Monday, December 17 2012
$200,000 King Glorious Stakes 1st Running 7 Furlongs
JOSE VALDIVIA, JR. WEEWINNIN, Winner: “He’s been working like a good thing. I told (trainer) Brian (Koriner) he’s been working like a good horse and if you run him in a starter allowance, I think you’ll be giving away a good effort. He said ‘Come on, let’s take a shot.’ This colt is going to come back and show that he’s the real deal. I don’t think this race was a fluke.”
$100,000 HARLAN’S HOLIDAY QUOTES
Trainer Phil Gleaves (Csaba): “He ran a great race and sat off a decent pace. One thing I noticed is that he didn’t change leads in the stretch, so I’m going to have to work at that. But he ran a good race.”
“I was a little bit (nervous about shipping from Calder). He got a little nervous in the receiving barn, and that’s always a concern. He was a bit nervous in the paddock, as well, and he got a little sweaty out in the post parade, But it didn’t seem to bother him much.”
Gulfstream Today - 12-16-12
Lead: Expectations were high for Joyce B. Young’s 2-year-old homebred filly Caroline Thomas as the 9-to-10 favorite in Sunday’s sixth race allowance test, and she more than lived up to the challenge, splitting horses nearing the stretch and going on to score by a length over Eclipse Thoroughbreds’ pacesetter Miss Lucky Sevens in the 1 1/16 miles turf test.
Sunday, December 16 2012
$750,000 CashCall Futurity QUOTES
JAVIER CASTELLANO, VIOLENCE, Winner: "I positioned myself in a very good spot around the first turn and I believe that was the key to winning this race. You don´t want to be too far back particularly in a race for 2-year-olds. I had a lot of confidence in this colt. He is so calm and handles himself very professionally. I think he is a special horse and I am really looking forward to big times."
$250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup - QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, GRANDEUR, Winner: "I wasn´t happy with the horse I was following (Optimizer), I wanted to find my way around him and I thought about sliding my way through Slim Shadey but decided I didn´t like that option. As we approached the final turn I decided to take him outside of Optimizer and when I asked him he went on with it without a problem."
FERNANDO JARA – REMEMBER HIM? – SEEKS RETURN TO TOP
OLDSMAR, FL. – Five years ago, jockey Fernando Jara thought winning major races might be as easy as riding a bicycle.
The native of Panama won the 2006 Belmont Stakes on Jazil and the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2007 Dubai World Cup on Invasor – all while still a teenager. Invasor’s two huge victories alone were worth $11-million in purse money.
David Jacobson, winning trainer and co-owner of Saginaw (No. 4): “That was a legitimate horse he beat [Royal Currier]; Linda [Rice] always does a great job. They ran really fast. I’m happy to see he can compete in open company now. The only other time he did was in May [sixth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap]. We’ll definitely be back for the Alex M. Robb [on December 26], provided he comes back OK. He’ll let us know.”
Junior Alvarado, winning jockey aboard Saginaw (No. 4): “David pretty much left it up to me. I tried to play the break and have a good break. He broke well. I had the best horse in the race, so I put him right there. He’s a class horse, and when I asked him he gave it all to me. It was pretty much easy at the end. When we turned for home, I knew how much horse I had. [Royal Currier] was still trying, but I had plenty of horse left.”
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Winning Image Is An Easy Winner Of The Willa On The Move Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 12-15-12---Martin Scafidi’s Winning Image left no doubt about her intentions when she shot to the lead in the $100,000 Willa on the Move Stakes. A minute and eleven seconds later she had proven she was the best of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s feature at Laurel Park.
Jose Caraballo pushed the buttons on the five-year-old daughter of Southern Image, who was geared down nearing the finish line to win by a length and a quarter over late rallying longshot Withgreatpleasure. Made to Love Her took third.
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‘Mystic’ Shows No ‘Love’ to the Boys in Dania Beach
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A concerted effort to save as much ground as possible by both the trainer and the jockey of Mystic Love resulted in victory in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
The 2-year-old Maryland-bred filly proved superior to the boys in the one-mile turf stakes because trainer Jessica Campitelli didn’t want to stretch her out as far as 1 1/16 miles in an upcoming filly stakes and because jockey Elvis Trujillo never left the rail during a well-executed ride.
$100,000 Dania Beach Quotes
Trainer Jessica Campitelli (Mystic Love): (On running against colts) “We believed in her. It was more that we really didn’t want to go a mile and a sixteenth for her first time going two turns. So we chose to run against the boys.”
(On Elvis Trujillo’s ride) “It was excellent. He saved ground. He waited and saved ground. He rode an excellent race.”
Gulfstream Today - 12-15-12
Lead: Joseph Witek’s 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Tiz Sardonic Joe stalked the pace set by Claiborne Farm’s 13-to-10 favorite Console from the start in Saturday’s seventh race optional/allowance test at Gulfstream Park, took command nearing the stretch, and held on for a hard-fought head victory over NYKY Thoroughbred Stable's Which Market in the one-mile turf test.
Saturday, December 15 2012
Gulfstream News & Notes
Hot Prospects Please Romans With ‘Super’ Works at Gulfstream
Tulira Castle Targeted for Florida Derby
Decisive Moment ‘Drops’ into Allowance Wednesday