Thursday, December 29 2011
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: GP Derby and Old Hat
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The 3-year-old class of 2012 debuts Sunday with the first running of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby at 1 1/16 miles and a field of 11 with Michael Dubb’s Ancient Rome and Robert LaPenta’s Casual Trick among the likely choices to get early recognition on the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown trail.
Jockey Joe Rocco, Jr. gets a return call on Ancient Rome for trainer Anthony Dutrow after they teamed up to win the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at six furlongs here on opening day, Dec. 3. The son of Roman Ruler broke his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths at Delaware Park on Oct. 22 after a runner-up debut.
Wednesday, December 28 2011
The Hunk Set for Stakes Debut in Mr. Prospector Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - New Farm’s New Jersey homebred colt The Hunk looked good winning an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10 while going wire-to-wire at six furlongs. It’s a performance that sends him to his stakes debut on a four-race win streak in Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3).
Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets a return call on The Hunk for trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. as the 4-year-old son of Eclipse champion sprinter Speightstown takes the big step up in company from three allowance wins at Monmouth Park and the Gulfstream score last out when he was timed in 1:09 flat.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes December 28, 2011
Gulfstream to Run Live Program Monday, January 2
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it has received permission from the state to change its live racing schedule next week. Gulfsteam will now run Monday, Jan. 2 and be closed Wednesday, Jan. 4.
“We requested the change due to the incredible response we had from our fans for racing on Monday, Dec. 26,” said Gulfstream President and General Manager Timothy Ritvo. “With Jan. 2 being a holiday for many people, and with both Santa Anita and Aqueduct racing, we thought it was the right decision.”
Tuesday, December 27 2011
Gulfstream Today: 12.26.11
Jacks or Better Farm’s 2-year-old homebred colt Argentine Tango made a dramatic last-to-first move under jockey Rajiv Maragh in Monday’s ‘other than’ allowance feature going one mile on turf at Gulfstream Park to score by two lengths, but lost the race after the stewards disqualified him to fourth for interference in the stretch.
A and V Investments’ El Romano was a 68-to-1 longshot in the field of nine, and was not involved in the incident, but was the beneficiary of the disqualification and paid his few backers $139.40 for $2 to win. Trained by Manny Azpurua and ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, the son of Badge of Silver finished a neck ahead of Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence even-money favorite Liquidity Trap in third.
Friday, December 23 2011
Gulfstream Today: 12.23.11
Boys At Tosconova, second to Uncle Mo in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), won his second consecutive start, a ‘three other than’ optional/allowance feature Friday at a mile at Gulfstream Park.
Third past a :23.87 opening quarter, Boys At Tosconova took the lead approaching the turn and then held off a closing Where’s Sterling by a length while covering the distance in 1:35.62.
Gulfstream Notes: 12.23.11 - Zito, Borel, Indiano
Zito Pointing Casual Trick to Gulfstream Park Derby
Casual Trick, an impressive maiden winner at Churchill Downs in his second career start, is being pointed to the inaugural running of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1.
“I think I’m going to run him in the Gulfstream Derby,” trainer Nick Zito said. “He only broke his maiden in his last race, but I think it’s a good place to start.”
Paddock Proposal Gets a ‘Yes’
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, December 22, 2011) – In what might be the first marriage proposal ever offered in the paddock at the nation’s third-oldest Thoroughbred race course, Louisiana-born jockey Anna Roberts was quick to answer “Yes” when boyfriend Will Werner, son of Fair Grounds-based trainer Ronny Werner, asked for Miss Roberts’ hand in marriage shortly after she rode in Wednesday’s final race of the afternoon.
“Will was standing in the middle of the paddock watching the replay of the race and called me over to him as I was walking back to the jockeys’ room,” recalled Roberts Thursday, speaking over the phone in the midst of a drive to Texas to meet members of her upcoming extended family.
Thursday, December 22 2011
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 12.22.11
TARRANT FILLY ‘READY’ FOR SATURDAY’S GINGER BREW
Amy Tarrant’s 2-year-old filly Ready Signal is bred for the turf.
For starters, she’s out of More Than Ready, one of the top turf stallions in the world. Ready Signal’s dam, Marwood, was Grade 3 placed on the grass and finished second in the 2005 Sunshine Million Filly & Mare Turf. The dam’s sire, Marlin, earned over $2 million on the turf including multiple Grade 1 victories.
Wednesday, December 21 2011
Frolic’s Revenge Debuts on Turf in Ginger Brew Saturday
Stride Rite Stable’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Frolic’s Revenge had a very wide trip from post 12 when finishing ninth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. She gets a chance to get back on track as she makes her first start on turf in Saturday’s $60,000 Ginger Brew Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.
“That race (Breeders’ Cup) is just a throw out. She never had a chance to get in it,” said trainer Milt Wolfson Wednesday morning from his Calder headquarters. “At least I could share in the celebration when Musical Romance won the (Breeders’ Cup) Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) for Bill Kaplan that afternoon,” he said of his longtime Calder-based friend. Frolic’s Revenge drew post 12 for the Ginger Brew.
Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.21.11
Boys At Tosconova Continues Comeback in Friday Feature
Jay Em Ess Stable and partners’ Boys At Tosconova was expected to be a major player in the 3-year-old division early this year after having won the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and finishing second to Uncle Mo in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in 2010. But ankle issues kept him on the sidelines for 11 months until finishing third in an allowance race at Belmont Park on Oct. 8.
After coming back to win a 6 ½ furlong allowance race Nov. 12 at Aqueduct for trainer Rick Dutrow, Boys at Tosconova is set to take his next step on the comeback trail in Friday’s ‘three other than’ optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park going one mile against five rivals with regular rider Ramon Dominguez in the saddle.
Tuesday, December 20 2011
Little Mike Ready For Thursday’s Return To Action
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Little Mike really took to the Gulfstream Park turf course last season while scoring three-graded stakes victories. Earlier in the week, the 4-year-old gelding took to the infield course again, skipping five furlongs over the grass in 58.95 seconds.
The Dale Romans-trained Florida-bred’s clocking was the fastest of six recorded at the distance on turf, serving as final preparation for his return to racing action in Thursday’s seventh race at Gulfstream.
Monday, December 19 2011
Summer Front Overtakes Rivals in Dania Beach Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ramon Dominguez was obviously confident in Summer Front’s ability when the Eclipse Award-winning rider decided to make the New York-to-California-to-South Florida weekend journey to ride the 2-year-old colt the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes.
Dominguez left Gulfstream Park Sunday even more impressed with the Christophe Clement-trained colt after scoring a 1 ½ -length victory under less-than-ideal conditions. Despite stumbling at the start and forced to race wide in traffic into the stretch, Summer Front kicked in strongly in the stretch to motor past 8-5 favorite Finale and post his third victory without a loss in the mile turf event.