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.
Sunday, March 20 2011
Hilda’s Passion Sets Track Record In Inside Information
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s Hilda’s Passion set a seven furlong track record at Gulfstream Park Saturday when she drew off from five others to win the $150,000 Inside Information (G2) by 5 ¼ lengths over Amen Hallelujah.
Hilda’s Passion, a 4-year-old filly trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, covered the seven furlongs in 1:20.45. The previous track record of 1:20.88 was set in 2009 by Big Drama.
Saturday, March 19 2011
Gulfstream: News & Notes March 18 2011
Battula Starts Riding Career at Gulfstream Park
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Aparna Battula holds a college degree in biotechnology to fall back on, but the 23-year-old native of Bangalore, India is hoping to make better use of her associates degree from the North American Racing Academy.
Battula took the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a successful jockey Friday at Gulfstream Park with a strong-closing third-place finish in the first race.
Friday, March 18 2011
Clement Bids For Seventh Victory In Sunday’s Orchid Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Christophe Clement has won the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park a remarkable six times, beginning with Trampoli in 1994. Come Sunday, Clement will attempt to win the 1 ½ mile turf event for a seventh time with a trio of contenders.
Clement’s team in the field of eight consists of Castleton Lyons’ Tarrip, Alan Garcia; Newsells Park Stud’s Giant’s Play, Joe Bravo; and Moyglare Stud Farm’s Endless Expanse, Julien Leparoux.
Thursday, March 17 2011
Gulfstream, Palm Meadows To Host Backstretch Appreciation Day
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows will play host to Backstretch Appreciation Days on March 21-22. Admission, food and raffles will be free to all licensed backstretch workers and their families.
Gulfstream’s Backstretch Appreciation Day, to be held on March 21, will mark the 17th annual celebration while Palm Meadows’ Appreciation Day, to be held March 22, will be its fourth. Along with more than 600 pounds of food being donated by Gulfstream, trainers, owners and jockeys step forward every year with generous donations in an effort to provide backstretch workers with essentials.
Gulfstream: News & Notes March 17 2011
One More Chance for ‘Derby’ Berth in Saturday Allowance
Time may be running out for a 3-year-old to get on the ‘Derby Trail’ if they aren’t already on their way, whether it’s the Florida Derby (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1) or any other Derby. But Saturday’s third race allowance at Gulfstream Park appears likely to point out a young prospect that will have an impact in the division at some point in the season, sooner or later.
Trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of 3-year-old talent is led by Uncle Mo and Stay Thirty, but WinStar Farm’s Cal Nation and Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City have shown considerable promise and will each have solid support in Saturday’s ‘a other than’ allowance at one mile with John R. Valazquez and Javier Castellano named to ride, respectively, in the field of six.
Wednesday, March 16 2011
Lopez Enjoys Triumphant Return
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After sitting on the sideline for more than three weeks, Paco Lopez couldn’t wait to get back to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle – and he didn’t.
The 24-year-old jockey won aboard his very first mount Wednesday, guiding Smart Sting to a fast-closing 1-1/2-length victory in the featured eighth race.
Gulfstream News & Notes - March 16 2011
Village People Send Best Wishes To ‘Macho’ Team
Kathy Ritvo, trainer of Risen Star (G3) winner and Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Mucho Macho Man, received a delivery last week from the disco band the Village People – a ‘Macho Woman’ shirt.
According to Mitch Weiss of the Village People’s management team, the band contacted Mucho Macho Man’s owners, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, after learning of the colt’s success and Ritvo’s successful recovery from heart transplant surgery. The band that scored a huge hit in the 1970s with ‘Macho Man’ sent along the shirt with best wishes. Weiss said three of the band members have frequented thoroughbred tracks and watch the Kentucky Derby every year.