Saturday, January 31 2009
Take the Points Takes Next Step
Could it be an omen a day before Super Bowl XLIIII in Tampa Bay?
Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old Well Positioned was a strong 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a 14¼ lengths maiden victory at Aqueduct in November.
Well Positioned broke a half-step slow in the one mile allowance race, but never got closer than third down the backstretch as Starlight Stable’s Take the Points went on to score by two lengths under jockey Edgar Prado at 9-2 over Peachtree Stable’s Masala at 5-1 in second. Well Positioned finished sixth of seven.
Barn Notes 1-31 GP
Hello Broadway Crew Happy With Hutcheson Performance
Elizabeth Valando’s 3-year-old homebred Hello Broadway was tired but looking good the morning after his second-place finish behind Capt. Candyman Can in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Barclay Tagg was concerned about starting the strapping son of Broken Vow’s season off in a seven-furlong race, but his connections were happy with the colt’s effort and where it could lead.
Friday, January 30 2009
Capt. Candyman Can Gets it Done in Hutcheson Stakes
Joseph Rausch and David Zell’s 3-year-old Capt. Candyman Can was eased back to the inside off an early pace duel in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park until jockey Julien Leparoux swung him to the outside near the quarter pole and powered to score by 1½ lengths over Elizabeth Valando’s 2-1 favorite Hello Broadway in the seven-furlong test.
The victory marked the fourth of the afternoon for Leparoux as Capt. Candyman Can paid $7.40 to win as the third choice in the field of six while timed in 1:23:69 over the fast track. Capt. Candyman Can, who is trained by Ian Wilkes, is a son of Candy Ride who was making his first start since a close-up third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.
Frolic’s Dream Dominates Friday’s Forward Gal
Dare To Dream Stable’s 3-year-old homebred filly Frolic’s Dream took command easily into the far turn of Friday’s $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and was never threatened in the stretch as she coasted home to score by 2½ lengths over Richard Rowan’s 14-1 Renda in the seven-furlong test.
Ridden by regular jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, Frolic’s Dream avenged the lone defeat of her career when beaten a head for it all, finishing third in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) going six furlongs here Jan. 4 when she had a troubled trip.
Breeders’ Cup Winners Kip Deville & Red Rocks Clash in Gulfstream Turf
IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville and J. Paul Reddam’s 6-year-old Irish-bred Red Rocks have each won Breeders’ Cup championship races, and the two veteran performers will meet for the first time Sunday in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
Also to be run on Sunday will be the $125,000 Suwannee River Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf with Three Chimneys Racing and Harlequin Ranch’s Irish-bred, Canadian champion mare Callwood Dancer and Dennis Federico’s Waquoit’s Love among the favorites in a field of 10.
Thursday, January 29 2009
Barn Notes 1-29 GP
Nicanor & Well Positioned Set for Donn-Holy Bull Undercard
Renewals of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) and $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) highlight an outstanding Saturday program at Gulfstream Park, and there will be plenty of action on the supporting card with Paul Pompa Jr.’s Well Positioned making his 3-year-old debut in the first race allowance and Lael Stable’s Nicanor, Barbaro’s 3-year-old full-brother, set to make his career debut in the eighth race.
Well Positioned makes his first start since his brilliant performance breaking his maiden by 14 ¼ lengths going one mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 for trainer Patrick Reynolds. The son of Awesome Again was a $350,000 Adena Springs 2-year-old purchase.
Wednesday, January 28 2009
Donn Handicap & Holy Bull Share Spotlight Saturday
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein and Shadwell Stable’s Albertus Maximus are the marquee names entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park for older horses, while the most definitive test yet for potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects is set for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3).
Both races will be run at 1 1/8 miles.
Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride 7-year-old Einstein in the 51st edition of the Donn after drawing the far outside post 10 as he makes his first start since capturing the Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 for trainer Helen Pitts.
Barn Notes GP 1-28
Breen Likes Holy Bull Options with West Side Bernie
George and Lori Hall and their trainer Kelly Breen have a two-pronged plan of attack on the 3-year-old season with their colts West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain. The former will get to fire the first shot Saturday in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3), an early two-turn test for Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects at Gulfstream Park.
West Side Bernie, a Kentucky-bred son of Bernstein, will get the chance to avenge a loss to Big Drama in the $750,000 Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Dec. 5. With Big Drama missing this round due to a training setback, Breen was satisfied the pace scenario of the Holy Bull allowed his charge to go it alone.
Monday, January 26 2009
Hutcheson, Forward Gal advance
‘Break Water’ & Hello Broadway Clash in Hutcheson
Gulfstream Park will offer six graded-stakes races next weekend, beginning Friday with renewals of the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2), companion events for 3-year-olds, the latter for fillies.
Also on the weekend slate are Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Donn Handicap and the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, both at nine furlongs, the Holy Bull exclusively for 3-year-olds, and, on Sunday, the Grade 1, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf and the Grade 3, $125,000 Suwannee River, both turf events for older horses, the Suwannee River exclusively for fillies and mares.
Barn notes 1-25 GP
Pick Six on Target for Gulfstream Park Turf
A strong workout on the grass course Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park solidified plans for Phipps Stables’ Pick Six as a contender for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) next Sunday.
Trainer Shug McGaughey was on the lookout for a solid performance in the half-mile breeze as he seeks an improvement on a ninth-place finish in the Fort Lauderdale Stakes here on Jan. 10 by the 5-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer.
Sunday, January 25 2009
Handle, Crowd Up At Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions
On-track handle at Gulfstream Park on Sunshine Millions Day reached $1,449,863.50, an increase from the $1,319,197.80 handle recorded Sunshine Millions Day, 2008.
All-sources handle was also up significantly from 2008 figures, coming in at $13,602,677.28 this year as opposed to $12,368,226.13 last year.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Filly & Mare Sprint
Estate of Harry Aleo’s 4-year-old Florida-bred filly High Resolve broke on top from the rail in the $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and went on to a wire-to-wire to score by 2¼ lengths under Robby Albarado as Northern California-based trainer Greg Gilchrist went two-for-two for the afternoon.
Gilchrist had sent out 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Wild Promises to capture the $500,000 Filly & Mare Turf in the previous race with jockey Aaron Gryder in the saddle on the rich card of stakes for horses bred in Florida or California. A roan/gray daughter of Put It Back, High Resolve was winning for the seventh time in 10 career starts, but paid a generous $13.40 to win.