A pair of thoroughbreds who scored big at Gulfstream Park a year ago — Lochte and Lea — return to the scene of their triumphs Saturday in a bid to get back on track.
Lea, who won the Grade I Donn Handicap last February before an illness wiped out the rest of his 2014 campaign, is scheduled to go in the $150,000 Hal’s Hope.
The now 6-year-old Lea won the same race last January before going on to score an upset over 2013 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge in the Donn. But Lea did not race again after that because of illness. Bill Mott, his Hall of Fame trainer, said Lea is back to good health now.
As for Lochte, the 5-year-old is set to go in the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap, a Grade II event on the turf.
Lochte has four wins and a pair of seconds to show for his past six races over the Gulfstream turf course. Most notable of those was his 21/2-length victory at 39-1 odds in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap last February. But since then Lochte has won once in nine races.
Also on Saturday’s card: the $150,000 Marshua’s River Handicap for fillies and mares on the turf.