Friday, January 14 2011

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.

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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.

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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).

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Tim Hills Looking to Go Long with Catch a Thief

Trainer Tim Hills had nominated Catch a Thief for Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl, but the 4-year-old filly will start in Friday’s ninth race, a mile allowance, instead of the six-furlong stakes.

“It’s a prep for the longer races further on down,” said Hills, who will used Friday’s race as a prep for the $100,000 Sabin (G3), a mile stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 19.

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Monday, January 10 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today significant increases in handle and attendance during the first five days of its 2011 Thoroughbred meet.

Comparing the first five days of 2011 with the first five days of 2010 – and taking into account a midweek opening this year as compared to a Sunday opening in 2010 – Gulfstream’s attendance is up 32.6 percent, from 22,008 last year to 29,184.

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Justaroundmidnight Rallies to 26-to-1 Upset in Marshua’s River Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Patrick Biancone had Mrs. Paul Shanahan’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Justaroundmidnight entered in a modest ‘a other than’ allowance race at Gulfstream Park last Thursday, but when she didn’t draw in off the ‘also-eligible’ list he entered her in Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3), a move that proved fortuitous.

With jockey Joe Bravo aboard, Justaroundmidnight rated in 10th down the backstretch in the 1 1/16 miles turf test and charged through the stretch for a hard-fought half-length victory over James Lauffer and partners’ 4-year-old filly Persuading, a longshot at 36-to-1 herself that set the pace from the start and held gamely to the final strides.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Priscilla Vaccarezza’s and KZ Stable’s Little Mike, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Allen Iwinski and ridden by Joe Bravo, took the lead shortly after the start and then held off Blues Street to win the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale (G3) by a nose. Smart Bid finished third.

A Florida-bred son of Spanish Steps, Little Mike covered a firm 1 1/16th mile turf course in 1:40.52.

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Carlos Set To Defend Title, Rose Weighs Options, Jessica Breezes For Swirl

‘Carlos’ Set to Defend Mr. Prospector Title

Much of the attention on the running of Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) has been focused on whether Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse finalist Big Drama runs in the six-furlong dash. But if he does he will likely face a formidable rival in the defending champion in the race, Homewrecker Stable and Avalon Farm’s 5-year-old Custom for Carlos.

“He’s been working right along here at Palm Meadows,” said trainer Eddie Kenneally recently. “He’ll work again tomorrow morning (Saturday), and if he goes well, we plan to run. We know he likes the Gulfstream track.”

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Sunday, January 09 2011

Soaring Empire Flies Home First in Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old colt Soaring Empire held a comfortable stalking position in the backstretch in Saturday’s renewals of the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park, took command nearing the stretch and drew clear to score by 1 ¼ lengths over WinStar Farm’s Rule in the one-mile test under jockey Jose Lezcano.

Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable’s 4-year-old Morning Line was the even-money favorite in his first start since a narrow loss when second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in early November, set the pace into the turn, but had to settle for third, a half-length behind the runner-up in his first outing since last year’s Florida Derby (G1) in March.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ron Marano’s homebred Determinato, trained by Larry Pilotti and ridden by Eibar Coa, took the lead inside the eighth pole Saturday to win the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park.

A 3-year-old son of Closing Argument, Determinato covered the six furlongs in 1:11.13. Leave of Absence was second while Cane Garden Bay was a nose behind in third.

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Mucho Macho Works; Tapitsfly Returns, Big Drama Works

Mucho Macho Man Breezes Five Furlongs

Trainer Kathy Ritvo sent Mucho Macho Man to the track Saturday morning for a five-furlong breeze in preparation for an expected start in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30.

Guided onto the track by jockey Eibar Coa shortly after 9 a.m., the 3-year-old son of Macho Uno worked in company while being clocked in 59 seconds.

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Battle of Hastings in Fort Lauderdale Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Mike House’s 5-year-old English-bred gelding Battle of Hastings made his reputation and most of his career bankroll of more than $1.3 million racing in California over the last two years, but has shipped into Payson Park for the South Florida winter season, set to make his 2011 season debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Julien Leparoux picks up the mount on Battle of Hastings as he makes his second start for trainer Gregory Fox after Jeff Mullins guided his career in California. The son of Royal Applause finished a close-up fourth in the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar in late August and re-surfaced more than two months later in Kentucky with Fox and was very impressive winning the River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

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