Monday, March 26 2012

Gulfstream Park News & Notes March 25, 2012

Millionaire Keertana Targets Orchid Stakes Saturday

Barbara Hunter’s 6-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Keertana defines high class and consistency with earnings of more than $1 million and a career record of 28-11-6-7 for trainer Tom Proctor. It’s no wonder she could go off favored to win Saturday’s $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park at 1 ½ miles on turf.

A daughter of Johar, Keertana will bid to reverse a decision here last month when she finished second by a length in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles to Trick or Treat International’s 6-year-old Here to Win, an 11-to-1 shot for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin that was in receipt of four pounds and is expected back for the Orchid.

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El Padrino on Target for Florida Derby after Breeze at Palm Meadows

El Padrino signaled his readiness for a clash with Union Rags in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park during a half-mile workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning. The son of Pulpit, who was ridden by jockey Javier Castellano, was timed in :49.

“He went well. He went in :49, which is what we set out to do. He seemed happy and is coming up to the race in good order,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.

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Sunday, March 25 2012

Union Rags Breezes the ‘Right Way’ in Preparation for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company Saturday at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in next Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

The 3-year-old son of Dixie Union, who is expected to be a solid favorite in Gulfstream Park's signature race, breezed the four furlongs in 49.10 seconds under assistant trainer/exercise rider Peter Brett.

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Leparoux Maneuvers Newsdad to Pan American Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Newsdad was heavily favored to prevail over just three rivals in the $150,000 Pan American (G2), but his jockey didn’t fall into the trap that a victory would come easily Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Newsdad did go on to capture the 1 ½-mile turf event by two lengths, but not before Julien Leparoux considered all his options.

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Friday, March 23 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.23.12

Richard Sherman’s 5-year-old Kentucky homebred Nikki’s Sandcastle showed a second, two thirds and a fourth in as many tries at the Gulfstream Park meet going back to Dec. 4, but finally got his day in the winner‘s circle Friday after posting a hard-fought head decision in the eighth race.

Jockey Joe Bravo had Nikki’s Sandcastle rated in fifth down the backstretch of the 7 ½ furlongs turf test run under starter/allowance conditions, and rallied through the stretch to post his fifth victory in 22 career starts. Andrew Farm’s Chosen Empire finished third, two lengths behind the runner-up in the field of seven as Magdalena Farm’s 6-to-5 favorite Dark Cove finished fourth.

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Where’s Sterling Set for Start in Skip Away

Frank Calabrese’s 5-year-old Where’s Sterling worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:14 3/5 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park and is on target to make his next start as one of the favorites in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) going 1 3/16 miles on Florida Derby Day, Saturday March. 31.

“He’s ready to go,” said trainer Nick Canani. “We know he likes the Gulfstream track. He’s run two good races and had traffic trouble last out in the Donn Handicap (G1). He’s a big horse and he can’t just stop and start. The added distance also should help him.”

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Plans for Kentucky Derby Prospects Set in ‘Motion’

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Graham Motion had already loaded Lucky Chappy onto a Dubai-bound plane for a start in the UAE Derby (G1) on March 31 and was preparing for the departure of Howe Great and Went the Day Well to Kentucky for their respective starts in major preps for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

The flurry of activity surrounding his talented 3-year-olds at Palm Meadows Training Center could be viewed as a symptom of a bad case of Derby Fever to anyone unaware of the 47-year-old conditioner’s patient and somewhat conservative training program.

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Thursday, March 22 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.22.12

Goldrush Girl overcame early trouble and a wide journey to prevail by a neck over Woodford Lady to give trainer Ken McPeek a 1-2 finish in the third race, an entry-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies.

With her narrow victory in the 1-1/16-mile race, Goldrush Girl earned a trip to Keeneland for a likely start in the Ashland (G1) on April 7 with the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 4 a possibility.

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Matz Hoping for Double Duty Florida Derby Day

Trainer Michael Matz, who is preparing Union Rags to headline the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on March 31, has a potential starter for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in And Why Not.

“And Why Not may be running in the Oaks here or an allowance race the week after on the grass,” Matz said. “But I definitely want to try and get her to the Oaks. I think she’s that type of filly and I think the distance would be perfect for her.”

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Lopez Released From Hospital and in Good Spirits

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockey Paco Lopez, who broke his collarbone and suffered six fractured ribs March 17 in a spill at Gulfstream Park, was released Wednesday afternoon from Memorial Regional Hospital and is in “good spirits,” according to his agent, Cory Moran.

“He’s sitting up, cracking jokes, he’s an amazing guy,” Moran said. “Paco doesn’t feel any pain from the collarbone, but it’s the ribs that are bothering him a little. I spoke to the doctor (Wednesday) and he said the ribs are fractured but not separated, so he doesn’t need surgery. The injuries all occurred to his left side. He’s very fortunate and I’m just glad he’s doing OK.”

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Fort Loudon Confirmed to Start in Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred 3-year-old colt Fort Loudon will take at least one more chance with division leaders in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (G1) on Sat., Mar 31 after picking up minor checks earlier this winter in the Holy Bull (G3) and Fountain of Youth (G2).

“He ran a decent race to be fourth in the Holy Bull (Jan. 29) and fifth to Union Rags in the Fountain of Youth (Feb. 26),” said trainer Stanley Gold. “He had a little trouble at the start of the Fountain of Youth, but not enough to give him an excuse. He was beaten only nine lengths by Hansen and Union Rags in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), which is hardly a disgrace.

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Wednesday, March 21 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.21.12 - John Velazquez Presented with Hartack Award

Jockey John Velazquez was presented after the last race Wednesday with the Bill Hartack Memorial Award.

The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation was established by the friends of Bill Hartack to honor the memory and lifetime achievements of the five-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey. Through its philanthropic arm, the Hartack Foundation will annually contribute to thoroughbred racing charities and recognize the jockey who rides the Kentucky Derby winner. Velazquez won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom.

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