Monday, December 12 2011

Gulfstream Today: 12.11.11

Jockey Julien Leparoux scored the hat trick Sunday with a riding triple. He capped off his afternoon with a 1 ½ length victory aboard TYB Stable’s Thai Haku in the $60,000 South Beach.

A 4-year-old filly by Oasis Dream trained by Chad Brown, Thai Haku covered the ‘good’ 7 ½ furlong course in 1:31.29. The filly came into the South Beach off a fourth-place finish Oct. 11 at Belmont Park in the Athenia (G3).

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Gulfstream Park News & Notes December 11, 2011

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Runner-Up Excaper Likely for Dania Beach

Richard Kaster and Frederick Wietling’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Excaper finished a game second as a 33-to-1 longshot behind Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish invader Wrote in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, and appears set to resume his promising career in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sun. Dec. 18.

“He’s (Excaper) been training right along at Payson Park and we’re seriously looking at the race (Dania Beach),” said trainer Ian Black. “He’ll work on Monday and if that goes well he’ll likely run.”

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Saturday, December 10 2011

Gulfstream Today: 12.9.11

Jockeys Joe Bravo and Paco Lopez escaped injury Friday after a spill on the backstretch during the sixth race. Bravo took off his mounts for the remainder of the day due to soreness while Lopez continued riding.

Meanwhile, jockey Mario Argueta suffered a broken left leg in a spill during Thursday’s sixth race. Jockey Luis Jurado, who also went down in the sixth, was released from Memorial Regional Hospital with no injuries. Jurado rides Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.

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Friday, December 09 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After going out on his own at the end of October, Brendan Walsh is getting ready to saddle his first horse as a full-fledged trainer, perhaps as soon as Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The 38-year-old native of Cork, Ire. is in the process of building his stable, but he hopes to launch his training career with an accomplished graded-stakes winner in Saturday’s ninth race, a $53,500 allowance race over the Gulfstream turf course. Walsh is hopeful that Santiva, a highly regarded 3-year-old colt that competed in the Triple Crown, will draw in from the also-eligible list and help him get his training career off to a winning start.

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Thursday, December 08 2011

Gulfstream Park Today: 12.8.11

One Sock Down, a flashy chestnut 2-year-old colt with three white stockings, debuted impressively in Gulfstream’s fifth race, a $51,500 maiden special weight event. The son of Dehere closely stalked the early pace set by even-money favorite Ecabroni, a Todd Pletcher-trained first-time starter, before pulling away in the stretch to graduate by 3 ¼ lengths.

Trained by Eddie Coletti Jr., One Sock Down, the 8-5 second betting choice, ran six furlongs in 1:10.03 under jockey Paco Lopez.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.8.11

Hills playing Catch-up in Sugar Swirl

Catch a Thief will make her second start off a layoff in Saturday’s Sugar Swirl (G3), although her trainer, Tim Hills, views the six-furlong distance is less than ideal for the 4-year-old filly.

“She got in trouble in her first start off the layoff. She has no conditions, so I tried to get a race in her up north, but nothing filled,” Hills said. “She’s probably best going seven-eighths or a mile, but there’s no guarantee that those will fill until maybe January. So, we put her in there and we’ll see if we can get a placing in a Grade 3 and get her started.”

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Wednesday, December 07 2011

Pica Slew Could Give Lynch Special Win in Sugar Swirl

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Terra Di Sienna Stable’s 4-year-old filly Pica Slew has shown considerable talent in her limited career of six races from coast to coast. But she will likely be a longshot as she makes her first start since January at Santa Anita and first start in the care of trainer Brian Lynch in Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

“It looks like the race is coming up very tough,” said Lynch Wednesday morning from Palm Meadows, “But she’s doing well and we thought we’d try her. She’s been with me at Woodbine most of the year and had a pretty nasty splint bone injury, which we had operated on in May.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - When he was a 16-year-old bug rider in his native Mexico, Luis Contreras would “dream about riding at Gulfstream.”

“I’d watch the races and I’d say to myself, ‘One day I’m going to be there.’ It was one of my favorite tracks.”

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Monday, December 05 2011

Gulfstream Park Today: 12.4.11

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s 3-year-old gelding Zero Rate Policy began his career at Gulfstream Park early this year with a runner-up debut in March and maiden score in April. The chestnut gelding was back in the winners’ circle again Sunday after winning the $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under jockey Paco Lopez on Day 2 of the 2011-12 season.

Zero Rate Policy was sent off as the 11-to-10 favorite in the field of nine Florida-breds that lined up for the seven-furlong test and held Leo Azpurua, Sr.’s second choice Manicero safe in the final yards as he was timed in 1:21:57 over the ‘fast’ track and paid $6.40 for $2 to win. Brooklyn Farm’s It’s Never To Late, winner of the Sunshine State when it was last run in early April this year, finished third, a length behind the runner-up

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Sunday, December 04 2011

Gulfstream Park Notes: 12.4.11

Pomeroys Pistol Set for Sugar Swirl Saturday

Hardcare Farm’s 3-year-old Florida homebred filly Pomeroys Pistol worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:01 flat Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for owner-breeder-trainer Amy Tarrant and is “good to go” for a start in Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

“She did a little bit more than I wanted her to,” said Tarrant. “I only wanted her to go a half, but she was like a locomotive out there, but she came back fine. After the Breeders’ Cup, she had three weeks of turnout at the farm. She was livin’ large and came back ready.”

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Gulfstream Today: 12.3.11

Lead: Opening its winter meet in December for the first time in its 69-year history, Gulfstream was welcomed by large crowds, full fields, a track record and a game performance by Ancient Rome in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid.

Michael Dubb’s Ancient Rome, making his third start for trainer Anthony Dutrow and jockey Joe Rocco Jr., gamely held off Jack Price Juvenile winner For Oby to win the 32nd-running of the Spectacular Bid by a nose. A 2-year-old son of Roman Ruler, Ancient Rome covered the distance in 1:08.95.

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Ancient Rome Conquers Spectacular Bid Stakes on Opening Day at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ancient Rome was heavily favored in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes after notching an uncontested victory by nearly eight lengths in his previous start.

The Anthony Dutrow-trained 6-5 public choice had to work a lot harder Saturday to prevail in the feature on the opening day card of Gulfstream Park’s 2011-2012 meeting, digging deep with a last-ditch rally between horses to register a hard-fought triumph by just a nose.

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