The $100,000 Ginger Punch Stakes is set as Race 8 on Gulfstream Park’s June 6 card. The race for Florida-bred, three-year-old and upward fillies and mares will cover 1 1/16 miles.
The field is set to include names like Midnight Soiree, Bellera, and Kelsey’s Cross.
Here is a look at the field for the Ginger Punch Stakes.
Midnight Soiree and Bellera
Midnight Soiree is a bay daughter of Include, a Grade 1-winning Maryland-bred millionaire. She has failed to win in her last 10 starts, and her last victory came back in July 2018 in the one-mile Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream.
The filly is looking to change that in the Ginger Punch. She has four seconds and two thirds, which include a runner-up effort in last year’s edition of the Ginger Punch. That race was rained off the turf, and she also has one second and a third in her only two races on an off track.
Midnight Soiree will make her return to grass in the Ginger Punch. Her two starts this year were on Gulfstream’s main track.
On April 3, she finished second in an optional claiming allowance, which was her first race in six months.
On April 30, she went the same distance and finished third.
Midnight Soiree has $200,000 in earnings with 11 on-the-board finishes coming from her 17 career starts.
Her record is 5-2-3-1 against other state-breds.
She will break from post 2 under jockey Paco Lopez.
Mathis Stable, Madaket Stables, and Doheny Racing Stable’s Grade 3 – winning Bellera is coming off a four-month break. The 4-year-old finished third in Gulfstream’s seven-furlong Musical Romance on May 16.
She won the Comely (G3) to finish out 2019 and the Ladies Handicap to start 2020. Both of those races covered 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Aqueduct.
Bellera has yet to run on grass, and she will break from post 6 under jockey Edgard Zayas.
Kelsey’s Cross and Others
Kelsey's Cross is a Grade 2 dirt winner, and she is looking for her first stakes victory. The filly placed four times, two of which came in graded company in the Wonder Again (G3) last summer at Belmont and the Hillsborough (G2) March 7 in Tampa.
The filly finished third in the one-mile Martha Washington at Gulfstream and the 1 3/16-mile Saratoga Oaks last summer.
It will be the second time that Kesley’s Cross has gone up against Florida-breds.
She will break from post 3 under Luca Panici.
The rest of the field includes Sharp Sisam and Our Dear Peggy winner Onyx; multiple stakes winners Starship Bonita and Picara; Miss Gracie winner Raki; Crown and Sugar, Tampa turf stakes winner; and Una Luna, Bienville Street, Hotty Toddy, Lady Panda, and Red Curls to close it out.
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