Monday, March 24 2014


Gulfstreampark.com a Comprehensive Florida Derby Resource


View Full List of Events Scheduled for Florida Derby Week
Derby Post Position Draw Will Be Streamed Live Wednesday
Meet the Contenders for Gulfstream Park’s Signature Race
Florida Derby News & Notes Published in Spanish

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) will be renewed for the 63rd time on Saturday, March 29, but the buzz surrounding Gulfstream Park’s signature race has already started and will continue to heighten right up until post time.





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Sunday, March 23 2014


General a Rod Maker’s ‘Best Chance’ for Success in Triple Crown Races


Gulfstream Park Derby Champ Works for Saturday’s Besilu Stables Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Since going out on his own in 2003, trainer Mike Maker has taken five horses down the Triple Crown trail, including Hansen, the undefeated 2-year-old male champion of 2011.





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Friday, March 14 2014


Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 3/14


Orseno's Claim of Saint Midas a Bargain With Social Inclusion Victory
Decision Due this Weekend on Social Inclusion
Blossoming Parranda Seeks Another win in $200,000 Honey Fox
Mucho Macho Man Back Home

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Social Inclusion turned a number of heads when he ran away from respectable group of maidens at Gulfstream Park on the undercard of the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) on Feb. 22. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure for his 7 1/2-length success that afternoon, and that effort also caught the attention of trainer Joe Orseno. Together with partner Brian Miller of Silly Goose Racing, Orseno owns an 8-year-old mare named Saint Midas, who like Social Inclusion was produced by the graded stakes placed Saint Bernadette.





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Thursday, March 13 2014


Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Thu 3/13


Owner Considers Several Offers For Social Inclusion
Honor Code Doing Well After 3-Year-Old Debut
Maker Names Rosario on General a Rod
Swale Winner Spot Works Half Mile
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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Following Social Inclusion’s record-setting allowance victory at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, owner Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable is considering several offers to purchase the 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt.





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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.





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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.





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$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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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).





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