Monday, February 27 2012

Union Rags Scores Dominating Victory in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Union Rags’ reputation may have lost some luster when he suffered his first defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall, but the 3-year-old colt’s star couldn’t be shining more brightly in the aftermath of his breathtaking triumph in Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

Making his first start since losing to Hansen by a head in the Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, Union Rags produced the most dominating Kentucky Derby (G1) prep of the season thus far while easily dominating a field that was reduced to seven by the early-morning scratch of morning-line favorite Algorithms.

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Rainbow 6 Hit for $78,389.98

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s popular 10-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Sunday on Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth day for $78,389.98.

The winning ticket was played at nearby Pompano Park.

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Simmard Holds Off Newsdad in Mac Diarmida

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 7-year-old Kentucky homebred Simmard kept digging in after taking the lead in the final turn of Sunday’s $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and held on for a game nose victory over James Karp’s 2-to-1 favorite Newsdad in the 1 3/8 miles turf test.

Leading Gulfstream jockey Javier Castellano was aboard Simmard, taking a stalking position close-up in third in the field of 10 older horses as 25 to-1 longshot Mambo Meister set a moderate pace through three-quarters in 1:13 3/5. Simmard took command into the final turn and was joined by Newsdad for the long duel to the finish as they hit the wire in 2:11:71 over the ‘firm’ course.

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Little Mike & Data Link Lead Prospects for Canadian Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Priscilla Vaccarezza’s 5-year-old Florida homebred gelding Little Mike won the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) among three graded stakes victories over the Gulfstream Park grass course early last year, and appears set to defend his title on Sat., Mar. 3 in the 46th running of the Canadian Turf at one mile.

A son of Spanish Steps trained by Dale Romans, Little Mike has come back this winter meeting to add two more victories over the Gulfstream course, beginning with a game allowance score on Dec. 22 in his first start since capturing the Appleton Stakes (G3) late in the meet last year on Apr. 3. He ran his record over the course to five wins in six starts going wire-to-wire in the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Million Turf last out on Jan. 28.

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Saturday, February 25 2012

Castellano Notches 3,000th Career Winner at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Javier Castellano rode the 3000th winner of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Virtuously to a thrilling late-closing victory in the sixth race.

“It feels great. It was time. I stayed patient and rode the same way I always ride,” Castellano said. “I’ve been very blessed to have all the support from all the owners and all the trainers and my agent, Matt Muzikar. People think it’s only myself, but it’s not. I have a lot of help.”

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After jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park to bring him to within one victory of the lofty 3,000 career win milestone, the popular rider hit the mark Friday in the sixth race aboard West Point Stable’s 4-year-old filly Virtuously as she rallied from far back at the top of the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length in the one-mile turf test.

A daughter of Congrats trained by Dale Romans, Virtuously was Castellano’s third of five mounts on the program after he finished second aboard Rhineshire Farm’s first-time starting 3-year-old filly D’fraulein in the third race for trainer Eddie Kenneally..

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Matz Charts Course for Union Rags in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Michael Matz secured his place in thoroughbred history with his masterful handling of Barbaro in 2006, when he placed trust in his astute horsemanship, as well as his abundantly gifted horse, during a winter and spring campaign that led to a spectacular Kentucky Derby (G1) victory.

Barbaro, who would suffer catastrophic injuries in the Preakness (G2) two weeks later that would tragically claim his life, was precision-tuned for his Derby score by a trainer who blocked out skeptics and always did the right thing by his horse.

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Fountain of Youth Notes: Casual Trick & Csaba

Nick Zito entered Casual Trick in Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) after choosing to “draw a line” through his colt’s most recent past performance line, an eighth-place finish as the 9-5 favorite in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.

The Hall of Fame trainer has good reason to expect that the 3-year-old son of Bernardini will rebound from his troubled journey that began with a stumble at the start and ended with a flipped palate.

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Thursday, February 23 2012

Grace Hall Returns in Davona Dale Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Michael Dubb and partners’ Grace Hall, last seen finishing second to the brilliant My Miss Aurelia in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 for trainer Anthony Dutrow, is set to launch a new campaign Saturday as the favorite and horse to beat in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles will share the spotlight on an outstanding card Saturday with the highly-anticipated match-up of 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and Awesome Maria in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Perfect Shirl returning in the $100,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at 1 3/8 miles on turf.

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Champion Royal Delta Returns at Gulfstream in Sabin Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Royal Delta, crowned 3-year-old filly champion of 2011 after her impressive victory Nov. 4 in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1), will make her 2012 debut Saturday in the $100,000 Sabin (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Trained by Bill Mott, Royal Delta will face four others in the 1 1/16-mile event including multiple-stakes winner Awesome Maria and graded-stakes winner Groupie Doll.

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Tuesday, February 21 2012


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s popular 10-Cent Rainbow 6 was hit Monday for $172,752.70.

The only unique winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 was played in Lewiston, Maine.

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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.

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