Friday, January 20 2012


R. Larry Johnson’s 4-year-old filly Strike the Moon appeared well on her way to victory as the 9-to-10 favorite in mid-stretch of Friday’s $60,000 third race allowance feature at Gulfstream Park, but West Point Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old mare Bell of the Hall flew down the outside to score by a half-length in the 6 ½-furlong test.

A Florida-bred chestnut daughter of Graeme Hall, Belle of the Hall broke last of seven under jockey Elvis Trujillo as Ice Wine Stable and Wesley Ward’s Final Mesa set a fast early pace down the backstretch with Strike the Moon in close attendance, but the favorite edged away to lead by three lengths going past the eighth pole before being run down in the final sixteenth.

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Lucky Chappy, Howe Great Set in ‘Motion’ in Kitten’s Joy

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Graham Motion’s resume received a decided boost when Animal Kingdom captured the 2011 Kentucky Derby, providing his trainer with his first Triple Crown success. After Animal Kingdom was named the 2011’s outstanding 3-year-old at the Eclipse Award Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., Motion’s resumed now boasts his first champion.

“It’s every trainer’s dream to train a champion. It’s a dream come true,” Motion said. “Going into it we weren’t sure if he’d win, and it turned out to be very close, so we’re proud of him that he won the award.”

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Eclipse Champion Hansen Expected to Return in Holy Bull

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing’s undefeated 3-year-old Hansen was acclaimed 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old in ceremonies in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday evening, and trainer Mike Maker has him on target to launch his campaign toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at one mile on Sun., Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.

A roan/gray Kentucky homebred colt by Tapit, Hansen went wire-to-wire to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last out at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 by a head over favorite Union Rags after a pair of double-digit victories at Turfway Park to begin his career. He has posted a steady string of workouts over the Gulfstream track over the last month in preparation for his return.

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Frolic’s Revenge & Dayatthespa Clash in Sweetest Chant

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred Frolic’s Revenge established her grass course credentials winning the Ginger Brew Stakes as a 16-to-1 longshot in her turf debut at Gulfstream Park last out on Dec. 24. Jerry and Ronald Frankel Dayatthespa finished second in the Natalma Stakes (G3) over the Woodbine course before finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

The two accomplished 3-year-old fillies will likely attract the most attention in a field of nine drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run at one mile on turf with Jose Lezcano getting aboard Frolic’s Revenge for trainer Milt Wolfson and leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano named to ride Dayatthespa for trainer Chad Brown.

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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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