Monday, January 09 2012


Even trainer Todd Pletcher thought E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old R Holiday Mood got caught on the rail at the finish of Sunday’s $60,000 Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park by John Oxley’s 4-year-old filly Delightful Mary, but it didn’t take long for the tote board to flash both numbers in a dead-heat for the victory.

Jockey John Velazquez rode R Holiday Mood and set the pace from the start, except for being headed briefly in mid-stretch, and dug in to share the prize as Luis Contreras rallied Delightful Mary down the outside. A homebred daughter of Trippi, R Holiday Mood paid $12.40 for $2 to win.

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10-Cent Wager Rewards Three Friends $414,166.52

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It wasn’t until a week ago that Mark Haidar of Dearborn, MI started to play Gulfstream’s 10-Cent Rainbow 6 wager while on a visit to South Florida.

Seven days later, Haidar and two friends are reveling in being the ones to take down the innovative and unique wager to the tune of $414,166.52.

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Sunday, January 08 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.7.12

E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old Florida homebred colt Discreet Dancer set a track record for 5 ½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park winning his debut by 9 ¾ lengths on Dec. 3, and confirmed that promise Saturday as he drew clear to score by 5 ½ lengths under jockey Javier Castellano going a mile in an ‘a other than’ allowance test in the second start of a promising career..

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Discreet Dancer took command early from the far outside post 9 coming out of the chute and rather easily shook off a couple of challenges in the upper stretch. A Stephen Miles, Jr.’s Neck ‘n Neck rallied for second, 2 ½ lengths ahead of Cornelia Dudley’s 42-to-1 longshot Two Is to Many in third as the winner was timed in 1:36:32 over the ‘fast’ track and paid $3.80 for $2 to win.

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Grass is Greener for Heavenly Landing in Marshua’s River

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Heavenly Landing looked like a future stakes star from the moment she broke her maiden with a three-length victory at Saratoga on Aug. 23, 2009. It just took eight more starts and a switch from dirt to turf to realize her potential in Saturday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Heavenly Landing, a 19-1 long shot ridden by Corey Lanerie, overcame a troubled trip to close with a rush to catch La Reine Lionne by a nose at the finish of the 1 1/16-mile turf race to win her first stakes and her third-straight race since trainer Eddie Kenneally made the switch to turf.

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Gulfstream News & Notes (1.7.12)

Romans Stars Back to Work for 2012 Campaigns

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Dale Romans had Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Shackleford on the track at Gulfstream Park for his first breeze of the season Saturday morning as well as Donegal Racing’s top 3-year-old prospects Dullahan and O’Prado Again as those two get ready to jump on the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown trail.

Shackleford was timed an easy half-mile in 50 4/5 in his first recorded workout since finishing second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. The flashy son of Forestry finished second by a head behind Dialed In in the Florida Derby (G1) here last year and fourth in the Kentucky Derby before the Preakness at Pimlico.

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Saturday, January 07 2012

Gulfstream Today: 1.6.12

News of the Day: Making his second U.S. start and first since finishing seventh in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Utley captured the featured ninth race Friday with a strong finish under jockey Julien Leparoux.

Owned by the Augustin Stable, Utley had last raced in England in June before joining the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

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All Due Respect Set to Defend Ocala Title Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Paul Pompa, Jr. and Taylor Brothers Properties’ 5-year-old mare All Due Respect won the $60,000 Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park as the 4-to-5 favorite for trainer Rick Dutrow in late March last year, but appears to be facing a tougher field in Sunday’s renewal of the one-mile test for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

Jockey Javier Castellano gets the call on All Due Respect as she makes her second start back following a six-month layoff. The daughter of Value Plus went on to finish a game third behind Blind Luck in the La Troienne Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on May 6. She returned to competition with a runner-up effort as the favorite in the Go for Wand Handicap (G2) at Aqueduct on Nov. 25.

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Friday, January 06 2012

Gulfstream News & Notes: Mucho Macho Man, Heavenly Landing, La Reine Lionne

Mucho Macho Man Readies for Return in Florida Sunshine Millions

In preparation for a scheduled start in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28, Mucho Macho breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:03.35 under exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. Friday morning at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-year-old son of Macho Uno is coming off a dazzling allowance victory at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 in his return from a five-month layoff following a demanding Triple Crown campaign. Pleased with the sensational manner in which her strapping colt bounced back from running in all three spring classics, trainer Kathy Ritvo has patiently prepared him for his 2012 debut.

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Thursday, January 05 2012


Everett Dobson’s Miss Netta broke slowly again today, but was able to overcome that sluggish beginning en route to an odds-on victory over The Cat’s All That and Macanuda. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Miss Netta was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).

In the field of 10 3-year-old fillies in Thursday’s ninth race, Miss Netta broke last and raced in that position behind fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 3/5. After advancing to mid-pack around the far turn, Miss Netta continued her rally into the stretch and reached the wire first in a time of 1:45 1/5 for the 1 1/16 miles.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: 1.5.12

Gulfstream Park once again carried on a storied tradition of launching the seasons of a large contingent of Eclipse Award finalists. Participants during the 2011 meeting at Gulfstream were well-represented on list of horses vying for annual championships released Thursday.

Animal Kingdom, who debuted last year with a troubled second in a turf allowance at the South Florida track before going on to capture the Kentucky Derby, is among three finalists in the 3-year-old division, including Shackleford, the Florida Derby (G1) runner-up who captured the Preakness Stakes.

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Daveron & Louvakhova Clash in Wide-Open Marshua’s River

Live Oak Plantation’s 7-year-old German-bred mare Daveron won three straight turf stakes last year for trainer Graham Motion and Michel Jean Zerolo’s 4-year-old filly Louvakhova was impressive capturing the Frances A. Genter Stakes on Oct. 15 at Calder in her American debut for trainer Marty Wolfson.

The two will meet as the likely choices in a full field of 14 fillies and mares drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

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Wednesday, January 04 2012

Casse Looking Forward to Weekend Stakes at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A cursory glance at the past-performance lines of Exclusive Love might lead handicappers to assume that she is a filly with a history of physical problems. The many gaps between her races, though, have nothing to do with soundness and everything to do with weather.

“She’s The Rainmaker,” said trainer Mark Casse, explaining Exclusive Love’s inconsistent racing schedule.

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