Tuesday, March 29 2011
Centennial Looks to Change Luck in Florida Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Centennial Farms has had its share of bad luck in Gulfstream Park’s premier races for 3-year-olds over the years, but its principles will send Arch Traveler to post in Sunday’s Florida Derby (G1) with nothing but high hopes.
Established in 1982, the Boston-based ownership group was built for the long haul and is not so easily discouraged by a few unfortunate twists of fate – which is not to understate the strong sense of disappointment caused by a pair of disqualifications from first money.
Monday, March 28 2011
All Due Respect Wins The Ocala
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – All Due Respect, trained by Richard Dutrow and ridden by Javier Castellano, drove to the lead just inside the eighth pole Sunday to win the $60,000 The Ocala by 1 ½ lengths over favored Sweet N Sour Nina at Gulfstream Park. It was another half length behind to the pacesetter Golden Mystery in third.
All Due Respect, who started her 4-year-old season at Santa Anita where she finished second last winter in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), covered the mile over a fast track in 1:36.01. The daughter of Value Plus has won four of 14 starts and two of four at the distance.
Blinkers Likely For Stay Thirsty; Soldat Strong In Florida Derby Work
BOYNTON BEACH, FL -- After watching Stay Thirsty breeze five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 in company with a stablemate at Palm Meadows Sunday Morning, trainer Todd Pletcher will likely make an equipment change for next Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
“He was a little green on the inside of another horse, and we’re thinking of putting blinkers on him for the Florida Derby,” Pletcher said. “He was just a little intimidated with another horse kind of eyeballing him from the outside.”
R Heat Lightning Drills ‘Bullet’ For Gulfstream Park Oaks
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Repole Stable’s 3-year-old colts Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty led a team of stakes talent trained by Todd Pletcher posting workouts Sunday morning at Palm Meadows while several others from the powerful stable others tuned up for other Graded stakes to be run on Florida Derby weekend next Saturday and Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old filly R Heat Lightning drilled a ‘bullet’ half-mile in 47 ¾ for her role as the likely favorite in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on Saturday. The homebred daughter of Trippi ranked among the nation’s leading 2-year-old fillies last season and signaled her readiness to be a division leader this year winning the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 26 by 7 ¼ lengths.
Sunday, March 27 2011
Rahy’s Attorney Breaks Through in Pan American
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rahy’s Attorney, trained by Ian Black and ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, took the lead around the final turn before driving to a three-quarter length victory Saturday over Musketier in the $150,000 Pan American (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Rahy’s Attorney, a 7-year-old Canadian-bred, covered a firm 1 ½ mile turf course in 2:25.85. The son of Crown Attorney had previously finished second Feb. 19 in the Mac Diarmida (G2) and second Dec. 4 in the Tropical Turf Handicap (G3). Rahy’s Attorney has won 13 of 37 races – 12 of 29 on the turf - and has earned $1.95 million.
Saturday, March 26 2011
GULFSTREAM PARTNERS WITH SUSAN G. KOMEN ON OAKS DAY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced Friday it will partner April 2 with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate to raise funds and awareness for women’s health as part of Florida Derby Weekend.
Gulfstream has declared April 2 as ‘Ladies Day.’ In addition to the 42nd running of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and the $150,000 Rampart (G3) for fillies and mares, Gulfstream will play host to several events specific to women and women’s health during the morning and afternoon.
Friday, March 25 2011
Wolfson Enters Foursome in Ocala Stales Sunday
Trainer Marty Wolfson entered four of the 10 Florida-bred fillies and mares drawn for Sunday’s $60,000 Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park with Farnsworth Stables’ 6-year-old Amazing the likely favorite and horse to beat if she goes in the one-mile test.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo is named on Amazing, Luis Saez on Farnsworth’s 5-year-old Golden Mystery, J. L. Alvarez aboard Farnsworth’s 4-year-old Folk Dancer and Ben McElroy and Edward Easton’s 5-year-old Omega Cat completing the Wolfson team with jockey Alex Solis in the saddle.
Thursday, March 24 2011
Dialed In Breezes, Horsemen & Horses Make Road Trip
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – A thick fog blanketed the backstretch of the track at Palm Meadows Thursday morning, obscuring the beginning of Dialed In’s half-mile workout. When the Nick Zito-trained colt came into view and powered past Miner’s Escape to finish seven lengths ahead of his workmate, it became quite clear that Dialed In was ready to run in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream on April 3.
“This is the most important thing. This is the last eighth,” said Zito, proudly holding out his stopwatch with 11:04 digitally displayed. “Did you see how he explodes? You see, he wants to come from behind. He wants to come from out of it. I got a headache from it, I was so excited -- knock on wood.”
Wednesday, March 23 2011
GULFSTREAM RAISES FLORIDA OWNERS AWARDS
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will raise Florida Owners Awards 20 percent beginning Saturday March 26.
The increase in Florida Owners Awards comes three weeks after Gulfstream raised purses 10 percent and after it started the 2011 meet with a 15 percent increase in purses over last season.
Gulfstream News & Notes, March 23 2011
Candyman E Bids for Third Straight in Friday Allowance Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kuehne Racing Stable’s 4-year-old Candyman E has won both of his starts at the Gulfstream Park meet this year and appears likely to be favored to make it three straight in Friday’s ‘two other than’ optional/allowance feature with jockey J.L. Castanon taking a return call for trainer Michael Mareina.
Candyman E is a chestnut gelding by Candy Ride that finished second and third in two starts last summer at Calder and a close-up third in a maiden special test at Churchill Downs on early November. He came back for a hard-fought, half-length maiden special score here on Jan. 8 and a head victory in an allowance on Feb. 21, both races run over the same six-furlong distance as Friday’s feature.
Monday, March 21 2011
Gulfstream Donates $50,000 To Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s leading jockeys and track officials presented a $50,000 donation to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Monday after spending the morning visiting children and their parents.
Gulfstream President and GM Steve Calabro was joined at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, recognized as being a leader to treat the most complex and critical medical conditions, by jockeys John Velazquez, Joe Bravo, Alex Solis, Javier Castellano, Elvis Trujillo and Clerk of Scales Victor Sanchez.
La Luna De Miel Takes The Orchid
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rashit Shaykhutdinov’s La Luna de Miel, a 4-year-old, German-bred filly making her fourth career start, drove to the lead in midstretch to win the 48th-running of the $150,000 Orchid (G3) by a length over Endless Expanse. Giants Play was third.
La Luna de Miel, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by John Velazquez, covered the firm 1 ½ course in 2:25.76. The daughter of Monsun raced twice in Germany as a 3-year-old before making her U.S. debut Feb. 18 by winning under allowance conditions.