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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Monday, January 30 2012

Algorithms a Derby Candidate After Upsetting Hansen in Holy Bull

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Algorithms remained undefeated in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park while handing 2011 Eclipse Award-winning Hansen the first defeat of his career.

While scoring by five lengths in his stakes debut with his third-straight trip to the winner’s circle, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt became an instant and prominent candidate for this year’s Kentucky Derby. The son of Bernardini also completed a graded-stakes double for Pletcher, who saddled Broadway’s Alibi for a 16 ¾ -length triumph in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) one race earlier on the 11-race card.

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Broadway’s Alibi Romps in the Forward Gal

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Broadway ‘s Alibi made it look easy when she galloped to 16 ¾-length length victory over Say a Novena and Sacristy in the 34thRunning of the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

The daughter of Vindication was making her fourth start for trainer Todd Pletcher and running over a sloppy track for the first time.

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El Padrino Enters Kentucky Derby with Allowance Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Todd Pletcher-trained El Padrino stamped himself as a horse to watch on the road to the Kentucky Derby Saturday at Gulfstream Park with an emphatic two-length victory over a field of talented 3-year-olds in the seventh race.

The son of Pulpit ($7.20) settled in fourth under jockey Javier Castellano along the backstretch run of the 1 1/16mile allowance before kicking in through the stretch to win comfortably.

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Gulfstream Today: 1.29.12

Pletcher Stable Sweeps Forward Gal & Holy Bull

Trainer Todd Pletcher would have had plenty to look forward to Sunday at Gulfstream Park after sending out Let’s Go Stable’s 3-year-old colt El Padrino for a sharp victory in an ‘a other than’ allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in the seventh race, a performance that earned him a probable start next in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) over the track and distance on Feb. 26.

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Florida Sunshine Millions Winners Doing Fine

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Florida Sunshine Millions winners Mucho Macho Man, Awesome Feather and Little Mike all came out of Saturday’s races in good order, according to their trainers Sunday morning.

Mucho Macho Man, impressive winning the $400,000 Classic by 1 ½ lengths over Ron the Greek, was grazing early Sunday morning outside his barn while a large group of fans, including owners from Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable, admired the tall 4-year-old bay colt.

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Sunday, January 29 2012

Mucho Macho Man Impressive in Florida Sunshine Millions

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mucho Macho Man put on a sparkling demonstration of resilience and raw ability at Gulfstream Park Saturday, capping the Florida Sunshine Millions program with an authoritative triumph in the $400,000 Classic.

One of only three horses to have competed in all the three legs of the grueling Triple Crown last year, Mucho Macho Man made an auspicious 2012 debut in the finale of the six stakes for Florida-bred thoroughbreds with an overpowering performance.

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Little Mike Remains Horse for Course With Sunshine Millions Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike captured the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf in his typical front-running fashion, earning his fourth-straight victory over Gulfstream Park’s turf course going wire-to-wire.

“He proved to me a long time ago that he won’t let another horse past him without putting up one heck of a fight,” regular rider Joe Bravo said. “He was the best horse in the race and he showed it.”

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Soaring Stocks Surges to First Stakes Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s Soaring Stocks cruised around the final turn and surged down the stretch to pass frontrunner Royal Currier in the final strides of the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and score his first stakes victory.

In his first stakes attempt, the 4-year-old colt broke last after bumping with Madman Diaries at the start, but jockey John Velazquez quickly moved Soaring Stocks into third, racing off the pace of second choice Royal Currier, who set fractional times of 22.02, 44.19, and 56.24, with Madman Diaries sitting in second. Velazquez made his move going into the final turn to pass the fading Madman Diaries and overtake Royal Currier down the stretch. Cajun Breeze and jockey Juan Leyva closed down the stretch and slipped between Soaring Stocks and Royal Currier near the wire, calling for a photo that showed Cajun Breeze up for second and Royal Currier hanging on for third. The final time was 1:09.49.

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