• The week’s highest Beyer speed figure in North America
102 Flying Scotsman
Gulfstream Park (Feb 13): allowance optional claimer $53,000, 1m, turf, 4yo+
Trainer: Jack Sisterson
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Owner: Calumet Farm
Pedigree: 5 ch r English Channel – Padmore (French Deputy)
So much for all that high-falutin’ graded-stakes action way down yonder in New Orleans over the weekend – not for the first time, the week’s highest Beyer speed figure came in rather less exalted company as Flying Scotsman went virtually wire-to-wire in a minor optional claimer on the Florida turf.
These were optimal conditions for a peak effort on the clock as the five-year-old ridgling won the race for the early lead and went all the way in a small-field event. Carrying the Calumet silks and prepared by their private trainer Jack Sisterson, he drew away under a drive to score by 3½ lengths from Ever Dangerous for a Beyer of 102.
Although Flying Scotsman was once quite highly regarded, you have to go back a long way to remember precisely why. Although he won a G3 on the turf at Del Mar as a two-year-old, a Listed victory at Fair Grounds at the end of the subsequent season was his sole triumph since – and even that was handed to him via DQ. Maybe that’s why he was 16-1 in a six-runner field.
This low-level contest was also notable for the reappearance of Structor for the first time since he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2019 at Santa Anita. Less notable was the four-year-old’s comeback effort as the favourite came up empty in the stretch and finished fifth.
Other figures last weekend included three digits from Just Might with a 101 in a black-type sprint at Fair Grounds, where Maxfield hit 99 in the Mineshaft and Kentucky Derby contender Mandaloun got a 98 in the Risen Star.
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