Sunday, February 12 2012

Pletcher Reaches 3000-Win Career Milestone

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eight-time defending Gulfstream Park training champion Todd Pletcher attained a career milestone Saturday, notching his 3000th victory by saddling Spring Hill Farm for a trip to the Gulfstream winner’s circle in the third race.

“It gives you a little time to reflect. There’s not many opportunities to reflect in this business, but milestones like this gives you a chance to appreciate all of them,” Pletcher said following a winner’s circle ceremony that drew an enthusiastic ovation from the fans.

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Ever So Lucky Out of Hutcheson

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Saturday morning that Augustin Stable’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) runner-up Ever So Lucky would be scratched from today’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2).

“He needed to have some good strong gallops during the week because we gave him a little bit of a conservative work (Monday),” Sheppard said. “The track wasn’t that great that day, and it’s been (sloppy) since. I discussed it at some length with (Augustin Stable’s George) Strawbridge Friday.”

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Thursday, February 09 2012

10-cent Rainbow 6 hit for $237,765.48

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Wednesday afternoon for $237,765.48.

The innovative 10-cent Rainbow 6 wager, introduced in 2011 at Gulfstream, requires a bettor to pick the winners of the last six races on the program. The jackpot is only paid out when there is one unique ticket with all six winners.

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Gulfstream Today: 2.8.12

Trainer Richard Dutrow gave the fans at Gulfstream Park a double sneak peek into Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).

After receiving permission from the stewards, Dutrow sent undefeated Trickmeister and multiple-stakes winner Redeemed to the track between the seventh and eighth races for their final half-mile tune-ups for the Donn.

Trickmeister, who collected his sixth victory without a loss in the Harlan’s Holiday at Gulfstream on Dec. 17, was the first to work. The 5-year-old son of Proud Citizen breezed four furlongs over a “good” track in 49 1/5 seconds under a motionless exercise rider Giovanni Rogelio. New York-based Ramon Dominguez will be aboard Trickmeister for the first time Saturday.

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Wednesday, February 08 2012

Boisterous & Get Stormy Clash in Gulfstream Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Phipps Family Stable’s 5-year-old Boisterous ended his 2011 campaign with a pair of graded stakes victories on turf in New York and Sullimar Stable’s 6-year-old Get Stormy won a pair of Grade 1 turf stakes in Kentucky in the spring. The two high-class grass course runners meet as the likely favorites in a field of 11 drawn for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) Saturday.

The Gulfstream Turf at 1 1/8 miles leads three graded stakes to be run earlier on Donn Handicap Day. The other races include the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

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Shackleford & Ruler On Ice Lead Strong Field for Saturday’s Donn

HALLLANDALE BEACH, FL - Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Shackleford and Lori and George Hall’s 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1) hero Ruler On Ice will be the likely favorites in a very deep field of 11 older horses entered for Saturday’s 54th edition of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park.

The Donn will be one of four graded stakes races on Saturday’s program. The afternoon will also include the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1), $150,000 Hutcheson (G2) and $150,000 Suwannee River (G3).

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Ever So Lucky Expected to Make 2012 Debut in Hutcheson

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Despite a concern about Ever So Lucky’s final tune-up, trainer Jonathan Sheppard entered Augustin Stable’s 3-year-old colt in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes on Saturday’s Donn Handicap (G1) program at Gulfstream Park.

“I expect we’ll end up running him,” Sheppard said after entering Ever So Lucky in the seven-furlong stakes Wednesday morning. “The horse is doing wonderfully.”

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Dutrow Looking Forward to Saddling Undefeated Trickmeister and Discovery Winner Redeemed in Donn

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The stars going into Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) are unquestionably Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford and Belmont (G1) winner Ruler On Ice.

But by the time dusk descends on Gulfstream Park Saturday evening, trainer Rick Dutrow could have racing’s newest star in his barn

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Monday, February 06 2012

Gulfstream Today: 2.5.12

Flying Zee Stable’s Street Game rallied strongly along the inside to just get up over a fast-closing Plead on the far outside in Gulfstream Park’s featured seventh race on Sunday afternoon. In the one-mile allowance/optional claiming event on turf, Street Game settled behind the majority of the field early, before uncorking his rally along the inside. The 4-year-old colt by Street Cry was able to narrowly defeat Plead who also put in a very strong rally to fall just a nose short.

Sunday’s race was the first of 2012 for the Philip Serpe-trained Street Game who won the Hill Prince (G3) last summer at Belmont Park. As the 2.40-1 second choice in the field of seven colts and geldings, Street Game – who was ridden by Ryan Curatolo – returned $6.80.

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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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