HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Cathryn Sophia will go postward the heavy favorite in Saturday's Grade 2 Davona Dale, and she'll do so with a new rider, Javier Castellano.
Joel Rosario rode Cathryn Sophia to her easy victory in the Grade 2 Forward Gal here last month and was scheduled to have the mount again in the one-mile Davona Dale. But trainer John Servis had to reach out for Castellano after Rosario suffered a broken right wrist as a result of a nasty spill in Saturday's Melody of Colors Stakes.
"Unfortunately it's part of the life of being a jockey," said Servis, who trains Cathryn Sophia. "And as a trainer, it's certainly not what you hope for coming into a race like this, but what are you going to do? Joel got to know her well in her last race, got her to settle nicely behind horses. Fortunately for us, a rider like Javier was available, and we'll just let him go out there and do his thing on Saturday."
Cathryn Sophia will break from post 5 in a field of seven entered Wednesday for the Davona Dale, which also includes stakes winner Lewis Bay and R Girls a Charmer, the undefeated Dearest, Rontos Lily, Thrilled, and Bagema.
Prado to ride Divisidero
Servis wasn't the only trainer of a major stakes contender searching for a new rider this weekend as a result of the mishap in the Melody of Colors. Buff Bradley found himself in the same boat with Divisidero in the Canadian Turf after his regular jockey, Rafael Hernandez, suffered multiple injuries in the incident that will keep him sidelined indefinitely. Bradley wasted little time reaching out for Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado to ride Divisidero, a Grade 2 winner who has not started since finishing seventh last summer in the Belmont Derby.
"We went with Edgar because he's a Hall of Fame rider, and he's ridden plenty of big races and top horses," said Bradley. "He knows the turf pretty well, and we thought he'd be the most beneficial to get on him. He hasn't gotten on him for any of his workouts, but he's going to watch all his races. Edgar will see how he likes to run, and he'll make the decisions once he's on him."
Divisidero will begin from post 2 in a field of nine set for the Canadian Turf. The remainder of the lineup, from the rail out, consists of Tower of Texas, Long On Value, Notacatbutallama, Quality Bird, Fredericksburg, Avanzare, likely favorite Heart to Heart, and Passion for Action.
X Y Jet heads Sprint
The imposing presence of X Y Jet held the field for the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint to just eight starters. X Y Jet is using the Sprint as a stepping-stone to the Dubai Golden Shaheen on March 26. His opposition comprises Candip, Grand Bili, Brothersofthetime, Ready for Rye, Griff, Trouble Kid, and Viva Majorca.
Saturday's 13-race program kicks off at noon Eastern and will begin with a bang as the five-furlong Texas Glitter has been carded as the opening event on a stakes-filled day of racing. The Texas Glitter lured nine 3-year-olds, among them Manhattan Dan, who set the pace through mid-stretch in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and Noholdingback Bear, who'll make his turf bow after finishing second in the Grade 3 Hutcheson and fourth in the Grade 2 Swale here earlier this winter.
Cathryn Sophia was one of two significant mounts Rosario had to forfeit Saturday as a result of his injury, along with Awesome Speed in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. Irad Ortiz Jr. will replace Rosario on Awesome Speed as well as on Economic Model the following week in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.
"Right now we're assuming he should be out about four to five weeks," said Rosario's agent, Ron Anderson. "The surgery went well, it was a standard break, a clean break, and there weren't any complications. He should be back in time to get into the Derby mix, when there are usually all kinds of things going on with the different riders and the 3-year-old mounts."
* Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Mongolian Saturday breezed an easy three furlongs in 35.17 here on Thursday, his first work since his fifth-place finish in the Hong Kong Sprint on Dec. 13. Mongolian Saturday, who outlasted Lady Shipman by a neck to win the Turf Sprint, was sent to the farm for a brief freshening shortly after returning to south Florida from Hong Kong and is being pointed for the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint on the Dubai World Cup card on March 26.