Monday, March 04 2013
Aqueduct Racetrack Notes
• Rodriguez pleased with Vyjack’s development; G1 Wood Memorial likely next stop
• Comma to the Top possible for G1 Carter Handicap following gutsy G3 Tom Fool win
• Other Gotham Day runners doing well Sunday morning
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Sunday, February 24 2013
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) Quotes
Trainer Shug McGaughey (Orb): "I was watching on the television so I couldn't see the fractions, but when they came into the picture I said to myself, 'If they slow down he's going to catch them.' Of course, Violence kept going a bit, but I still thought we had him. When he made the lead he did the same thing he did in the allowance race here, pulling himself up a bit. But that's just being young. The strides he has made this winter are just absolutely incredible...I think what happened is when Orb made the lead he started looking around a bit...but I think Violence made him that much more competitive. I hope that's what it was.
$150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) Quotes
Trainer Shug McGaughey (Data LInk): – “He’s just a good horse. He had to go outside, but he’s just better than these horses. We know it’ll get tougher for him as we go along. He couldn’t have trained any better at Payson (Park) this winter with one good breeze after another. We’ll probably go back to Keeneland for the Maker’s Mark again. Long term, I’d like to have him for the Breeders’ Cup Mile later in the year. I think he’s that kind.”
$250,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes
Trainer Mark Hennig (Live Lively): “I figured she’d fall out of there (and go to the lead) it was just a matter if somebody was going to go with here. She’s got a good turn of foot and she’s never showed us any lack of stamina. I figured if they tried to run with here it might have been a tall task. I was pleased. She couldn’t have prepared any better for this and I was expecting a big race out of her.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Itsmyluckyday Gets Back to Work for Florida Derby
Mucho Macho Man Works for Probable Defense
SAN CARLOS STAKES QUOTES
JOE TALAMO, SAHARA SKY, WINNER: “They had a real hot pace; it really set up good for us today. I’ll tell you what; this horse is one of those that only gets better with age. Jerry (Hollendorfer) has done a great job with him. He runs well fresh. It was going so fast up there and they stopped pretty good for us, but my horse was really running the last part.”
JOE HERNANDEZ HANDICAP QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “I felt I had the race. My horse, he’s such a real nice horse, a real game horse. I want to thank Mr. McCarty (the owner) for letting me have this opportunity with him, and Steve (Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen.) You know, it’s been a tough meet for us but they are very good horses. Sometimes they’re not on their game, and today he wasn’t on his best and he was still able to get the job done. The turf was a little soft, had a lot of cut to it and he kept switching leads on it. He’s better with a little bit of a target but the pace scenario just didn’t pan out like I thought it would. He ran a tremendous race either way.”
Saturday, February 23 2013
GULFSTREAM TODAY 2 – 22 – 13
The Lead: Janis R. Whitham’s Fort Larned, winner of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) last time out, schooled in the paddock with the second race Friday afternoon in preparation for a scheduled start in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 9.
The Ian Wilkes trained 5-year-old was a handful throughout the session in the walking ring and heading back to the barn.
Gulfstream News & Notes
Rydilluc to Get Next Test in Palm Beach
Emma’s Encore Remains on Course to Inside Information
Carried Interest Returns in Sunday Allowance Feature
Tuesday, February 19 2013
Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Falling Sky Entered in Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
Readyshakego Puts on a Show in Troubled Career Debut
The Lead: Trainer Todd Pletcher saddled the winners of the co-featured allowance races on Monday’s program at Gulfstream: Hierro in the third race, a $57,500 sprint for 4-year-olds and up; and Ciao Bella in the ninth, a $57,500 mile for fillies and mares.
Ciao Bella, who captured her career debut at Gulfstream last season at the mile distance, wore blinkers for the first time and returned to the main track after four winless starts on turf.
Violence Returns as Favorite in Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLP’s Violence, who ranks high among trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown prospects, takes his first steps on the ‘Derby Trail’ as the favorite in Saturday’s $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.