Thursday, March 13 2014
Constitution To Make Stakes Debut In Florida Derby
Pletcher Says Anchor Down Also a Possibility
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Lightly raced unbeaten colt Constitution will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing the 3-year-old son of Tapit to the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, Gulfstream’s signature race which carries a total of 170 qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (G1), with 100 to the winner.
Saturday, March 08 2014
Palace Malice Rallies to Win $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap
Belmont Stakes Winner Surges Late to Capture 4-year-old Debut
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Palace Malice opened his 4-year-old season in dramatic fashion, surging in deep stretch after being passed by two horses to win the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday.
$250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Palace Malice) “He pressed solid fractions, and was carrying top weight and went a little wide. It looked like they took a couple big runs at him and he fought back. It was a heck of a horse race and a huge effort off the layoff. Those are good horses, too. You’ve got a Travers winner and a Prince of Wales winner and the runner-up in the Preakness. It was a good race, I thought.
Friday, March 07 2014
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 3/7
General a Rod Confirmed for Besilu Stables Florida Derby
Palace Malice Ready for 4-year-old Debut in Gulfstream 'Cap
Unlimited Budget Returns Saturday at 7 Furlongs
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod will make his next start in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29, trainer Mike Maker confirmed Friday morning.
Wednesday, March 05 2014
Plesa Hoping to be ‘Lucky’ in $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap
Itsmyluckyday, Palace Malice to Make Season Debuts on Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Itsmyluckyday and Palace Malice, major players on last year’s Triple Crown trail, will meet for the first time since the Kentucky Derby (G1) when they kick off their 4-year-old seasons in the one-mile $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Wed 3/5
Velazquez to Ride Wildcat Red in Besilu Stables Florida Derby
‘Golden’ Ticketed for Gulfstream Park Handicap
Kimmel Hopes Patience Pays off with Silvery Starlet
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - For the fifth time in as many starts, Wildcat Red will have a new rider when he returns in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 29.
Sunday, March 02 2014
$200,000 Swale (G2) Quotes
Trainer Nick Zito (Spot): “First, I’ve got to thank the Lord. Second, I have to thank Mr. (Joseph) Moss. He’s an elderly gentleman who loves this sport. He’s just looking for horses like this. He’s been trying for a two years now. We’ve got to a couple sales and things haven’t worked out. I watched this horse run a month ago, and I know (owner/breeder) Mr. (Curtis) Green very well. I approached him, and he said, ‘Why not?’ Mr. Moss is getting up there in age and has so much guts, it’s amazing.
Zito ‘Spot’ On in Saturday’s $200,000 Swale Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Nick Zito has been on a mission for a couple of years, doing everything he can to acquire a horse for owner Joseph Moss that would be a force in major 3-year-old stakes.
The Hall of Fame trainer’s mission finally produced results Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where he saddled newly purchased Spot for a 2 ½-length upset victory over heavily favored No Nay Never in the $200,000 Swales Stakes (G3).
Thursday, February 27 2014
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Thu 2/27
Smart Cover Returns in Saturday's Palm Beach
Cabo Cat Tries Added Distance in Palm Beach
War Dancer Returns in Tough Turf Allowance on Saturday’s Swale Undercard
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Smart Cover, injured running second to stablemate Cleburne in the Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs last fall, returns to the races in Saturday’s $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) on the Gulfstream Park turf.
Undefeated No Nay Never Set for 2014 Debut in Saturday’s Swale Stakes
Ward Trainee Ready for Showdown With Juvenile Runner-Up Havana
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – No Nay Never certainly looks the part.
“His physical make-up is striking. It’s like the ultimate specimen of a horse,” said trainer Wesley Ward Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park. “He has a beautiful head, a beautiful shoulder. He has a beautiful hip on him. He’s pitch black, not a spot of bay on him. He’s just gorgeous.”
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.
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.