consistency, has won back-to-back starts since making a return to trainer Victor Barboza Jr. at Gulfstream following a three race stint in Kieron Magee's stable at Laurel Park.
The 8-year-old gelding, who has finished in the money in 12 of 13 career starts at Gulfstream Park, held his own in Maryland with fourth-place stakes finishes in the Fire Plug and Dave's Friend before checking in third in a starter handicap in his final Laurel start.
The veteran campaigner, who has earned more than $500,000 during his career and was graded-stakes placed in several Santa Anita races, reacquainted himself with Gulfstream April 14 with a victory while dropping into a $35,000 claiming race and came right back to post a 100 Beyer Speed Figure in an optional claiming allowance victory May 17.
“Has very impressive in his last race,” Barboza said. “We made the decision to run in this race with just nine days. He doing really, really good.”
Cautious Giant's confidence level should be up when he returns to stakes competition Sunday at Gulfstream, where he has won multiple stakes, including the 2017 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit.
Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount.
Also a fan favorite, owner/trainer Brett McLellan's Harryhee figures to receive considerable support at the windows Sunday.
Claimed for $6,250 in February 2017, the speedy son of Hello Broadway has finished in the money in 23 or 31 starts for McLellan. Harryhee most recently has two wins, including a victory in the Trust Buster starter stakes, and two second-place finishes in his last four starts.
Luca Panici has the mount.
Sweetontheladies, Fast Pass, Shoshone Brave, Colormepompom, Star Juancho, and War Giant round out the field.
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