Friday, January 20 2012

Lezcano Continues Winning Ways at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jose Lezcano didn’t need to wait for more than a single race to achieve success at Gulfstream Park, having won aboard his very first mount in the U.S. at the world class thoroughbred meeting in April 2004.

The Panama native has become a frequent visitor to Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle over the years while joining the ranks of the country’s riding elite. Coming off a career 2011 campaign, during which he rode champion Royal Delta to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and his mounts earned $10.7 million, Lezcano is again making the most of his opportunities at Gulfstream.

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Thursday, January 19 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.19.12

Trend, who took 10 races to finally break his maiden at Woodbine last September, got off to a fast start in 2012 with an off-the-pace score in the eighth race, a $53,500 entry-level allowance race.

The Mark Frostad-trained 5-year-old gelding ($26.60) drew off to a 1 ½ -length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. Corporate Judge, the favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished second, a length ahead of Exclusive Strike and jockey Joe Rocco Jr.’

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Team Valor-Motion Duo Likely Choices in Kitten’s Joy

Team Valor International’s uncoupled pair of Lucky Chappy and Howe Great, trained by Graham Motion, look like the probably one-two choices in a field of eight 3-year-olds drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano gets the call on Irish-bred Lucky Chappy and Edgar Prado will be aboard Howe Great. A son of High Chaparral, Lucky Chappy makes his first start since finishing fourth behind Wrote in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 after a solid third-place effort in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. He began his career winning the last two of three starts in Italy.

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Awesome Feather, Musical Romance & ‘Macho Man’ Set for Florida Sunshine Millions

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s undefeated 4-year-old filly Awesome Feather, Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 2011 Eclipse champion filly or mare sprinter Musical Romance and Reeves Thoroughbred’s 4-year-old Mucho Macho Man, third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last spring, are among the stars expected to run in one of six Florida Sunshine Millions Stakes to be run on Sat., Jan., 28 at Gulfstream Park.

Nominations have been released for the six races for Florida-breds that will be worth a total of $1.3 million. The $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles will climax the rich card as Mucho Macho Man makes his 2012 debut in a talented field that may also include Robert Sahn and Stan Hough’s Adios Charlie, Alex and Joann Liblong and partners’ Duke of Mischief and P and G Stable and Off the Hook’s Turbo Compressor.

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Tuesday, January 17 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.16.12

JMJ Racing Stables’ 3-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Artest rallied down the outside to post a one-length victory in Monday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature going five furlongs on turf at Gulfstream Park in the middle of a near perfect afternoon for trainer Rick Dutrow and his crew.

Artest was Dutrow’s only starter at Gulfstream while he had three others entered at Aqueduct. The veteran horseman got the afternoon off to a fast start sending out 5-year-old Won Fast Bullet for a 5 ¼ lengths victory as the favorite in the opener at the Big A while assistants saddled Artest to win the seventh race at Gulfstream.

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Gulfstream: News & Notes, 1.16.12 - Ever So Lucky, Strike the Moon

Ever So Lucky Set to Join Sheppard Stable at Gulfstream

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Monday that Ever So Lucky is slated to ship to Gulfstream Park by the end of this week.

The prominent 3-year-old Triple Crown prospect has been training in Camden, S.C. following an extremely promising fall campaign at Churchill Downs. Ever So Lucky debuted on Nov. 11 with an eye-catching 3 ¼ -length score at 6 ½ furlongs and came back only two weeks later to finish a solid second behind Gemologist in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).

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Monday, January 16 2012

Private Jet Lands Turf Sprint Stakes Victory in U.S. Debut

HALLADALE BEACH, FL – Private Jet hadn’t seen competition since September 2010 and had never previously raced in the U.S., but the battle-tested 7-year-old gelding did have one very important thing going for him in Sunday’s $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint: the back class to overcome his shortcomings, as well as four extremely fast rivals, to pull out a victory in the five-furlong stakes.

A former Group 1 stakes winner in South Africa, where he had captured five of his 10 starts before going to the sidelines with a breathing problem, Private Jet dug deep in the stretch to out-finish even-money favorite, Great Attack, and score by a length under John Velazquez.

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Gulfstream Today: 1.15.12

Private Jet made an auspicious U.S. debut Sunday, soaring through the stretch to capture the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint by a length over even-money favorite Great Attack.

Unraced since Sept. 10, the 7-year-old gelding made his first start outside South Africa a winning one for owner Joseph Brocklebank and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Private Jet was a Group1 winner in South Africa before being sidelined and imported to the U.S.

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Abigail Fuller, 52, Wins First Race at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Abigail Fuller, who rode with great success during the 1980s and 1990s, rode her first winner at Gulfstream Park Sunday aboard Rule Number Six in the second race.

The 52-year-old veteran rider, who returned to riding last summer at Calder Race Course, is best known for riding her father Peter Fuller’s Mom’s Command to victory in the 1985 New York Filly Triple Crown and the Alabama Stakes (G1). Mom’s Command, the 1985 3-year-old filly champion, has been inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame.

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Coalport Questionable for Kitten’s Joy; Sacristy to Forward Gal

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy was America’s Eclipse Award turf champion in 2004 and has since become a highly-successful sire. Kitten’s Joy now has a $100,000 stakes race for 3-year-olds named in his honor to be run Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 1/16th mile on the same turf he won the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) early in his championship season.

Four colts by Kitten’s Joy are nominated to Saturday’s race, two of them Ramsey homebreds in Coalport, trained by Wayne Catalano and Politically Correct, trained by Wesley Ward. Both have previously run at the meet.

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Sunday, January 15 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.14.12

Robert LaPenta and Jacks or Better Farm’s 5-year-old Jackson Bend overcame a slow start from the one post to capture the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G1) Saturday at Gulfstream Park by a length as the 9-to-10 favorite under jockey Javier Castellano.

Making his first start since finishing third as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, Jackson Bend bobbled at the start of the one-mile test and then had to wait for racing room before splitting horses in mid-stretch for the deserving victory. Godolphin Racing’s Sangaree finished second, a neck before Jim Bakke and Gerry Isbister’s Cool Blue Red Hot third in the field of eight as the winner was timed in 1:38:19 over the ‘fast’ track.

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Jackson Bend Captures Hal’s Hope with Grit and Class

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Calling on the generous reserve of grit and determination that has defined his career, Jackson Bend overcame a little bobble at the start and a lack of racing room at the top of the stretch and willed his way to victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

The diminutive 4-5 favorite, who emerged as one of the country’s premier sprinters in 2011, got off to an impressive start for his 2012 campaign in the one-mile stakes, closing from far off the pace to score by a length under jockey John Velazquez.

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