Friday, February 14 2014
PLETCHER PLANS FOR LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY
• Risen Star Prospect Hoppertunity Records Monday Move at Santa Anita
• Rachel Alexandra Stakes Coming Up Strong as Fair Grounds Oaks Preview
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 13, 2014) –Ubiquitous Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, whose New Orleans invaders have won three of the last six renewals of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, will be sending Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday to this year’s 41st running of the Risen Star, centerpiece event of four graded stakes on the New Orleans oval’s upcoming Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22.
UP AND COMING CHERUBIM HEADS SUNDAY’S $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES
IMPORTANT STEPPINGSTONE TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2014)—Cherubim, an up and coming colt by Henny Hughes, heads a competitive field of six 3-year-olds going seven furlongs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes, an important steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Thursday, February 13 2014
LARRY COLLMUS NAMED TRACK ANNOUNCER FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS, KENTUCKY DERBY
Succeeds Mark Johnson, Who Departs After Five-Year Run; Continues As NBC Sports' Race Caller for Derby, Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup Championships Telecasts
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014) - When Churchill Downs Racetrack ("CDRT") unveils its 15,224 square foot LED "Big Board" and an enhanced audio system on the "Opening Night" of its April 26-June 30 Spring Meet, a new voice will be calling the action, highlighted by an on-track call of the biggest race of them all: the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
Twilight Eclipse Opens Campaign in $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2)
Turf veteran set world record last winter at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Tom Albertrani is following a familiar blueprint when it comes to his older turf star Twilight Eclipse, bringing the gelded son of Purim back to Gulfstream Park to begin his 5-year-old season in Saturday’s $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2).
Gulfstream News & Notes - Wed 2/12
Almost Famous to Run in Fountain of Youth
Holy Bull Winner Cairo Prince to Work this Weekend
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Pat Byrne confirmed that Almost Famous will make his next start in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on February 22.
Stakes Advance: Gentilly Stakes & Sarah Lane’s Oates
H AN F’S SENSATION HEADS FG’S GENTILLY STAKES
• Artist Cry Appears Best in Saturday’s Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes
NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, February 12, 2014) –Time Will Tell LLC and Last Mango Racing Stable’s H an F’s Sensation, who scored the second win of his brief career in first level allowance company at Delta Downs on Jan. 18, may rule the choice when he heads a field of eight accredited Louisiana-bred sophomores in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Millers and trotter form ‘Perfect Alliance’
Perfect Alliance and driver Andy Miller have formed a perfect partnership so far this year.
A 4-year-old female trotter, Perfect Alliance is 2-for-2 this season as she heads into Thursday’s scheduled first leg of the Charles Singer Memorial Series at the Meadowlands. She is the 7-5 favorite in the second of two opening-round divisions. Time To Quit, who won the Super Bowl Series and is unbeaten in three races this year, is the 4-5 choice in the first division.
Tuesday, February 11 2014
Top Billing Among 54 Nominees for $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
Commissioner Heads Group of 16 Nominated by Leading Trainer Todd Pletcher
Gulfstream Derby Hero General a Rod, Hutcheson Winner Wildcat Red Set to Run
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – William S. Farish and Edward J. Hudson Jr.’s Top Billing is among 54 horses nominated to the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), a major and historic prep for the Kentucky Derby scheduled for Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Monday, February 10 2014
Mail seeks to deliver in Stymie
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having closed out 2013 with his first stakes victory, Mail looks to stamp himself a serious racehorse for his 4-year-old campaign on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of six in the 57th renewal of the $100,000 Stymie at 1 1/8 miles.
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N.Y.’s Rick Arbiter and Arthur Nigro earn WHHC berths
COLUMBUS, OH (Feb. 10, 2014) – Rick Arbiter of Kingston, N.Y. and Arthur Nigro from Tuckahoe, N.Y. won the weekend’s two USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Free, Online Qualifiers to earn berths ($8,000 value) to the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Sunday, February 09 2014
Lochte Pulls Shocker in $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1)
Trainer Marcus Vitali, jockey Orlando Bocachica capture first career Grade 1 win
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It took Lochte seven tries to break his maiden, debuting last April and graduating in mid-December. Three races later, he was a Grade 1 winner.
Longest shot in the field of eight at 39-1, the 4-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro saved ground inside before shooting through an opening in the stretch and sprinting clear to a 2 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s 29th renewal of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).
$300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) Quotes
Trainer Marcus Vitali (Lochte):“It’s like they say in football after you win the Super Bowl, ‘I want to go to Disneyland.’ I talked it over with the owner and we were taking our chance here. His numbers were going up and up. Myself and my staff, we all felt really comfortable with the horse’s progress. The breeding shows he can get the job done. I didn’t see any reason why he couldn’t accomplish great things. I didn’t go into this expecting to come out on top but I surely hoped I would. Everything unfolded the right way, and here we are.”