Friday, December 20 2013
Gulfstream Today: 12.20
Shogun Samurai Makes Good First Impression, Contreras Return
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Kelly Breen has a 22-percent strike rate with his first-time starters, but there wasn’t much money coming in on Shogun Samurai, who drifted up to 15-1 when unveiled in Friday’s featured seventh race at Gulfstream. Favored in the 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies was 4-5 Lucky for You from the Todd Pletcher barn, and the $675,000 purchase Spring Blossom also attracted support at 5-1.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - December 20
Romans Readies 2-Year-Olds for Gulfstream Season
River Seven Seeks Pay Dirt in Sunday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday
Apriority Prepares For Mr. Prospector
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Friday December 20
• STEVENS HAS BROTHERLY LOVE FOR ROLE MODEL
• UNBEATEN BAKKEN INVADES FOR GRADE I MALIBU
• TALAMO STAYS PUT FOR MADAME CACTUS IN LA BREA
• THERE’S NO JET LAG FOR SIR BEAUFORT CONTENDER
Gulfstream Today 12.19
Duff One Ready for Stakes Again After Sharp Allowance Score
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Duff One is headed back to stakes company after drawing off to a two-length victory in Thursday’ s co-featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park.
Neck ‘n Neck Continues Comeback in Sunday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Neck ‘n Neck seemed poised to join Fort Larned among the handicap elite in 2013 after closing out his 3-year-old campaign with a convincing triumph in the Ack Ack Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs, one day before his trainer, Ian Wilkes, saddled his more established stablemate for a victory in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Miss Narcissist commands attention in redrawn East View
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The $100,000 East View Stakes will now be run on Sunday, December 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack after racing was cancelled this past Sunday due to inclement weather. The field, initially comprised of six fillies, gained two entrants, Skye Saratoga and G Note, when the race was redrawn.
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SUNDAY MARKS FINAL DAY OF RACING AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
AOTEAROA CUTS BACK IN $200,000 KING GLORIOUS STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 19, 2013)— Aotearoa will cut back in distance and return to a synthetic surface in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Barn Notes: Thursday, December 19
TRAINER TOM AMOSS KEEPING AN EYE ON THE SKIES IN ADVANCE OF SANTA SUPER SATURDAY AT FAIR GROUNDS
• Hall of Fame Trainer Lukas Enters Pair for Santa Super Saturday
• Santa Super Saturday Also Family Day at Fair Grounds
• Fair Grounds Jockey, Trainer Standings Through Sunday
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Thursday December 19
• NEW DATES, BEHOLDER HAVE MANDELLA OPTIMISTIC
• CASSIDY SEEKS MALIBU UPSET WITH HOLY LUTE
• ESPINOZA EXCUSES COLT’S ‘ROOKIE’ MISTAKE
Wednesday, December 18 2013
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - December 18
Bourbon Courage Set for Sunday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday
Strong Group of Maidens Kick off Thursday Card
Brown To Saddle Two in Saturday’s $100,000 Dania Beach (G3)
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Chad Brown will saddle two of the nine starters in Saturday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes (G3), a one-mile test for juveniles on the grass. Both colts, Pleuven and Request, are coming off significant breaks.
Damon Runyon (NYB) Quotes
Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1): "I thought the two turns would be right up his alley; pedigree-wise it's supposed to be up his alley, and it was. The pace slows down a little bit, he gets into a nice rhythm, and the only thing that concerned me was his preparation. We've had a lot of bad weather and he missed some training, but he was good enough to overcome that today."
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