Thursday, October 06 2016
Hoppertunity knocks in G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup
ELMONT, N.Y. - After chasing Horse of the Year front-runner California Chrome from southern California to Dubai and back again this season, Mike Pegram's hard-knocking Hoppertunity makes his New York debut and will vie for favoritism with the equally durable Effinex and Woodward runner-up Mubtaahij in the 98th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Super Saturday at Belmont Park.
Monday, October 03 2016
Racing Moves Wednesday to Gulfstream West for 40 Day Turf Festival
Fans Being Asked to Watch and Wager at Gulfstream Park
Limited Mutuel Machines and Amenities at GP West
$1.125 Million Stakes Schedule
My Charmer (G3) and Tropical Turf (G2) Nov. 26
MIAMI SPRINGS, FL
- Racing in South Florida moves to Gulfstream Park West beginning Wednesday for the start of the 40-day Fall Turf Festival.
While the racing will take place at Gulfstream Park West, fans will be asked to spend their afternoons at Gulfstream Park to watch and wager on the races due to ongoing construction and a lack of amenities at Gulfstream Park West, formerly known as Calder Race Course.
Saturday, October 01 2016
GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES
STELLAR WIND PREVAILS BY A NECK OVER BEHOLDER IN GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES
AS ESPINOZA REGISTERS HIS THIRD GRADE I WIN OF THE DAY; SADLER TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.80
AS TOP TWO HEAD TO $2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF ON NOV. 4
ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)
—In what shaped up as the rubber match in a best out of three series, 4-year-old filly Stellar Wind got the nod Saturday at Santa Anita, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80. With Victor Espinoza garnering his third Grade I stakes victory on the day, trainer John Sadler has the likely favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.
Undefeated Three Rules Pulls off Sweep of Florida Sire Stakes
Pinchin Trainee Wins $500,000 In Reality by 10 Lengths
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Likely Next Start for Son of Gone Astray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules cruised to a 10-length triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 In Reality at Gulfstream Park, sweeping the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes (FSS) series and likely earning a trip to Santa Anita for a start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 5.
Dude, What a Race in the My Dear Girl
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Donald Dizney’s Dude Fantasy ($9.60) belied her inexperience with a thoroughly professional performance in the $500,000 Florida Sire My Dear Girl Stakes today at Gulfstream Park. Favored Cajun Delta Dawn, marooned in post 13, had the lead until midstretch, but tired late and sustained her first career defeat.
A daughter of Dizney’s standout First Dude, Dude Fantasy made a winning debut going six furlongs on September 2 at Gulfstream, and that encouraged trainer Ralph Nicks to enter her in this valuable affair.
Forever Unbridled runs away with G1 Beldame
ELMONT, N.Y. - Patiently handled by Joel Rosario, heavily favored Forever Unbridled unleashed a devastating late run through the stretch to overpower her six rivals with a 2 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song was content to run along in mid-pack as Off the Tracks and Paola Queen knocked heads through an opening quarter-mile in 24.34 seconds, with the half going in 49.03 and three-quarters in 1:14.06. Revving up on the far turn, Forever Unbridled swung four wide into the stretch and strode past the embattled front-runners under a hand ride, to hit the wire in 1:50.24 for 1 1/8 miles over the muddy, sealed track.
Joking all business in winning G1 Vosburgh
ELMONT, N.Y. - Joking captured the $350,000 Vosburgh on Saturday at Belmont Park to record his first Grade 1 victory and in the process earned an all-fees-paid trip to the Breeders' Cup Sprint as part of the "Win and You're In" challenge series.
Owned and trained by Charlton Baker, the 7-year-old bay gelding won for the fourth consecutive time.
Ectot upsets Flintshire in G1 Joe Hirsch
ELMONT, N.Y. - Over a turf course listed as yielding, Ectot earned his first victory in North America and an automatic berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita by upsetting 1-5 favorite Flintshire in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Breaking from the rail with Jose Ortiz aboard, Ectot went straight to the lead and set modest fractions of 49.85 seconds for the opening half-mile with three-quarters in 1:15.03. The 5-year-old British-bred son of Hurricane Run continued to lead as heavily favored Flintshire trailed early.
Friday, September 30 2016
Mandatory Payout Saturday on Gulfstream’s $116,000 Rainbow 6 Carryover
Nicoletti and Courtney Handicap Rainbow 6 and Pick 5 (video link)
Mandatory Payouts of Pick 5 and Super Hi 5
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
— The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 13th consecutive racing day at Gulfstream Park Friday, leaving a carryover jackpot of $116,529.84 for a scheduled mandatory payout Saturday on the final day of the Summer Meet.
Saturday's program is highlighted by the $1.6 million finals of the Florida Sire Stakes. The 13-race program, which has a special noon post time, includes seven turf races and 144 entries.
Three Rules a Source of Pleasure, Pressure for Trainer Jose Pinchin
Shipper Fleet Dude Brings 2-Turn Experience into $500,000 My Dear Girl
Pletcher Sends out Pair of 2-year-olds in Saturday Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Working with 2-year-olds has kept Jose Pinchin young during a 45-year training career.
“If it wasn’t for 2-year-olds, I wouldn’t be here,” Pinchin said. “I just love working with 2-year-olds. The 2-year-olds make you wake up in the morning. The 2-year-olds are the future. If you have a 3-year-old, he’s either a claimer or a good horse. With a 2-year-old, there’s a mystery.
Juvenile New York-bred stakes on tap Sunday at Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. - A pair of juvenile stakes for New York-breds are on tap Sunday at Belmont Park with $150,000 Bertram Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma for fillies, at seven furlongs on the dirt.
Entering the Bongard from the barn of trainer Chad Brown is impressive maiden winner Mirai. Owned by Robert LaPenta and Madaket Stables, the Trappe Shot colt won his won his debut by 3 ½ lengths going six furlongs on August 18 at Saratoga Race Course.
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016)
• CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGES
• BUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUX
• WINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR
ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSE
Perhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude.
Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million dollar race, the self-described “happy Mexican” is as soothing as Sinatra’s phrasing.