Sunday, February 22 2015
GRADE II RISEN STAR STAKES
Mike Maker (trainer, International Star, 1st) – “He was doing super and he ran as advertised. I wasn’t worried about the post. Realistically I thought we had an outside trip and we wound up having a trip like in the Lecomte turning for home looked.” On coming back for the Louisiana Derby: “Not going to change routes for him; he loves it (at Fair Grounds) and there’s no reason to change course.”
Grade III Rachel Alexandra Quotes
Florent Geroux (jockey, I’m a Chatterbox, winner) – “She just relaxed on her own. Coming from the 10-hole, we had to either go, sit very close or take back. When everyone went, I decided to take her back and she was relaxing very nicely. I kept an eye on Rafael on (Angela Renee) and made him stay with horses a little longer and made him wait a little bit. My filly was very nice. Even if he would have come with me head-to-head from the half-mile pole to the finish line, my filly was the best today.”
Friday, February 20 2015
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 2/20
Twilight Eclipse Takes Another Shot at Main Sequence
Violette Seeking Second Fountain of Youth Success with Upstart
Bluegrass Singer Gets Lopez for Fountain of Youth
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - No horse faced Main Sequence more times last year, or came closer to beating the two-time Eclipse Award winner and Horse of the Year finalist, than West Point Thoroughbreds’ Twilight Eclipse.
Gorgeous Bird Carries Whitney Tradition into G2 Fountain of Youth
Homebred Colt Enters $400,000 Stakes on Two-Win Streak
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – For the past century, the Whitney name and Eton blue and brown silks that have accompanied it to racetracks around the world rank among the most recognizable, and successful, in thoroughbred racing.
They will be on display again Saturday when Marylou Whitney homebred Gorgeous Bird steps up to stakes company for the first time in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
Barn Notes: Friday, February 20
J S BACH TO BE SCRATCHED FROM RISEN STAR
According to trainer Todd Pletcher, J S Bach will be scratched from the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes because of a fever detected on Wednesday. Expected to vie for favoritism after commencing his career with two impressive races – including earning an 87 Beyer Speed Figure while romping in a 1 1/16-miles maiden special weight on Jan. 17 – the Florida-bred son of Tale of the Cat will now have to wait for his stakes debut. Owned and bred by Donald Dizney and his Double Diamond Farm, no plans for said contingency are yet available.
Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, Feb. 20
Owner Harry Rosenblum Happy With Colt He Kept
Harry Rosenblum will have an eye on a horse running far south Saturday afternoon, then on a horse named Far Right Sunday afternoon. Rosenblum co-owns Far Right, who won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19 and is the 5-2 program favorite for Sunday’s $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn. Rosenblum also owned another promising 3-year-old prospect, War Story, before selling the gelding privately following his Nov. 1 career debut victory at Churchill Downs. Now with trainer Tom Amoss at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, War Story is scheduled to run in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2).
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Tuesday, February 17 2015
Gulfstream Today 2.16
Big Saturday Card Drawn; Upstart 8-5 Favorite in $400,000 Besilu Fountain of Youth
Saturday's Card Late Pick 4 Guaranteed Pool $300,000, Pick 5 $150,000
Thursday's Rainbow 6 Carryover $92,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Saturday's $400,000 Besilu Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), a major prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March 28 and Triple Crown, was drawn Monday with Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) winner Upstart being named the 8-5 favorite in the eight horse field.
Fountain of Youth (G2) Odds
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2)
Saturday, February 21
1 1/16 miles
1 - Juan and Bina (20-1)
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: Javier Castellano
$250,000 General George (G2) Quotes
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche (Misconnect): "My horse broke really well and I thought if I kept him close he would finish the last eighth of a mile and win. But I knew I had to keep him close. If you look at his races, he only wins from the sixteenth pole. If he's in contention, he will win. But if he's too far off, he won't make up the distance.
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Southwest Stakes Rescheduled
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 16, 2014) – For the third time since 2006, a winter storm has forced Oaklawn to cancel its Presidents’ Day card and postpone the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (Gr. 3).
The Southwest will be rescheduled for this coming weekend. If the weather clears enough to allow training Tuesday morning, the race will be run Saturday, Feb. 21. If the track doesn’t open until Wednesday or Thursday for training, the Southwest will be run Sunday, Feb. 22.
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STAKES ADVANCES: Grade III Mineshaft Handicap & Duncan F. Kenner Stakes
GRADE I WINNER MAJESTIC HARBOR HEADLINES MINESHAFT HANDICAP; DELAUNAY SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN KENNER
NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2015) – Grade I winner Majestic Harbor returns to the scene of his first career win in Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots as part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford. The Mineshaft will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the main track and is carded as the eighth race on a 12-race card – the first leg of a 50-cent All-Stakes Pick-4.
STAKES ADVANCE: Grade II Risen Star Stakes
INTERNATIONAL STAR AND IMPERIA TOP STELLAR RISEN STAR
NEW ORLEANS (February 16, 2015) – Ten talented sophomores – five locally based and five shipping in – highlight a competitive renewal filled with promising Triple Crown hopefuls of the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday, Feb. 21. Topped by graded stakes-winning ship-ins International Star and Imperia, the Risen Star goes as the 11th on a 12-race Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford card that features five other stakes. First post is 12:30 p.m.