Multiple Grade 1 stakes-winners Heart to Heart and Divisidero top a list of 17 nominations for the $100,000 Grade 3 Tropical Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 12.
The Tropical Turf, a mile turf stakes for 4-year-olds and up, will be accompanied by the $150,000 G3 Marshua's River Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for older fillies and mares, on the Jan. 12 program.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart, who captured last year's G1 Gulfstream Park Turf, has won five stakes in seven starts over the Gulfstream turf course in recent years. The 8-year-old son of English Channel followed his win in the Gulfstream Turf with a triumph in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland.
Trained by Brian Lynch, Heart to Heart has won 15 of 38 career starts and has won graded stakes races at Saratoga, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park and Monmouth Park, as well multiple graded stakes at Gulfstream and Keeneland.
“We're looking forward to next weekend,” Lynch said. “He looks fantastic and he's training great into it and I'm excited about running him next Saturday.”
Divisidero, who captured his career debut at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 7, 2015, won back-to-back editions of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in 2016 and 2017. Gunpowder Farm and Brereton Jones' 7-year-old son of Kitten's Joy, who is trained by Kelly Rubley, was beaten by less than a length while finishing fourth in the Nov. 3 G1 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.
Graded-stakes winners Doctor Mounty, Hogy, Inspector Linley and Shakhimat are also nominated to the Tropical Turf.
The Marshua's River drew 21 nominations, including Team Valor International's Capla Temptress, who captured the G3 My Charmer Stakes at Gulfstream Park last time out. The Bill Mott-trained 4-year-old Irish-bred filly won the 2017 G1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.
Lynch confirmed Thursday that La Signare, who won the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont last year, is being pointed to the Marshua's River.
Lael Stables' Hawksmoor, a multiple graded-stakes winner in both Europe and the U.S., is also among the prominent names on the nominations list.
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