Saturday, March 12 2016
FLORIDA OAKS QUOTES
GRADE III, $200,000 FLORIDA OAKS
WINNER: BACIAMI PICCOLA
Winning trainer Brian Lynch: “She came over in mid-summer and was a little slow to get adjusted to the way we do things over here, so we sort of played with her through the fall. Julien and her started to hook up once we got to Palm Meadows, and he spent a lot of time with her. She is a very difficult filly to ride and can be temperamental, but they seemed to get along fantastic.
GRADE II, $200,000 HILLSBOROUGH
WINNER: TEPIN (COURSE RECORD, 1:46.26)
Winning trainer Mark Casse: “Relief. I was a little worried after the first quarter, but I’m happy. I’m always nervous. It’s funny, the distance worked in our favor today. She’s quite a horse. She can do a little bit of everything; that’s what makes her so amazing.”
Winning jockey Julien Leparoux: “I knew (Isabella Sings) was going fast, but when that happens, you almost have to not pay attention to the one in front. Johnny (Velazquez) came back a little at the half-mile pole, but my horse had to fight hard today, which is good. I didn’t whip her because I could feel she was running for me. She had to have a big race to win, and she did.”
LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY QUOTES
GRADE II, $350,000 LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY
WINNER: DESTIN (STAKES AND TRACK RECORD, 1:42.82)
Winning and runner-up trainer Todd Pletcher (via telephone from Gulfstream): “I was very, very pleased with (Destin’s) performance. He seems to be getting more and more professional and is learning how to finish his races. I felt he would improve with more experience and that is proving to be true. After his first two races, he was still piecing things together, but he has gotten better with experience. We will assess him but probably would not come back in the Florida Derby, which leaves the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass or Arkansas Derby as possibilities.
Salutos Amigos repeats in G3 Tom Fool
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - David Jacobson and Southern Equine Stables' Salutos Amigos kept his perfect record over the Aqueduct Racetrack's inner track intact, erupting through the stretch to win his second straight Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap by 2 ½ lengths on Saturday.
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GULFSTREAM TODAY: Sat 3/12
Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $3.121 Million for Sunday’s Card
Winning Tickets with Six Winners Pay $86,800
Super Hi-5 Carryover of $4,169 for Sunday's First Race
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– The ever-growing 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will stand at $3,121,376.50 for Sunday's 12- race program. First race post time is 12:35 p.m.
A total of $736,400 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 Saturday, when five tickets with all six winners each paid $86,800.88.
Friday, March 11 2016
MOTION HOPES RAFTING STEPS UP IN LAMBHOLM SOUTH TAMPA BAY DERBY
OLDSMAR, FL. – Kentucky Derby-winning trainer H. Graham Motion draws a couple of parallels between Rafting, his entry in Saturday’s Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, and Ring Weekend, which won the Tampa Bay Downs showcase two years ago.
“They’re both by the same stallion (Tapit, the leading U.S. sire the last two years),” Motion said today from his Palm Meadows Training Center base in Boynton Beach on Florida’s east coast. “And they were both horses I thought very highly of as 2-year-olds.”
Undefeated Mohaymen Breezes Friday for $1 Million Florida Derby (G1)
Derby-Bound Fellowship Returns to Gulfstream Work Tab
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Shadwell Stable’s undefeated multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen breezed a half-mile Friday morning in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
With regular exercise rider Miguel Jaime aboard, the sophomore son of Tapit was clocked in 49.40 seconds, second-fastest of 36 horses at the distance over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Thursday, March 10 2016
Gulfstream News & Notes: Thu 3/10
Rosario Looking at Florida Derby (G1) Week Return to Riding
Hernandez Released from Hospital Sunday
Mohaymen Returns to Work Tab Friday at Palm Meadows
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Joel Rosario, one of two jockeys hospitalized following a Feb. 20 spill at Gulfstream Park, is nearing a return that could have him riding the week of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 2, the final weekend of the 2015-16 Championship Meet.
OLDSMAR-BASED TRAINERS PREPARED FOR SATURDAY’S CHALLENGE
OLDSMAR, FL. – As a former assistant to trainer Mike Maker, 35-year-old Jordan Blair got to admire many of the Kitten’s Joy offspring Maker trained for top owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.
Last spring, Blair purchased a Kentucky-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy-Prime Silver, by Silver Hawk, for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-Year-Old Sale. “Not many of Kitten’s Joy’s babies are that pretty, but they all run hard, and if you get a nice one it can turn out to be something special,” Blair said.
NO HICCUPS FOR BRODY’S CAUSE AS 2016 DEBUT NEARS
FACES NINE RIVALS
– Shortly after last fall’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland, trainer Dale Romans laid out a road map to get his talented 3-year-old, Brody’s Cause, into the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
The colt’s first major step toward Thoroughbred immortality takes place Saturday in the 36th edition of the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. Brody’s Cause is the presumptive favorite in a 10-horse field for the mile-and-a-sixteenth main-track contest, which offers 50-20-10-5 points to the first four finishers as part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 3-year-old prep races.
Wednesday, March 09 2016
National Museum of Racing announces 2016 Hall of Fame finalists
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
— Four jockeys, four Thoroughbreds and two trainers comprise the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2016 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are: jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Wed 3/9
Undefeated Nyquist Slated for March 28 Arrival for Florida Derby Clash
Wavell Avenue, You Bought Her Top G2 Inside Information Nominations
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed Wednesday that Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash of undefeated 3-year-old colts with Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby (G2) April 2.
“Our plan right now is to ship on the 28th. We’re scheduled to breeze tomorrow and every week until we go there,” O’Neill said. “When he gets there he’ll just go to the track. He won’t work.”