Friday, April 17 2009
Barn Notes 4-17-2009
McPeek Leads Pletcher by One as Title Chase Goes to Wire
Durham Racing and partners’ 3-year-old filly The Best Day Ever was all out to win Thursday’s last race at Gulfstream Park by a nose in a photo finish for trainer Ken McPeek to take a lead of one over Todd Pletcher (32-31) with five days to go before closing on Thursday.
Both powerful stables left divisions in South Florida to compete in the final weeks after shipping the majority of their horses north to Kentucky and/or New York. McPeek continues to close in on a personal career milestone of 1,000 victories as The Best Ever Day’s victory marked No. 994.
Barn notes 4-16-2009
Another Albertrani ‘Magic Moment’ Possible in Boynton Beach
Trainer Tom Albertrani has had a strong season at Gulfstream Park with six of his 10 wins at the meet coming in stakes races, and he could head back to New York with another big victory after sending out Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment, the likely favorite, in Saturday’s $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes.
“We’ll be looking to ship to New York in the next day or two, and you just hope they can all stay healthy” said Albertrani Wednesday afternoon. “Different horses come around at different times and you just hope they can come together at the right time, and that’s been what we’ve been lucky enough to have happen this year.”
Wednesday, April 15 2009
My Magic Moment Returns in Boynton Beach Saturday
Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment was a neck short of perfect in three starts on turf last year in New York and will likely be the favorite making her 2009 season debut in the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Leading jockey Jose Lezcano rides My Magic Moment for trainer Tom Albertrani in the one-mile turf test, facing eight rival 3-year-old fillies in the final stakes of the Gulfstream meeting, which closes Thursday, April 23. Albertrani already has won six stakes at the session.
Barn Notes 4-15-2009
McPeek Back on Top with Two Wins Sunday at Gulfstream
The Gulfstream Park trainers’ title chase continued to be a day-by-day affair over the weekend as Todd Pletcher sent out two winners Saturday to lead by one and the Ken McPeek stable came right back with two on Sunday to regain the lead at 31-30 in competition that promises to continue through the final seven days of the meet, which closes Thursday, April 23.
McPeek broke on top early in the season in January, but Pletcher has steadily picked up momentum as he bids for a sixth consecutive Gulfstream championship. McPeek also is on a career milestone watch with 993 winners and closing in on 1,000.
Monday, April 13 2009
Santiago-Reyes Post 1st Career Win
Christian Santiago-Reyes posted his first career victory aboard Chihulykee in Sunday’s second race at Gulfstream Park.
Santiago-Reyes chased the pace before moving over to take the lead at the quarter pole. He fully extended the 5-year-old chestnut and moved to the inside to score over Dynaquake.
Chihulykee paid $4 to win. Santiago-Reyes’ victory came in his second career mount.
Trujillo Scores 1,000TH Career Victory
Elvis Trujillo reached the 1,000th career-victory plateau aboard Bahia Girl in the first race Sunday at Gulfstream Park
Trujillo reached the mark with a 1 ¾ length win over Princess Haya. His winning mount is a 4- year-old filly owned by Stronach Stables and trained by Brian A. Lynch. She paid $11.20.
Sunday, April 12 2009
Barn Notes 4-12-2009
Trujillo Triple Saturday Leaves One to Go for 1,000
Jockey Elvis Trujillo won three of the first four races on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park to bring his career total to 999 victories, but finished second on three other mounts thereafter, leaving his drive to 1,000 to Sunday at least when he is named to ride in seven races.
Jose Lezcano, who reached the 1,000-win milestone Feb. 13 at Gulfstream Park, won one race Saturday to bring his total to 58, 10 more than Kent Desormeaux, second with 48. John R. Velazquez is third at 47, Julien Leparoux fourth with 45 and Trujillo fifth.
Raw Silk Sets Course Record Winning South Beach
Darley Stable’s 4-year-old filly Raw Silk returned from a four-month layoff to post a wire-to-wire victory under jockey Paco Lopez in the $50,000 South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday, setting a course record of 1:27:28 for 7 ½ furlongs on ‘firm’ turf and giving trainer Tom Albertrani a sixth stakes victory at the meet.
A daughter of Malibu Moon, Raw Silk was making her first start since finishing eighth in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8, broke on top from the inside post and set fast fractions, but had plenty left to turn back a challenge in the stretch by Farnsworth Farm’s 5-year-old mare Flibberjibbit, the 9-5 favorite, by 1¾ lengths.
Barn Notes 4-11-2009
Ameribelle & My Magic Moment Prominent on Boynton Beach Roster
Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Florida homebred Ameribelle has finished second in three stakes, most recently in the $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Mar. 14, and is among the most accomplished of 30 3-year-old fillies nominated for the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes next Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The Boynton Beach will be run at one mile on turf and it’s the final stakes offering of the Gulfstream meeting, which runs through Thursday, Apr. 23.
Friday, April 10 2009
Barn Notes - Fla Derby 1,2 prep
Quality Road, Dunkirk Keep on Edge
Quality Road and Dunkirk, 1,2 in their March 28 match in the Grade 1 Blackberry Florida Derby, put in workouts Friday morning toward what their connections hope will be their next meeting, the May 2 Kentucky Derby.
Richard Evans’ Quality Road finished 1¾ lengths ahead of Dunkirk in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, a race that appears in the past performances of 21 Kentucky Derby winners since its inception in 1952.
Thursday, April 09 2009
Barn Notes 4-8-2009
Pastel Gal Carries Sackatoga Colors into Deep South Beach Water
Trainer Barclay Tagg and Sackatoga Stable general partner Jack Knowlton thought that 5-year-old Pastel Gal earned a chance in a black-type race after two come-from-behind allowance victories this season at Gulfstream Park, and Saturday’s $50,000 South Beach Stakes at 7½ furlongs on turf was their chosen target.
“It looks like the water is pretty deep in there,” said Knowlton Thursday morning. “But we’re here and she’s never been better, so we’ll take our chances. I talked to Robin (assistant trainer Robin Smullen) after the entries came out and she said that it looked like a Grade 2 stakes.
Full Field of 14 Set for Sunday’s Wide-Open South Beach
Farnsworth Stables’ 5-year-old mare Flibberjibbit finished a game third behind I Lost My Choo last out in the Honey Fox Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 7, and will be among the favorites in a field of 14 fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $50,000 South Beach Stakes.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call on Flibberjibit for trainer Marty Wolfson in the 7½-furlong turf test and will not have to face I Lost My Choo again – that rival was entered in Saturday’s Jenny Wiley Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.