Monday, January 02 2012
Gulfstream News & Notes January 2, 2012
Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Never Retreat Retired
Never Retreat, who had been scheduled to make her final career start in next Saturday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park, has been retired and on her way to Lexington, Ky. for a date with War Front.
The 6-year-old turf star, who captured the Honey Fox (G3) at Gulfstream last year, had originally been scheduled to retire after the Matriarch (G1) on Nov. 25. A third-place finish as the odds-on favorite at Hollywood Park prompted trainer Chris Block to give Never Retreat a chance to retire with a victory in the Marshua’s River.
Sunday, January 01 2012
Reveron Takes Inaugural Gulfstream Park Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Agustin Bezara capped off a career afternoon on the New Year’s Day program when he saddled Reveron for a half-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby.
Reveron, the first stakes success and third winner of the day for his trainer, pressed the early pace before taking and desperately holding on to a narrow lead to the finish of the country’s first derby of the New Year.
SACRISTY CAPTURES OLD HAT WITH STRONG STRETCH RUN
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sacristy may have given the bettors who sent her to the starting gate as their 6-5 favorite a few uneasy moments during the early running of Sunday’s $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3), but the 3-year-old filly looked much the best in the Gulfstream Park stretch while edging clear by 1 ¾ lengths.
“She was just spot on today,” jockey Kent Desormeaux said. “Her eyes were bugging out of the bridle. You could tell she wanted to be a racehorse when she was warming up.”
Gulfstream Today: 1.1.12
Stipa Racing Stable’s Reveron turned back a stretch-long challenge from Robert LaPenta’s 3-to-1 second choice Casual Trick to win the first running of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday, completing a dream day for Venezuelan-born trainer Agustin Bezara.
Reveron is Kentucky-bred colt by Songandaprayer purchased for $20,000 at the Keeneland September sales and took a stalking position second early in the race under jockey Fernando Jara, took command at the top stretch, and held off Casual Trick to score by a half-length and pay $19 for $2 to win while timed in 1:44:74 over the ‘fast’ track.
Guaranteed Pick 5 and Late Pick 4 Every Saturday
HALLANADALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will offer a $200,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick 4 and $100,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick 5 every Saturday during the month of January.
The guaranteed Pick 4 will be on the last four races and guaranteed Pick 5 on the last five races.
GULFSTREAM’S DECEMBER DATES PROVE POPULAR
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s decision to race for the first time in its 69-year history during the month of December rather than through April proved to be a popular one with horsemen and fans.
Gulfstream’s total handle for its 17 live days of racing in December was $121,481.447. Gulfstream’s total handle last April over similar days for its 15 live programs, including the $34 million wagered on Florida Derby Weekend, was $115,305,356.
Saturday, December 31 2011
GULFSTREAM CANCELS QUARTER HORSE RACE
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced this morning it has cancelled a Quarter Horse race scheduled for Saturday morning after track officials agreed on a tentative purse agreement with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (FHBPA).
Gulfstream planned to run the Quarter Horse race to exercise a dormant non-profit Quarter Horse permit after being advised by counsel it could be lost during the upcoming legislative session. But after meeting with horsemen Friday afternoon and evening, a tentative purse agreement was reached and the race was cancelled.
THREE CARRYOVERS AT GULFSTREAM SATURDAY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will close out the year with three carryovers.
Gulfstream’s popular 10-cent Rainbow 6 has a carryover going into Saturday’s program of $171,518.20. The 50-cent Pick 5 has a carryover of $63,079.31 while the Super Hi 5 in the last race will have a carryover of $13,120.95.
GULFSTREAM TODAY 12.30.11
Donald Adam’s 5-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Gold d’Oro rallied from off the pace under jockey Edgar Prado to finish best of all in Friday’s $64,000 ‘four other than optional/allowance’ feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park to score by a length..
J.J. Richmond-Watson’s 4-year-old English-bred filly Desert Sage was sent off the 6-to-5 favorite after going into the race three-for-three over the Gulfstream course. The daughter of Selkirk was in front shortly after the start under regular rider Jose Lezcano, but was rank and fighting her rider despite setting moderate pace that began with a half-mile in 50 1/5 before giving way to finish fourth.
Friday, December 30 2011
MOTION HOPES TO STRIKE ‘GOLD’ IN GULFSTREAM DERBY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Graham Motion tasted victory in the Kentucky Derby this year for the first time with a horse that hadn’t even registered a blip on the national radar at this time last year.
No 2-year-old saddled by Motion will ever again evade detection from those on the lookout for Kentucky Derby prospects. Thus, when Gold Megillah cavorted to a maiden victory by more than 18 lengths over a sloppy Churchill Downs racetrack on Nov. 16, the son of Purim instantly became a serious horse to watch.
DIVITO REPRESENTED IN DERBY AND OLD HAT SUNDAY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Jim DiVito has had a career year in 2011, winning 70 races from 284 starters for a 25 per cent win rate while racing in Chicago most of the year and at Gulfstream Park in the winter
The veteran horseman will have an opportunity to get the New Year off to a fast start on Sunday with a starter in both the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby and $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3), both race for 3-year-olds.
MR. PROSPECTOR ‘APRIORITY’ FOR FAWKES
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - When Big Drama went to post for the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last January, the betting public looked forward to an encore performance of the David Fawkes-trained speedster’s thrilling triumph in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
The odds-on-favorite didn’t disappoint, scoring by open lengths while setting a track record for six-furlongs. Two days later, Big Drama was honored with an Eclipse Award as North America’s champion sprinter.