Thursday, January 23 2014
$250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC
MULTIPLE GRADED STAKES WINNER SUMMER HIT IS HORSE TO BEAT IN SATURDAY’S $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF
HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE DRAWS RAIL WITH BEJARANO IN 14-HORSE FIELD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—Multiple stakes winning Summer Hit, fresh off a front-running six length score in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29, looms strictly the horse to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, which attracted a field of 14 older horses at 1 1/8 miles on grass.
$200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS
WILLIAMS’ HOMEBREDS SWISS LAKE YODELER & ALASHARCHY LOOM LARGE IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT ONE MILE ON TURF
HOLLENDORFER/SPECHT-TRAINED FILLIES AMONG FULL FIELD OF 14 ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, prominent among California’s top owner/breeders, will be represented by two talented homebred fillies, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Swiss Lake Yodeler, and the Steve Specht-conditioned Alasharchy, in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
SATURDAY’S GRADE II SANTA MONICA
SEVEN-TIME STAKES WINNER TEDDY’S PROMISE HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II SANTA MONICA,
CAL-BRED SEEKS MILLIONAIRE STATUS IN CAREER FINALE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—California-bred Teddy’s Promise, a seven-time stakes winner owned by her breeders, Ted and Judy Nichols, seeks millionaire status in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, her final career start before a planned mating to top Kentucky-based stallion Smart Strike this spring. A winner of last year’s Santa Monica, “Teddy” heads a field of seven older fillies and mares competing in the prestigious sprint that will be run for the 57th time.
Sunday, January 19 2014
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Sun 1/19
Mr Speaker Breezes Half-Mile for Holy Bull
Cairo Prince, Almost Famous Sharp in Holy Bull Tune-Up at Palm Meadows
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Dania Beach Stakes winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park Sunday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in next Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
“He worked in :49 2/5 and worked great,” trainer Shug McGaughey said.
Saturday, January 18 2014
Gulfstream: $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Quotes
Trainer Kathy Ritvo (Mucho Macho Man): “It was good to have him back. We put him in because he was ready to run. It was fun.
“It’s nice to win at home. We have total confidence in Gary (Stevens), so the whole race was fun. I was very comfortable today.
“One race at a time. He’s not even back at the barn yet.”
Gulfstream: $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint Quotes
Jason Servis, trainer (Ribo Bobo): “I stay out of his way, he does the rest. We went back in for him in a six-way shake. I guess you could say it was meant to be. My opinion is that when he got to four, five, six wins in a row—I was picking my spots with him, going to Penn National, I think he finally said, ‘Oh, I’ve really got this now.’”
Gulfstream: $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Quotes
Trainer Eddie Kenneally (Star Channel): “Big day so far. We’re done. Nervous? Yeah, that was close. There was not much between the photo, and the fact that there was a lot of contact, plenty of contact when I saw it on the head-on. I wasn’t sure what way it was going to go. I don’t know who was causing the bumping but it looked like it was going to go 50-50, and thankfully it came our way.
Gulfstream: $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint
Trainer Eddie Kenneally (Ullapool): “We expected a big effort. She’s good right now. We really thought she’d run a big race. We were happy with the way she came into the race.”
Gulfstream: Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Quotes
Trainer Rodolfo Garcia (Parranda): “It was excellent. He (Jose Lezcano) did everything right. She finished great. As of late, she wants to be closer. She used to [come from] way off the pace. She likes to be on the outside. He (Lezcano) waited until he could go to the outside, and from there I knew she was going to close like she did. We got an A-effort ride, and a perfect win.
“We’re going to consider our options. We have a couple of races here at Gulfstream and we’ll consider them. We’ll give her four or five week’s rest before we go into the next one.”
Gulfstream: $300,000 Sunshine Millions Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Sweet N Discreet): “It unfolded sort-of how we thought it would. We were able to get into a good, comfortable spot and pop outside and get into a nice rhythm down the backside. She was traveling really well. It looked like he went into the far turn with a lot of horse and decided to blow the race open right there, and he was able to do it.”
Stakes Recap: Grade III Lecomte Stakes
LOUISIANA-BRED VICAR’S IN TROUBLE WINS G3 LECOMTE
NEW ORLEANS (January 18, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Louisiana-bred Vicar’s in Trouble, a well-regarded second choice in the wagering in Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte Stakes on Road to the Derby Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, became the first Louisiana-bred horse since One Tough Cat in 1987 to win the first leg of a three-race series that will conclude with the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 29 at the Crescent City oval.
Robby Albarado (jockey, winner Unbridled Forever): “She is a phenomenal filly. She’s got a lot of buttons to her. Dallas has been very high on her from the start. I’ve never gotten on her in the mornings, only in the three races. She’s been exceptional every race. I’d like to congratulate Mr. Fipke. He’s done a lot for racing and deserves one like this. I don’t feel like we know the depth of her yet. Obviously a nice filly today, Larry Jones filly, hung in there tough. I think there is more to her.