Wednesday, May 03 2017


Kentucky Derby Update with Post Position Draw Quotes 5/3


CLASSIC EMPIRE MORNING-LINE DERBY FAVORITE;
GIRVIN MAKES INITIAL CHURCHILL DOWNS APPEARANCE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)
– John Oxley’s Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 when post positions were drawn Wednesday morning in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.

Prior to the draw during morning training, Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner Girvin galloped a mile at 6:30 in his first activity at Churchill Downs since arriving at the track Tuesday afternoon.





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Tuesday, May 02 2017


Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, May 2, 2017


THUNDER SNOW MAKES FIRST VISIT TO CHURCHILL DOWNS MAIN TRACK;
PARADISE WOODS 5-2 MORNING-LINE FAVORITE FOR KENTUCKY OAKS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)
– Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile.

Also making their initial appearances on the track were Monday arrivals Irish War Cry, Gormley and Royal Mo for the Derby and Oaks hopefuls Mopotism and Paradise Woods.





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Monday, May 01 2017


Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, May 1, 2017


ASMUSSEN TRIO, SONNETEER WORK TOWARD DERBY 143;
GORMLEY, ROYAL MO ARRIVE FROM CALIFORNIA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 1, 2017)
– Trainer Steve Asmussen’s three Kentucky Derby hopefuls turned in half-mile works Monday morning at Churchill Downs as did Sonneteer for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

The first Asmussen runner to work was Untrapped, who covered the four furlongs in :50.40. Next up for the Hall of Fame trainer was Lookin At Lee, who worked in :50.20. Both of those works were over a track labeled as “sloppy” following overnight rain.





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Royal Squeeze Returns a Winner in Jeblar


Carryovers Wednesday in Rainbow 6, Super Hi 5

HALLANDALE BEACH – Newtown Anner Stud’s Royal Squeeze, making his first start since September and first for trainer Ralph Nicks, drove down the stretch under jockey Tyler Gaffalione to win Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar at Gulfstream Park.

A 5-year-old son of Wildcat Heir who finished second in the 2014 In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes, Wildcat Heir covered the Jeblar’s seven furlongs in 1:22.10.





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Thursday, April 20 2017


Classic Rock Ready to Roll in Friday’s Roar Stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fully recovered from a virus that prevented him from running in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Feb. 12, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Classic Rock is ready to roll in Friday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music, who shipped to Santa Anita after winning back-to-back starts during the Championship Meet at Gulfstream, was expected to vie for favoritism in the seven-furlong San Vicente before coming down with a virus a week before the race.





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Friday, April 14 2017


Gulfstream Sets Record Championship Meet Handle of $867 Million


Highlights Include Arrogate Winning Inaugural Pegasus World Cup (G1)
Always Dreaming Wins 66th Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1)
Sano Saddles Gunnevera to Win Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth
Claiming Crown Handles Record $11.115 Million
Eclipse Awards Return, California Chrome Crowned Horse of the Year
ACM Song of the Year Winner Thomas Rhett Performs at Pegasus
Pegasus Guests Include Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Paul and More

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It was a winter to remember at Gulfstream Park.

Bringing together the top horses and horsemen for a winter program of world-class racing highlighted by the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby, Gulfstream’s total handle for the 87-day meet was a record $867 million.





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Monday, April 10 2017


There Was No Stopping Wait in Sunday’s Feature


Son of Champion Wait a While Sprints 6F in 1:08.76
Rainbow 6 Hit for $90,631 Jackpot Payoff

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There was no stopping Wait in Sunday’s featured optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

Arindel Farm’s homebred colt drew off to score by three lengths while completing six furlongs in a swift 1:08.76, not far off champion Big Drama’s 2011 track record of 1:08.12. The son of Distorted Humor, who was ridden by Edgard Zayas, is out of Wait a While, the 2006 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly champion.





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Saturday, April 08 2017


Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $35,337


Jaramillo, Panici Each Ride Three Winners

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the third consecutive program Saturday at Gulfstream Park, leaving a $35,337.60 carryover jackpot for Sunday’s 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $13,103.30.





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Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets (G2) Quotes


Graham Motion, winning trainer of Irish War Cry (No. 7): "I think it's so good that Rajiv [Maragh] came to the barn and has been on him the last few mornings to see how he is. He's not a difficult horse. He's not a rank horse; he's a very classy horse. We both thought it was a good idea for Rajiv to get on him in the mornings. I thought he won pretty comfortably and it doesn't seem like distance [1 ¼ miles] of the Derby will be an issue.





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Quotes for the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G2)


J. Paul Reddam (whose Reddam Racing is owner of 31-1 longshot winner Irap. He and trainer Doug O’Neill watched the race from Santa Anita.)
“(When the horses were coming down the stretch) We thought, ‘Oh this is looking good’ and then in the stretch when we saw he actually had a chance, we all just started yelling and screaming. It seemed like the wire was taking forever to get there. When he made the lead I thought that son of a gun is going to hit the board here. Then, about the eighth pole I was thinking man we have a chance to win here because McCraken had backed out of it and a couple other horses didn’t fire for whatever reason. I really have got to say (trainer) Doug (O’Neill) did a fantastic job – he and his team. It’s just fantastic feeling when you don’t think you are going to (win).”





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Tuesday, April 04 2017


Keeneland Barn Notes April 4


Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet opens Friday and concludes Friday, April 28,
with racing on Wednesdays through Sundays. Post time for the first race each day
is 1:05 p.m. ET. Keeneland will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16.


• TOYOTA BLUE GRASS MORNING-LINE FAVORITE McCRAKEN JOGS, VISITS STARTING GATE
• PAULASSILVERLINING TOPS FIELD OF NINE FOR GRADE 1 MADISON
• COMMONWEALTH FEATURES A. P. INDIAN-LIMOSUINE LIBERAL REMATCH
• MONGOLIAN SATURDAY HEADLINES FIELD OF NINE FOR SHAKERTOWN
• OSCAR PERFORMANCE READY TO TAKE STAGE FOR 2017 DEBUT
• OPENING SUNDAY PROBABLE STAKES FIELD
• 2017 SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS





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Friday, March 31 2017


Florida Derby News & Notes


Trio of $100,000 Stakes Complement Six Graded Events on Florida Derby Day
Healthy Modacious Tries Again in G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks
Breakfast at Gulfstream Kicks Off Busy Florida Derby Day

HALLANDALE, FL – In addition to the six graded stakes that highlight Florida Derby Day, three $100,000 listed races — the Sir Shackleton, Sanibel Island and Cutler Bay Handicap — are part of the 14-race card that gets underway at noon.

The first of the $100,000 undercard stakes to be run is the Sir Shackleton, which is slated as Race 7. The seven-furlong dirt race for 4-year-olds and older males drew nine runners.





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