Sunday, January 29 2012
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Fawkes Has Big Shot on Florida Sunshine Millions Day
Trainer David Fawkes is optimistic about his chances in Saturday’s $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions…and why not?
Not only will Fawkes saddle the 2-1 favorite and Mr. Prospector (G3) winner Apriority in the $150,000 Sprint, but he’ll also send the hard-knocking, stakes-winner Duke of Mischief to post in the $400,000 Classic.
Undefeated Hansen Hits the Derby Trail in Holy Bull Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing’s undefeated 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old Hansen takes his first steps toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown trail as the flashy roan/gray colt launches his 3-year-old campaign in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) going a mile at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez will be back in the saddle on Hansen for trainer Mike Maker after they teamed up for a stunning wire-to-wire victory by a head over heavy favorite Union Rags in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. A Kentucky homebred by Tapit, Hansen had won both of his previous starts at Turfway Park by double-digit margins. He’s the 6-5 favorite.
Thursday, January 26 2012
Mucho Macho Man Makes 2012 Debut in Florida Sunshine Millions Classic
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Mucho Macho Man headed to post at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 for the first time in more than five months, trainer Kathy Ritvo was about to learn just how much the Triple Crown campaign had taken out of the Florida-bred colt.
Only one of three horses to compete in all three spring classics – Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford being the others – Mucho Macho Man had given his trainer every indication that he was ready to make a fresh start. However, the aftereffects of the Triple Crown can often go undetected until a return to action.
GULFSTREAM TODAY 1.25.12
Afleet Lass captured her fourth consecutive victory –her first under the colors of Gainesway Thoroughbreds - in the second race, a $32,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares that have raced for a claiming price of $16,000 or less.
Now trained by Todd Pletcher, the defending eight-time training champion at Gulfstream Park, Afleet Lass was sent to post as the 1-9 favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Northern Afleet, who was privately purchased from owner/trainer Jose Pinchin since her previous start, scored a front-running victory by 1 ½ lengths under John Velazquez.