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.





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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.”





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‘MAESTRO’ PLEASE!


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.”





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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Friday, January 21 2011


Soldat Passes Main-track Test in Gulfstream Feature


HALLANDALE, FL – Soldat stamped himself as a prominent Triple Crown candidate at Gulfstream Park Friday while posting a dominating 10 ¾-length victory in the featured ninth race.

The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained the 3-year-old colt led throughout the 1-1/8-mile allowance race, withstanding a prolonged challenge by Cool Blue Red Hot before drawing away under a confident Alan Garcia. Angel Penna Jr.-trained Cool Blue Red Hot weakened late to finish a distant second under Rajiv Maragh after challenging the 6-5 favorite from the far turn into the stretch. Beamer, ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan, finished third, another 1-3/4 lengths back.





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STRADIVINSKY SPEEDS INTO GULFSTREAM PARK TURF SPRINT


On paper, there appears to be a lot of speed in Sunday’s second running of the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.The fastest of the seven horses, however, appears to be 8-year-old Stradivinsky who is coming off a tiring 13th-place finish in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

“He’s come out of that race good,” trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. “He’s been training well.”





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War Prospector Steps Up In Sweetest Chant


On January 5, Florence Patitucci’s War Prospector thrilled her supporters in the opening day crowd by winning the seventh race and paying $85.40.

On Saturday, the Juan Vazquez trainee will try to step up her game even further when she takes on seven other 3-year-old fillies including Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant.





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Thursday, January 20 2011


Baltimore Wins The Bob in Gulfstream Feature


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Baltimore Bob received a ground-saving trip Thursday at Gulfstream Park to earn a narrow victory in the featured $57,000 allowance race.

Jockey Julien Leparoux never left the inside rail with the 6-year-old son of Malibu Moon ($9.60) in the one-mile turf race, edging persistent pacesetter Calimonco by a neck in a four-horse photo finish. Calimonco, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, held second money by a head over Bangalore Gold and jockey Alan Garcia. Sr. Henry finished another head back under John Velazquez.





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