Monday, April 02 2012


Gulfstream Today: 4.1.12


A single 10-cent winning ticket on Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 wager returned $791,364.73 Sunday to one bettor.

The innovative 10-cent Rainbow 6 wager, introduced in 2011 at Gulfstream, requires a bettor to pick the winners of the last six races on the program. The jackpot is only paid out when there is one unique ticket with all six winners. The carryover built last winter to $5.1 million.





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Hero of Order Pulls Off $220 Louisiana Derby Upset for Russian-born Trainer Dorochenko


NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, April 01, 2012) – Gennadi Dorochenko, the diminutive Russian-born owner-trainer with a grip of iron and a tireless work ethic, proved that hard labor pays off by winning Sunday’s 99th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, richest race of the Crescent City season, with the biggest win payoff in the history of the showcase race as well as the largest win price of the 2011-2012 season at Fair Grounds.

Hero of Order, a 3-year-old son of Sharp Humor owned by Dorochenko’s Raut LLC, was the 53-year-old Russian’s armor-bearer, earning the Louisiana track’s highest honor in its nine-furlong centerpiece event, with New Orleans-born 46-year-old veteran jockey Eddie Martin Jr. in the irons.





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Gantry Wins Again in Duncan Kenner; Look At the Time Rules Crescent City Derby


NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, April 1, 2012) – Brittlyn Stable’s Gantry, rated just behind the early pace, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and got up to be best by three-quarters of a length in Sunday’s $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes on Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Derby Day supporting stakes program.

“I can’t take more of this,” said Gantry’s excited owner Evelyn Benoit. “Yes, I can. I want to win the 12th race, too.” (That was the Southern Oaks Plantation Costa Rising Stakes, where that ownership’s Star Guitar was going to try to become the richest Louisiana-bred earner of all time.)





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Gulfstream: News & Notes - 4.1.12


Jockeys Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux and Rajiv Maragh are the top four riders on the leader board for the 2011-12 Gulfstream Park meet that runs through April 8. But Saturday’s Florida Derby Day card was the final day of action here for the leaders.

All four jockeys took off to New Orleans for mounts in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) or other stakes on Sunday at Fair Grounds, a number of them on horses based with trainers stabled in South Florida this winter. The top four will move on this week to ride either the opening weekend at Keeneland or Aqueduct.





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Florida Derby Notes: Take Charge Indy Fine After Florida Derby Win


BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Pat Byrne didn’t need to delve into deep analysis to explain Take Charge Indy’s gate-to-wire victory under jockey Calvin Borel in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1)

“It was pretty straightforward. He broke sharp and Calvin did a super job,” said Byrne Sunday morning of his colt’s 7-1 upset triumph in the 61st running of Gulfstream Park’s signature stakes.





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Gulfstream Sets Derby Day Records


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park set new standards on Florida Derby Day for attendance and on-track and total handle in its state-of-the-art facility.

Total handle on Gulfstream’s program, which included seven stakes races worth $1.9 million, including the 61st running of the Florida Derby (G1), was $24.615 million, eclipsing the mark set last year on Derby Day of $19.759 million – an increase of 24.58 percent.





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Sunday, April 01 2012


Exciting Finishes Highlight Derby Day Undercard Stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Fort Larned’s track record in the $100,000 Skip Away (G3) headlined the Florida Derby Day undercard, chock full of exciting finishes coming in the $100,000 Appleton (G3), $150,000 Orchid (G3), and $70,000 Sir Shackleton Stakes.

Skip Away





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Awesome Maria Doesn’t Disappoint in Rampart Victory


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Awesome Maria was such an enormous standout in Saturday’s $150,000 Rampart (G3) at Gulfstream Park that the striking gray mare was sent to the starting gate at odds of 1-10.

The daughter of Maria’s Mon lived up to the bettors’ expectations with a thoroughly dominating 2 ¼-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile stakes for fillies and mares on the Florida Derby Day program. But the anticipated five-star performance wasn’t so easy on trainer Todd Pletcher.





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Bartolome Scratched from Florida Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - ARS Racing Stable’s Bartolome, a 30-to-1 morning line longshot in Saturday afternoon’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, was scratched mid-morning because of a bruised foot, according to trainer Jose Garoffalo.

“We could tell he wasn’t right when he came out of his stall first thing this morning,” said Garoffalo from his Calder Race Course headquarters. “He’s got a bruised foot. It is not serious, but just bad timing. He’ll be fine. We just have to take care of it.”





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Saturday, March 31 2012


Gulfstream Today: 3.30.12


Pinch Pie returned from more than a four-month layoff in winning form in the featured seventh race. The Anthony Dutrow-trained 4-year-old filly stalked the early pace in the $54,600 optional claiming allowance before surging under jockey Javier Castellano in the stretch to prevail by three quarters of a length.

Pinch Pie had concluded her 2011 campaign with three graded-stakes appearances, including a third-place finish in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga.





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Gulfstream Today: 3.30.12


Pinch Pie returned from more than a four-month layoff in winning form in the featured seventh race. The Anthony Dutrow-trained 4-year-old filly stalked the early pace in the $54,600 optional claiming allowance before surging under jockey Javier Castellano in the stretch to prevail by three quarters of a length.

Pinch Pie had concluded her 2011 campaign with three graded-stakes appearances, including a third-place finish in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga.





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A Trip to Kentucky ‘Pending’ on Outcome of Florida aDerby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As the field of nine enters the gate on Saturday for the $1 Million Florida Derby (G1), owners Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence will have their hopes of running the first Saturday in May riding on a dark bay colt named News Pending.

This would not be the first time on the Derby trail for Klaravich Stables. The stable won the 2004 Fountain of Youth (G2) with Read the Footnotes, trained by Rick Violette. He finished fourth to Friends Lake in the Florida Derby (G1) and went on to finish seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Klarman has stated that the spring of 2004 was his biggest thrill in racing to date.





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