Extravagant Kid will attempt to retain his crown in Saturday’s $75,000 Sunshine Sprint at Gulfstream Park where he’s set to face eight rivals.
The eight-year-old Extravagant Kid has established himself as one of the most accomplished turf sprinters in the United States the past few years and trainer Brendan Walsh will be hoping to see that he retains all that ability come Saturday in his second start of 2021.
The Sunshine Sprint, a six-furlong dash for four-year-olds and up, has been on the radar for some time. A year ago, Extravagant Kid had just under three-lengths in hand on the field when taking out the prize.
Claimed for $75,000 in early 2017 by owner David Ross, Extravagant Kid has served current connections superbly well with Walsh suggesting consistency has been key.
“He’s been a fantastic horse right from when we got him. He hasn’t put a foot wrong at any point. His consistency speaks for itself. He was a great claim for Mr Ross,” Walsh said.
“I was just looking at his form. It’s unbelievable. He very, very rarely doesn’t run up to par. I think there’s only one or two days where we leave disappointed. He’s been right there.”
That consistency was in evidence towards the back of his 2020 campaign as Extravagant Kid posted runner-up finishes in Grade 2 races via the Twin Spires Turf at Churchill Downs and the Woodford at Keeneland before coming home fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), where he was just a length behind the winner Glass Slippers.
On New Year’s Day he played second fiddle to Imprimis in the five-furlong Janus at Gulfstream. He had won that same race a year earlier but was forced to overcome traffic problems this time around in taking second spot.
Despite that, his trainer feels the prep run was essentially a good marker for Saturday’s Sunshine Sprint.
“He won this race last year off a sharp race after winning the Janus, which we were just punched off in New Year’s Day. I know we got beat in the Janus, but we weren’t beaten that far. I hope we can follow up this year,” Walsh said.
“The horse seems to have come out of the race good. He’s a horse that when he’s doing well, you run him, and he won’t let you down.”
Tyler Gaffalione was on board for last year’s win in the Sunshine and is set to be in the plate once more on Saturday.
Souper Stonehenge, second in the Grade 2 Kennedy Road last time out, joins the likes of filly Heiressall as well as Legal Deal, Jackson and With Verve – who finished one-two-three in the Sunshine Sprint Preview at Gulfstream Park West recently, amongst the opponents facing Extravagant Kid.