Monday, January 17 2011
Stamina the Ticket in Wednesday Marathon Feature
Opportunities for horses to prove themselves over the longer distances these days are limited, but Friday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature carded for 1 ½ miles on turf will give horsemen a chance to see if their charges have a future in that division with Hiram Polk Jr. and David Richardson’s 4-year-old Harrods Creek one of a few in the field of 12 that has raced at 12 furlongs.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode Harrods Creek in his last three starts in Kentucky for trainer Bill Mott, the last two at a mile-and-a-half. The Kentucky homebred chestnut colt by Langfuhr finished second by a length in an ‘a other than’ allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 29 and came back to finish runner-up in a similar race at Churchill Downs last out on Nov. 18 that was forced off turf and run on a ‘sloppy’ main track.
Adirondack Summer Best In Dania Beach
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Peter Deutsch’s Adirondack Summer, making his third career start and first as a 3-year-old, rallied Sunday under jockey Alan Garcia and got up in the final jump to win the $100,000 Dania Beach by a nose over Brilliant Speed.
Trained by Christophe Clement, Adirondack Summer covered a firm mile turf course 1:34.44. It was Garcia’s second stakes win of the weekend. He won the Sugar Swirl (G3) Saturday aboard Tar Heel Mom.
Big Drama Feeling Fine After Big Win
Trainer David Fawkes reported Sunday that Big Drama was feeling fine after his track record-breaking performance in Saturday’s Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Big Drama, bred and owned by Harold Queen, registered a dazzling four-length victory after devouring six furlongs in 1:08.12 and eclipsing Tiger’s 2006 record of 1:08.46. It was the Eclipse Award finalist’s first start since capturing the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
Saturday, January 15 2011
TAR HEEL MOM TAKES SUGAR SWIRL
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Alex Rankin’s Tar Heel Mom, trained by Stanley Hough and ridden by Alan Garcia, held off Hilda’s Passion down the stretch to win the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) by a neck Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
A 6-year-old mare by Flatter, Tar Heel Mom’s victory was her eighth in 22 starts. She was third, beaten a head, in last year’s Sugar Swirl and was a winner last spring of Aqueduct’s Distaff Handicap (G2). She covered the six-furlongs Saturday in 1:09.75.
BIG DRAMA SETS TRACK RECORD IN MR. PROSPECTOR
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Big Drama kicked off his 5-year-old campaign Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a track-record performance in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3).
Trained by David Fawkes and ridden by Eibar Coa, Big Drama shook off a challenge from defending Mr. Prospector winner Custom for Carlos at the head of the stretch to win the six-furlong event by four lengths in 1:08.12
Top 3-year-old fillies ready for Sweetest Chant; Mucho Macho Man woks bullet
Nominations for the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run next Saturday at Gulfstream Park at 1 1/16 miles on turf includes several of the most accomplished fillies of the 2011 3-year-old crop, including Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu, Virginia Kraft Payson’s Ruthenia, Augustin Stable’s Dynamic Holiday and E Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning.
The 16th edition of the Sweetest Chant is the top race on the calendar next week with the $60,000 Gulfstream Turf Sprint to be run Sunday for 4-year-olds and up at five furlongs. Gulfstream Jan. 29-30 weekend will include the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions on Saturday and the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) on Sunday, the first race that’s part of the Preakness 5.5 bonus.
Friday, January 14 2011
Joey P. Shows Old Fight in Gulfstream Return
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Winning never gets old for Joey P.
The 9-year-old gelding captured his 18th career victory Friday, fighting back in the final yards under jockey Joe Bravo to capture the fifth race by a head at Gulfstream Park. Returning from a 10-week layoff, the New Jersey-bred campaigner ($11) had relinquished the lead to 8-5 favorite Safe Trip in mid-stretch.
Lil Bit O’Fun a Lot to Beat in Dania Beach Sunday
Scott Heider’s Lil Bit O’Fun won two of three starts last year with a second in between, and will be among the favorites in a field of 10 3-year-olds drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes going one mile on turf at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Jose Lezcano has been named to ride for trainer Tom Proctor.
Wild About Sonny Captures Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Wild About Sonny returned from a seven-month layoff to score a half-length victory in Thursday’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park.
The 2-1 favorite, who previously had won her debut to racing at Monmouth Park on June 19, stalked the early pace set by Because I Like It before edging away to victory in the $42,700 allowance race. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Wild About Sonny ran six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 to prevail over eight sophomore fillies.
Gulfstream Notes: Presious Passion, Soldat, D’wild Ride & Fly Down
Presious Passion May Stay Close to Home
Trainer Mary Hartmann’s first preference for Presious Passion’s next start is an allowance race scheduled for Jan 22 – although there is a possibility that the 8-year-old gelding could ship to California to compete in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 29.
“It’ll be a prep race for probably the Mac Diarmida (G2) here in February (19),” Hartmann said Thursday morning of the 1-1/8-mile allowance race on turf. ”He loves the turf here. I worked him on it and he worked like the champ that he is. We’ll put him in the allowance race and hope it goes. If that doesn’t go, we’ll go to California for the Sunshine Millions.
Thursday, January 13 2011
Lopez Up to Old ‘Trix’ in Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Paco Lopez, the defending riding champion at Gulfstream Park, capped a four-win day with an upset score aboard Trix in the City ($37) in Wednesday’s featured eighth race.
The Veracruz, Mexico native had previously earned visits to the winner’s circle with Cove Star ($19) in the third race, Triple E ($9.40) in the fourth and Chateau D’Kim ($16.80) in the seventh.
Wednesday, January 12 2011
Sassy Image Returns in Friday Allo
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jerry Romans’ 4-year-old filly Sassy Image, a two-time Graded stakes winner at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old in 2009, is set to return from a nearly one-year layoff in Friday’s $61,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park going one mile with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for trainer Dale Romans.
Sassy Image completed her juvenile campaign with impressive victories in the Pocahantas Stakes (G3) and Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs to rank among the leaders of the crop and a strong potential Kentucky Oaks (G1).