Friday, December 07, 2012


George Handy, Graydar and Rainbow 6 Carryover

The Lead: George Handy, who began his training career in 1946, found himself on familiar ground Thursday afternoon - the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park.

Handy, 89, saddled Barbara-Ann McDonnell's Secret Memory for a victory in Friday's second race, a $10,000 claiming event for fillies and mares. Despite encountering traffic problems in the stretch, Secret Memory got up under jockey Hugo Sanchez to win by a neck.

"She had a little trouble, but the jock used good judgment," said Handy, who's won with six of the last 10 horses he's saddled. "(Sanchez) has been riding good for me...I hope it keeps going."

Handy, elected to the New England Turf Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2008, started his career after getting of the Navy. He trained at Lincoln Downs and Narragansett Park early in his career before spending his first winter in Florida in the early 1950s.

Handy won two races in the span of 90 minutes earlier this year at Calder.

Graydar Returns & Flirts With Track Record: Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Graydar, a 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song trained by Todd Pletcher, cruised to victory in Thursday's fourth race, coming within one-hundredth of a second of the track record at a mile distance on the main track.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Graydar covered the mile in 1:33.72, just missing the track record set by Commentator in 2008. Graydar took the lead from Tiz Yankee midway around the turn and cruised to a 4 1/4-length victory.

Full Field For South Beach: The eighth running of Sunday's $100,000 South Beach, to be contested over 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, drew a field of 14 Thursday including the remarkable multiple-stakes winner Romacaca, last winter's Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf winner Hooh Why and the stakes placed Chokurei.

Gulfstream's nine race program drew a total of 115 entries.

Carryover: Rainbow 6 - $7,002

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