VA-BRED A LITTLE WARM WINS GULFSTREAM STAKE

Edward P. Evans racing stable looks to be picking up in 2010 about where it left off in 2009 (sans the starting gate shenanigans). When Gulfstream Park opened on January 3rd, Virginia-bred Quality Road made a successful return to the races. One week later, Evans’ A Little Warm rallied from off the pace to capture Saturday’s $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes — the first major race of Gulfstream’s series for 3-year-olds.

The Virginia-bred Stormin Fever colt, with Jeremy Rose riding for trainer Anthony Dutrow, came around the leaders on the turn and drew clear in the final sixteenth, winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Wildcat Frankie was second and Westover Wildcat finished third while the favorite, Discreetly Mine, was fourth after a troubled start.

A Little Warm ran the 6 furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:10.25.

“He always showed ability,” Dutrow said. “But it took a couple of races before he put it all together. Then he really came around when he broke his maiden by 10 in his last start. I see no reason why he won’t go on.”

He said he will consider the 7-furlong Hutcheston Stakes at Gulfstream, which would give the colt a chance to race himself into Florida Derby consideration.