Wednesday, February 08 2012
Shackleford & Ruler On Ice Lead Strong Field for Saturday’s Donn
HALLLANDALE BEACH, FL - Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Shackleford and Lori and George Hall’s 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1) hero Ruler On Ice will be the likely favorites in a very deep field of 11 older horses entered for Saturday’s 54th edition of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park.
The Donn will be one of four graded stakes races on Saturday’s program. The afternoon will also include the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1), $150,000 Hutcheson (G2) and $150,000 Suwannee River (G3).
Ever So Lucky Expected to Make 2012 Debut in Hutcheson
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Despite a concern about Ever So Lucky’s final tune-up, trainer Jonathan Sheppard entered Augustin Stable’s 3-year-old colt in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on Saturday’s Donn Handicap (G1) program at Gulfstream Park.
“I expect we’ll end up running him,” Sheppard said after entering Ever So Lucky in the seven-furlong stakes Wednesday morning. “The horse is doing wonderfully.”
Dutrow Looking Forward to Saddling Undefeated Trickmeister and Discovery Winner Redeemed in Donn
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The stars going into Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) are unquestionably Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford and Belmont (G1) winner Ruler On Ice.
But by the time dusk descends on Gulfstream Park Saturday evening, trainer Rick Dutrow could have racing’s newest star in his barn
Monday, February 06 2012
Gulfstream Today: 2.5.12
Flying Zee Stable’s Street Game rallied strongly along the inside to just get up over a fast-closing Plead on the far outside in Gulfstream Park’s featured seventh race on Sunday afternoon. In the one-mile allowance/optional claiming event on turf, Street Game settled behind the majority of the field early, before uncorking his rally along the inside. The 4-year-old colt by Street Cry was able to narrowly defeat Plead who also put in a very strong rally to fall just a nose short.
Sunday’s race was the first of 2012 for the Philip Serpe-trained Street Game who won the Hill Prince (G3) last summer at Belmont Park. As the 2.40-1 second choice in the field of seven colts and geldings, Street Game – who was ridden by Ryan Curatolo – returned $6.80.
Pletcher Holds Strong Hand in Two Thursday Allowance Features
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Thursday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park offers a pair of 6 ½-furlong allowance features, one for 3-year-olds and one for older horses, and leading trainer Todd Pletcher appears have the favorites in both races with E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old Travelin Man in the third and Bortolazzo Stable’s 3-year-old Stat in the eighth.
Jockey John Velazquez, who will ride both horses, teamed up with Travelin Man for all six of his career starts, beginning with three over the Gulfstream track early last year. The Kentucky homebred by Trippi won his debut, finished second in the Hutcheson Stakes (G2) to Flashpoint and then won the Swale Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day, Apr. 3
Saturday, February 04 2012
Gulfstream Today: 2.4.12
Trainer Marty Wolfson sent out starters in two allowance races Saturday and both 4-year-old fillies went to the winners’ circle with a story behind their victories as Farnsworth Stable’s Beloveda came again in the stretch to score in the fifth race and Michel Jean Zerolo’s Louvakhova drove to victory in the 10th race.
A daughter of Ghostzapper, Beloveda was making her first start for Wolfson after a private purchase since an allowance victory at Fair Grounds on Dec. 23. She was the 13-to-10 favorite in Saturday’s one-mile main track allowance, but looked to be beaten when dropping back in the far turn under jockey Elvis Trujillo. However, she came on again in the stretch and drew off to a 2 ¾ lengths victory.
Musical Flair Breaths Easy in Needles Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Musical Flair took a deep breath in the stretch at Gulfstream Park Saturday and sprinted to victory in the $60,000 Needles Stakes.
The 3-year-old son of Songandaprayer, who underwent surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis after finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland last October, scored by three-quarters of a length in the five-furlong sprint on turf.
“He led for three-quarters in the Breeders’ Futurity and stopped. He had an entrapped epiglottis and we sent him to Ocala to be operated on,” trainer Salvatore Santoro said. “Obviously, it was successful.”
Shackleford, Force Freeze Work; DeVito on Luke of York
Shackleford breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:01.45 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on Feb. 11. The 2011 Preakness Stakes winner was ridden by jockey Jesus Castanon.
“It was what we were looking for,” trainer Dale Romans said.
Friday, February 03 2012
Saturday’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 Carryover is $134,548.44
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday of $134,548.44.
There were no unique tickets alive going into Friday’s last race.
Gulfstream Today: 2.3.12
Emcee came within less than two-fifths of a second of equaling the Gulfstream Park track record for seven furlongs while winning the featured ninth race.
Making the second start of his career, the 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song scored by six lengths with a blistering 1:20.83 clocking. The track record for seven furlongs of 1:20.45 was set in 2005 by Mr. Light.
Emcee vied for pacesetting honors with long shot Macarthur Causeway while racing along the rail on the backstretch and obtained a clear lead on the far turn before being challenged by favored Associate. The 3-5 favorite ranged alongside Emcee leaving the turn into the homestretch, but the 8-5 second choice quickly kicked clear on his way to his second straight victory.
Prado a Frequent Visitor to Gulfstream Winner’s Circle Again
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Edgar Prado has been making the most of his opportunities during the 2011-2012 meeting at Gulfstream Park, having already visited the winner’s circle on five more occasions than he did during the entire 2011 meeting.
The Hall of Fame jockey, who has ridden the winner’s of 6,523 races and $237 million in purses, had somehow experienced a startling slow-down in business the past few years, particularly last year at Gulfstream when he rode only 14 winners for the entire stand. With more than two months remaining this year, Prado has ridden 18 winners from 108 mounts (the fewest of any rider in the Top 10).
Soaring Empire Breezes for Likely Start in Donn Handicap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Ol Memorial Stables and C.E. Glasscock’s 5-year-old Soaring Empire breezed five furlongs in 1:01 flat Friday morning at Gulfstream Park, and trainer Cam Gambolati confirmed him as a probable starter in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) to be run Saturday Feb. 11 at 1 1/8 miles.
A son of Empire Maker, Soaring Empire finished fourth Jan. 14 behind Jackson Bend in the Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) going one mile over the track in his first start since winning the Majestic Light Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Monmouth Park on July 31. He made a bold bid to the lead in mid-stretch of the Hal’s Hope before giving under jockey Julien Leparoux, who will have the mount in the Donn.