Sunday, February 12 2012
Sabrina’s Dance Back on Top in Madcap Escapade
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Frank Calabrese’s Sabrina’s Dance avenged a recent allowance loss to Alydarla and became a stakes winner in the process Sunday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $60,000 Madcap Escapade under jockey Jose Lezcano.
The 3-year-old daughter of Werblin, who lost to Alydarla by a neck last month, held off that rival Sunday by 1 ¼ lengths after again setting the pace in the five-furlong turf stakes.
Snow Top Mountain Captures Suwannee River
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The sun was shining on Gulfstream Park ‘s turf course, labeled good after a week of thunder showers, for Snow Top Mountain to capture the Suwannee River Handicap (G3). The grey mare completed the 1 1/8 miles stake in 1:52.86, a half length over Hit It Rich and Gold d’Oro.
The 5-year-old mare rated off the pace in seventh, 1 ½ lengths off the leader Speak Easy Gal. Snow Top Mountain got within a half length of the lead after running three-quarters of a mile before jockey Jose Lezcano, looking for some running room, swung the grey mare wide to ensure a clear path and was victorious by a half length.
Get Stormy Wires the Field in Gulfstream Turf ‘Cap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Sullimar Stable’s Get Stormy got started on his Grade 1-winning form right off the bat for 2012, cruising to a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/8-mile $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).
Get Stormy‘s victory in the Turf Handicap capped the four stakes races on the February 11 card, with Thunder Moccasin taking the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2), Snow Top Mountain capturing the $150,000 Suwannee River (G3), and Hymn Book conquering the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).
Thunder Moccasin Powers Home for Hutcheson Triumph
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Favored Thunder Moccasin thundered down the stretch to pull away to a 6 ¾-length score in the 7-furlong $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) over a good track, scoring his first graded stakes victory in his second start and remaining undefeated.
“He broke half a step slow but it worked out perfectly because I was able to get great position outside of the other speed. I wanted to make a quick move on the turn to try to surprise the other horse and it worked,” jockey John Velazquez said. “He runs so hard every step of the way.”
Hymn Book a Main-track Attraction After Donn Victory
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Hymn Book stormed through the stretch to a hard-fought nose triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Shug McGaughey had to be thankful for a rainy day in New York back in May.
Hymn Book ($15) had followed in his mother Vespa’s hoof prints and proved to be a very useful, if not dominating, racehorse on turf, able to scratch out several victories and on-the-board finishes in the allowance ranks.
Pletcher Reaches 3000-Win Career Milestone
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eight-time defending Gulfstream Park training champion Todd Pletcher attained a career milestone Saturday, notching his 3000th victory by saddling Spring Hill Farm for a trip to the Gulfstream winner’s circle in the third race.
“It gives you a little time to reflect. There’s not many opportunities to reflect in this business, but milestones like this gives you a chance to appreciate all of them,” Pletcher said following a winner’s circle ceremony that drew an enthusiastic ovation from the fans.
Ever So Lucky Out of Hutcheson
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Saturday morning that Augustin Stable’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) runner-up Ever So Lucky would be scratched from today’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2).
“He needed to have some good strong gallops during the week because we gave him a little bit of a conservative work (Monday),” Sheppard said. “The track wasn’t that great that day, and it’s been (sloppy) since. I discussed it at some length with (Augustin Stable’s George) Strawbridge Friday.”
Thursday, February 09 2012
10-cent Rainbow 6 hit for $237,765.48
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Wednesday afternoon for $237,765.48.
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.
Gulfstream Today: 2.8.12
Trainer Richard Dutrow gave the fans at Gulfstream Park a double sneak peek into Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).
After receiving permission from the stewards, Dutrow sent undefeated Trickmeister and multiple-stakes winner Redeemed to the track between the seventh and eighth races for their final half-mile tune-ups for the Donn.
Trickmeister, who collected his sixth victory without a loss in the Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream on Dec. 17, was the first to work. The 5-year-old son of Proud Citizen breezed four furlongs over a “good” track in 49 1/5 seconds under a motionless exercise rider Giovanni Rogelio. New York-based Ramon Dominguez will be aboard Trickmeister for the first time Saturday.
Wednesday, February 08 2012
Boisterous & Get Stormy Clash in Gulfstream Turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Phipps Family Stable’s 5-year-old Boisterous ended his 2011 campaign with a pair of graded stakes victories on turf in New York and Sullimar Stable’s 6-year-old Get Stormy won a pair of Grade 1 turf stakes in Kentucky in the spring. The two high-class grass course runners meet as the likely favorites in a field of 11 drawn for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) Saturday.
The Gulfstream Turf at 1 1/8 miles leads three graded stakes to be run earlier on Donn Handicap Day. The other races include the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
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.”