Monday, April 18 2011
Tar Heel Mom Best In The Harmony Lodge
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Alex Rankin’s Tar Heel Mom, winner Jan. 15 of the Sugar Swirl (G3), drew off down the stretch Sunday to win the $75,000 The Harmony Lodge Handicap by 3 ½ lengths over the graded-stakes winner Hour Glass at Gulfstream Park.
Tar Heel Mom, a 6-year-old mare by Flatter trained by Stanley Hough and ridden by Alex Solis, covered six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:09.97 and paid $3.40.
Gulfstream Turf The Ticket To Blue Grass
Horsemen will likely remember for future reference the best path to Keeneland’s $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) may go through racing on the Gulfstream Park turf course in the wake of Saturday’s renewal of the famous Kentucky Derby (G1) preview as the first seven to finish competed on turf at Gulfstream earlier this year, five of them in their previous starts.
Live Oak Plantation had a leading Kentucky Derby prospect in To Honor and Serve with trainer Bill Mott earlier this season, but he has been sent to the sidelines with an injury after finishing third to Dialed In in Gulfstream’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on Apr. 3.
Friday, April 15 2011
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - April 15 2011
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Alex Rankin’s 6-year-old mare Tar Heel Mom won the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) early in this Gulfstream Park meet for trainer Stan Hough and Mill House’s 5-year-old mare Hour Glass scored in the Vagrancy Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park last season for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The two accomplished mares meet Sunday in a field of seven entered in the $75,000 Harmony Lodge overnight stakes at six furlongs on the next-to-last weekend of the 2011 Gulfstream racing season closing Sun., Apr. 24.
Thursday, April 14 2011
Coa To Be Released From Hospital Thursday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Eibar Coa, who suffered a severe spinal injury Feb. 18 in a spill after the running of the sixth race at Gulfstream Park, will be discharged from Memorial Regional Hospital South Thursday afternoon, according to hospital spokesperson Marla Oxenhandler.
Coa, who had limited movement from the neck down after the spill, has improved steadily since the accident. On March 29, while making his first public appearance at the Florida Derby Golf Tournament at Woodmont Country Club, Coa got up from his wheelchair and walked.
Wednesday, April 13 2011
GULFSTREAM TO DISPERSE RAINBOW 6 CARRYOVER APRIL 23
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced today any carryover of the 10-cent Rainbow 6 will be dispersed on Saturday April 23 to assure bettors across the country an opportunity to participate in the mandatory payout of the popular and historic wager
The current carryover of the Rainbow 6 is $1.17 million. Gulfstream’s final day of live racing will be April 24.
Monday, April 11 2011
The Isabella Angel Wins Feature. Life At Ten Second
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Isabella Angel rated well off the pace before storming by the tiring pacesetters to capture the featured $80,000 allowance at Gulfstream Park by five lengths Sunday.
Life At Ten, the 1-5 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, finished second, a nose better than third-place finisher Jehan. It was the first start for Life At Ten since losing contact with the field and finishing last in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs last fall.
Battula Rides First Career Winner
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Aparna Battula arrived at Gulfstream Park Sunday with more than a hunch that it would be a special day in her riding career.
“I knew I was going to win,” said the 23-year-old apprentice jockey after guiding River North to victory by a nose in the third race.
Saturday, April 09 2011
It’s Never To Late Wins Sunshine State
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Brooklyn Farm’s It’s Never to Late, trained by Julio Cartagena and ridden by Josue Arce, gamely drove between horses down the stretch Saturday to win the $60,000 Sunshine State by a nose at Gulfstream Park.
A 6-old gelding by Repent, It’s Never to Late has won five of six starts – and three consecutive races - since being claimed for $10,000 last July at Delaware Park. It’s Never to Late covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.85 and paid $15.20.
Friday, April 08 2011
Dialed In Leads Five from Florida Derby Moving on to Kentucky Derby
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Dialed In’s stunning last-to-first rally to win the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) last Sunday sent Pool Three Kentucky Derby Future wagering fans to the windows shortly before they closed that evening and made him the 5-to-1 second choice behind Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo at 3-to-1 with The Field third choice.
In addition to Dialed In the probable/possible field of the maximum allowable field of 20 pointing for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on Sat., May 7 will include four others that ran in the Florida Derby.
Life At Ten Returns in Sunday Allowance at Gulfstream
Trainer Todd Pletcher had indicated that DeBartolo Stable’s 6-year-old mare Life At Ten might make her season debut in next weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park, but has found another option closer to her winter home at Palm Meadows, entered in Sunday’s $80,100 optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will be in New York Saturday to ride Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo as the odds-on favorite in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct, but returns Sunday for the mount on Life At Ten as she makes her first start since the Breeders’ Cup in the one-mile test, facing six rivals.
Thursday, April 07 2011
Coffee Boy Bids to Improve on Last Start in Sunshine State
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - While D’Funnybone will likely be a solid choice in Saturday’s $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Gary Barber’s Coffee Boy beat him in their only previous meeting last summer in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2). Not only does Coffee Boy enter the Sunshine State with a race under his belt, D’Funnybone makes his first start since last summer at Saratoga.
“He (Coffee Boy) got very tired in his first start back,” said trainer Marty Wolfson Thursday morning from Calder, referring to the son of Yonaguska’s sixth-place finish behind Tackleberry in the Gulfstream Sprint Championship going seven furlongs in Feb. 12, his first race since the Carry Back on July 10.
D’Funnybone Returns in Sunshine State Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Paul Pompa, Jr.’s 4-year-old D’Funnybone, winner of last year’s Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and Swale Stakes (G2), is entered to make his highly-anticipated return to competition in Saturday’s $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Joe Bravo picks up the mount on D’Funnybone for trainer Rick Dutrow in the field of eight Florida-breds as he makes his first start since finishing seventh at 3-to-1 in the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) on Travers Day at Saratoga. The chestnut son of D’wildcat won a pair of Grade 2 stakes in New York as a 2-year-old and also scored in the W.C. Stephens Stakes (G2) on Belmont Day last spring before going to the sidelines after Saratoga.