Monday, February 06 2012

Pletcher Holds Strong Hand in Two Thursday Allowance Features

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Thursday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park offers a pair of 6 ½-furlong allowance features, one for 3-year-olds and one for older horses, and leading trainer Todd Pletcher appears have the favorites in both races with E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old Travelin Man in the third and Bortolazzo Stable’s 3-year-old Stat in the eighth.

Jockey John Velazquez, who will ride both horses, teamed up with Travelin Man for all six of his career starts, beginning with three over the Gulfstream track early last year. The Kentucky homebred by Trippi won his debut, finished second in the Hutcheson Stakes (G2) to Flashpoint and then won the Swale Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day, Apr. 3

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Saturday, February 04 2012

Gulfstream Today: 2.4.12

Trainer Marty Wolfson sent out starters in two allowance races Saturday and both 4-year-old fillies went to the winners’ circle with a story behind their victories as Farnsworth Stable’s Beloveda came again in the stretch to score in the fifth race and Michel Jean Zerolo’s Louvakhova drove to victory in the 10th race.

A daughter of Ghostzapper, Beloveda was making her first start for Wolfson after a private purchase since an allowance victory at Fair Grounds on Dec. 23. She was the 13-to-10 favorite in Saturday’s one-mile main track allowance, but looked to be beaten when dropping back in the far turn under jockey Elvis Trujillo. However, she came on again in the stretch and drew off to a 2 ¾ lengths victory.

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Musical Flair Breaths Easy in Needles Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Musical Flair took a deep breath in the stretch at Gulfstream Park Saturday and sprinted to victory in the $60,000 Needles Stakes.

The 3-year-old son of Songandaprayer, who underwent surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis after finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland last October, scored by three-quarters of a length in the five-furlong sprint on turf.

“He led for three-quarters in the Breeders’ Futurity and stopped. He had an entrapped epiglottis and we sent him to Ocala to be operated on,” trainer Salvatore Santoro said. “Obviously, it was successful.”

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Shackleford, Force Freeze Work; DeVito on Luke of York

Shackleford breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:01.45 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on Feb. 11. The 2011 Preakness Stakes winner was ridden by jockey Jesus Castanon.

“It was what we were looking for,” trainer Dale Romans said.

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Friday, February 03 2012

Saturday’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 Carryover is $134,548.44

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday of $134,548.44.

There were no unique tickets alive going into Friday’s last race.

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Gulfstream Today: 2.3.12

Emcee came within less than two-fifths of a second of equaling the Gulfstream Park track record for seven furlongs while winning the featured ninth race.

Making the second start of his career, the 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song scored by six lengths with a blistering 1:20.83 clocking. The track record for seven furlongs of 1:20.45 was set in 2005 by Mr. Light.

Emcee vied for pacesetting honors with long shot Macarthur Causeway while racing along the rail on the backstretch and obtained a clear lead on the far turn before being challenged by favored Associate. The 3-5 favorite ranged alongside Emcee leaving the turn into the homestretch, but the 8-5 second choice quickly kicked clear on his way to his second straight victory.

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Prado a Frequent Visitor to Gulfstream Winner’s Circle Again

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Edgar Prado has been making the most of his opportunities during the 2011-2012 meeting at Gulfstream Park, having already visited the winner’s circle on five more occasions than he did during the entire 2011 meeting.

The Hall of Fame jockey, who has ridden the winner’s of 6,523 races and $237 million in purses, had somehow experienced a startling slow-down in business the past few years, particularly last year at Gulfstream when he rode only 14 winners for the entire stand. With more than two months remaining this year, Prado has ridden 18 winners from 108 mounts (the fewest of any rider in the Top 10).

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Soaring Empire Breezes for Likely Start in Donn Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Ol Memorial Stables and C.E. Glasscock’s 5-year-old Soaring Empire breezed five furlongs in 1:01 flat Friday morning at Gulfstream Park, and trainer Cam Gambolati confirmed him as a probable starter in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) to be run Saturday Feb. 11 at 1 1/8 miles.

A son of Empire Maker, Soaring Empire finished fourth Jan. 14 behind Jackson Bend in the Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) going one mile over the track in his first start since winning the Majestic Light Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Monmouth Park on July 31. He made a bold bid to the lead in mid-stretch of the Hal’s Hope before giving under jockey Julien Leparoux, who will have the mount in the Donn.

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Thursday, February 02 2012

Musical Affair Returns in Needles Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofant’s Musical Flair, a 2 ¾ lengths winner in August of the five furlong Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash in his only start on grass, is set for his 2012 debut Saturday in a field of seven 3-year-olds going the same distance over the Gulfstream Park course in the $60,000 Needles Stakes.

Jockey J.M. Rios will be back aboard Musical Flair for trainer Sal Santoro in his first start since Oct. 8 when finishing l1th of 13 in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. The Breeders’ Futurity was won by Dullahan going 1 1/16 miles after Musical Flair set the pace for three-quarters of a mile.

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Wednesday, February 01 2012

Gulfstream Today: 2.1.12

Endorsement, a prominent candidate for the 2010 Kentucky Derby before being sidelined by injury, took a giant step on the comeback trail Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.

The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor coasted to an easy front-running score in the fourth race, a $56,500 optional claiming allowance event. While never having to be asked to extend himself by jockey Julien Leparoux, Endorsement covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.35 to prevail by 2 ¼ lengths as the 4-5 favorite in a field of nine.

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Smart Bid Set to Sub for Animal Kingdom in Gulfstream Turf

Having decided to delay the 2012 debut of 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom for a couple weeks, trainer Graham Motion will have an able replacement in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 11 in Smart Bid.

“The race next week at Gulfstream is just coming up too quick for my liking. I don’t want to compromise him by running him back too quickly. He’s been off since June,” Motion said. “This will give me an opportunity to give him three more works, which is probably what he needs.”

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Shackleford and Ruler On Ice on Course to Meet in Feb. 11 Donn Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford, winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, and Lori and George Hall’s Ruler On Ice, winner of the 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1), are on target to clash in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday., Feb. 11.

The 1 1/8 miles Donn will climax an outstanding program that will include three other graded stakes including the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

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