Gulfstream Press Release
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jason Servis and jockey Paco Lopez teamed to capture both five-furlong turf stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Gulfstream Park, scoring with Blue Bahia in the $75,000 Captiva Island and Vision Perfect in the $75,000 Silks Run.
Blue Bahia, who captured the Dec. 2 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash at Gulfstream, bounced back from a troubled off-the-board trip in the Jan. 27 Ladies’ Turf Sprint under a ground-saving ride by Lopez. The 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir rated behind pacesetter Girls Know Best along the backstretch and around the turn. Morticia, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch after stalking the pacesetter, only to be challenged to her inside by Blue Bahia in deep stretch. The Servis trainee, the 2-1 second choice, prevailed by a three-quarters of a length. Morticia finished a half-length ahead of the Servis-trained Just Talkin.
Blue Bahia ran five furlongs over a firm turf course to capture the turf sprint for older fillies and mares in 55.68 seconds off fractions of 21.26 and 43.75.
“I had a perfect trip. I loved my position today. My filly likes to come from behind and she always tries. I was very lucky today,” Lopez said. “My filly didn’t stumble like she did the last time. The last time I got in perfect position and she stumbled very bad. Today I was very lucky. She’s a nice filly.”
Saturday’s victory was her fourth win and third stakes score in six starts since being claimed by Dennis A. Drazin for $25,000 last April.
Earlier on the card, Mr. Amore Stables’ Vision Perfect settled behind dueling favorites Pay Any Price and Bucchero before swinging outside at the top of the stretch and sprinting clear under a hand ride for a 4 ¾-length victory in the Silks Run.
Vision Perfect ($10.80) covered five furlongs on the turf course in 55.20 seconds. Defending champion Pay Any Price was second, three-quarters of a length in front of Grade 2 winner Bucchero.
It was the third career stakes win for Vision Perfect and the first since the 2015 Woodhaven at Aqueduct. The victory snapped a 10-race losing streak dating back to October 2016 for the 6-year-old son of Pollard’s Vision, most recently third in the five-furlong Janus Stakes Jan. 1 at Gulfstream.
Edgard Zayas sent Pay Any Price to the front flanked by Bucchero through an opening quarter-mile in 21 seconds. Vision Perfect, breaking from the rail, was eager along the inside until Lopez took back approaching the far turn, then shifted outside to take over the top spot after a half in 43.42. Once straightened for home, Vision Perfect opened up for his fifth career victory from 27 starts.
“Jason told me yesterday, ‘Paco, he has a lot of speed so you won’t be too far away,’” Lopez said. “Today, Pay Any Price broke on top and I didn’t want to make the lead. My horse rushed up there a little bit but I took a hold of him early and when I got him outside he just galloped. He’s a nice horse.”