Friday, March 04 2016


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes 3/3


• G3 Gotham contender Sunny Ridge 'particularly rewarding' for Drazin
• Gyarmati 'excited' about Gotham contender Adventist
• Aqueduct earns NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance reaccreditation
• Aqueduct giveaway for Gotham Day

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- Sunny Ridge's owner-breeder Dennis Drazin may not be trying to shore up a berth in the Kentucky Derby when his homebred sophomore enters the starting gate in Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, but it's not because of a lack of faith in the son of Holy Bull, preferring instead to look a little further down the line.





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Sunday, February 28 2016


Gulfstream: $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) Quotes


Assistant Trainer Norman Casse (Catch a Glimpse): “I think she was going so fast around the turn she kind of bore out a little. She’s still learning and not 100 percent professional. But she’s obviously very talented and she’ll get even better as she goes on. It was good (return) and we’re excited to have her back, and we look to moving forward from here.”

Jockey Florent Geroux (Catch a Glimpse): "I was loaded [going into the far turn]. Going into the elbow she pointed her ears and lost focus just a little bit, then she just galloped home easy."




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Gulfstream:$200,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes


Trainer John Servis (Cathryn Sophia): “Today, I think was probably, to me, her most impressive race. She trained well going into the race. It was only her fourth start. I think there’s a lot more there. She’s showed me a little more every time. Today, she was push-button.

“I told Javier (Castellano), ‘If she breaks running don’t fight her, because they’re going to have to run along pretty quick to run with her.” He took a little hold and she settled really nice. When he called on her, she was there. At the head of the lane, I was worried about the ‘4’ (Lewis Bay). He [Irad Ortiz Jr.] was strangling the ‘4,’ but she just ran away from them.





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Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Quotes


Trainer Jorge Navarro (X Y Jet): “Coming into the paddock, he wasn’t the same horse as last time out. He was ready. I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re in trouble.’ My biggest concern with X Y Jet has always been the gate. I don’t know what happens back there, if he’s not paying attention to what goes on, but I always tell Jaramillo, ‘Please make sure of a clean break, that they’re holding his head up so he’s not looking down.’ We went through that last year, and he was a nightmare. I know what kind of a horse he is. Last year we thought he was a nice horse.”





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Saturday, February 27 2016


Gulfstream Today 2.26.16


Rainbow 6 Carryover at $1.89 Million for Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Card
Undefeated Mohaymen Tops Field for Key Florida Derby Prep
Guaranteed Pools for Saturday’s Late Pick 4, Late Pick 5

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Saturday’s 13-race program at Gulfstream Park will feature eight-stakes, including the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), as well as a life-changing $1,890,317.68 Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot.

The 70th running of the Fountain of Youth, a key prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1; April 2) and the Triple Crown carded as Race 12, is included in Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence (Races 8-13).





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Thursday, February 25 2016


Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 2.25.16


Breeder Will be Rooting for Cathryn Sophia in Davona Dale
Awesome Speed Looking to Continue Streak in Fountain of Youth
Back on Dirt, Ready for Rye Tackles X Y Jet in Gulfstream Park Sprint
Horse Racing Radio Network Exclusive Radio Partner

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- A filly bred by prominent Maryland breeder Robert Manfuso was sold for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium.

The Maryland-bred daughter of Street Boss, out of the unraced mare Sheave, would be become known as Cathryn Sophia and go on to become an undefeated multiple-stakes winner after only three starts.





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Katniss the Victor headlines Busher


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make the third start of her career, Katniss the Victor will look to begin her journey towards a starting position in the Kentucky Oaks for owners Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Michael Imperio, headlining the 37th running of the $125,000 Busher for 3-years-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Sunday, February 21 2016


Gulfstream Notes 2.21


Zulu ‘On Schedule’ for Stakes Debut in Fountain of Youth (G2)
Awesome Speed Sharp in Final Breeze for Fountain of Youth (G2)
Divisidero Confirmed for Saturday’s Grade 3 Canadian Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- Undefeated Zulu breezed four furlongs at Palm Beach Downs Sunday in 48.21 seconds in preparation for his scheduled stakes debut in Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.





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GRADE III FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP


Florent Geroux (jockey, Chocolate Ride, winner): "You never know how these races are going to unfold, but we had the best horse. He can run on the lead or take off it. He's a very tough horse, especially on this turf course. He's very hard to catch. Brad and his team have done a great job with him keeping him healthy and happy.”
Brad Cox (trainer, Chocolate Ride, winner): “It's been a big day and it's all about the help. They do a tremendous job and winning today is a reflection of their hard work. He loves this turf course. It worked out today and he's really doing well. The Muniz next is the obvious spot.”





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GRADE II VETERANS FORD RISEN STAR STAKES


Florent Geroux (jockey, Gun Runner, winner): “He's a very nice horse. I've really liked him since the first time I was on his back a few weeks ago working in the morning. He's super athletic. I was very confident. I wanted to make sure I saved some ground. Earlier I got beat (with Stageplay) and was stuck going wide the whole way. It looked like the track was playing a little bit more inside-favoring. I kept him down there until I asked him to go and he ran a great race.”





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GRADE II TWINSPIRES.COM RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES


Corey Lanerie (jockey, Venus Valentine, winner): “They told me she was a longshot today but she was doing really good and to just let her run her race.”

Tom Amoss (trainer, Venus Valentine, winner): “She’s been a bit of a guessing game. She won her first start for us and we knew she had great raw talent. She was tying up and cramping up a lot muscle-wise. We solved this problem…we felt she had a real chance based on how she was coming into the race.”





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Clipthecouponannie holds off Frosty Margarita in Franklin Square


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie kept her undefeated record intact as she gamely held off Frosty Margarita to pass the first serious test of her young career with flying colors, taking the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies from gate to wire on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Clipthecouponannie leapt to the front of the four-horse field, edging away from Wonderment to cover the opening quarter-mile in 22.94 seconds and the half in 46 flat. Multiple stakes winner Frosty Margarita, ridden by Jose Ortiz, mounted her challenge at the top of the stretch after the frontrunner led five-eighths in 58.15.





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