Saturday, April 03 2010
Florida Derby Winner Ice Box Breezes at Palm Meadows
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat., April 3, 2010) – Robert LaPenta’s 3-year-old Ice Box breezed a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito in his first workout since his 20-to-1 upset victory in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 20.
Zito plans to train the stretch-running son of Pulpit up to his next start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 1.
Friday, April 02 2010
Formidable Tries Gulfstream Turf in Sunday Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., April 2 2010) – Robert N. Clay’s homebred 5-year-old Formidable loves the main track at Gulfstream Park winning four of five starts over the surface the last two years for trainer Allen Jerkens, and will be asked to expand his domain to the turf course in Sunday’s $56,000 allowance feature at five furlongs.
Jockey Jose Lezcano gets a return call on Formidable after they teamed up to score by two lengths in a ‘three other than’ allowance going six furlongs on Mar 18. The son of Sky Mesa’s only defeat here on the main track was a very good third-place effort in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) in mid-March last year when beaten only two lengths by Smooth Air.
Clement Nominates Three for South Beach Next Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu., April 1, 2010) – Trainer Christophe Clement has begun shipping runners from his powerful stable out of his Payson Park winter quarters back to New York, but will continue to have runners for spots that fit during the final weeks of the Gulfstream Park meet, including the $50,000 South Beach Stakes next Saturday (Apr. 10).
Clement has a trio of fillies and mares eligible for the South Beach to be run at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf course – Oak Bluff Stable’s 4-year-old filly Akalina, Jon and Sarah Kelly’s 5-year-old Irish-bred mare Carribean Sunset and Waratah Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old filly Miss World.
Wednesday, March 31 2010
Arson Squad & Timber Reserve Meet Again in Skip Away
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., March 31, 2010) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s 7-year-old gelding Arson Squad and Circle E Racing and partners’ 6-year-old Timber Reserve finished first and third in the Meadowlands Cup (G2) in 2008. They finished second and third last out as the favorites in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Mar. 6, respectively, and will now meet again Saturday in the $125,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Paco Lopez rides Arson Squad for trainer Rick Dutrow, who also will send out Four Roses Thoroughbreds’ 6-year-old Helsinki in the 1 3/16 miles test with Joe Bravo aboard in a field of eight older horses.
First Passage Hope for Better Start in Harmony Lodge Friday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., March 31, 2010) – Andrew Rosen’s very talented 4-year-old filly First Passage has had issues at the start of her last two that obviously compromised her performance, but she will try to get it right Friday as the most accomplished of eight fillies and mares entered in the $57,000 Harmony Lodge overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call on First Passage in the 6 ½-furlong test for trainer Marty Wolfson, who also will be represented in the race by Denholtz Stable’s 5-year-old mare Indy’s Alexandra with jockey Luis Saez named to ride and Farnsworth Stable’s 4-year-old filly Exe with jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan aboard.
Saturday, March 27 2010
Arson Squad & Bold Start Work for Skip Away
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat., March 27, 2010) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s 7-year-old Arson Squad worked six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 over the ‘muddy’ Gulfstream Park track Saturday morning for trainer Rick Dutrow as one of three older horses on the tab nominated for next Saturday’s $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) to be run at 1 3/16 miles.
Arson Squad is among the most accomplished of the Skip Away prospects as the winner of the Strub Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita as a 4-year-old when trained by Bruce Headley in California and Meadowlands Cup (G2) for Dutrow in 2008. He finished fourth in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct in one more start that season, beaten only a length for it all.
Friday, March 26 2010
Lopez Wins Four Straight on Thursday Card at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., March 26, 2010) – Jockey Paco Lopez was on a roll Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream Park winning four straight races from the second through fifth events and none of the winners was favored, returning $9.40, $14.20, $11.00 and $41.20 for $2, respectively.
A 24-year-old native of Mexico, Lopez finished eighth in the Gulfstream standings last year and appears bound for a much better finish this season as Thursday’s performance elevated him to third in the standings with 42 victories, trailing only Javier Castellano on top with 50 and John Velazquez second at 46.
$116,928 Pick Six Carryover at Gulfstream Park
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu., Mar. 25, 2010) – Racing fans failed to take down the Thursday pick six at Gulfstream Park creating a $116,928 carryover for Friday’s card.
The pick six on Friday starts with the fifth race and an approximate post time of 3:12 pm Eastern. The sequence includes three turf races including the featured sixth race, an allowance for 3-year-olds. The ten race card kicks-off at 1:15 pm.
Changing Skies & Cable Clash in Orchid Sunday at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu., March 25, 2010) – Trainer Bill Mott sent out Swettenham Stud’s Irish-bred filly Dress Rehearsal to capture the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last year and will have the likely favorite and horse to beat in Sunday’s renewal of the 1 ½ miles filly and mare turf marathon with Swettenham’s 5-year-old Irish homebred mare Changing Skies.
Jockey Jorge Chavez gets the call on Changing Skies, a daughter of international champion sire Sadler’s Wells, who rallied to a half-length victory in the 11-furlong The Very One Stakes (G3) over the course last out on Feb. 27 in her first start since October at Keeneland. Changing Skies was Group stakes-placed in France earlier in her career.
Thursday, March 25 2010
Remarkable Brass Hat Launches ‘10 Campaign in Pan American
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thursday, March 25, 2010) – It would take a remarkable horse to return from a lengthy layoff in a Grade 3 race going 1 ½ miles on turf and Fred Bradley’s 9-year-old Kentucky homebred gelding Brass Hat fits that bill with a career record of 33-9-6-4 for earnings of more than $2 million.
Jockey Eddie Castro will ride Brass Hat for trainer William ‘Buff’ Bradley in Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G3) going 1 ½ miles on turf in his first start since finishing second by a half-length in the 12-furlong Stars and Stripes Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park on Sept. 7.
Winchester & Brass Hat Lead Cast for Pan American Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed, Mar. 24, 2010) – Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s 5-year-old Winchester will be the favorite and horse to beat in a field of 11 older horses entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, a race that also will mark the season debut of Fred Bradley’s remarkable 9-year-old gelding Brass Hat.
Jockey Alan Garcia rides Winchester for trainer Christophe Clement in the 1 ½ miles turf course marathon after a solid runner-up performance last out in the 11-furlong Mac Diarmida Stakes (G3) on Feb. 28, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Presious Passion in his first start since another good try finishing third behind Cloudy’s Knight in the 12-furlong W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2) at Calder on Dec. 26.
Wednesday, March 24 2010
Pletcher & Castellano Continue to Lead Gulfstream Standings
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sunday, March 21, 2010) – In the wake of Florida Derby weekend at Gulfstream Park, trainer Todd Pletcher continues to coast on a clear lead in the standings as he bids for a seventh consecutive title here and jockey Javier Castellano holds a narrow lead in the rider standings, although a major shake-up on that leader board is likely to occur during the final five weeks of the meet.
Pletcher’s total of 31 wins is 14 more than closest rival Nick Zito second at 17, followed by Bill Mott third at 16, Rick Dutrow fourth at 14, Wesley Ward fifth with 12 and Marty Wolfson sixth at 11 victories.