Mutual Trust (pink cap) winning the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in JulyPICTURE: scoopdyga.com
Mutual Trust makes US debut against Flat Out
Preview: USA, Saturday 9.45pm GMT
Gulfstream Park: Fort Lauderdale Stakes (Grade 3) 1m½f, turf, 4yo+
FRENCH Group 1 winner Mutual Trust (Bill Mott/Jose Lezcano) makes his US debut on Saturday as part of a star-studded line-up for Gulfstream Park's Fort Lauderdale Stakes.
The four-year-old was unbeaten in four starts, culminating in the Prix Jean Prat, before a disappointing effort on softish ground behind Immortal Verse in the Jacques le Marois.
Transferred from Andre Fabre's stable to Juddmonte's US trainer Bill Mott, Mutual Trust contracted a virus on arrival in the States in September last year but has been working steadily in Florida for a couple of months.
Mutual Trust, who has never raced beyond 1m, will have Lasix for the first time in the Fort Lauderdale, where rivals include Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out (Scooter Dickey/Alex Solis), sent off favourite before finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Flat Out us making his turf debut as a prep for next month's Donn Handicap. "We've thought about trying him on turf for some time," said Dickey. "We worked him on turf at Churchill last spring and he handled it just fine.
Teaks North (Justin Sallusto/Juan Leyva) has already won two Grade 1s on grass, including the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap at this venue 12 months ago.
Also on Saturday
Gulfstream Park: Hal's Hope Stakes (Grade 3) 1m, dirt, 4yo+ (9.17pm GMT)
Track specialist Soaring Empire (Cam Gambolati/Julien Leparoux), who beat a strong field in this race 12 months ago, tries to repeat the dose against another talented group on his first start since July.
Opponents include Breeders' Cup Sprint third Jackson Bend (Nick Zito/John Velazquez), a Grade 1 winner at Saratoga last summer, and Godolphin's Sangaree (Kiaran McLaughlin/Rajiv Maragh).
Santa Anita: San Fernando Stakes (Grade 2) 1m½f, dirt, 4yo (12.07am Sun GMT)
Prayer For Relief (Bob Baffert/Rafael Bejarano) made a habit of winning America's lesser provincial ‘Derbys' last term, taking the Iowa Derby, West Virginia Derby and Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.
He breaks from the rail as he concedes 5lb to rivals headed by last year's Sham Stakes winner Tapizar (Steve Asmussen/ Corey Nakatani).