Tuesday, February 25 2014
Florida Derby Rematch Possible for Wildcat Red And General A Rod
Holy Bull Winner Cairo Prince Prepares to Join Them in Besilu Stables Florida Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in yesterday's $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1-million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29. Awaiting them in that marquee event at a mile and an eighth will be Cairo Prince, who sat out the Fountain of Youth following his romp in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream on January 25. General a Rod had edged Wildcat Red in the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year's Day, but the latter colt turned the tables in their virtual match race in the Fountain of Youth.
Undefeated Samraat tops 11-horse field in Grade 3 Gotham
OZONE PARK, N.Y - Undefeated Samraat will shoot for his fifth straight victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of 11 for the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham, a major prep for the April 5 Wood Memorial at the Big A and the Kentucky Derby one month later.
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Sunday, February 23 2014
$400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) Quotes
Trainer Jose Garoffalo (Wildcat Red): "We proved that we were right, that the horse could get the distance. I thought (General a Rod) was the horse to beat and the race was a copy of the last race, the Gulfstream Park Derby, but this time I got lucky and I beat him.
"I was expecting him to be right next to or right behind me. Javier knows my horse, that's why he went after him very early. When my horse feels another horse alongside, he runs harder. Now we can think seriously about the (Kentucky) Derby. He never quits and he likes that - to feel the horse next to him. I was very confident at the wire. I knew that he was going to beat him this time. Last time, the post position wasn't good, but now it was a different story, thank God.
GRADE II RISEN STAR STAKES
Mike Smith (jockey, Intense Holiday, winner): “Well, in the very beginning he kind of slipped leaving there which turned out to be a good thing. It kind of scared him and he got up on the bridle which I wanted him to be but he was a bit too keen early. So when I finally talked him out of it he just completely let go and I was like ‘uh no, not that much.’ I asked him again and he jumped back on it again and I had to talk him out it or he would let go too much. There was a lot of room to improve there and a lot of room to grow. What I really liked at the end was galloping out, after I stopped him, you can tell when a 3-year-old has had enough. He took one breath and came back so we did not get to the bottom of him.
Friday, February 21 2014
Gulfstream Notes 2.21
McGaughey Not Concerned with Top Billing Post
Rydilluc Seeks Return to Winning Ways in Saturday’s Canadian Turf
Normandy Invasion Launches Comeback Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The highly regarded Top Billing will test stakes company for the first time Saturday in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Listed at 7-2 on the morning line, the stretch-running colt drew post 12 in the 13-horse field, but trainer Shug McGaughey isn't overly concerned about the post position in the 1 1/16-miles test.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Climbs to $1,127,355.43
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot remained elusive to bettors for the 31st consecutive day, generating a carryover of $1,127,355.43 heading into Friday’s card. A total of $353,478 was wagered on the multi-race wager Thursday.
Gulfstream Notes 2.20
General A Rod Ready for 2-Turn Test in Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
Pletcher Sends We Miss Artie to Main Track in Fountain of Youth
Kaplan Seeks Return to Triple Crown
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – General a Rod made a most favorable impression on Jan. 1 when the Mike Maker-trained 3-year-old captured the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby with a performance that has only become more noteworthy in pursuing weeks.
FAIR GROUNDS ANNOUNCES PURSE ADJUSTMENT
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, February 20, 2014) – Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots announced a 10% reduction to overnight purses for the remainder of its 2013-2014 meet.
After carefully monitoring handle generated through the first 57 days of this race meet and purse supplements from slots and video poker operations, it has become necessary to make this adjustment.
GAUDET HAS TWO CHANCES AT WINNING JOHN B. CAMPBELL HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-20-14---Trainer Linda Gaudet has a 40 percent chance of winning the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. The 1 1/8 mile test for older runners is race six on the card headlined by the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2).
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Tuesday, February 18 2014
Gulfstream Today 2.17
Rainbow 6 Carryover Soars over $1 million for Thursday’s card
Multiple tickets for popular 20-cent wager cash for $88,271.34
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot survived another racing day Monday at Gulfstream Park, generating a carryover of $1,042,557.91 for Thursday’s card. However, two ticket holders of the 1-1-2-12-6-2 combination for the six-race sequence still enjoyed a lucrative afternoon, each cashing for $88,271.34.
Mail looks to send message in Stymie
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having closed out 2013 with his first stakes victory, Mail seeks to stamp himself a serious racehorse for his 4-year-old campaign on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of seven for the $100,000 Stymie at 1 1/8 miles.
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Stakes Advance: Vicar’s In Trouble Heads Overflow Risen Star Field
NEW ORLEANS (February 17, 2014) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, dominant 6 ¾- length hero of the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Jan. 18, may be a slight choice in the wagering when he faces an overflow field of 13 challengers with two also-eligibles in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, the Crescent City oval’s showcase event on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.