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Jul 02, 2015

Work All Week returns in Smile Sprint Handicap


Hallandale Beach, FL ( - Champion sprinter Work All Week heads a field of nine for Sunday's $250,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Roger Brueggemann, Work All Week will start the six-furlong stakes from post 8 in the nine-horse field with Florent Geroux again riding. The 6- year-old gelding, bred and owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, will be making his first start in more than a month.

Work All Week bruised a foot in his 2015 debut effort on May 30 when finishing second to Alsvid in the Aristides at Churchill Downs. His two subsequent workouts has owner Richard Papiese encouraged.

"We hope it's an indication that he is going to run a big race this weekend, " Papiese said.

Work All Week posted a half-length upset victory over defending champion Secret Circle in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 1. The chestnut gelding has earned $1,377,171 with 12 wins in 16 lifetime starts.

Owned by Black Hawk Stable, Alsvid will break from post 4 with Chris Landeros in the saddle. The pair have combined for three straight wins coming into Sunday.

Alsvid, trained by Chris Hartman, won Oaklawn Park's Count Fleet Sprint on April 9 after claiming an allowance race at the Arkansas track on March 27. The 6-year-old gelding has won 13 of 30 career starts with seven seconds and three thirds for $994,225.

Here is the field for the Smile Sprint in post position order: Favorite Tale Edgard Zayas; Wildcat Red, Javier Castellano; City of Weston, Victor Espinoza; Alsvid, Chris Landeros; Grande Shores, Eddie Castro; Falling Sky, Edgar Prado; Singanothersong, Juan Leyva; Work All Week, Florent Geroux and Ledokol, Pedro Cotto Jr.

The Smile Sprint has an approximate post time of 5:43 p.m. ET.

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