Friday, December 23 2011

Paddock Proposal Gets a ‘Yes’

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, December 22, 2011) – In what might be the first marriage proposal ever offered in the paddock at the nation’s third-oldest Thoroughbred race course, Louisiana-born jockey Anna Roberts was quick to answer “Yes” when boyfriend Will Werner, son of Fair Grounds-based trainer Ronny Werner, asked for Miss Roberts’ hand in marriage shortly after she rode in Wednesday’s final race of the afternoon.

“Will was standing in the middle of the paddock watching the replay of the race and called me over to him as I was walking back to the jockeys’ room,” recalled Roberts Thursday, speaking over the phone in the midst of a drive to Texas to meet members of her upcoming extended family.

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Thursday, December 22 2011

Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 12.22.11


Amy Tarrant’s 2-year-old filly Ready Signal is bred for the turf.

For starters, she’s out of More Than Ready, one of the top turf stallions in the world. Ready Signal’s dam, Marwood, was Grade 3 placed on the grass and finished second in the 2005 Sunshine Million Filly & Mare Turf. The dam’s sire, Marlin, earned over $2 million on the turf including multiple Grade 1 victories.

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Wednesday, December 21 2011

Frolic’s Revenge Debuts on Turf in Ginger Brew Saturday

Stride Rite Stable’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Frolic’s Revenge had a very wide trip from post 12 when finishing ninth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. She gets a chance to get back on track as she makes her first start on turf in Saturday’s $60,000 Ginger Brew Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.

“That race (Breeders’ Cup) is just a throw out. She never had a chance to get in it,” said trainer Milt Wolfson Wednesday morning from his Calder headquarters. “At least I could share in the celebration when Musical Romance won the (Breeders’ Cup) Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) for Bill Kaplan that afternoon,” he said of his longtime Calder-based friend. Frolic’s Revenge drew post 12 for the Ginger Brew.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.21.11

Boys At Tosconova Continues Comeback in Friday Feature

Jay Em Ess Stable and partners’ Boys At Tosconova was expected to be a major player in the 3-year-old division early this year after having won the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and finishing second to Uncle Mo in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in 2010. But ankle issues kept him on the sidelines for 11 months until finishing third in an allowance race at Belmont Park on Oct. 8.

After coming back to win a 6 ½ furlong allowance race Nov. 12 at Aqueduct for trainer Rick Dutrow, Boys at Tosconova is set to take his next step on the comeback trail in Friday’s ‘three other than’ optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park going one mile against five rivals with regular rider Ramon Dominguez in the saddle.

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Tuesday, December 20 2011

Little Mike Ready For Thursday’s Return To Action

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Little Mike really took to the Gulfstream Park turf course last season while scoring three-graded stakes victories. Earlier in the week, the 4-year-old gelding took to the infield course again, skipping five furlongs over the grass in 58.95 seconds.

The Dale Romans-trained Florida-bred’s clocking was the fastest of six recorded at the distance on turf, serving as final preparation for his return to racing action in Thursday’s seventh race at Gulfstream.

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Monday, December 19 2011

Summer Front Overtakes Rivals in Dania Beach Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ramon Dominguez was obviously confident in Summer Front’s ability when the Eclipse Award-winning rider decided to make the New York-to-California-to-South Florida weekend journey to ride the 2-year-old colt the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes.

Dominguez left Gulfstream Park Sunday even more impressed with the Christophe Clement-trained colt after scoring a 1 ½ -length victory under less-than-ideal conditions. Despite stumbling at the start and forced to race wide in traffic into the stretch, Summer Front kicked in strongly in the stretch to motor past 8-5 favorite Finale and post his third victory without a loss in the mile turf event.

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Telling and Little Mike Return in Thursday Allowance Feature

Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike, a winner of three graded races here last winter, and Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Telling, a two-time winner of the Sword Dancer (G1), return to competition Thursday at Gulfstream Park in a very tough one-mile turf allowance race.

Both horses will be making their first start since April.

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Sunday, December 18 2011

Trickmeister Returns and Remains Undefeated

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trickmeister enjoyed a perfect return from a 16-month layoff Saturday at Gulfstream Park to run his undefeated string to five races in the $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes.

Showing no rust or ill effects from a serious of injuries that forced him out of action for so long, Trickmeister had a stress-free trip during an impressive front-running performance under jockey Javier Castellano, who also enjoyed a banner day at Gulfstream with five winning rides on the card.

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Making his first start in 16 months, IEAH Stable and Pegasus Holdings’s 4-year-old colt Trickmeister obviously was more than ready for a return to competition as he dominated five rivals to win Saturday’s $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park by 5 ¼ lengths to remain undefeated in five career starts. Trickmeister was jockey Javier Castellano’s fifth winner of the afternoon.

Trained by Rick Dutrow, Trickmeister won his first three career starts at Delaware Park in the spring and summer of 2010 for breeder Brereton Jones and trainer Cindy Jones. The son of Proud Citizen was sold privately shortly thereafter to his current connections and went on to win the Pleasant Colony Stakes at Saratoga in late August that summer by 11 ¼ lengths, but was sidelined until Saturday by various physical issues, including cannon bone problems and a cracked tibia.

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Borel to Start Riding at Gulfstream Next Week

Three-time Kentucky Derby winning rider Calvin Borel, the regular pilot of 2-year-old Champion Street Sense and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, will make Gulfstream Park his home base for the 2011-2012 meet, according to his agent Jerry Hissam.

After spending this weekend at the Fair Grounds, the 45-year-old journeyman will likely begin riding at Gulfstream on Thursday, December 22.

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Saturday, December 17 2011

Gulfstream Today: 12.16.11

Adios Charlie returned from a 5 ½ -month layoff to score an impressive 3 ¼ -length victory in the ninth race, a $56,500 allowance race.

The 3-year-old son of Indian Charlie didn’t show any rust from his injury-forced hiatus as he settled a few lengths off the early pace before pulling away to victory in the stretch under jockey Javier Castellano. Adios Charlie covered the mile in 1:35.70.

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Friday, December 16 2011

Algorithms Two-for-Two; Holy Bull Next

Starlight Racing’s 2-year-old Algorithms ran like a star on the rise Friday winning the third race, an ‘a other than’ allowance test, at Gulfstream Park by one length over Darley Stable’s highly-regarded 4-to-5 favorite Consortium.

The first two finishers, both colts by Bernardini, made their second career start after impressive debut victories in New York earlier this year.

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