Sunday, February 24 2013
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.
SAN VICENTE STAKES QUOTES
DAVID FLORES, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: (In response to being back on this horse) “It reminds me of the good ol’ days. It brings me back to a time when I was riding these kind of horses, and it’s good to be back on a horse like this.”
(This was almost a blanket finish, how was it working your way through that traffic?) “He put me in a spot I wasn’t expecting. He put me in the race right away, so I just had to be patient and wait for the pocket to open, and that’s pretty much what happened. When I asked him to go he accelerated, a tremendous acceleration.”
BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “If anything good came out of it, she rated really well (Referring to a bumping incident at the break). I don’t know if it was because of that or she was just going to rate well. She’s a much more mature horse this year. She’s stronger, she’s bigger, and she’ll definitely get a mile. I thought if a horse was going to come to her she would have dug back in so now at least we have options. There’s not too many six or six and a halves but we can kind of pick our spots. I don’t know how much further we want to go than this, but she can certainly get a mile.”
HOLLIE HUGHES (NYB) QUOTES
David Jacobson, winning trainer of Saginaw (No. 4): “He still has it, and I think, hopefully, this is the beginning of a long campaign for 2013. [We’ll take it] race by race. He might need another two months off, or we might get him back in next week, but that’s totally up to him.”
“You always wonder if you give them a layoff how they’re going to come back. Today, he showed a lot of heart. Hopefully, he’ll only improve off this. He’s not the fastest horse I’ve ever had, but he has the biggest heart.”
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JAVERRE VICTORIOUS IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-18-13---Smith Farm & Stable’s Javerre dueled front-runner Il Villano into defeat, then held on to win the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) at Laurel Park.
The race was marred when post time favorite Brigand bore into Associate not long after the start, causing Associate to stumble and toss jockey Erick Rodriguez. Neither Rodriguez nor Associate were injured.
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Thursday, February 14 2013
BOOK REVIEW HEADS SHORT FIELD IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA
BAFFERT & BEJARANO AGAIN JOIN FORCES;
HOLLENDORFER REPRESENTED BY THREESOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2013)—A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, Book Review was then a sharp second in the Grade II La Canada Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth on Jan. 20, and she’ll try that distance again on Saturday as she heads a six-horse field in Santa Anita’s featured Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Wednesday, February 13 2013
Gulfstream News & Notes
Elmutahid Pointed to Besilu Fountain of Youth
Lucky Chappy Set for Mac Diarmida
Swale May be Next for Gombey Dancer