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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10-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover for Florida Derby Day at $556,413


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover on Saturday, Florida Derby Day of $556,413.26.

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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Another Good One for Byrne in Take Charge Indy


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Pat Byrne is no stranger to good horses or the national spotlight.

In 1997, the affable native of England conditioned Breeders’ Cup-winning juveniles Countess Diana and Favorite Trick, who would become the first 2-year-old since Secretariat to earn Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Byrne saddled Awesome Again to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).





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Peter Brette is Getting a Good Feeling about Union Rags


BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Peter Brette is privileged to know what if feels like to sit on a Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, having served as the assistant trainer and exercise rider of the Michael Matz-trained Barbaro, the 2006 winner of the Run for the Roses.

While Union Rags looks to others like a legitimate early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby, the 46-year-old native of England has a more advantaged perspective from the back of the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.





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Friday, March 30 2012


Gulfstream Today: 3.29.12


Despite having run for a $20,000 claiming tag with no takers while winning her last start at Tampa Bay Downs, Midwest Thoroughbreds’ 6-year-old mare Lady of Greatness was second choice in Friday’s ninth race optional/claiming feature at Gulfstream Park and went wire-to-wire to score by 1 ¼ lengths over Wertheimer et Frere’s 9-to-10 favorite Shared Heart.

Jockey Leandro Goncalves made the trip down from Tampa Bay Downs to ride Lady of Greatness for trainer Jamie Ness and she raced to the front out of the gate in the 6 1/2 furlongs test for fillies and mares, setting a solid pace through a half-mile in 45:13, and turning back a mild challenge from Shared Heart at the top of the stretch.





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Thursday, March 29 2012


Phyllis Wyeth Feature - Dreams Really Do Come True


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Phyllis Wyeth had long-term expectations that proved to be short-lived several years ago when she turned over a newly purchased filly to trainer Michael Matz.

“I bought this one horse that I thought would be really good to add to my broodmare band. She was one of George Strawbridge’s horses that was in a sale,” Wyeth recalled during a phone conversation from her farm in Chadds Ford, PA.





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Wilkes Seeks Answers in Florida Derby with Neck ‘n Neck


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ian Wilkes is hoping that Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park will help his late-developing colt Neck ‘n Neck take a step closer to the 2012 Triple Crown races.

Neck ‘n Neck, a dark bay colt out of Flower Alley, is coming into Saturday’s race off a troubled fourth place finish Feb. 26 behind Florida Derby favorite Union Rags in the Fountain of Youth (G2), with News Pending in second and Discreet Dancer holding on for third.





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Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 3.29.12


And Why Not Joins Stablemate Union Rags on Florida Derby Day Card

Michael Matz, who will saddle Union Rags for a start in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1), will keep busy before the key Kentucky Derby (G1) prep by saddling And Why Not in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) one race earlier on the 13-race program.

And Why Not will be making her 2012 debut in the 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies against the likes of the 1-2 finishers in the Davona Dale (G2), Yara and Grace Hall, as well as Zo Impressive, a late-developing filly who has won twice at Gulfstream in impressive fashion.





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Aqsaam to Seek Cover in Orchid


BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Undefeated Aqsaam pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the Gulfstream Park meeting on Jan. 29 when she captured her third straight victory without a loss.

The 4-year-old filly’s victory in the turf allowance was hardly unexpected considering her 6-5 favoritism, but it was the way she won that caught everyone off guard. After launching her very promising career with a pair of deep-closing triumphs, the daughter of Dynaformer went right to the lead in the 1 7/16-mile route. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained filly set the pace into the stretch before being headed in mid-stretch, only to fight back to win by a half-length.





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Castellano Looking Ahead to El Padrino in Florida Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Javier Castellano could not be blamed for thinking about what might have been. But Gulfstream’s leading rider – the man who set a record earlier this meet for most wins by a Gulfstream jockey and also won his 3,000 career race - prefers to look ahead, especially to his ride aboard Risen Star (G2) winner El Padrino, the 2-1 second choice in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Castellano came to Florida this winter as the regular rider of Union Rags, the early 6-5 favorite for the Florida Derby, as well as the promising young colt Algorithms. After Algorithms blew away Eclipse champion Hansen Jan. 29 in the Holy Bull (G3), Castellano had to make a decision on which 3-year-old would be his preference looking ahead to the spring classics.





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