Friday, October 18, 2013


Gulfstream News & Notes - October 18


Starship Truffles Working on Trip to Breeders’ Cup
Trujillo Likely Out for 90 Days
Breakfast is Served at Gulfstream


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Starship Truffles is on track for a trip to Southern California to run in the $1 Million Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
The 4-year-old filly, who once raced for a $6,250 claiming price, is scheduled to work twice more at Gulfstream Park before heading to the West Coast Oct. 29.

Starship Truffles has won nine races since joining the stable of trainer Marty Wolfson 13 months ago. Purchased privately by Chasing Tails Stables before being transferred to Wolfson, the daughter of Ghostzapper won three races at Gulfstream last winter, including the $100,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper, before earning Grade 1 credentials with a victory in the $350,000 Princess Rooney in July.

Her broodmare value having skyrocketed with the Grade 1 victory, Starship Truffles subsequently sold at auction for $1 million to Castleton Lyons, for whom she has raced twice. She finished sixth in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga, beaten only five lengths after breaking slowly and being bumped at the start. In her most recent race, she finished third behind the Wolfson-trained My Pal Chrisy in the $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream on Sept. 21.

“She needed the race. She had just come back from Saratoga and I’d given her two weeks off,” Wolfson said. “She just needed that race, but I needed to run her once before we go.”

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has achieved a remarkable comeback this year after a seven-year retirement, has been contracted to ride Starship Truffles in the Filly & Mare Sprint.

After considering a possible trip to Southern California for My Pal Chrisy, Wolfson has opted to keep her in South Florida.

“I’m going to keep her here for the Distaff for Florida-breds,” said Wolfson, referring to the $150,000 Millions Distaff Preview at Gulfstream on Nov. 9.

The 5-year-old mare has won back-to-back $100,000 stakes at Gulfstream since being purchased privately by Miller Racing and turned over to Wolfson.

The Millions Distaff Preview is one of eight stakes with purses from $100,000 to $150,000 on the Sunshine Millions Preview Day card on Nov. 9.


Trujillo Likely Out for 90 Days

Jockey Elvis Trujillo is expected to be out of action at Gulfstream for 90 days, according to agent Cliff Collier.

The 30-year-old journeyman, who makes his home in nearby Hollywood, suffered a broken collarbone in a freak post-race spill last Sunday and will undergo surgery on Tuesday, said Collier.

Trujillo was unseated by Stars Collide stumbled suddenly after a third-place finish in the fifth race. Trujillo annually ranks among the top jockeys at Gulfstream.


Breakfast is Served at Gulfstream

The fan-favorite “Breakfast at Gulfstream” is set for a return on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Tiki Hut area 7-10 a.m.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be available for $8 (Children under 2 eat free). On Nov. 2, free coffee and danish will be served.

“Breakfast at Gulfstream” will continue each Saturday through the winter.

Special guests, including leading jockeys and trainers, will meet and greet with fans and answer questions each Saturday. Fans are invited to take advantage of a free tour of the barn area.

Sandy Bruno, former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Woody Stephens and currently assistant to Phil Gleaves, will return as host of the weekly proceedings.



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