Friday, February 11 2011
Jockeys And Horses All Safe After Spill
HALLANDALE, FL – Four jockeys escaped serious injury after being unseated from their mounts in a chain-reaction spill during the stretch run of the fifth race at Gulfstream Park Friday afternoon.
Although reluctant, veteran jockey Eduardo Nunez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after complaining of facial and neck pain. Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh took off their remaining mounts as a precaution, while Sebastian Madrid continued to ride.
Ritvo Weighs Options For Mucho Macho Man
Trainer Kathy Ritvo said Thursday morning that she would love to keep her Grade 2-placed Mucho Macho Man in South Florida for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2)
But the need to accumulate those prized graded stakes earnings has the conditioner thinking about the Risen Star (G3) at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 19 as Mucho Macho Man’s next start.
Alvarez Involved In Spill
HALLANDALE, FL – Apprentice jockey Jose Alvarez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after being unseated from his mount in the first race at Gulfstream Park Friday,
Alvarez, who fell to the racetrack when Nuevo Seville appeared to hit the inside rail leaving the backstretch of the six-furlong race, complained of neck and back pain.
Thursday, February 10 2011
Tar Heel Mom & Hilda’s Passion Meet Again in Hurricane Bertie
Alex Rankin’s 6-year-old Tar Heel Mom held off Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old filly Hilda’s Passion by neck under the wire to win the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 15, and the two are set for a rematch in Sunday’s $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at 6 ½ furlongs.
Jockey Alan Garcia is the regular rider of Tar Heel Mom and will be back aboard for trainer Stan Hough as the daughter of Flatter gets a chance to improve on her second-place finish in Hurricane Bertie last year when beaten a half-length. Tar Heel Mom hit the board but failed to win in each of the three Graded sprint stakes for filly and mare sprints last year on the Gulfstream schedule and has posted earnings of $538,000.
Solis Back At Gulftstream And Among The Leaders
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Alex Solis doesn’t even try to hide his delight about his triumphant return to Gulfstream Park this winter.
“It’s crazy and amazing…and fun to come back to Gulfstream Park,” enthused the 46-year-old veteran jockey through a broad smile.
Wednesday, February 09 2011
Soaring Empire Turns Back for Gulfstream Sprint Championship
Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old colt Soaring Empire appears to have hit his best stride this season after an impressive victory over a strong field in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 8, and comes back as the likely choice in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) on Saturday.
Jockey Julien Leparoux gets the return call on Soaring Empire for trainer Cam Gambolati in a field of eight drawn for the seven-furlong test as he turns back from the one-turn, one-mile Hal’s Hope in his first start since finishing sixth in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on Nov. 27..
Strike It Rich Returns in Friday Allowance Feature
Waterville Lake Stable’s 4-year-old filly Strike It Rich was on a roll the first half of last season winning three straight, including the Little Silver Stakes and Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park for trainer Christophe Clement. Things didn’t go her way, however, when finishing last of 12 as the favorite in the Lake George Stakes (G2) last out at Saratoga on July 28.
Strike It Rich returns to competition in Friday’s $61,500 optional/allowance feature going one mile on turf with jockey Joe Bravo named to ride over the course where she won an allowance race in April prior to the two Monmouth stakes tallies. The roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song was a $350,000 Saratoga yearling purchase.
Monday, February 07 2011
Master Dunker Placed First in Hallandale Beach
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Get Away Farm Racing Stable’s Master Dunker, trained by David Fawkes and ridden by Luis Saez, was placed first Sunday in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream.
While West Point Thoroughbred’s King Congie was first to cross the finish line, a head in front of Master Dunker, the Tropical Park Derby winner was disqualified and placed third for interfering down the stretch with Brilliant Speed, who unofficially finished third.
Gulfstream News & Notes: Uncle Mo Works, etc…
CHAMP UNCLE MO WORKS AT PALM MEADOWS
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo through an easy half-mile breeze at Palm Meadows Sunday morning, the colt’s second work since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November.
Repole Stable’s undefeated son of Indian Charlie completed the half-mile in 49 3/5.
Sunday, February 06 2011
Teaks North, 25-1, Pulls Upset In Gulfstream Park Turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jules Boutelle’s Teaks North, a 25-1 longshot trained by Justin Sallusto and ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., got up in the final yards to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) by a nose over Smart Bid. Get Stormy was third.
Teaks North, victorious Oct. 30 in the Big Brown at Monmouth and third Nov. 20 in the Discovery (G3) at Aqueduct, covered a firm 1 1/8th-mile turf course in 1:46.39. A 4-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet who began his career at Calder, Teaks North has won five of 12 career starts.
Giant Oak Wins $500,000 Donn Handicap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak drove down Gulfstream’s stretch Saturday to win the 53rd-running of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) by two lengths over a game Morning Line.
Rule finished third, I Want Revenge fourth and favored Fly Down was fifth.
Friday, February 04 2011
RULE READY TO MOVE FORWARD IN DONN
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - After being away from the races for nearly 10 months, Rule returned to the races on January 8 with renewed enthusiasm, finishing a solid second behind impressive winner Soaring Empire in the Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old son of Roman Ruler, who was turned out last spring when Todd Pletcher found something lacking in his training, seems poised to become the racehorse everyone expected him to be at Gulfstream Park last winter.