Thursday, February 16 2012


Gulfstream Today: 2.15.12


Trainer Christopher Clement unveiled a future stakes performer in the featured ninth race, a $64,000 allowance won in impressive fashion by Future Generation ($7).

Making her first start in the U.S., the 4-year-old son of Hurricane Run stalked the early pace before kicking in through the stretch to draw off to victory under a hand ride by Rajiv Maragh.





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Union Rags & Algorithms Lead Cast for Fountain of Youth


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary Dan Bork has released nominations to five graded stakes to be run over the Feb. 25-26 weekend with highlights including a meeting of leading Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls Union Rags and Algorithms in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and 5-year-old mare Awesome Maria in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3).

The Fountain of Youth, to be run that Sunday at 1 1/16 miles, is coming up very strong with Chadds Ford Stable’s Champagne Stakes (G1) hero and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) runner-up Union Rags set to face off against Starlight Racing’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Algorithms in a race that will point out leading contenders for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) here on March 31.





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Sunday, February 12 2012


Gulfstream Today: 2.12.12


Frank Calabrese’s 3-year-old filly Sabrina’s Dance broke sharply from the inside one post under jockey Jose Lezcano in Sunday’s $60,000 Madcap Escapade Stakes at Gulfstream Park going five furlongs on turf, took command in the far turn, and held a safe margin of 1 ¼ lengths over James K. Chapman and Sonia Chapman’s 2-to-1 favorite Alydarla in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies.

A daughter of Werblin, Sabrina’s Dance was a $1,700 OBS October weanling purchase for previous connections and was purchased privately shortly after winning her career debut at Calder Race Course in May for a $25,000 claiming tag and placed with trainer Nick Canani.





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Sabrina’s Dance Back on Top in Madcap Escapade


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Frank Calabrese’s Sabrina’s Dance avenged a recent allowance loss to Alydarla and became a stakes winner in the process Sunday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $60,000 Madcap Escapade under jockey Jose Lezcano.

The 3-year-old daughter of Werblin, who lost to Alydarla by a neck last month, held off that rival Sunday by 1 ¼ lengths after again setting the pace in the five-furlong turf stakes.





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Snow Top Mountain Captures Suwannee River


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The sun was shining on Gulfstream Park ‘s turf course, labeled good after a week of thunder showers, for Snow Top Mountain to capture the Suwannee River Handicap (G3). The grey mare completed the 1 1/8 miles stake in 1:52.86, a half length over Hit It Rich and Gold d’Oro.

The 5-year-old mare rated off the pace in seventh, 1 ½ lengths off the leader Speak Easy Gal. Snow Top Mountain got within a half length of the lead after running three-quarters of a mile before jockey Jose Lezcano, looking for some running room, swung the grey mare wide to ensure a clear path and was victorious by a half length.





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Get Stormy Wires the Field in Gulfstream Turf ‘Cap


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Sullimar Stable’s Get Stormy got started on his Grade 1-winning form right off the bat for 2012, cruising to a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/8-mile $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).

Get Stormy‘s victory in the Turf Handicap capped the four stakes races on the February 11 card, with Thunder Moccasin taking the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2), Snow Top Mountain capturing the $150,000 Suwannee River (G3), and Hymn Book conquering the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).





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Thunder Moccasin Powers Home for Hutcheson Triumph


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Favored Thunder Moccasin thundered down the stretch to pull away to a 6 ¾-length score in the 7-furlong $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) over a good track, scoring his first graded stakes victory in his second start and remaining undefeated.

“He broke half a step slow but it worked out perfectly because I was able to get great position outside of the other speed. I wanted to make a quick move on the turn to try to surprise the other horse and it worked,” jockey John Velazquez said. “He runs so hard every step of the way.”





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Hymn Book a Main-track Attraction After Donn Victory


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Hymn Book stormed through the stretch to a hard-fought nose triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Shug McGaughey had to be thankful for a rainy day in New York back in May.

Hymn Book ($15) had followed in his mother Vespa’s hoof prints and proved to be a very useful, if not dominating, racehorse on turf, able to scratch out several victories and on-the-board finishes in the allowance ranks.





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Pletcher Reaches 3000-Win Career Milestone


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eight-time defending Gulfstream Park training champion Todd Pletcher attained a career milestone Saturday, notching his 3000th victory by saddling Spring Hill Farm for a trip to the Gulfstream winner’s circle in the third race.

“It gives you a little time to reflect. There’s not many opportunities to reflect in this business, but milestones like this gives you a chance to appreciate all of them,” Pletcher said following a winner’s circle ceremony that drew an enthusiastic ovation from the fans.





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Ever So Lucky Out of Hutcheson


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Saturday morning that Augustin Stable’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) runner-up Ever So Lucky would be scratched from today’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2).

“He needed to have some good strong gallops during the week because we gave him a little bit of a conservative work (Monday),” Sheppard said. “The track wasn’t that great that day, and it’s been (sloppy) since. I discussed it at some length with (Augustin Stable’s George) Strawbridge Friday.”





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Thursday, February 09 2012


10-cent Rainbow 6 hit for $237,765.48


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Wednesday afternoon for $237,765.48.

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.





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Gulfstream Today: 2.8.12


Trainer Richard Dutrow gave the fans at Gulfstream Park a double sneak peek into Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).

After receiving permission from the stewards, Dutrow sent undefeated Trickmeister and multiple-stakes winner Redeemed to the track between the seventh and eighth races for their final half-mile tune-ups for the Donn.

Trickmeister, who collected his sixth victory without a loss in the Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream on Dec. 17, was the first to work. The 5-year-old son of Proud Citizen breezed four furlongs over a “good” track in 49 1/5 seconds under a motionless exercise rider Giovanni Rogelio. New York-based Ramon Dominguez will be aboard Trickmeister for the first time Saturday.





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