Sunday, December 22 2013
Gulfstream Today 12.22
It’s déjà vu for Pletcher
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- It’s déjà vu all over again. For the second time in 10 days, a 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor from the Todd Pletcher made a successful return at short odds off a lengthy layoff. Zaikov took center stage on Friday the 13th and Catron followed suit in the fifth race on Sunday’s card at Gulfstream Park. A homebred for Aaron and Marie Jones, the big bay colt scored at even-money in his June 15 unveiling at Belmont Park, where he had earned an 84 Beyer Speed Figure. He hadn’t seen afternoon action since then, but was hammered down to 2-5 while facing only four rivals.
$100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Quotes
Trainer Nick Gonzalez (River Seven): “It’s quite a thrill. This is my first stakes win at Gulfstream. It was an impressive performance – a track record.
“I was wanting to get him back on the dirt from the time he ran (second) in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie. That option was over in Canada because all we had was Polytrack and turf. We got him on turf and he was a rock star on turf so we couldn’t take him off that.
TRAINERS LOOK BACK ONE FINAL TIME
So many faces in and out of my life
Some will last
Some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
--Billy Joel “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - December 22
Mucho Macho Man Steps Up Training at Gulfstream
Byrne Prepares Almost Famous for Gulfstream Derby
Casse Planning Ahead for Trio of Juveniles
$100,000 Dania Beach (G3) Quotes
Trainer Shug McGaughey (Mr Speaker): "He ran good. He’d been training good. His first two races were better than they looked. When I ran him at Saratoga, Javier rode him and missed the hole, but came back and told me that he liked him a lot. A bug boy rode him after that, probably moved a little bit early on him against Request; he might have been best that day. We were what, 10-1 today and Request was 2-1? Then he came back and broke his maiden—everyone took back and he just found himself on the lead.
Gravesend Handicap Quotes
David Jacobson, winning trainer of Strapping Groom (No. 4): "If he's not quite back to that Forego race, he's definitely headed in that direction. He came out of the Fall Highweight like a million dollars and has been getting better and better. He had a quarter-crack [after the Forego] we were working on. I was being a little aggressive running him, and he still ran well. That's all grown out now and it's a thing of the past."
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Soviet Problem Stakes Quotes
RAFAEL BEJARANO, SWISS LAKE YODELER, Winner: "On the turn, she looked like she was going to get a little tired, especially because the speed hasn't been stopping. It looked like Rovenna had something left, so I had to work hard to make sure she wouldn't get away. She doesn't have that quick acceleration, but she always tries. She'll do better in longer races."
SANTA SUPER SATURDAY QUOTES: DEC. 21
Blushing K.D. Handicap (R5)
Shaun Bridgmohan (jockey, winner Class Included): This is a pretty smart filly. She’s a real straight shooter. All I had to do was keep her out of trouble and let her run her race. Just picking up the pieces. No problems at all.”
Friday, December 20 2013
Gulfstream Today: 12.20
Shogun Samurai Makes Good First Impression, Contreras Return
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Kelly Breen has a 22-percent strike rate with his first-time starters, but there wasn’t much money coming in on Shogun Samurai, who drifted up to 15-1 when unveiled in Friday’s featured seventh race at Gulfstream. Favored in the 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies was 4-5 Lucky for You from the Todd Pletcher barn, and the $675,000 purchase Spring Blossom also attracted support at 5-1.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - December 20
Romans Readies 2-Year-Olds for Gulfstream Season
River Seven Seeks Pay Dirt in Sunday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday
Apriority Prepares For Mr. Prospector
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Friday December 20
• STEVENS HAS BROTHERLY LOVE FOR ROLE MODEL
• UNBEATEN BAKKEN INVADES FOR GRADE I MALIBU
• TALAMO STAYS PUT FOR MADAME CACTUS IN LA BREA
• THERE’S NO JET LAG FOR SIR BEAUFORT CONTENDER
Gulfstream Today 12.19
Duff One Ready for Stakes Again After Sharp Allowance Score
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Duff One is headed back to stakes company after drawing off to a two-length victory in Thursday’ s co-featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park.