Monday, February 27 2012
Simmard Holds Off Newsdad in Mac Diarmida
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 7-year-old Kentucky homebred Simmard kept digging in after taking the lead in the final turn of Sunday’s $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and held on for a game nose victory over James Karp’s 2-to-1 favorite Newsdad in the 1 3/8 miles turf test.
Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano was aboard Simmard, taking a stalking position close-up in third in the field of 10 older horses as 25 to-1 longshot Mambo Meister set a moderate pace through three-quarters in 1:13 3/5. Simmard took command into the final turn and was joined by Newsdad for the long duel to the finish as they hit the wire in 2:11:71 over the ‘firm’ course.
Little Mike & Data Link Lead Prospects for Canadian Turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Priscilla Vaccarezza’s 5-year-old Florida homebred gelding Little Mike won the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) among three graded stakes victories over the Gulfstream Park grass course early last year, and appears set to defend his title on Sat., Mar. 3 in the 46th running of the Canadian Turf at one mile.
A son of Spanish Steps trained by Dale Romans, Little Mike has come back this winter meeting to add two more victories over the Gulfstream course, beginning with a game allowance score on Dec. 22 in his first start since capturing the Appleton Stakes (G3) late in the meet last year on Apr. 3. He ran his record over the course to five wins in six starts going wire-to-wire in the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Million Turf last out on Jan. 28.
Saturday, February 25 2012
Castellano Notches 3,000th Career Winner at Gulfstream Park
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Javier Castellano rode the 3000th winner of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Virtuously to a thrilling late-closing victory in the sixth race.
“It feels great. It was time. I stayed patient and rode the same way I always ride,” Castellano said. “I’ve been very blessed to have all the support from all the owners and all the trainers and my agent, Matt Muzikar. People think it’s only myself, but it’s not. I have a lot of help.”
GULFSTREAM TODAY 2.24.12
After jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park to bring him to within one victory of the lofty 3,000 career win milestone, the popular rider hit the mark Friday in the sixth race aboard West Point Stable’s 4-year-old filly Virtuously as she rallied from far back at the top of the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length in the one-mile turf test.
A daughter of Congrats trained by Dale Romans, Virtuously was Castellano’s third of five mounts on the program after he finished second aboard Rhineshire Farm’s first-time starting 3-year-old filly D’fraulein in the third race for trainer Eddie Kenneally..
Matz Charts Course for Union Rags in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Michael Matz secured his place in thoroughbred history with his masterful handling of Barbaro in 2006, when he placed trust in his astute horsemanship, as well as his abundantly gifted horse, during a winter and spring campaign that led to a spectacular Kentucky Derby (G1) victory.
Barbaro, who would suffer catastrophic injuries in the Preakness (G2) two weeks later that would tragically claim his life, was precision-tuned for his Derby score by a trainer who blocked out skeptics and always did the right thing by his horse.
Fountain of Youth Notes: Casual Trick & Csaba
Nick Zito entered Casual Trick in Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) after choosing to “draw a line” through his colt’s most recent past performance line, an eighth-place finish as the 9-5 favorite in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.
The Hall of Fame trainer has good reason to expect that the 3-year-old son of Bernardini will rebound from his troubled journey that began with a stumble at the start and ended with a flipped palate.
Thursday, February 23 2012
Grace Hall Returns in Davona Dale Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Michael Dubb and partners’ Grace Hall, last seen finishing second to the brilliant My Miss Aurelia in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 for trainer Anthony Dutrow, is set to launch a new campaign Saturday as the favorite and horse to beat in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles will share the spotlight on an outstanding card Saturday with the highly-anticipated match-up of 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and Awesome Maria in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Perfect Shirl returning in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at 1 3/8 miles on turf.
Champion Royal Delta Returns at Gulfstream in Sabin Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Royal Delta, crowned 3-year-old filly champion of 2011 after her impressive victory Nov. 4 in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1), will make her 2012 debut Saturday in the $100,000 Sabin (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Trained by Bill Mott, Royal Delta will face four others in the 1 1/16-mile event including multiple-stakes winner Awesome Maria and graded-stakes winner Groupie Doll.
Tuesday, February 21 2012
GULFSTREAM’S 10-CENT RAINBOW 6 HIT FOR $172,752.70
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s popular 10-Cent Rainbow 6 was hit Monday for $172,752.70.
The only unique winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 was played in Lewiston, Maine.
Gulfstream Today: 2.20.12
Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s Starformer assumed control soon after the start and led virtually every step of the way in Gulfstream Park’s featured ninth race run at 1 3/8 miles over firm turf on Monday. Ridden by Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Starformer was able to carve out slow early fractions to the tune of :50 for the half mile and 1:16 1/5 for three-quarters. In the end, the 4-year-old filly by Dynaformer had plenty left to hold of Kathern’s Kitten and Sex Appeal who settled for second and third respectively. Sent off the 6-5 favorite in the field of 11 fillies and mares, Starformer returned $4.60. With the win, Starformer improved her lifetime record to 2-1-3 from eight starts and has now earned over $100,000 in career earnings.
Monday, February 20 2012
‘Holiday Mood’ Brightens Gulfstream Park Winner’s Circle
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A step up into graded-stakes company and a drop-back in distance resulted in a gutsy triumph for R Holiday Mood in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Returning to action off a dead-heat victory in the one-mile Ocala Stakes for Florida-bred fillies, in which she fought back at the wire to finish on even terms with Delightful Mary, R Holiday Mood once again demonstrated the courage to retake the lead nearing the wire to narrowly prevail in the 6 ½ -furlong sprint.
Gulfstream Today: 2.19.12
Making her first start since Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, John Oxley’s 4-year-old filly Dancinginherdreams looked very good winning a $56,500 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Gulfstream Park, drawing off to score by a length as the 13-to-10 favorite under jockey Edgar Prado.
Trained by John Ward, Jr., the roan/gray daughter of Tapit sat a stalking trip third down the backstretch as longshot Annunciata set the pace in the field of seven fillies and mares before coming up to duel for the lead at the top of the stretch with second choice Majestic Maria. Howard Whitbread’s Go Unbridled rallied for second as Majestic Maria tired to finish another 3 ¾ lengths back in third.