Saturday, January 15 2011
Top 3-year-old fillies ready for Sweetest Chant; Mucho Macho Man woks bullet
Nominations for the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run next Saturday at Gulfstream Park at 1 1/16 miles on turf includes several of the most accomplished fillies of the 2011 3-year-old crop, including Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu, Virginia Kraft Payson’s Ruthenia, Augustin Stable’s Dynamic Holiday and E Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning.
The 16th edition of the Sweetest Chant is the top race on the calendar next week with the $60,000 Gulfstream Turf Sprint to be run Sunday for 4-year-olds and up at five furlongs. Gulfstream Jan. 29-30 weekend will include the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions on Saturday and the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) on Sunday, the first race that’s part of the Preakness 5.5 bonus.
Friday, January 14 2011
Joey P. Shows Old Fight in Gulfstream Return
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Winning never gets old for Joey P.
The 9-year-old gelding captured his 18th career victory Friday, fighting back in the final yards under jockey Joe Bravo to capture the fifth race by a head at Gulfstream Park. Returning from a 10-week layoff, the New Jersey-bred campaigner ($11) had relinquished the lead to 8-5 favorite Safe Trip in mid-stretch.
Lil Bit O’Fun a Lot to Beat in Dania Beach Sunday
Scott Heider’s Lil Bit O’Fun won two of three starts last year with a second in between, and will be among the favorites in a field of 10 3-year-olds drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes going one mile on turf at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Jose Lezcano has been named to ride for trainer Tom Proctor.
Wild About Sonny Captures Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Wild About Sonny returned from a seven-month layoff to score a half-length victory in Thursday’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park.
The 2-1 favorite, who previously had won her debut to racing at Monmouth Park on June 19, stalked the early pace set by Because I Like It before edging away to victory in the $42,700 allowance race. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Wild About Sonny ran six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 to prevail over eight sophomore fillies.
Gulfstream Notes: Presious Passion, Soldat, D’wild Ride & Fly Down
Presious Passion May Stay Close to Home
Trainer Mary Hartmann’s first preference for Presious Passion’s next start is an allowance race scheduled for Jan 22 – although there is a possibility that the 8-year-old gelding could ship to California to compete in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 29.
“It’ll be a prep race for probably the Mac Diarmida (G2) here in February (19),” Hartmann said Thursday morning of the 1-1/8-mile allowance race on turf. ”He loves the turf here. I worked him on it and he worked like the champ that he is. We’ll put him in the allowance race and hope it goes. If that doesn’t go, we’ll go to California for the Sunshine Millions.
Thursday, January 13 2011
Lopez Up to Old ‘Trix’ in Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Paco Lopez, the defending riding champion at Gulfstream Park, capped a four-win day with an upset score aboard Trix in the City ($37) in Wednesday’s featured eighth race.
The Veracruz, Mexico native had previously earned visits to the winner’s circle with Cove Star ($19) in the third race, Triple E ($9.40) in the fourth and Chateau D’Kim ($16.80) in the seventh.
Wednesday, January 12 2011
Sassy Image Returns in Friday Allo
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jerry Romans’ 4-year-old filly Sassy Image, a two-time Graded stakes winner at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old in 2009, is set to return from a nearly one-year layoff in Friday’s $61,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park going one mile with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for trainer Dale Romans.
Sassy Image completed her juvenile campaign with impressive victories in the Pocahantas Stakes (G3) and Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs to rank among the leaders of the crop and a strong potential Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Tim Hills Looking to Go Long with Catch a Thief
Trainer Tim Hills had nominated Catch a Thief for Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl, but the 4-year-old filly will start in Friday’s ninth race, a mile allowance, instead of the six-furlong stakes.
“It’s a prep for the longer races further on down,” said Hills, who will used Friday’s race as a prep for the $100,000 Sabin (G3), a mile stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 19.
Monday, January 10 2011
GULFSTREAM’S OPENING WEEK HUGE SUCCESS
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today significant increases in handle and attendance during the first five days of its 2011 Thoroughbred meet.
Comparing the first five days of 2011 with the first five days of 2010 – and taking into account a midweek opening this year as compared to a Sunday opening in 2010 – Gulfstream’s attendance is up 32.6 percent, from 22,008 last year to 29,184.
Justaroundmidnight Rallies to 26-to-1 Upset in Marshua’s River Sunday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Patrick Biancone had Mrs. Paul Shanahan’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Justaroundmidnight entered in a modest ‘a other than’ allowance race at Gulfstream Park last Thursday, but when she didn’t draw in off the ‘also-eligible’ list he entered her in Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3), a move that proved fortuitous.
With jockey Joe Bravo aboard, Justaroundmidnight rated in 10th down the backstretch in the 1 1/16 miles turf test and charged through the stretch for a hard-fought half-length victory over James Lauffer and partners’ 4-year-old filly Persuading, a longshot at 36-to-1 herself that set the pace from the start and held gamely to the final strides.
LITTLE MIKE WIRES THE FIELD IN FORT LAUDERDALE
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Priscilla Vaccarezza’s and KZ Stable’s Little Mike, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Allen Iwinski and ridden by Joe Bravo, took the lead shortly after the start and then held off Blues Street to win the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale (G3) by a nose. Smart Bid finished third.
A Florida-bred son of Spanish Steps, Little Mike covered a firm 1 1/16th mile turf course in 1:40.52.
Carlos Set To Defend Title, Rose Weighs Options, Jessica Breezes For Swirl
‘Carlos’ Set to Defend Mr. Prospector Title
Much of the attention on the running of Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) has been focused on whether Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse finalist Big Drama runs in the six-furlong dash. But if he does he will likely face a formidable rival in the defending champion in the race, Homewrecker Stable and Avalon Farm’s 5-year-old Custom for Carlos.
“He’s been working right along here at Palm Meadows,” said trainer Eddie Kenneally recently. “He’ll work again tomorrow morning (Saturday), and if he goes well, we plan to run. We know he likes the Gulfstream track.”