Sunday, February 22 2015
$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) Quotes
Trainer Graham Motion (Main Sequence): “He was awesome. It’s a huge relief. Rajiv said he was still a little antsy in the gate, but I didn’t realize that. He broke well and for one minute I thought he might be a little close. I think every time this horse has run he has improved, his behavior has improved. He was good as gold today in the paddock, which really impressed me. I think he kind of won for fun, to be honest.”
$200,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes
Trainer Bill Kaplan (Ekati's Phaeton): "This filly has the most speed of any filly I've ever trained, and I trained Musical Romance to win the Breeders' Cup. In all of her races prior to this one, I've been trying to teach her to stay off it a little bit and keep herself in reserve. We didn't do too good last time doing it that way (fourth in Forward Gal [G2]), but the rider (Luis Saez) said she wants to be up front, so I told him to just let her go. We let her go today and he proved he was right. She's an amazing horse. She's carried her speed a mile and I don't see why she can't carry it further. She jumped a shadow or something after an eighth of a mile, but once she got the lead she was holding them off on the turn, I thought she had something left. He never really asked her until they turned for home. We'll have to think about (what's next). Now the Kentucky Oaks is in the process, but we still have to go two turns with her. That shouldn't be a problem."
$100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Quotes
Trainer Stanley Gold (C. Zee): “He’s that kind of horse. I knew he was capable of it. Look at the races he’s run and the things he’s done. He had a terrible trip last time; he was taken out of the race at the quarter-pole and by the time he recovered he was a half-length short. So I didn’t lose faith in him. It was a tough race, and he got it done.
$150,000 The Very One (G3) Quotes
Trainer Christophe Clement (Irish Mission): "I'm delighted to win for Mr. Evans. He's a great owner to win for. Plus, I think she's a wonderful mare and a very exciting broodmare prospect for him. There are two choices: One, she goes to Kentucky next week, where it's very cold and awful weather, or she can stay in the sunshine here and run back in the Orchid (G3) on March 28, but I'm sure Mr. Evans will make up his mind and let me know next week."
$100,000 Rampart (G3) Quotes
Trainer James Jerkens (House Rules): “It’s great. It [graded-stakes win] always helps her value and she’s well bred on top of it. Every little bit helps.
“All of her races here in Florida have been terrific. The races here with my father [Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens] were as good as she’s running now. We just have to get her to duplicate them in New York.
GRADE II RISEN STAR STAKES
Mike Maker (trainer, International Star, 1st) – “He was doing super and he ran as advertised. I wasn’t worried about the post. Realistically I thought we had an outside trip and we wound up having a trip like in the Lecomte turning for home looked.” On coming back for the Louisiana Derby: “Not going to change routes for him; he loves it (at Fair Grounds) and there’s no reason to change course.”
Grade III Rachel Alexandra Quotes
Florent Geroux (jockey, I’m a Chatterbox, winner) – “She just relaxed on her own. Coming from the 10-hole, we had to either go, sit very close or take back. When everyone went, I decided to take her back and she was relaxing very nicely. I kept an eye on Rafael on (Angela Renee) and made him stay with horses a little longer and made him wait a little bit. My filly was very nice. Even if he would have come with me head-to-head from the half-mile pole to the finish line, my filly was the best today.”
Friday, February 20 2015
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 2/20
Twilight Eclipse Takes Another Shot at Main Sequence
Violette Seeking Second Fountain of Youth Success with Upstart
Bluegrass Singer Gets Lopez for Fountain of Youth
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - No horse faced Main Sequence more times last year, or came closer to beating the two-time Eclipse Award winner and Horse of the Year finalist, than West Point Thoroughbreds’ Twilight Eclipse.
Gorgeous Bird Carries Whitney Tradition into G2 Fountain of Youth
Homebred Colt Enters $400,000 Stakes on Two-Win Streak
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – For the past century, the Whitney name and Eton blue and brown silks that have accompanied it to racetracks around the world rank among the most recognizable, and successful, in thoroughbred racing.
They will be on display again Saturday when Marylou Whitney homebred Gorgeous Bird steps up to stakes company for the first time in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
Barn Notes: Friday, February 20
J S BACH TO BE SCRATCHED FROM RISEN STAR
According to trainer Todd Pletcher, J S Bach will be scratched from the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes because of a fever detected on Wednesday. Expected to vie for favoritism after commencing his career with two impressive races – including earning an 87 Beyer Speed Figure while romping in a 1 1/16-miles maiden special weight on Jan. 17 – the Florida-bred son of Tale of the Cat will now have to wait for his stakes debut. Owned and bred by Donald Dizney and his Double Diamond Farm, no plans for said contingency are yet available.
Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, Feb. 20
Owner Harry Rosenblum Happy With Colt He Kept
Harry Rosenblum will have an eye on a horse running far south Saturday afternoon, then on a horse named Far Right Sunday afternoon. Rosenblum co-owns Far Right, who won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19 and is the 5-2 program favorite for Sunday’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn. Rosenblum also owned another promising 3-year-old prospect, War Story, before selling the gelding privately following his Nov. 1 career debut victory at Churchill Downs. Now with trainer Tom Amoss at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, War Story is scheduled to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2).
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Tuesday, February 17 2015
Gulfstream Today 2.16
Big Saturday Card Drawn; Upstart 8-5 Favorite in $400,000 Besilu Fountain of Youth
Saturday's Card Late Pick 4 Guaranteed Pool $300,000, Pick 5 $150,000
Thursday's Rainbow 6 Carryover $92,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Saturday's $400,000 Besilu Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), a major prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March 28 and Triple Crown, was drawn Monday with Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) winner Upstart being named the 8-5 favorite in the eight horse field.