Monday, March 19 2012


Gulfstream Today: 3.18.12


P and G Stable and Off the Hook et al’s 4-year-old ridgling Turbo Compressor made an auspicious turf course debut Sunday at Gulfstream Park with a wire-to-wire victory in the fourth race allowance at 1 1/16 miles to score by 5 ½ lengths over Stella Perdomo’s Forte Dei Marmi.

Ridden by leading jockey Javier Castellano for leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Turbo Compressor was doing just fine racing on the main track after winning the Carl Rose Classic in November at Calder by 10 ½ lengths and finishing a game third last out behind Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic here on Jan. 28, but opened up additional options after posting his fifth victory in 11 career starts.





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Lopez Out 6 to 8 Weeks


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Paco Lopez is expected to miss up to two months after suffering a broken collarbone and six fractured ribs in a spill at Gulfstream Park Saturday evening, according to his agent Cory Moran.

Lopez and jockey Antonio Gallardo were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital after the spill. Gallardo, complaining of pain Saturday, was released from Memorial Sunday.





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El Padrino Breezes Sunday for Start in Florida Derby


Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he is kept on edge for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31 in a field led by early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags.

“It was a very good work with a strong gallop out,” said Pletcher of the chestnut colt by Pulpit. El Padrino was an impressive allowance winner over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 29 and shipped to New Orleans to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds last out on Feb. 25.





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Sunday, March 18 2012


Lopez, Gallardo Update


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo could be released later today from Memorial Regional Hospital after being involved in a spill during Saturday’s last race at Gulfstream Park.

Lopez, Gulfstream’s third-leading jockey this year and the top rider the previous two seasons, suffered a broken collarbone in the spill that occurred at the top of the stretch in a 7 ½-furlong turf event. Gallardo is sore from the spill but has no broken bones. A third jockey involved in the spill, Luis Jurado, walked away from the mishap.





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Lopez, Gallardo Update


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo could be released later today from Memorial Regional Hospital after being involved in a spill during Saturday’s last race at Gulfstream Park.

Lopez, Gulfstream’s third-leading jockey this year and the top rider the previous two seasons, suffered a broken collarbone in the spill that occurred at the top of the stretch in a 7 ½-furlong turf event. Gallardo is sore from the spill but has no broken bones. A third jockey involved in the spill, Luis Jurado, walked away from the mishap.





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No Question, Musical Romance Much the Best in Inside Information


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Musical Romance hit a sour note in her first start of the year, finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The 2011 Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter not only tasted defeat but she also injured her left front foot during her disappointing 2012 debut to remain winless in five starts over the Gulfstream oval.

Was the 5-year-old mare past her peak? Does the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare winner dislike the Gulfstream surface? Will her hoof injury affect her performance?





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SPILL SENDS LOPEZ, GALLARDO TO HOSPITAL


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital Saturday evening after both were involved in a spill in the 11th race.

Lopez, Gallardo and jockey Luis Jurado were involved in a spill at the top of the stretch in the 7 ½ furlong turf event. Jurado walked off the course and back to the jockey’s room under his own power.





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Castellano Sets New Standard at Gulfstream for Victories


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Javier Castellano broke the record for most wins during a Gulfstream race meet Saturday when he won his 98th race of the 2011-2012 season aboard Repenter in the first race.

Castellano set the standard on the 72nd day of live racing. He shared the previous record of 97 with Jerry Bailey (1996 over 64 days), Wigberto Ramos (1991 over 81 days) and Julio Pezua (1987 over 50 days).





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Zo Impressive, 10-year-old Pyramyst, Oaks Works


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Live Oak Plantation’s Zo Impressive was sent to the track at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning for a five-furlong workout in preparation for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on March 31.

The gray daughter of Hard Spun, who was ridden by exercise rider Adele Bellinger was timed in 1:03 4/5.





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Union Rags, Take Charge Indy Breeze


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Early Florida Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags went to the track at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning for an easy five-furlong workout in preparation for Gulfstream Park’s signature race on March 31.

The 3-year-old son of Dixie Union, who made an auspicious 2012 debut in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream on Feb. 26, covered the distance in 1:04 1/5 under jockey Julien Leparoux.





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Friday, March 16 2012


Gulfstream Today: 3.16.12


Jockey Javier Castellano had another good day Friday as the leading rider at the Gulfstream meet, beginning with an easy seven-length score on WinStar Farm’s undefeated 3-year-old colt Gemologist in the third race allowance feature, confirming his status as another top Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Castellano was back in the winner’s circle three races later in the sixth race after guiding 1-to-2 favorite Pecky’s Boy to a wire-to-wire victory for his 97th victory of the session, tying the all-time record for a Gulfstream meet held jointly by Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and first by Julio Pezua (1987).





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Undefeated Gemologist Sparkles in Return at Gulfstream Park


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gemologist didn’t miss a beat while coming off a 3 ½-month layoff Friday at Gulfstream, maintaining his undefeated record with a seven-length victory in a stakes-quality $80,000 allowance.

The 3-year-old son of Tiznow, who had been idle since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, led throughout the mile race to prevail over previously undefeated Currency Swap, who was making his first start since capturing the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga last September.





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