Monday, March 12 2012

Pagano’s Pressure Cook Debuts on Travel Channel Wednesday Night

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s Executive Chef and Vice President of Hospitality, Ralph Pagano, will go national Wednesday evening when his television show Pressure Cook debuts with back-to-back episodes on the Travel Channel at 11 p.m.

Pressure Cook, which has previously aired on National Geographic and SKY Network, was a recent acquisition by the Travel Channel for syndication. In each episode, Pagano gets a one-way ticket to an undisclosed international location, gets three days to immerse himself in the local culture, and earn a trip home by making magic in the kitchen.

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‘Macho Man’ Cool & Calm, Musical Romance Probable for Inside Information, Ortiz Rides First Winner

Mucho Macho Man grazed on a small patch of grass on the Gulfstream Park backstretch Sunday, stopping on occasion to bask in the morning sun and calmly survey his surroundings outside Barn 4.

The 4-year-old colt, who captured Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) by an authoritative two lengths, definitely has learned when to turn it on and when to turn it off.

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Friday, March 09 2012

Gulfstream Today 3-9-2012

Silver Max bounded out of the starting gate to open up an early lead on his way to a front-running 3 ¾-length score in the featured ninth race, a $52,650 optional claiming allowance on the turf course.

The 3-year-old son of Badge of Silver, who finished a tiring fifth in the one-turn Holy Bull (G3) on the main track after breaking his maiden on turf in his previous start, zipped around the two turns of the turf course under jockey Julien Leparoux.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday, March 10 of $76,156.94.

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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Apriority and Noble’s Promise Meet in Sunday Allowance

J C M Racing’s Noble’s Promise and Donald Dizney’s Apriority, highly-accomplished 5-year-old graded stakes winners, the former a millionaire, meet in a very talented field of six older horses drawn for a $74,100 allowance race going 6 ½ furlongs Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride Noble’s Promise for trainer Ken McPeek as he makes his first start since finishing seventh as the favorite in the $250,000 Presque Isle Mile on Sept. 9. The son of Cuvee raced mostly in sprint races last year winning the Aristides Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in early June and finishing a close-up third in the Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) at Calder in July in his best efforts.

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Fan-Favorite Tackleberry Set for Return in Gulfstream ‘Cap Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Racing in an era marked by equine specialization and carefully spaced schedules, Tackleberry is a throwback to the days when horses were far more adaptive to a wide variety of challenges.

Recognizing his horse’s rare versatility, owner/trainer Luis Olivares has rejected today’s conventional training wisdom to establish Tackleberry as a fan favorite at Gulfstream Park, where he will make his 2012 debut on Saturday.

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Gulfstream Today: 3.8.12

Gary and Mary West’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Self Control ran very well to finish second in two previous starts at the Gulfstream meet in one-turn mile allowance races, but put it all together Thursday stretching out to two turns to score by 2 ¼ lengths over Zayat Stable’s 6-year-old Eye On Jacob.

Jockey Javier Castellano was aboard Self Control for trainer Chad Brown and rated comfortably in fifth as they turned up the backstretch of the 1 1/8 miles ‘a other than’ allowance test. The son of Lemon Drop kid had plenty of run when asked into the far turn and slipped through easily along the rail to post his second victory in seven starts with his best apparently ahead of him in two-turn races.

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Dayatthespa Bids for Second Turf Stakes Prize Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Chad Brown had a great season last year with Grade 1-winning filly and mare turf stars Stacelita and Zagora. Brown now appears to have an emerging turf stakes filly prospect in Jerry Frankel and partners’ impressive Sweetest Chant winner Dayatthespa, the likely favorite in Sunday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Leading jockey Javier Castellano was aboard Dayatthespa to win the Sweetest Chant by 1 ¾ lengths and will be back aboard. The New York-bred daughter of City Zip was making her first start in the Sweetest Chant since finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, although beaten only 5 ½ lengths for it all.

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Sheppard Looks for a Change of ‘Luck’ in Swale

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Augustin Stables’ Ever So Lucky has had a run of bad luck in 2012, but his connections are hoping that a new path via the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday will lead the son of Indian Charlie to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Earlier this year, Ever So Lucky was being pointed to the seven furlong Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream but a slow breeze on an off track had trainer Jonathan Sheppard thinking the bay colt may not be ready for the race. Consequently, rain in South Florida that week led to a muddy track for the Hutcheson and Ever So Lucky was scratched from the race.

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Dullahan Bids to Jump on Derby Trail in Palm Beach Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, fourth behind Hansen and Union Rags last out in the Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, will get a chance to join those star 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail when he makes his season debut in a field of six drawn for Sunday’s $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux will be back aboard Dullahan for trainer Dale Romans in the 1 1/8 miles turf test. Desormeaux was on Dullahan when he won the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) on the polytrack at Keeneland and again in the Breeders’ Cup, when he rallied from last of 13 to finish fourth, six lengths behind Hansen.

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Thursday, March 08 2012

Gulfstream Park News & Notes March 8, 2012

Trinniberg Set for Season Debut in Swale

Shivananda Parbhoo’s Trinniberg was an accomplished 2-year-old in New York stakes races last season after an impressive career debut victory at Calder in July, and is set to resume his career in Saturday’s $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

“That wasn’t Trinniberg that day,” said Shivinanda Parbhoo, who manages his family’s horses with his father Bisnath Parboo as the trainer. “He didn’t like the track at Churchill. I thought we might be in trouble after he worked three furlongs from the gate there the week before (37 2/5).

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Wednesday, March 07 2012

Gulfstream Today: 3.7.12

Martini Madness ($15.40) took to the Gulfstream Park turf course with a front-running victory in the $62,750 ninth-race feature. The 3-year-old gelding, who finished third on the main track at Tampa Bay Downs last time out, scored his first grass victory by 1 ¾ lengths under Eduardo Nunez.

The Florida-bred son of Sabre d’Argent broke alertly and was never seriously challenged thereafter while posting fractions of :22.40 and :44.54 on his way to a final clocking of :56.09 for five furlongs. Richmond County finished second, a head in front of favored Faretti, who trailed the field early after a slow start.

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