Wednesday, February 08 2017


NO DOZING, McCRAKEN READY FOR DAVIS


NESS CLAIMS TRAINER OF MONTH

OLDSMAR, FL. – A few railbirds did a double-take today when they spotted Arnaud Delacour, the trainer of Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes entrant No Dozing, schooling the colt in the paddock between races.

With six workouts on the Tampa Bay Downs main dirt surface since Dec. 31, the Lael Stables-owned No Dozing could possess an important advantage against the other main contenders. But Delacour is leaving nothing to chance in his effort to determine where No Dozing fits in the 3-year-old picture.

“He was a little bit nervous, so we need to paddock-school him again (Thursday),” Delacour said. “He’ll be fine, but he hasn’t raced for a while so he was a little bit edgy.”
No Dozing, who finished second to Mo Town in his final start of 2016, the Grade II, mile-and-an-eighth Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 26, drew the outside No. 9 post for the 37th edition of the Sam F. Davis, which will be the 10th race on a 12-race Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card beginning at 12:12 p.m.





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Gulfstream Today 2.8.17


Overnight Stakes Win Puts Third Day on Triple Crown Trail
Sophomore Colt Ends Layoff Winning $60,000 Just One More
Guaranteed Pools in Pick 4, Pick 5, Rainbow 6 for Saturday Feb. 11
20-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover $10,770 for Thursday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Town and Country Racing and Spendthrift Farm’s Third Day put himself on the Triple Crown trail with a neck victory over Barry Karafin Bets in Wednesday’s $60,000 Just One More overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Third Day, ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, ran one mile in 1:36.96 over fast main track in just his second start and first in six months since breaking his maiden last summer at Monmouth Park.





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Distance Suits Sharp Azteca in G2 Hardacre Gulfstream Park ‘Cap


Multiple Stakes Winner Faces Eight Rivals in $350,000 Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Looking for a place to launch Sharp Azteca’s 4-year-old campaign, trainer Jorge Navarro found the perfect spot in Saturday’s $350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The 73rd running of the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap is one of three graded stakes worth $850,000 in purses on the 12-race program, along with the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) for females 4 and up, also at nine furlongs on the grass.





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Friday, February 03 2017


GULFSTREAM TODAY: 2.3.17


Promising 3yo Battalion Runner wins again; stakes-bound for next start
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 offers $750,000 Guaranteed Pool
Six of Six Friday in Rainbow 6 Returns $63,000
3-year-olds headline Wednesday’s feature, $60,000 Just One More


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – St Elias Stable’s Battalion Runner, a 3-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, won impressively for the second consecutive time at the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet when he captured Friday’s featured eighth race.

It was an effort that pleased the colt’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, who indicated Battalion Runner will hit the Kentucky Derby prep trail for his next start.





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Official Finish Time Updated for Pegasus World Cup (G1)


New Gulfstream Park Track Record

TRAKUS, Boston, MA, USA – A correction has been made to the official finish time for the 1 1/8 mile Pegasus World Cup (G1) run at Gulfstream Park on January 28, 2017. Upon subsequent detailed review of the race performance data, it has been determined that the winning horse ARROGATE (Unbridled's Song) finished the race in 1:46.83. This finish time sets a new Gulfstream Park track record for the 1 1/8 mile race run on the dirt surface (previous track record at this distance held by LEA at the 2014 Donn Hcp in 1:46.86). Updated charts are now available on Gulfstream Park’s website and through Equibase.





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Withers continues proud tradition on Saturday


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Withers Stakes has a long history as an important race for 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.
It was first contested in 1874, when a horse named Dublin was victorious, and a year later it was captured by Aristides, the horse who won the very first Kentucky Derby.

In 1919, Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, took the Withers and the following year it became one of the 20 wins in 21 starts by the immortal Man o' War. Yet these days there's a different type of link between the Kentucky Derby and the Withers.





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Wednesday, February 01 2017


Three Rules Back on Friendly Ground for Saturday’s G2 Swale


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Three Rules is slated to seek a rebound from his first career loss while maintaining his perfect record at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s $200,000 Swale (G2).

The son of Going Astray, who hasn’t raced since tasting defeat for the first time while finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5, has won all five of his races over the Gulfstream Park racetrack by a combined 31 lengths. The Jose Pinchin-trained colt has won four stakes, including a sweep of the Florida Sire Stakes Series with victories in the $200,000 Dr. Fager, the $300,000 Affirmed and the $500,000 In Reality.





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Classic Empire Ready to Pounce in Saturday’s G3 Holy Bull


Eclipse Champion to Face Eight in Sophomore Debut

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – John Oxley’s Classic Empire is slated to make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, fresh off being honored as the outstanding 2-year-old male of 2016 at the recent Eclipse Awards dinner.

The sophomore son of Pioneerof the Nile brings a strong resume into the important 1 1/16-mile prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) and the Triple Crown – a resume that trainer Mark Casse attributes to an exceptional level of athleticism.





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Sunday, January 29 2017


‘Just a Freak,’ Pegasus Winner Arrogate Departs for California


California Chrome Exits Race with Swollen Knee, Leaves Sunday for Stud Duty

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It was still dark and a misty rain had yet to begin falling Sunday morning when Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and trusted traveling partner to his best horses, arrived on the Gulfstream Park backstretch to check on their stable star.

Fresh off his commanding victory late the previous afternoon in the world’s richest race, the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate was waiting.





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Friday, January 27 2017


Pegasus World Cup News & Notes:  Fri 1/27


Baffert Feeling ‘Super’ about Arrogate, Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup
Espinoza, California Chrome Set for One Last Adventure in Pegasus
Breaking Lucky Coming into his Own for World’s Richest Race

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After sending Arrogate out for a routine gallop around Gulfstream Park Friday morning, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert handled a variety of requests from national and international media concerning Saturday’s $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).

Baffert said that everything is going smoothly with Juddmonte Farms’ champion colt, who will again meet two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, along with 10 other contenders, in the first running of the world’s richest horse race.





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Inaugural $12 Million Pegasus World Cup Draws International Interest


World’s Richest Race Carried Live in 122 Countries Worldwide

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There will be a distinct international flavor to Saturday’s inaugural running of the world’s richest horse race, the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

The 1 1/8-mile race, featuring a rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate will be carried live by 122 countries worldwide.





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Wednesday, January 25 2017


Gulfstream Today 1.25.


Once a Pegasus back-up, Imperative Lands in Poseidon
Rainbow 6 Carryover of $136,000 for Thursday’s Card

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Owner Ron Paolucci of Loooch Racing Stables said he and his partners were so invested in protecting their slot in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) that they privately purchased a back-up horse as insurance if anything went awry.

With Paolucci and his partners’ War Story among the 12 entrants in the world’s richest race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28, their alternate, the 7-year-old Imperative, was entered in the inaugural running of the $400,000 Poseidon Handicap on the Pegasus undercard.





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