Friday, January 28 2011
Black Hills ‘Hone-d’ for Sunshine Millions Classic
When Bart Hone made the decision to run Black Hills in Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, the New Mexico-based trainer was faced with another decision – how to get the Florida-bred gelding from Sunland Park to Gulfstream Park.
Given the choice of shipping his horse to Texas or Southern California to catch the Tex Sutton flight to South Florida, Hone opted for Dallas after indulging himself in a moment of folly.
Gazillionaire Pays $240 to Win, Ghost Is Clear an Impressive 3YO Maiden Winner
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 27, 2011) – Who wants to be a gazillionaire?
Anybody who wagered substantially on Stephen Stigall’s Gazillionaire in Thursday’s second race at Fair Grounds might be halfway to becoming one, because the 4-year-old filly by Authenticate lit up the tote board with a $240 win payoff based on a $2 wager – largest straight price recorded thus far in the New Orleans 2010-2011 Thoroughbred Racing Season. Was the owner surprised?
Forest Uproar, Avie’s Tale Vie in Saturday’s Marie G. Krantz Memorial ‘Cap
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 27, 2011) – Sam-Son Farms’ Forest Uproar, a facile winner at Fair Grounds in her only local start this season, has been installed as the solid 9-5 choice based on that effort in Saturday’s Fair Grounds feature, the 15th renewal of the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course.
Past heroines of the Marie Krantz Memorial include the legendary Louisiana-bred Hallowed Dreams, owned by Johnny Gaspard and Lloyd Romero, who won the about 1 1/16-mile grass test 10 years ago when it was run as the Victoria Lass Stakes. The race was renamed in 2004 in honor of the late former chairman of the board of the Fair Grounds Corporation.
GULFSTREAM LIFTS QUARANTINE
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced this afternoon a quarantine had been lifted to one barn at the track and four others at its training facility at Palm Meadows.
An unidentified horse from the barn of trainer Jonathan Sheppard showed symptoms of possible neurological problems Wednesday afternoon prompting the quarantine. But a blood sample and nasal swab tested negative Thursday for EHV-1.
Thursday, January 27 2011
Gourmet Dinner & ‘Macho Man’ Lead Cast for Holy Bull
William Terrill’s Gourmet Dinner and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and partners’ Mucho Macho Man are the most accomplished of the nine 3-year-olds entered in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. But they face several potential Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects in the most highly-anticipated race yet of the season.
The one-mile, one-turn Holy Bull is the first leg in the MID Preakness 5.5 series that could mean a $5.5 million bonus to the winning owner and trainer of three races, culminating with a victory in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 21.
Wednesday, January 26 2011
BOYS AT TOSCONOVA WILL BYPASS HOLY BULL
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Boys At Tosconova, winner of the Hopeful (G1) and second to champion 2-year-old Uncle Mo in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), will not run Sunday in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G1).
Trainer Rick Dutrow said Wednesday afternoon: “I don’t see anything wrong with him. I don’t think it would be smart to rush him into a race when we have a lot of time heading up to a race. He’s not showing his usual high energy. It would be stupid to rush him.”
Trainer Bill Kaplan swells with pride at the mere mention of Dream Maestro, a durable 6-year-old campaigner who’s slated to run in Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.
“He’s an old warrior, pure class. He’s done everything I’ve asked him,” Kaplan responded to a recent inquiry about the Florida-bred son of Concerto. “He’s a big, strapping chestnut, and I love him.”
Holy Bull & Sunshine Millions News & Notes
PRINTING PRESS NEEDS TO STEP UP IN HOLY BULL
Trainer Terri Pompay says she’s always known she has a good horse in Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William Lawrence’s Printing Press.
Now, she says, it’s time for the 3-year-old son of Tapit to step up and show it.
Tuesday, January 25 2011
Fawkes Hopes to Make ‘Mischief’ in Sunshine Millions Classic
Big Drama is the undisputed star of David Fawkes’ stable, but there was a time a few years ago that the 2010 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter’s superiority wasn’t so clear-cut.
As Fawkes was preparing Big Drama for his career debut in the spring and summer of 2008, the Calder-based trainer was also impressed with his workmate, another unraced 2-year-old named Duke of Mischief.
Monday, January 24 2011
Stradivinsky Triumphs in Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It may not have been an artistic success, but Stradivinsky triumphed as the even-money favorite in the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Sunday.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the classy 8-year-old gelding ran five furlongs over a ‘good’ turf course in 56 3/5 seconds while capturing his 14th career start from 35 starts. Out-sprinted for the lead by longshot Retire to What, Stradivinsky stalked the pace before moving to the lead in mid-stretch and holding off a challenge from Great Attack by 1-1/4 lengths.
First Dude Returns in Sunshine Millions Classic Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Donald Dizney’s homebred colt First Dude became a familiar name on the national scene last season placing in the Preakness Stakes (G1), Belmont Stakes (G1) and other major 3-year-old events. Now the 4-year-old gets his 2011 campaign going as one of the choices in Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.
The 1 1/8 miles test is the richest of the three Sunshine Millions races to be run at Gulfstream while three others races in the Florida-bred vs. California-bred series will go that afternoon at Santa Anita. The other Gulfstream races will be the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs.
Gulfstream News & Notes January 24, 2011.
FIRST DUDE WORKS FOR SATURDAY’S CLASSIC
Trainer Dale Romans sent First Dude to the Gulfstream track Sunday morning for his final major tune-up for Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. The Romans-trained Black N Beauty also worked in preparation for a start in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3).
First Dude, who finished second in the Preakness (G1) and third in the Belmont (G1) last year, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 under exercise rider Alfonso Ramirez.