Monday, November 30 2015

Total & Average Handle Up At Gulfstream Park West

Increases Despite Four Fewer Days
144 percent Increase from 2012 Calder-at-Tropical Meet
Rolling Super Hi 5's Add $2.6 Million in Handle

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Boosted by competitive fields and an increase in horsemen shipping to South Florida early, Gulfstream Park West registered a 19-percent increase in average handle during its 40-day Gulfstream Park West Fall Turf Festival meet and an eight-percent increase in total handle.

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Thunder Rumble (NYSS) Quotes

Mike Hushion, winning trainer of Loki's Vengeance (No. 2): "He's consistent in the mornings. He keeps himself looking like a million dollars. Everybody always says, 'boy, you've got him looking good today,' but he always looks good. A lot of good horses stay like that, tough horses."

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Cigar Mile (G1) Quotes

Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Tonalist (No. 5) and runner-up Red Vine (No. 3): "I'm always a little bit worried when I run him. The race was run in a funny way; they went so slow early on, which I didn't think was great for us. But that's what good horses do - they win and they overcome things. Great ride by Johnny [Velazquez]. I'm a very lucky man. They both ran very well. Joel [Rosario] came back and said he was very unlucky [on Red Vine]. The fun thing for me, as a trainer, was having the two best horses in the race. I'll have to talk with Mr. [Robert Evans about next year], but no matter what, they're both going to have a break."

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Comely (G3) Quotes

Dallas Stewart, winning trainer of Forever Unbridled (No. 9) (By telephone): "She has been a solid horse all year; ran second and third to I'm a Chatterbox a few times. We gave her a break after the [Kentucky] Oaks and she'd been training great. She came up there ready to run. There are a lot of Grade 1's next year and at Saratoga and I think she's capable if we handle it right."

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Remsen (G2) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Mohaymen (No. 3): "He's a very nice horse. Junior rode him great, he did everything right and it's a big win for the team. He did trickle [blood] a tiny bit last time, so we actually wait right up until they require Lasix to use it and today it worked out great. We also schooled him a lot at the gate after the way he acted last time. It was so unlike him, he had never shown anything like that at the gate when he reared up in there, so we did school him a bit coming up to this race and it worked out well. I was a little anxious when they were turning for home but it's great to win for Shadwell and I trained [Mohaymen's dam] Justwhistledixie, so it's special to have this horse be this good."

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Demoiselle (G2) Quotes

Chad Brown, winning trainer of Lewis Bay (No. 2): "Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] rode her really well. I was concerned on the backside, when they were stacked up outside her, that she would never get out. Irad explained to me afterward he just eased his way back and around everyone. He was forced to go wider than he wanted to, but she really finished good. The last sixteenth of a mile, she lost her competition [by] being in front and out in the center of the track. He said she really lost focus, but was just being green. He said she's better with a target, but she passed the two-turn test, at least."

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Friday, November 27 2015

Gulfstream Park West’s Rainbow 6 Hit for $105,293

Mandatory Payouts for Saturday’s Closing Day Program

– One lucky bettor collected Gulfstream Park West’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot of $105,293.70 when Colorado Daydream captured Friday’s 11th race finale.

Sent off at 9-1 and ridden by Rafael Hernandez for his third winner of the day, Colorado Daydream was one of six horses in the 12-horse field eligible to take down the jackpot, which was last hit for $75,095.52 on Nov. 8.

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JIMMY JERKENS, trainer of EFFINEX (winner): “He ran so well last time and it looked like he never missed a beat with his training and everything else afterwards so that’s why we decided to come. We broke a step slow and then they kind of converged on him and they went like a bat out of hell so he just sat there and went in behind them.

“He’s just a good quality horse. He’s really come around since that weird effort at Saratoga where he went crazy from behind the gate. I still don’t know what that was about, but he’s been all business since then. He ran a hard race in the Breeders’ Cup, but he shipped all the way back on the van and acted like a fresh horse so we decided to come back. We didn’t really make a final decision until the week before. We were sure we could get Mike [Smith] to do it and we were sure that he wanted to come. We didn’t know what he had elsewhere but he definitely wanted to come so that helped us a little bit.

“Maybe we’ll send him to Florida, I don’t know yet. He’s such a tough horse, as long as there’s someone around taking good care of him that’s all he cares about.”

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Go For Wand Handicap Quotes (G3)

Carlos Santamaria, assistant to winning trainer Simon Callaghan of Taris (No. 4): "It was a pretty good trip, she deserved this kind of trip after the last two races she had, but she was ready today. A good win for her, she deserved it."

Simon Callaghan winning trainer of Taris (No. 4): via telephone: "She got a perfect trip. She did it very well. It was a nice race with a solid field and we're glad she performed today. Gary [Stevens] was dehydrated and we ended up with Joel who's also a terrific rider and I was pleased with his performance. There's a race in February at Santa Anita where she's likely to enter next but nothing's set in stone."

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Gold, Jacks or Better Hold Strong Hand for Closing Day Program

Trainer, Owner Represented in Four of Six Juvenile Stakes on Saturday

– After adding to their record totals in the spring and summer juvenile stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Stanley Gold and Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm look to carry that momentum into Saturday, the finale of Gulfstream Park West’s Fall Turf Festival meet.

The potent partnership will have horses in each of the four $75,000 dirt stakes on the 11-race program, the one-mile Hut Hut and six-furlong House Party for females, and the one-mile Smooth Air and six-furlong Buffalo Man.

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STAKES RECAP: Thanksgiving Handicap


NEW ORLEANS (November 26, 2015)
– In lieu of turkey this year, defending meet champion owner Maggi Moss’ and trainer Tom Amos had their Control Stake well done on Thursday afternoon when the sophomore son of Discreetly Mine – the lone 3-year-old in the field – proved swiftest of the swift in the 91st running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Breaking on top from post five, the bay colt held off Robert Persons and Earl Conrad Sanderson, Jr.’s Officer Griffin throughout and powered home to a 1¼-length victory, giving the owner-trainer team their third victory in the race and second in a row following Delaunay’s romp in 2014.

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Churchill Downs Stakes Recaps


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015)
- Stoneway Farm's homebred 3-year-old filly Ahh Chocolate rated patiently in second before taking command in the stretch and drew away to win the 100th running of the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Presented by (Grade II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths over Theogony.

Ahh Chocolate, trained by Neil Howard and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., ran 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:49.68 - the fastest Falls City renewal since Allamerican Bertie clocked 1:49.60 in 2002. It was the first graded stakes win of Ahh Chocolate's career.

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