Monday, February 20 2012


Gulfstream Today: 2.19.12


Making her first start since Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, John Oxley’s 4-year-old filly Dancinginherdreams looked very good winning a $56,500 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Gulfstream Park, drawing off to score by a length as the 13-to-10 favorite under jockey Edgar Prado.

Trained by John Ward, Jr., the roan/gray daughter of Tapit sat a stalking trip third down the backstretch as longshot Annunciata set the pace in the field of seven fillies and mares before coming up to duel for the lead at the top of the stretch with second choice Majestic Maria. Howard Whitbread’s Go Unbridled rallied for second as Majestic Maria tired to finish another 3 ¾ lengths back in third.





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Union Rags Breezes in Preparation for Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth


BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Multiple graded-stakes winner Union Rags was sent to the track at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning for his final workout for next Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2).

The Michael Matz-trained 3-year-old colt broke from the starting gate and breezed four furlongs in 48 4/5 seconds shortly after 7 a.m.





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Motion Rates Animal Kingdom’s Performance ‘Top Ten’


BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Trainer Graham Motion reported Sunday morning that Animal Kingdom seemed to come out of his comeback victory in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park in fine order.

“He’s a very hard horse to read because he always acts kind of tired,” said Motion of his laid-back 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, who hadn’t raced since undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hind leg in June. “But he certainly didn’t seem knocked out by it. I think we couldn’t ask for a better prep, really.”





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Saturday, February 18 2012


Gulfstream Today 2-17-2012


Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on the card, including Smartys Emperoress, a 16-1 long shot, in the featured ninth race.

The 34-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela ran his meet-best total to 62 victories with his off-the-pace victory by three quarters of a length aboard the Eric Reed-trained filly in the five-furlong turf sprint.





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Friday, February 17 2012


Frolic’s Revenge Back to Dirt for Davona Dale


Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred 3-year-old filly Frolic’s Revenge ran very well in her two starts at the meet on turf winning the Ginger Brew Stakes on Dec. 24 and finishing a game third last out in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on Jan. 22 for trainer Milt Wolfson

However, she will be back on the main track next Saturday (Feb. 25) for the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.





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Mucho Macho Man Confirmed for Gulfstream Park Handicap


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Kathy Ritvo set the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 10 as the next start for multiple-stakes winner Mucho Macho Man. Ritvo gave the green light to the one-turn mile handicap after watching the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno breeze four furlongs Friday morning in :48.25 seconds at Gulfstream Park.

“He loves to train; he loves to get on the track,” said Ritvo, whose nephew, Nick Petro Jr., was aboard for her colt’s first work since capturing the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28. “He was out there standing for 20 minutes before we even backed up. He takes full advantage of being out on the track. He watched all the horses go by. When you take him to another track, he does the same thing.”





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Animal Kingdom Makes 2012 Debut Saturday at Gulfstream


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Animal Kingdom produced a career moment for trainer Graham Motion when Team Valor International’s colt powered to a 2 ¾-length triumph in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last May.

Although Animal Kingdom will forever be remembered as a Kentucky Derby champion, Motion still has misgivings about the son of Lesroidsesanimaux’s 2011 campaign that was cut short by injury in June.





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Thursday, February 16 2012


Force Freeze Returns in Gulfstream Sprint Championship


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Saeed Naser al Romalthi’s 7-year-old gelding Force Freeze, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs last fall, will be the likely favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) going seven furlongs in a field of eight older horses that also includes Rosemary Rausch and David Zell’s 6-year-old gelding Capt. Candyman Can..

Jockey Paco Lopez gets back aboard Force Freeze for trainer Peter Walder as the Kentucky-bred by Forest Camp makes his first start since finishing a game second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5 when beaten a neck by Amazombie, who was later voted Eclipse champion sprinter.





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Her Smile Returns in Hurricane Bertie Sunday for New Connections


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile was last seen under silks finishing a game third behind Musical Romance in the $1 million Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. She’s set to resume her career Sunday as one of the favorites in a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Her Smile will be wearing different colors than she did in the Breeders’ Cup when she raced for owner Bobby Flay and trainer Todd Pletcher. Days later she was purchase by Frank Stronach for $1 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sales. The daughter of Include returns with Chad Brown as trainer and leading rider Javier Castellano named to ride in Sunday’s 6 ½-furlong test.



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Animal Kingdom to Make 2012 Debut Saturday at Gulfstream


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, will make his first start of 2012 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday afternoon.

Trainer Graham Motion entered last year’s Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old in a $60,000 turf allowance, carded as the fifth race on an 11-race program. Owned by Team Valor International, Animal Kingdom has been training strongly at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s state-of-the-art training center in Boynton Beach, for his 2012 debut.





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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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