Bellavais among 20 Noms for Feb. 9 Suwannee River (G3)

Bellavais among 20 Noms for Feb. 9 Suwannee River (G3)

Bellavais among 20 Noms for Feb. 9 Suwannee River (G3)

Bortolazzo Stable LLC’s Bellavais, who captured the Jan. 12 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park, is among 20 nominations for the $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit, stalked the early pace in the Marshua’s River, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, before drawing away to a 3 1/2-length victory.

Graded-stakes winners Holy Helena, Goodyearforroses and PrincesaCoqueta were also nominated for the Suwanee River, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The 72nd running of the Suwanee River will co-headline the Feb. 9 card with the $100,000 El Prado, a 7 1/2-furlong turf stakes for older horses that attracted 28 nominations.

Multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Heart to Heart is prominent among the nominees. The Brian Lynch-trained Heart to Heart finished third in his 2019 debut, overcoming a troubled start to finish third in the Tropical Turf (G3).

Graded-stakes winners Qurbaan and Hembree have also been nominated to the El Prado.

Edgard Zayas Hopeful for March Return

Jockey Edgard Zayas, who had surgery Dec. 31 to repair a broken femur in his right leg, visited the Gulfstream jockey’s room Thursday afternoon.

“One month and I’m walking,” Zayas said. “I feel good, everything is going well.”

Zayas, a leading jockey in South Florida since arriving from Puerto Rico is 2012, said he hopes to be riding by March.

Who’s Hot: Brothers Jose Ortiz and Irad Ortiz Jr. combined for seven victories on Thursday’s 11-race program.

Jose scored four straight wins, winning aboard Math Wizard ($5.80) in Race 4, Radiantrithym ($10.40) in Race 5, Souper Scat Daddy ($3.80) in Race 6 and Queen of Beas ($4) in Race 7.

Irad scored aboard Cocktail Skirt ($3.60) in Race 1, Glorious Mystery ($4.40) in Race 3, and Bella’s Game ($9.80) in Race 8.

Leading trainer Jorge Navarro saddled two winners: Be a Hero ($2.60) in Race 2 and Radiantrithym.

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