Sunday, March 30 2014


Louisiana Derby Quotes


Rosie Napravnik, Vicar’s In Trouble, winner: “You know he is a tiny horse but he’s got a great big heart.”

Mike Smith, Intense Holiday, 2nd: "The inside horse jumped-out, right on me. But the race was over at that point. She (Rosie Napravnik) rode a great race. A brilliant race actually. It turned it into a two furlong sprint not a 3/8's type race where we can run out."





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Friday, March 28 2014


Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 3/28


Castellano Looks for First Florida Derby
Jerkens Sends Out House Rules In Oaks
Velazquez Does Homework for Wildcat Red


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Javier Castellano has had a pretty good winter. He captured his first Eclipse Award as champion jockey, set a North American record for single-season purse earnings, and broke his own record in becoming just the second rider to claim three consecutive Champions meet titles at Gulfstream Park.





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PLETCHER’S TRIO TUNING UP FOR SATURDAY’S SHOW


NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 28, 2014) –Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf’s Intense Holiday, who has been installed as the morning line 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, arrived at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Thursday shortly after noon along with Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, the 8-5 early line favorite for Saturday’s 90th anniversary edition of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap.





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GULFSTREAM TODAY - Thu 3/27


Courtney Ryan Captures Fifth Straight Victory in Feature
Zimmerman Visits Winner’s Circle Twice in Comeback
Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Tops $4.1 million

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Win machine Courtney Ryan pulled clear of her five rivals down the stretch of today’s ninth race to capture her fifth straight victory, as well as her fourth win during Gulfstream Park’s Champions Meet.





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Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Thu 3/27


Garoffalo's Budget Just Right for Wildcat Red
East Hall Looking to Rebound in Besilu Stables Florida Derby
Maker to Rosario: "Get to the Wire First"

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Given a strict budget for the Ocala Breeders Sales Co. 2-year-old in training sale last March, trainer Jose Garoffalo wasn’t sure what he would be able to afford.





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Thursday, March 27 2014


Cairo Prince Favored in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby


Eight-Horse Field includes Stakes Winners Wildcat Red, General a Rod, Spot
Florida Derby Highlights $2 Million Card with Eight Stakes, Including Seven Graded


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Cairo Prince made a spectacular 2014 debut in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on Jan. 25, sweeping around horses on the turn and drawing off to an exciting 5 ¾-length victory. While demonstrating an abundant amount of class, talent and professionalism, the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile left Gulfstream Park fans wanting to see more.





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Intense Holiday Heads $1 Million Louisiana Derby


IN TROUBLE, RISE UP, ‘HAWK’, ‘VICAR’ AMONG RIVALS

NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – Starlight Racing and Jack Wolf’s Intense Holiday, winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 101st running of the Grade II $1 million Louisiana Derby, centerpiece race of the historic New Orleans oval’s 84-day meeting.





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PALACE MALICE FAVORED IN NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP


NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, hero of last spring’s Belmont Stakes as the final jewel of racing’s 2013 Triple Crown, will go to the post in Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap with 121 pounds and the favorite’s mantle in the field of eight older horses.





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Tuesday, March 25 2014


Owners on ‘Wild’ Ride with ‘Florida’s Horse’


State-bred Wildcat Red Takes Two-Race Win Streak into Florida Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It is a two hour and 45-minute trip from Caracas, Venezuela to Gulfstream Park, one the owners of Wildcat Red have made seven times in the past six months to see their horse run.

They are back again this week to watch Wildcat Red in the most important start yet of his young career, Saturday’s $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1), Gulfstream’s signature race and one of the most significant preps on the road to the Triple Crown.





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Monday, March 24 2014


Gulfstreampark.com a Comprehensive Florida Derby Resource


View Full List of Events Scheduled for Florida Derby Week
Derby Post Position Draw Will Be Streamed Live Wednesday
Meet the Contenders for Gulfstream Park’s Signature Race
Florida Derby News & Notes Published in Spanish

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) will be renewed for the 63rd time on Saturday, March 29, but the buzz surrounding Gulfstream Park’s signature race has already started and will continue to heighten right up until post time.





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Sunday, March 23 2014


General a Rod Maker’s ‘Best Chance’ for Success in Triple Crown Races


Gulfstream Park Derby Champ Works for Saturday’s Besilu Stables Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Since going out on his own in 2003, trainer Mike Maker has taken five horses down the Triple Crown trail, including Hansen, the undefeated 2-year-old male champion of 2011.





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RACE QUOTES: SPIRAL STAKES


Winning horse: We Miss Artie

Winning jockey: John Velazquez
“I was a little wide going into the first turn but I found a nice spot down the backside. Right at the sixteenth-pole I had to drift away from them so he didn’t have to work so hard. Then I was able to get up at the wire.”

Winning trainer: Todd Pletcher
“It really was (a great closing run). Very exciting. I wasn’t sure he got there but very excited to see that he did.”





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