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BC Runners Noted, Buttercream Babe Return at Gulfstream

Noted is back on grass after finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

Noted (gray) finishes second to Can Group in the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

Noted (gray) finishes second to Can Group in the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

Mathea Kelley

Two horses outrun on the Breeders' Cup Future Stars Friday program—Repole Stable's Noted and Three Diamonds Farm's Buttercream Babe—return to action in ungraded stakes company Dec. 9 at Gulfstream Park. Noted heads the $100,000 Pulpit Stakes for 2-year-olds at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, and Buttercream Babe competes earlier in the day in the $100,000 Wait a While Stakes, run over the same conditions for juvenile fillies. 

Though neither defeated a horse when racing at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3—Noted was last of nine in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) and Buttercream Babe trailed in the 14-horse Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T)—both figure to be major players with class drops and based on their prior form.

Noted, a gray/roan son of Cairo Prince  trained by Hall of Famer trainer Todd Pletcher, returns to turf, a surface on which he ran a close second, beaten a nose, in the Bourbon Stakes (G2T) at Keeneland Oct. 8. He is 2-2-0 in five starts.

"That was a tough beat," Pletcher said. "He just couldn't get his nose on the wire, but he ran great, so we're looking for him to bounce back with another good effort."

Pletcher said the Breeders' Cup on dirt "didn't work out."

"Now we'll head back to the grass and see what that does," he added. "He's run very well on the turf, and I'd have to say at this stage he's a little better on the grass, but we'll not rule out giving him another try on the dirt at some point."

Pletcher won last year's Pulpit with Ari Gold and in 2016 with Tapwrit .

Irad Ortiz Jr. rides.

A pair of other Bourbon starters—seventh-place Palm Tree and eighth-place Double Your Money are also in the 11-horse Pulpit Stakes, which goes as the last of 11 races.

Entries: Pulpit S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, December 9, 2023, Race 11

  • STK
  • 7 1/2f
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:02 PM (local)
11Prevent (FL)Luca Panici118Juan Alvarado15/1
22Liam's Journey (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez118Michael J. Maker9/2
33Double Your Money (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado118Brian A. Lynch6/1
44Reminder (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateEdgard J. Zayas118Jose Francisco D'Angelo12/1
55Palm Tree (KY)Luis Saez118Brendan P. Walsh3/1
66Summer Storm Stric (KY)Edgar Perez118Padarath Lutchman50/1
77General Ledger (FL)Edwin Gonzalez118Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.20/1
88Noted (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIrad Ortiz, Jr.120Todd A. Pletcher9/5
99Ship to Shore (NJ)Hector Rafael Diaz, Jr.118Eddie Owens, Jr30/1
1010Tocayo (MD)Jorge Ruiz120Rodolfo Sanchez-Salomon20/1
1111Okiro (KY)Leonel Reyes118Jose Garoffalo15/1

Poor Trip Costly for 'Babe in Breeders' Cup

Buttercream Babe, a Mike Maker-conditioned Twirling Candy  filly, hit the board in her first three starts, including when second in the Surfer Girl Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 8.

Speaking of the Breeders' Cup, when Buttercream Babe broke from the rail, assistant trainer Nolan Ramsey said: "It was a tough draw and not an ideal break. She got pretty much crushed going into the first turn. I'd liked to have seen her pick up her feet a little bit more coming down the lane, but when all is said and done, it probably wouldn't have made a difference."

Buttercream Babe has since been training with Maker's division in Kentucky. 

She faces nine rivals in the Wait a While, the sixth race. Great Venezuela and Ozara are two other favorites.

Qatar Racing's Milliat makes her United States debut for trainer Jack Sisterson after the Irish-bred daughter of Kodiac won her debut in a seven-furlong maiden race on a synthetic track at Dundalk in Ireland Sept. 29.

"She's a really nice filly. We were second in the race last year with Malleymoo. We kind of know the types that can handle American racing," Sisterson said. "They have to have a good mind and a bit of speed, and she has all the above and more."

Entries: Wait a While S.

Gulfstream Park, Saturday, December 9, 2023, Race 6

  • STK
  • 7 1/2f
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 2:34 PM (local)
11Cairo Street (KY)John R. Velazquez118Ian R. Wilkes5/1
22Done Enough (KY)Paco Lopez118Julie Stormfelt20/1
33Madame Mischief (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMiguel Angel Vasquez118Jorge Delgado12/1
44Good Bright Flames (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateIvan Pimentel, Jr.118Padarath Lutchman30/1
55Great Venezuela (FL)Leonel Reyes120Victor Barboza, Jr.8/1
66Milliat (IRE)Luis Saez118Jack Sisterson8/1
77Ozara (IRE)Irad Ortiz, Jr.118Christophe Clement8/5
88Mist (FL)Junior Alvarado118Juan Alvarado30/1
99Beach Cruiser (NY)Edgard J. Zayas118Christophe Clement8/1
1010Buttercream Babe (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateHector Rafael Diaz, Jr.118Michael J. Maker4/1