Stanford aims for rich Gulfstream compensation
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Gulfstream Park: Poseidon Hcap (ungraded) | 1m1f | dirt | 4yo+
Trainer Todd Pletcher holds a strong hand in the Poseidon Stakes, which provides the $400,000 highlight of the Pegasus World Cup undercard.
Ineligible for Graded status in its first year, this is a newly minted consolation race aimed at those who paid the $1m fee to enter horses for the Pegasus. Leading contenders Stanford and Madefromlucky will move into the main event in the event of their 'entrymate' being scratched.
Topweight Stanford (Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez), who landed the $1m Charles Town Classic last April, is partly owned by the Coolmore team, who came to a deal with Arrogate's owners Juddmonte to enable the Breeders' Cup winner to run in the Pegasus.
They retain their Poseidon spot, however, and Stanford looks a major player after returning from a six-month layoff to beat Pegasus contender Keen Ice by three lengths at this venue last month in a Grade 3.
Pletcher-trained stable companion Madefromlucky (Javier Castellano), who moves into the Pegasus if California Chrome is a non-runner, was fourth in the same race. Others to note include last year's Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine (Dale Romans/Corey Lanerie) and Imperative (Robert Hess/Antonio Gallardo), who won the Charles Town Classic a couple of years ago.