Wednesday, February 16 2011


McLaughlin’s 3-year-olds Gearing Up


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has a lot to look forward to in the next 10 days, including saddling two of the favorites Feb. 26 in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) and $150,000 Hutcheson (G2).

In the 1 1/8th mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, McLaughlin is excited about saddling Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) runnerup Soldat, who enters the race off a 10 ¾ length victory Jan. 21 over a sloppy track against allowance company. On the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth undercard, McLaughlin will send out Crossbow in the seven- furlong Hutcheson. The son of Bernardini will enter the Hutcheson off a game victory Jan. 29 also against allowance company.





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Monday, February 14 2011


Hilda’s Passion Wires Field In Hurricane Bertie


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s Hilda’s Passion, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, led gate-to-wire Sunday to win the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) by 2 ½ lengths over Ms Vanenzza.

A 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred daughter of Canadian Frontier, Hilda’s Passion covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.79 for her fifth victory in nine starts. She returned $4.80. The filly came into the Hurricane Bertie off a second-place finish Jan. 15 in the Sugar Swirl (G3). North Rodeo was six lengths behind Ms Vanenzza in third. Tar Heel Mom, who beat Hilda’s Passion by a neck in the Sugar Swirl, finished fourth.





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Uncle Mo, Life At Ten & Keertana All Work


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mike Repole’s undefeated 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Uncle Mo breezed a half-mile Sunday morning at Palm Meadows in :47.45.

One of the early favorites for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), Uncle Mo galloped out five furlongs in a minute alongside stablemate and Hopeful (G1) runnerup Stay Thirsty. It was Uncle Mo’s third work of the winter, and the breeze pleased trainer Todd Pletcher.





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Saturday, February 12 2011


Tackleberry Wins Again, Takes Sprint Championship


HALLANDALE BEACH – Tackleberry, owned and trained by Luis Olivares, drove to the lead around the turn under jockey Javier Santiago to win the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) by two lengths over favored Soaring Empire. It was another nose back to Caixa Eletronica in third.

Tackleberry, a 4-year-old gelded son of Montbrook, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.84. The gelding was coming off a victory Jan. 29 in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8th mile. Tackleberry was making his third start in 35 days. He previously was fourth Jan. 8 in the Hal’s Hope (G3) and Dec. 11 won the Fred Hooper (G3).





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My Jen Ready For Hurricane Bertie, Hyperlink & Sassy Image Drill For Sabin


Trainer Eddie Kenneally attributes My Jen’s poor performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint to drawing the rail and enduring “a terrible trip.”

In Sunday’s Hurricane Bertie (G3), Windmill Manor Farm’s My Jen – and trainer Kenneally – will have the comfort of breaking from the outside post in the field of seven.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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..





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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.





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