Tuesday, February 21 2012
Gulfstream Today: 2.20.12
Juddmonte Farms, Inc.’s Starformer assumed control soon after the start and led virtually every step of the way in Gulfstream Park’s featured ninth race run at 1 3/8 miles over firm turf on Monday. Ridden by Hall of Fame rider Edgar Prado for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, Starformer was able to carve out slow early fractions to the tune of :50 for the half mile and 1:16 1/5 for three-quarters. In the end, the 4-year-old filly by Dynaformer had plenty left to hold of Kathern’s Kitten and Sex Appeal who settled for second and third respectively. Sent off the 6-5 favorite in the field of 11 fillies and mares, Starformer returned $4.60. With the win, Starformer improved her lifetime record to 2-1-3 from eight starts and has now earned over $100,000 in career earnings.
Monday, February 20 2012
‘Holiday Mood’ Brightens Gulfstream Park Winner’s Circle
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A step up into graded-stakes company and a drop-back in distance resulted in a gutsy triumph for R Holiday Mood in the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Returning to action off a dead-heat victory in the one-mile Ocala Stakes for Florida-bred fillies, in which she fought back at the wire to finish on even terms with Delightful Mary, R Holiday Mood once again demonstrated the courage to retake the lead nearing the wire to narrowly prevail in the 6 ½ -furlong sprint.
Gulfstream Today: 2.19.12
Making her first start since Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs on the Breeders’ Cup undercard, John Oxley’s 4-year-old filly Dancinginherdreams looked very good winning a $56,500 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles Sunday at Gulfstream Park, drawing off to score by a length as the 13-to-10 favorite under jockey Edgar Prado.
Trained by John Ward, Jr., the roan/gray daughter of Tapit sat a stalking trip third down the backstretch as longshot Annunciata set the pace in the field of seven fillies and mares before coming up to duel for the lead at the top of the stretch with second choice Majestic Maria. Howard Whitbread’s Go Unbridled rallied for second as Majestic Maria tired to finish another 3 ¾ lengths back in third.
Union Rags Breezes in Preparation for Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Multiple graded-stakes winner Union Rags was sent to the track at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning for his final workout for next Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2).
The Michael Matz-trained 3-year-old colt broke from the starting gate and breezed four furlongs in 48 4/5 seconds shortly after 7 a.m.
Motion Rates Animal Kingdom’s Performance ‘Top Ten’
BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Trainer Graham Motion reported Sunday morning that Animal Kingdom seemed to come out of his comeback victory in Saturday’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park in fine order.
“He’s a very hard horse to read because he always acts kind of tired,” said Motion of his laid-back 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, who hadn’t raced since undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hind leg in June. “But he certainly didn’t seem knocked out by it. I think we couldn’t ask for a better prep, really.”
Saturday, February 18 2012
Gulfstream Today 2-17-2012
Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on the card, including Smartys Emperoress, a 16-1 long shot, in the featured ninth race.
The 34-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela ran his meet-best total to 62 victories with his off-the-pace victory by three quarters of a length aboard the Eric Reed-trained filly in the five-furlong turf sprint.
Friday, February 17 2012
Frolic’s Revenge Back to Dirt for Davona Dale
Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred 3-year-old filly Frolic’s Revenge ran very well in her two starts at the meet on turf winning the Ginger Brew Stakes on Dec. 24 and finishing a game third last out in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on Jan. 22 for trainer Milt Wolfson
However, she will be back on the main track next Saturday (Feb. 25) for the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.
Mucho Macho Man Confirmed for Gulfstream Park Handicap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Kathy Ritvo set the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 10 as the next start for multiple-stakes winner Mucho Macho Man. Ritvo gave the green light to the one-turn mile handicap after watching the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno breeze four furlongs Friday morning in :48.25 seconds at Gulfstream Park.
“He loves to train; he loves to get on the track,” said Ritvo, whose nephew, Nick Petro Jr., was aboard for her colt’s first work since capturing the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28. “He was out there standing for 20 minutes before we even backed up. He takes full advantage of being out on the track. He watched all the horses go by. When you take him to another track, he does the same thing.”
Animal Kingdom Makes 2012 Debut Saturday at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Animal Kingdom produced a career moment for trainer Graham Motion when Team Valor International’s colt powered to a 2 ¾-length triumph in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last May.
Although Animal Kingdom will forever be remembered as a Kentucky Derby champion, Motion still has misgivings about the son of Lesroidsesanimaux’s 2011 campaign that was cut short by injury in June.
Thursday, February 16 2012
Force Freeze Returns in Gulfstream Sprint Championship
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Saeed Naser al Romalthi’s 7-year-old gelding Force Freeze, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs last fall, will be the likely favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) going seven furlongs in a field of eight older horses that also includes Rosemary Rausch and David Zell’s 6-year-old gelding Capt. Candyman Can..
Jockey Paco Lopez gets back aboard Force Freeze for trainer Peter Walder as the Kentucky-bred by Forest Camp makes his first start since finishing a game second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5 when beaten a neck by Amazombie, who was later voted Eclipse champion sprinter.
Her Smile Returns in Hurricane Bertie Sunday for New Connections
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile was last seen under silks finishing a game third behind Musical Romance in the $1 million Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. She’s set to resume her career Sunday as one of the favorites in a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Her Smile will be wearing different colors than she did in the Breeders’ Cup when she raced for owner Bobby Flay and trainer Todd Pletcher. Days later she was purchase by Frank Stronach for $1 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sales. The daughter of Include returns with Chad Brown as trainer and leading rider Javier Castellano named to ride in Sunday’s 6 ½-furlong test.
Gulfstream Today: 2.15.12
Trainer Christopher Clement unveiled a future stakes performer in the featured ninth race, a $64,000 allowance won in impressive fashion by Future Generation ($7).
Making her first start in the U.S., the 4-year-old son of Hurricane Run stalked the early pace before kicking in through the stretch to draw off to victory under a hand ride by Rajiv Maragh.