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Roaring Forties revved up and ready for Sunshine Turf Stakes

January 18, 2023

January 18, 2023 – Roaring Forties, a seven-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, is set to take on six rivals in the 1 1/16-mile $75,000 Sunshine Turf Stakes, Saturday at Gulfstream.

Trained by Woodbine-based Katerina Vassilieva, Roaring Forties has made each of his 23 career starts at the Toronto oval, compiling a 5-3-1 mark to go along with $234,889 (U.S.) in purse earnings.

Roaring Forties and jockey Declan Carroll winning the 6th race on September 5, 2022 at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo)

Bred in Florida by Stroud Lane Farm and owned by Borders Racing Stable Ltd., the chestnut gelding went 2-1-1 from seven starts in 2022. Three of his last four starts came in graded stakes events, including the curtain-closer on his campaign, the Grade 2 Kennedy Road on November 27 where he was sixth.

Roaring Forties posted a trio of 4-furlong works at Palm Meadows ahead of the Sunshine Turf, a race for Florida-breds, four-year-olds and up, including a :49.45 breeze over the grass on January 6.

“I was looking forward to bringing him here and had this race targeted from the beginning, because he is Florida- bred and loves the turf,” noted Vassilieva. “At Woodbine last season, we ran him in sprint races, but he’s won at 1 1/16 a couple of times earlier in his career. I think if he can get a good position early and just lope along comfortably, the distance shouldn’t be a problem for him. He’s always been a trier. We’re expecting a good effort from him.”

Shaun Bridgmohan gets the call.

FIELD FOR THE SUNSHINE TURF

Post – Horse – Jockey – Trainer

1 – Me and Mr. C – Joel Rosario – Michael Maker

2 – Lure Him In – Irad Ortiz, Jr. – Robert Hess

3 – Max K.O. – Edgard Zayas – Saffie Joseph, Jr.

4 – Braccio Di Ferro – Miguel Vasquez – Ernesto Ochoa

5 – Hot Blooded – Junior Alvarado – Carlos David

6 – Indy Lyon – Jose Ortiz – Shamir Maragh

7 – Roaring Forties – Katerina Vassilieva – Shaun Bridgmohan

Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms

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