Monday, January 30 2012

El Padrino Enters Kentucky Derby with Allowance Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Todd Pletcher-trained El Padrino stamped himself as a horse to watch on the road to the Kentucky Derby Saturday at Gulfstream Park with an emphatic two-length victory over a field of talented 3-year-olds in the seventh race.

The son of Pulpit ($7.20) settled in fourth under jockey Javier Castellano along the backstretch run of the 1 1/16mile allowance before kicking in through the stretch to win comfortably.

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Gulfstream Today: 1.29.12

Pletcher Stable Sweeps Forward Gal & Holy Bull

Trainer Todd Pletcher would have had plenty to look forward to Sunday at Gulfstream Park after sending out Let’s Go Stable’s 3-year-old colt El Padrino for a sharp victory in an ‘a other than’ allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in the seventh race, a performance that earned him a probable start next in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) over the track and distance on Feb. 26.

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Florida Sunshine Millions Winners Doing Fine

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Florida Sunshine Millions winners Mucho Macho Man, Awesome Feather and Little Mike all came out of Saturday’s races in good order, according to their trainers Sunday morning.

Mucho Macho Man, impressive winning the $400,000 Classic by 1 ½ lengths over Ron the Greek, was grazing early Sunday morning outside his barn while a large group of fans, including owners from Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable, admired the tall 4-year-old bay colt.

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Sunday, January 29 2012

Mucho Macho Man Impressive in Florida Sunshine Millions

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mucho Macho Man put on a sparkling demonstration of resilience and raw ability at Gulfstream Park Saturday, capping the Florida Sunshine Millions program with an authoritative triumph in the $400,000 Classic.

One of only three horses to have competed in all the three legs of the grueling Triple Crown last year, Mucho Macho Man made an auspicious 2012 debut in the finale of the six stakes for Florida-bred thoroughbreds with an overpowering performance.

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Little Mike Remains Horse for Course With Sunshine Millions Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike captured the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf in his typical front-running fashion, earning his fourth-straight victory over Gulfstream Park’s turf course going wire-to-wire.

“He proved to me a long time ago that he won’t let another horse past him without putting up one heck of a fight,” regular rider Joe Bravo said. “He was the best horse in the race and he showed it.”

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Soaring Stocks Surges to First Stakes Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s Soaring Stocks cruised around the final turn and surged down the stretch to pass frontrunner Royal Currier in the final strides of the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and score his first stakes victory.

In his first stakes attempt, the 4-year-old colt broke last after bumping with Madman Diaries at the start, but jockey John Velazquez quickly moved Soaring Stocks into third, racing off the pace of second choice Royal Currier, who set fractional times of 22.02, 44.19, and 56.24, with Madman Diaries sitting in second. Velazquez made his move going into the final turn to pass the fading Madman Diaries and overtake Royal Currier down the stretch. Cajun Breeze and jockey Juan Leyva closed down the stretch and slipped between Soaring Stocks and Royal Currier near the wire, calling for a photo that showed Cajun Breeze up for second and Royal Currier hanging on for third. The final time was 1:09.49.

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It’s Me Mom Takes Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Lynne Scace knew what she was doing when she shipped in It’s Me Mom for the six furlong Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint. The Put It Back filly indeed put them back when she wired the field of seven, increasing her six furlong record to six wins from nine starts.

Owned and bred by Jean and Thomas Bosch, It’s Me Mom took command right from the gate with no challengers in sight. The four year old filly broke from the rail but raced slightly off the lead. She set extremely fast fractions going the first quarter in 22:25, the half in :44.41, and completing the six furlongs in 1:08.85. She increased her distance from the field with every quarter and went on to win by six and three quarter lengths over Honey Chile and Indulgence.

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Awesome Feather Stays Perfect in Florida Sunshine Millions

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Florida Sunshine Millions got off to a perfect start at Gulfstream Park Saturday when Awesome Feather extended her unbeaten streak with a dazzling performance in the $300,000 Distaff.

Sent to post in the first of six stakes for Florida-bred thoroughbreds as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six, Awesome Feather scored by 5 ¾ lengths under jockey Jeffrey Sanchez to collect her ninth straight victory.

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Good Deed Ships to Gulfstream Park for Forward Gal

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Good Deed, who shipped from Fair Grounds this week, will make her fifth lifetime start at her fifth different racetrack in Sunday’s $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The daughter of Broken Vow is riding a three-race winning streak into the seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies with victories at Hoosier Park, Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds to her credit.

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Friday, January 27 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.27.12

Boys At Tosconova, a Grade 1 stakes winner at 2, appeared ready to rejoin the stakes ranks Friday with a game triumph in the fourth race by three-quarters of a length.

The 4-year-old son of Officer, who captured the 2010 Hopeful (G1), encountered less-than-ideal conditions in the one-mile optional claiming allowance while racing along the rail, lapped on by pacesetting Groupie Doll, on the backstretch and on the turn into the homestretch. But when a confident Javier Castellano asked him for his run at the top of the stretch, Boys At Tosconova responded to the vigorous hand ride to out-game the stakes-winning filly to the finish line.

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Gulfstream Park News & Notes January 27, 2012

McLaughlin Looking for Consortium to Step Forward in Holy Bull

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin wasn’t nearly as surprised as the bettors at Aqueduct last November when Consortium swept to victory by nearly five lengths at 13-1 in his debut.

“We expected him to run well. We felt like he was a really nice horse and he was training really well. Alan Garcia rode him great the first time, sat back fifth in the clear and came running to win by 5,” McLaughlin said. “He’s so well bred. Bernardini is such a great sire. It’s nice to have quite a few Bernardinis in the barn.”

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Gulfstream Today: 1.26.12

Shadwell Stable’s 3-year-old filly Almusafa was reserved off a moderate pace early in Thursday’s $53,500 allowance feature on turf at Gulfstream Park before coming with a big rally in the stretch to win the 1 1/16th miles test by 2 ¼ lengths as the 11-to-10 favorite over Elizabeth Valando’s 12-1 longshot Sweet and Lovely.

Ridden by John Velazquez, Almusafa was making the third start of a promising career following a debut victory on the turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 27 and a close-up fifth-place finish in the Ginger Brew Stakes over the Gulfstream course on Dec. 24 when beaten only 1 ¼ lengths despite early trouble.

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