Friday, March 16 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.16.12

Jockey Javier Castellano had another good day Friday as the leading rider at the Gulfstream meet, beginning with an easy seven-length score on WinStar Farm’s undefeated 3-year-old colt Gemologist in the third race allowance feature, confirming his status as another top Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Castellano was back in the winner’s circle three races later in the sixth race after guiding 1-to-2 favorite Pecky’s Boy to a wire-to-wire victory for his 97th victory of the session, tying the all-time record for a Gulfstream meet held jointly by Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and first by Julio Pezua (1987).

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Undefeated Gemologist Sparkles in Return at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gemologist didn’t miss a beat while coming off a 3 ½-month layoff Friday at Gulfstream, maintaining his undefeated record with a seven-length victory in a stakes-quality $80,000 allowance.

The 3-year-old son of Tiznow, who had been idle since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs last November, led throughout the mile race to prevail over previously undefeated Currency Swap, who was making his first start since capturing the Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga last September.

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Gulfstream Park News & Notes March 16, 2012

Boisterous Returns in Sunday Allowance

Phipps Stable’s 5-year-old Kentucky homebred Boisterous is one of the most accomplished turf stakes runners in South Florida this winter and will get his 2012 campaign started in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Gulfstream Park Sunday with jockey John Velazquez aboard for trainer Shug McGaughey

“The distance (1 1/16 miles) is short of his best, but with this rain the course may have some more give to it for a closer to have a chance,” said McGaughey Thursday afternoon. “I needed to get him started and didn’t want to go a mile-and-a-half (nominated for next Saturday’s Pan American Stakes).

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10-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover for Friday at $156,435.93.

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Friday, March 16 of $156,435.93.

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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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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