Wednesday, March 21 2012


Gulfstream Oaks & Rampart Lead Florida Derby Day Undercard


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Renewals of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares are expected to attract division leaders and are among six stakes races on the Florida Derby Day undercard at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31.

The 61st running the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles has a long tradition as a premiere Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown preview and leading the cast for this edition is Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags, imposing winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 26 and solid early favorite for the 138th Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.





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Monday, March 19 2012


Tapitsfly Fills Void in Resume with Honey Fox Victory


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It only takes a peek at the past performance lines in the Daily Racing Form to figure out that Tapitsfly’s triumph in Sunday’s $150,000 Honey Fox (G3) at Gulfstream Park can hardly be regarded as an upset.

What was surprising about the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner’s stretch-running victory in the mile turf event is that it marked her very first success in a graded stakes.





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Gulfstream Today: 3.18.12


P and G Stable and Off the Hook et al’s 4-year-old ridgling Turbo Compressor made an auspicious turf course debut Sunday at Gulfstream Park with a wire-to-wire victory in the fourth race allowance at 1 1/16 miles to score by 5 ½ lengths over Stella Perdomo’s Forte Dei Marmi.

Ridden by leading jockey Javier Castellano for leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Turbo Compressor was doing just fine racing on the main track after winning the Carl Rose Classic in November at Calder by 10 ½ lengths and finishing a game third last out behind Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic here on Jan. 28, but opened up additional options after posting his fifth victory in 11 career starts.





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Lopez Out 6 to 8 Weeks


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Paco Lopez is expected to miss up to two months after suffering a broken collarbone and six fractured ribs in a spill at Gulfstream Park Saturday evening, according to his agent Cory Moran.

Lopez and jockey Antonio Gallardo were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital after the spill. Gallardo, complaining of pain Saturday, was released from Memorial Sunday.





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El Padrino Breezes Sunday for Start in Florida Derby


Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he is kept on edge for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31 in a field led by early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags.

“It was a very good work with a strong gallop out,” said Pletcher of the chestnut colt by Pulpit. El Padrino was an impressive allowance winner over the Gulfstream track on Jan. 29 and shipped to New Orleans to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds last out on Feb. 25.





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Sunday, March 18 2012


Lopez, Gallardo Update


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo could be released later today from Memorial Regional Hospital after being involved in a spill during Saturday’s last race at Gulfstream Park.

Lopez, Gulfstream’s third-leading jockey this year and the top rider the previous two seasons, suffered a broken collarbone in the spill that occurred at the top of the stretch in a 7 ½-furlong turf event. Gallardo is sore from the spill but has no broken bones. A third jockey involved in the spill, Luis Jurado, walked away from the mishap.





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Lopez, Gallardo Update


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo could be released later today from Memorial Regional Hospital after being involved in a spill during Saturday’s last race at Gulfstream Park.

Lopez, Gulfstream’s third-leading jockey this year and the top rider the previous two seasons, suffered a broken collarbone in the spill that occurred at the top of the stretch in a 7 ½-furlong turf event. Gallardo is sore from the spill but has no broken bones. A third jockey involved in the spill, Luis Jurado, walked away from the mishap.





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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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SPILL SENDS LOPEZ, GALLARDO TO HOSPITAL


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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