Friday, February 07 2014


Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 2/7


Trying to Spoil Groupie Doll's Party
Caroline Thomas Ready for Suwannee River


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Much of the attention, and deservedly so, will be on two-time Eclipse Award champion Groupie Doll when she makes her final start in Sunday’s $200,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) at Gulfstream Park.





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WISHING WELL STAKES


PURIM’S DANCER BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES FOR FILLIES & MARES DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

PROCTOR TRAINEE HEADS FIELD IN RACE NAMED FOR DAM OF LEGENDARY SUNDAY SILENCE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2014)—A close third in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes Jan. 5, trainer Tom Proctor’s Purim’s Dancer will be back to defend her title in Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.







 

Thursday, February 06 2014


Top drivers ready to open Miami Valley Raceway


Miami Valley Raceway opens Friday night in southwest Ohio and there will be no shortage of talent on the racetrack during the opening weekend.

Among the drivers expected to compete are the three most recent national dash champions: Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Dave Palone and Dan Noble. Wrenn led North America in wins in 2013 with 714 while Palone led in 2012 with 675 and Noble was tops in 2011 with 773.





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Wednesday, February 05 2014


Singanothersong Looms Dangerous in Saturday’s Gulfstream Park Sprint


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ron Pellegrini entered Singanothersong in Saturday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) hoping he’ll see more of what powered the son of Songandaprayer to victory in his last two races at Gulfstream.





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Caroline Thomas gets started in Saturday’s $150,000 Suwannee River


Filly to make first start in four months in nine-furlong turf stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – He trained her mother to be a Grade 1 winner, and Barclay Tagg feels Caroline Thomas can be the same kind of filly. The first step in finding out comes on Saturday, when she kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in the $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) at Gulfstream Park.





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GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS


MIDNIGHT HAWK, CANDY BOY HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS,

FIELD OF SEVEN SOPHOMORES SET TO GO 1 1/16 MILES IN IMPORTANT PREP TO GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Bob Baffert’s Midnight Hawk, a recent winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes, and John Sadler’s Candy Boy, who was a sharp second in the Grade I CashCall Futurity, head a field of seven 3-year-olds set to go 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, an important prep to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby.





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GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES


TWO TIME BIG ’CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE SET TO TAKE ON SPEEDY BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES

BAFFERT & HOLLENDORFER RENEW RIVALRY AT 1 1/8 MILES AS BIG ’CAP PREP ATTRACTS FIELD OF SEVEN RUNNERS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Considered one of the top older horses in the world, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude heads a field of seven in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes, to be run at 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude’s primary rival would appear to be Jerry Hollendorfer’s front-running Blueskiesnrainbows, who comes off a pair of impressive graded stakes scores.





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Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Wed 2/5


Tonalist Working For Return
Ribo Bobo to Bypass Gulfstream Park Sprint
Angelica Zapata Targeting Sabin Stakes on Feb. 16

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - An impressive come-from-behind maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18, promising 3-year-old colt Tonalist is gearing up for his return to the races.





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Tuesday, February 04 2014


Will Take Charge Settles in at Gulfstream for Start in Donn Handicap


Eclipse Champion Alert and Bright After 20-hour Van Ride from Oaklawn

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Champion Will Take Charge arrived by van early Tuesday morning at Gulfstream Park, where the D. Wayne Lukas-trained 4-year-old star is slated to make his 2014 debut in Sunday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).





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Groupie Doll Preps for Career Finale at Gulfstream in Hurricane Bertie


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mandy Pope reviewed the field for the Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in the fall of 2011 to get an idea where her filly, Funny Sunny, stood among the 11 other 3-year-old fillies that had been entered in the seven-furlong stakes.





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Dearly Precious next stop on Gracer’s tour


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Gracer will go in search of her third straight stakes victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when she squares off against four others in the $100,000 Dearly Precious for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.





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Oaklawn Notes:


Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas didn’t let Sunday morning rain throw his schedule off and sent several horses in his barn out for workouts, including Champion Will Take Charge and Strong Mandate. The 4-year-old Will Take Charge, breezed a half mile in 49 4/5 over a sloppy track, while the 3-year-old Strong Mandated posted the bullet at the same distance of 48 3/5.





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