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Aug 7
Saturday was Florida Sire Stakes Day at Gulfstream Park, but for Northwest Stud it could just as easily have been named Gone Astray Day. Three Rules, the stallion's sensational 2-year-old colt, annihilated his foes in the 35th running of the six-furlong, $200,000 Dr. Fager Stakes and set himself up to be the odds-on favorite for the next leg of the series, the seven-furlong Affirmed. With New York regular Cornelio Velasquez aboard the 3/5 favorite, Three Rules toyed with his eight rivals, drawing off in the stretch to score by seven widening lengths, clocked in an eye-catching 1:09.49. The winner's check of $120,000 increased his earnings for the season to $200,640 and made him Gone Astray's biggest winner. He's now 3-for-3, having previously won a maiden race and the $75,000 Birdonthewire Stakes, and he's taken the three by a combined total of 15 1/2 lengths . . . But Three Rules did not account for the only Northwest highlight on the 12-race program. In the second race, the $150,000 Three Ring Stakes, the 3-year-old Gone Astray filly Shakakan finished a solid fourth and earned a check for $9,000. Five races later, the 2-year-old filly Savanna's Smile broke her maiden in her second start, winning by three-quarters of a length, also under Velasquez. She became Gone Astray's 29th winner of 2016 and collected $12,800 for the effort . . . Gone Astray's success stretched all the way to Monmouth Park, where Natalie La Rose boosted her record to 4-0-1 in eight starts with a 2 1/4-length victory in 1:11.22 for the six furlongs. The 3-year-old filly who didn't start at two added $9,519 to her bank account and now has a total of $53,049 . . . Three days earlier, Gone Princess, bred by Northwest Stud, broke her maiden racing a flat mile at Camarero in Puerto Rico, taking the lead entering the stretch and scoring by 4 1/4 lengths as the 2-1 third choice . . . After the smoke had cleared, Gone Astray's progeny earnings for the year jumped to $1,124,500; he's Florida's second-leading second-crop sire and is eighth on the state's general sire list . . . Northwest's Saturday success was not limited to Gone Astray. In the $200,000 Desert Vixen division of the Florida Sire Stakes, U S Diva, in just her second start, made a monster late run to finish third, a little more than a length from the leaders. The United States filly, also bred by Northwest Stud, had broken her maiden on July 2 (the same day Three Rules won the Birdonthewire) by nearly two lengths, yet was sent off at 30-1 and paid $10.20 to show. The $22,000 check for third boosted her earnings to $64,000 and she's likely to be a bigger threat in the upcoming Susan's Girl at seven furlongs.