Friday, March 16 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.15.12

Making his first start since winning his career debut at Saratoga last July, Professor Fate was rated a few lengths off the early pace before making an outside drive through the stretch to post a ¾ -length victory in the fifth race.

Professor Fate ($8.40) was ridden by leading rider Javier Castellano, who needs only two more winners to equal the record for most wins by a jockey during a Gulfstream meeting. Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and Julio Pezua (1987) share the record with 97 trips to the winner’s circle.

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Thursday, March 15 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.14.12

Lally Stable’s 3-year-old filly Dame Marie ran her career record to two wins from two starts rallying from off the early pace down the outside in the stretch to score a neck victory over Elizabeth Valando’s Sweet and Lovely in the $49,000 optional/allowance feature at one mile on turf Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode Sweet and Lovely from post 11 in the full field of 12 3-year-old fillies and rallied past Darley Stable’s 4-to-5 favorite Questing leaving the furlong marker. Questing tired and finished fourth as she fell short of giving trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s his 1,000th career victory.

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Wednesday, March 14 2012

R Holiday Mood & Musical Romance Meet in Inside Information

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old filly R Holiday Mood has already won a pair of stakes races at the Gulfstream Park meet for leading trainer Todd Pletcher while Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 5-year-old mare Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse champion filly and mare sprinter, bids to bounce back from an unfortunate beginning to her 2012 season.

The two will meet for the first time in Saturday’s $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs with jockey John Velazquez back aboard R Holiday Mood and regular rider Juan Leyva atop Musical Romance for co-owner and trainer Bill Kaplan in the strong field of 11 fillies and mares.

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Unbeatens Currency Swap & Gemologist Meet in Friday Allowance

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Currency Swap, 2-for-2 for trainer Terri Pompay, and WinStar Farm’s Gemologist, 3-for-3 for trainer Todd Pletcher, will clash in their respective 2012 debuts in Friday’s third race at Gulfstream Park.

Currency Swap captured the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga in his 2011 finale, while Gemologist won the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs in his last race as a juvenile.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will offer fans a week of activities and attractions leading up to the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday, March 31, including a concert by a mystery Grammy-winning country artist as well as golf and poker tournaments, a cocktail party with jockeys serving drinks, and the official Florida Derby cocktail party with live and silent auctions.

All money raised at these events will go toward The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program ( and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (

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Inside Information & Honey Fox Highlight Next Weekend

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Older fillies and mares will be in the spotlight next weekend at Gulfstream Park with renewals of the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track Saturday (Mar. 17) and $150,000 Honey Fox Stakes (G2) to be run at one mile on turf Sunday (Mar. 18).

Trainer Todd Pletcher has a trio of nominees for the Inside Information, a race he has won four times before, including last year when he sent out Starlight Racing’s Hilda’s Passion to win in track record time of 1:20:45. His three prospects for Saturday are E Paul Robsham Stable’s pair of R Holiday Mood and R Gypsy Gold and Gainesway Thoroughbreds’ Afleet Lass.

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Monday, March 12 2012

Howe Great Hits Road to Derby with Palm Beach Stakes Score

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Howe Great strode from the Gulfstream Park turf course onto the Road to the Kentucky Derby Sunday with an impressive triumph in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes.

Trained by Graham Motion, who saddled Animal Kingdom for a Kentucky Derby (G1) upset victory last year, the 3-year-old colt withstood constant pressure before opening up in the stretch and holding off a strong bid by Dullahan by a length.

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Dayatthespa Wins Hard-Fought Victory as Favorite in Herecomesthebride

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel and Steve Laymon’s Dayatthespa was sent off as the 9-to-10 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds fillies in Sunday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, but was all out to hold Steven Ciccarone’s 11-to-1 Regalo Mia safe for a neck victory in the 1 1/8 miles turf test.

Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano let Daystatthespa take a comfortable stalking position in second behind Stride Rite Stable’s longshot Frolic’s Revenge early in the race, and took command turning for home before turning back a final challenge from the runner-up.

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Pagano’s Pressure Cook Debuts on Travel Channel Wednesday Night

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s Executive Chef and Vice President of Hospitality, Ralph Pagano, will go national Wednesday evening when his television show Pressure Cook debuts with back-to-back episodes on the Travel Channel at 11 p.m.

Pressure Cook, which has previously aired on National Geographic and SKY Network, was a recent acquisition by the Travel Channel for syndication. In each episode, Pagano gets a one-way ticket to an undisclosed international location, gets three days to immerse himself in the local culture, and earn a trip home by making magic in the kitchen.

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‘Macho Man’ Cool & Calm, Musical Romance Probable for Inside Information, Ortiz Rides First Winner

Mucho Macho Man grazed on a small patch of grass on the Gulfstream Park backstretch Sunday, stopping on occasion to bask in the morning sun and calmly survey his surroundings outside Barn 4.

The 4-year-old colt, who captured Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) by an authoritative two lengths, definitely has learned when to turn it on and when to turn it off.

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Friday, March 09 2012

Gulfstream Today 3-9-2012

Silver Max bounded out of the starting gate to open up an early lead on his way to a front-running 3 ¾-length score in the featured ninth race, a $52,650 optional claiming allowance on the turf course.

The 3-year-old son of Badge of Silver, who finished a tiring fifth in the one-turn Holy Bull (G3) on the main track after breaking his maiden on turf in his previous start, zipped around the two turns of the turf course under jockey Julien Leparoux.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday, March 10 of $76,156.94.

The innovative 10-cent Rainbow 6 wager, introduced in 2011 at Gulfstream, requires a bettor to pick the winners of the last six races on the program. The jackpot is only paid out when there is one unique ticket with all six winners. The carryover built last winter to $5.1 million.

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