Sunday, March 04 2012
Castellano Extends Lead in Gulfstream Standings With Five Winners
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fresh off riding the 3000th winner of his career, Javier Castellano visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle five times on Saturday.
The 34-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, who reached the 3000-win milestone on Feb. 24, boosted his meet-leading total to 81 wins, 21 more than his closest rival, John Velazquez.
“I’m so happy the way my career is going. I’ve been very lucky to ride good horses for good trainers who put me in this spot,” Castellano said. “I had a lot of good chances today, but sometimes it can go the other way. I was very blessed.”
Pants On Fire Wins; Dialed In Fourth in 2012 Debuts
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Kelly Breen indicated early in the week that Lori and George Hall’s 2011 Louisiana Derby (G2) hero Pants On Fire was more than ready for his first start since late July, and the 4-year-old colt confirmed that assessment conclusively Saturday at Gulfstream Park as he drew clear in the stretch for a 4 ½ lengths victory in a one-mile allowance race.
The $67,100 allowance race got a lot of attention since it was drawn on Wednesday and also marked the return of Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old Dialed In, winner of last year’s Florida Derby (G1). The colt ran well enough to finish fourth after a mild rally from last early in the race under jockey Javier Castellano.
Saturday, March 03 2012
Gulfstream Today: 3.2.12
Windsor Manor Farm’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Ninja Blade stalked the pace from third down the backstretch of Friday’s 6 ½ furlongs allowance feature at Gulfstream Park with leading jockey Javier Castellano and wore down the leaders to post a hard-fought half-length victory over Peachtree Stable’s 4-year-old Red Ace.
A roan/gray son of Johannesberg trained by Eddie Kenneally, Ninja Blade has won two of his last three starts at this meet after finishing second in the first five starts of his career, including three races over the Gulfstream track last year. He paid $4 to win as the even-money favorite in the field of five and was timed the distance in 1:15 4/5 over the ‘fast’ track.
Friday, March 02 2012
BRENDAN WALSH SADDLES FIRST WINNER
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Brendan Walsh, former assistant to Eddie Kenneally, saddled his first winner as a trainer when Mrs. James Moseley’s Sandcastle won the fifth race, a maiden special weight event, Friday afternoon at Gulfstream Park.
“It’s a dream of a lifetime to train a winner. To have one here is fantastic,” said Walsh, who went out on his own in October and has 10 horses at Gulfstream’s satellite training facility Palm Meadows. “We have some nice horses. Hopefully, there’s a little more to come.”
Soldat Back on Home Turf at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Soldat will make his return to the site of his finest moment when he goes to post in Sunday’s sixth race at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s objective for his 4-year-old colt has changed from a year ago.
Last year, McLaughlin was determined to let Soldat prove himself on Gulfstream’s main track, over which he captured the Fountain of Youth (G2) to earn a shot in the Kentucky Derby. If his trainer has his way this year, Soldat will never see action on dirt again.
GULFSTREAM RAISES FLORIDA OWNERS AWARDS 25 PERCENT
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced today it will raise Florida Owners Awards 25 percent beginning Wednesday, March 7.
The increase in Florida Owners Awards is in addition to the 15 percent purse increase announced earlier in the week.
Dialed In to Get Baptism by ‘Fire’ in 2012 Return
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Dialed In will make his first start in more than eight months in Saturday’s seventh race at Gulfstream Park, but Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito found no easy spot for his 2011 Florida Derby champion’s return in the $67,1000 optional claiming allowance.
Dialed In, the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of eight, will meet Pants on Fire, the 2011 Louisiana Derby victor who will also be making his first start in 2012 in the mile race.
Thursday, March 01 2012
Gulfstream Today: 3.1.12
Patricia Generazio’s 4-year-old colt Raging Six rallied outside down the stretch in Thursday’s six-furlong starter/optional/claming feature at Gulfstream Park to score by 2 ¼ lengths under jockey Elvis Trujillo at odds of better than 9-to-1, giving trainer Mary Hartmann her first winner of the meet.
A chestnut son of Don Six, Raging Six was making his fourth start of this meet, improving his position each time from sixth to fifth to fourth to the winners’ circle Thursday. The victory was his fourth in 16 starts as he paid $20.80 for $2 to win after being timed in 1:09:98 for the distance over the fast track
Little Mike Will Have Big Following for Canadian Turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The most fashionably bred, most well-connected horses with the most impeccable conformation parade through Gulfstream Park on a daily basis, but it’s a diminutive gelding with relatively obscure parentage that has become the racing fans’ most unlikely and beloved hero.
Little Mike, who will be seeking his sixth victory in seven starts over the past 14 months at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf (G3), is also the pride and joy of Carlo and Priscilla Vaccarezza.
Inspired & Indulgence Meet in Ladies Turf Sprint
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Peter Blum Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old mare Inspired is very fast and will be the one to catch in Sunday’s $60,000 Ladies Turf Sprint at Gulfstream Park while Silverton Hill Farm LLC’s 5-year-old mare Indulgence is a confirmed come-from-behind sprinter that can be expected to be closing fast in the stretch of the five-furlong dash.
Inspired shipped out of town for a wire-to-wire score in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes going five furlongs over the Fair Grounds course last out on Jan. 21 for trainer Allen Iwinski. Jockey John Velazquez was aboard for that victory and will have the mount again Sunday.
Yara, Coalport, Dash Dot Dash
Peras International’s 3-year-old Florida-bred filly Yara posted a 64-to-1 upset winning the $350,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) by a neck over heavy favorite Grace Hall on Feb. 25 at Gulfstream Park, and will now be pointed to her start next in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) to be run at 1 1/8 miles on Florida Derby Day, Sat., Mar. 31.
“She came out of the race very well,” said trainer Jose Garoffalo Thursday morning from his Calder headquarters. “She’s fit and now we just have to keep her happy between now and then. One of the reasons we decided to stay here for this race is that she can earn a $100,000 bonus as a Florida-bred if she wins the race. We hope she does well enough in the Gulfstream Oaks to go on to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.”
Gulfstream Raises Purses 15 Percent; $250,000 a Week
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced today it will raise purses 15 percent through the remainder of its meet due to increases in on-track and off-track handle as well as attendance.
“We have seen increases in our business due to the support of our horsemen, and the industry has benefited from our December opening,” said Gulfstream Park President and General Manager Timothy Ritvo. “The quality of our races, and the quantity of starters per race, has been welcomed by our fans both locally and globally. We thank them for their support. It has always been our desire to increase purses and give back to the horsemen who have supported our program with the finest show on turf.