Sunday, March 18 2012

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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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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Gulfstream Park News & Notes March 16, 2012

Boisterous Returns in Sunday Allowance

Phipps Stable’s 5-year-old Kentucky homebred Boisterous is one of the most accomplished turf stakes runners in South Florida this winter and will get his 2012 campaign started in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Gulfstream Park Sunday with jockey John Velazquez aboard for trainer Shug McGaughey

“The distance (1 1/16 miles) is short of his best, but with this rain the course may have some more give to it for a closer to have a chance,” said McGaughey Thursday afternoon. “I needed to get him started and didn’t want to go a mile-and-a-half (nominated for next Saturday’s Pan American Stakes).

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10-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover for Friday at $156,435.93.

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Friday, March 16 of $156,435.93.

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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Gulfstream Today: 3.15.12

Making his first start since winning his career debut at Saratoga last July, Professor Fate was rated a few lengths off the early pace before making an outside drive through the stretch to post a ¾ -length victory in the fifth race.

Professor Fate ($8.40) was ridden by leading rider Javier Castellano, who needs only two more winners to equal the record for most wins by a jockey during a Gulfstream meeting. Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and Julio Pezua (1987) share the record with 97 trips to the winner’s circle.

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Thursday, March 15 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.14.12

Lally Stable’s 3-year-old filly Dame Marie ran her career record to two wins from two starts rallying from off the early pace down the outside in the stretch to score a neck victory over Elizabeth Valando’s Sweet and Lovely in the $49,000 optional/allowance feature at one mile on turf Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode Sweet and Lovely from post 11 in the full field of 12 3-year-old fillies and rallied past Darley Stable’s 4-to-5 favorite Questing leaving the furlong marker. Questing tired and finished fourth as she fell short of giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s his 1,000th career victory.

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Wednesday, March 14 2012

R Holiday Mood & Musical Romance Meet in Inside Information

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old filly R Holiday Mood has already won a pair of stakes races at the Gulfstream Park meet for leading trainer Todd Pletcher while Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 5-year-old mare Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse champion filly and mare sprinter, bids to bounce back from an unfortunate beginning to her 2012 season.

The two will meet for the first time in Saturday’s $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs with jockey John Velazquez back aboard R Holiday Mood and regular rider Juan Leyva atop Musical Romance for co-owner and trainer Bill Kaplan in the strong field of 11 fillies and mares.

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