As Fully Loaded was opening up a big lead at the top of the stretch in the sixth race at Gulfstream Park yesterday, track announcer Pete Aiello chimed in with, "Fully Loaded appears just that." As the unbeaten 2-year-old son of Two Step Salsa neared the wire, Aiello added, "Fully Loaded, like a good thing."
The "good thing," bred by Get Away Farm, was 7 1/2 lengths in front under Edgard Zayas at the end of 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.12, and the publicity staff at Gulfstream immediately got busy touting him as the early favorite for the $100,000 Dr. Fager, first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series for colts and geldings set for Aug. 4.
Fully Loaded shot to the lead out of the gate from the No.1 post, steadily increased his margin on the turn, and closed it out with a powerful stretch run, earning a check for $28,900. Coupled with his maiden score a month earlier for trainer Jose Pinchin, the colt has collected a total of $71,900. Pinchin is no stranger to the Sire Stakes, having taken all three legs of the series with Three Rules two years ago.