Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Will Showcase Curlin’s Approval out Front
The $100,000 Rampart Stakes is set for Saturday at Gulfstream, and Curlin’s Approval (5-2) is in a super good spot to take this at the wire over 6 rivals. She has sprinter-like speed in this 1-mile race and is the lone runner with such to get out front from the gate. Curlin’s Approval finished 4th in her recent race Oct. 22 in the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland. She’s since come back with a pair of super strong 4 furlong works at Gulfstream, where she has won three of her five races this year and overall.
When a runner like Curlin’s Approval is the lone legitimate speed in a race, it’s more dangerous as the other horses are forced to push to try to keep within range. That often takes them out of their game and comfort zone, with many others preferring to hang back.
Genre is the morning line favorite at 9-5 and this should be a two-horse race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the daughter of Bernardini has won 4 times in 7 starts this year while finishing in the money in all 7 races. Genre will likely be closest to Curlin’s Approval at the half-mile pole.
Eskenformoney (3-1) has 2 wins and 4 in the money finishes in four starts over the course, and while the cutback in distance may benefit the Pletcher-trained filly, she’s lacking the speed of the top choice to keep pace.
Screaming Skylar (6-1) has changed trainers from Miller out West to Navarro. She finished 2nd last time out Nov. 10 at Gulfstream West in allowance company and had a solid 4 furlong work to follow up. Still not up to top pair.
A big day of racing Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park also features the El Prado Stakes and Harlan’s Holiday Stakes. The $100,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) is for fillies and mares going 1 mile. Post time for the Race 5 Rampart is 2:00 ET.