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February 23, 2009 · By · Share

Gulfstream Park Notes
courtesy of Sportshorseracing.com

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will send two 3-year-olds into stakes action next weekend at Gulfstream Park.

Shadwell Stables Taqarub heads into Saturdays $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and West Point Thoroughbreds and partners filly Justwhistledixie is set to run in Sundays $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). The two companion events will be run at one mile.

Taqarub, a 3-for-3 son of Aldebaran, worked Saturday at Palm Meadows, going a bullet half-mile in 47 flat as he prepares for his first race over a track other than Aqueduct. He won the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes in his last start there Jan. 19.

Justwhistledixie, a daughter of Dixie Union, has won three straight, including the Ruthless Stakes and an overnight stakes at Aqueduct. She drilled a half-mile Sunday morning in 48 2/5 at Palm Meadows.

Both the colt and the filly have had plenty of time to acclimate to the South Florida winter. McLaughlin, a former assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, says his operation always prepares to ship into and out of any climate.

The good thing about our team in New York is we always keep the stalls heated, blankets on them and we don't let them grow thick winter coats, said McLaughlin. They're ready to go anywhere we need them to go.

Justwhistledixie has been quick in her sprint races and will be stretching out to a mile for the first time in the Davona Dale. McLaughlin indicated a change could be coming in her running style when she teams with Alan Garcia next Sunday.

She was quick because that's what we needed her to be at that point, he said. We used to have to really rub on her to get her to go from the gate and she eventually came around. Now she's out there with just mild urging and its better. She should be close to the pace, but I think shell be able to sit a little going a mile.

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