DARRS Inc.'s Extravagant Kid, a Grade 1 stakes-placed veteran who captured the Sunshine Millions Sprint with authority Jan. 18, is among the most significant names on the list of 15 nominations for the $100,000 World of Trouble Sprint (G3) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
The World of Trouble Sprint, a six-furlong dash for 4-year-olds and up formerly known as the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship, will headline a program that will also include the $100,000 Hutcheson and the $75,000 Any Limit.
Trained by Brendan Walsh, Extravagant Kid has demonstrated impressive versatility, performing at a high level on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces throughout his 40-race career, during which he has finished first or second in 24 starts. The 7-year-old Florida-bred gelding has won back-to-back starts on the main track during the Championship Meet, capturing the Dec. 28 Janus, a five-furlong dash that was taken off the turf, and the Sunshine Millions Sprint, a six-furlong stakes in which he drew off to a 2 ¼-length victory after pressing the pace into the stretch.
Extravagant Kid previously finished second in the Kennedy Road (G2) at Woodbine on a synthetic surface and, earlier in the year, placed second in the Highlander (G1) on turf at Woodbine.
Gary and Mary West's Lasting Legacy is also a strong prospect for the World of Trouble for trainer Jason Servis. The 6-year-old son of Tapizar captured the Mr. Prospector at Monmouth Park in September before rallying late to finish second behind Diamond Oops in the Mr. Prospector (G3) at Gulfstream in December. Servis is also represented on the nominations list by Joseph Besecker's Admiral Lynch, Michael Dubb's Chateau and Main Line Racing Stable's Wentz.
Chiefswood Stables Limited's Yorkton, a graded-stakes winner on turf and synthetic at Woodbine; Tracy Pinchin's Jackson, a multiple-stakes winner who finished a very wide third behind Extravagant Kid in the Sunshine Millions Sprint; Imaginary Stables and Glenn Ellis' Royal Squeeze, a multiple-stakes winner who faltered late to finish fifth in the Sunshine Millions Sprint; and Courtlandt Farm's Strike Power, the runner-up finisher in last season's Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream; are also prominent prospects.
Jacks or Better Farm's Shivaree, the runner-up in the Feb. 1 Swale (G3) at Gulfstream, is a noteworthy name on the list of 16 nominations for the Hutcheson Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds. The homebred son of Awesome of Course had won his three previous starts, including stakes triumphs in the Buffalo Man and Limehouse at six furlongs. Trained by Ralph Nicks, Shivaree chased the pace between horses in the seven-furlong Swale and held gamely to finish second.
Stonehedge LLC's Smash Factor, an impressive optional claiming allowance winner at Gulfstream last time out, has also been nominated to the Hutcheson. The Michael Yates-trained son of Khozan began his career with a victory over Chance It in June before returning to action nearly three months later to finish second behind Chance It in the $400,000 In Reality, the final of the Florida Sire Stakes series.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing is represented by Ournationonparade and Double Crown, both trained by Kathy Ritvo. Ournationonparade captured the Maryland Million Nursery at Laurel Park in October after finishing a close second behind Double Crown in their respective debuts.
Trainer Ian Wilkes nominated Lothenbach Stables LLC's Violent City, as well as Letmeno, who is owned by Randall Block and Six Column Stables LLC. Violent City debuted at Gulfstream Jan. 11 with an impressive four-length victory. Letmeno finished fourth behind victorious Dennis' Moment in the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs in his 2-year-old finale after breaking his maiden and finishing second in the Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park.
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