Friday, January 06 2012

Gulfstream News & Notes: Mucho Macho Man, Heavenly Landing, La Reine Lionne

Mucho Macho Man Readies for Return in Florida Sunshine Millions

In preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28, Mucho Macho breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:03.35 under exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. Friday morning at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-year-old son of Macho Uno is coming off a dazzling allowance victory at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 in his return from a five-month layoff following a demanding Triple Crown campaign. Pleased with the sensational manner in which her strapping colt bounced back from running in all three spring classics, trainer Kathy Ritvo has patiently prepared him for his 2012 debut.

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Thursday, January 05 2012


Everett Dobson’s Miss Netta broke slowly again today, but was able to overcome that sluggish beginning en route to an odds-on victory over The Cat’s All That and Macanuda. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Miss Netta was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).

In the field of 10 3-year-old fillies in Thursday’s ninth race, Miss Netta broke last and raced in that position behind fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 3/5. After advancing to mid-pack around the far turn, Miss Netta continued her rally into the stretch and reached the wire first in a time of 1:45 1/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: 1.5.12

Gulfstream Park once again carried on a storied tradition of launching the seasons of a large contingent of Eclipse Award finalists. Participants during the 2011 meeting at Gulfstream were well-represented on list of horses vying for annual championships released Thursday.

Animal Kingdom, who debuted last year with a troubled second in a turf allowance at the South Florida track before going on to capture the Kentucky Derby, is among three finalists in the 3-year-old division, including Shackleford, the Florida Derby (G1) runner-up who captured the Preakness Stakes.

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Daveron & Louvakhova Clash in Wide-Open Marshua’s River

Live Oak Plantation’s 7-year-old German-bred mare Daveron won three straight turf stakes last year for trainer Graham Motion and Michel Jean Zerolo’s 4-year-old filly Louvakhova was impressive capturing the Frances A. Genter Stakes on Oct. 15 at Calder in her American debut for trainer Marty Wolfson.

The two will meet as the likely choices in a full field of 14 fillies and mares drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

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Wednesday, January 04 2012

Casse Looking Forward to Weekend Stakes at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A cursory glance at the past-performance lines of Exclusive Love might lead handicappers to assume that she is a filly with a history of physical problems. The many gaps between her races, though, have nothing to do with soundness and everything to do with weather.

“She’s The Rainmaker,” said trainer Mark Casse, explaining Exclusive Love’s inconsistent racing schedule.

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Monday, January 02 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.2.12

Jump Up maintained her unblemished record in Monday’s fourth race, prevailing over five rivals with a length victory in $51,500 allowance for fillies and mares. The 1-1/16-mile race was the Eddie Kenneally-trained 4-year-old’s first around two turns.

The even-money favorite broke alertly under Julien Leparoux to press the pace set by second-choice Majestic Maria before asserting herself in the stretch to win her third straight race, completing the distance in 1:45.07. Majestic Maria, ridden by Javier Castellano, held second, 2 ¾ lengths clear of Rock the Moon and jockey Luis Contreras.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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