Thursday, December 15 2011
Gulfstream Today: 12.15.11
John Velazquez rode for the first time at Gulfstream Park’s 2011-2012 meeting on Thursday, quickly finding the winner’s circle in the fifth race aboard Broadway’s Alibi and again in the ninth aboard Howe Great.
The 40-year-old riding star missed the first two weeks while competing in a riding competition in Hong Kong and taking a vacation in his homeland of Puerto Rico. During his absence, Javier Castellano picked up most of Velazquez’s business from eight-time defending champion trainer Todd Pletcher.
Breeders’ Cup Runner-Up Excaper Leads Cast for Sunday’s Dania Beach
Richard Kaster and Frederick Wietling’s 2-year-old Excaper finished a game second last out behind Irish invader Wrote in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) as a 33-to-1 longshot under regular rider Emma Jayne Wilson. They will go off a lot shorter odds Sunday when they team up again in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Wilson has ridden Excaper in all four of his career starts and will be in the saddle Sunday in the one mile turf test facing 10 rivals. Trained by Ian Black, the Kentucky homebred roan/gray colt by Exchange Rate won his career debut sprinting on Polytrack at Woodbine in August, finished a game second in the Summer Stakes (G3) on turf in September and fourth in the Gray Stakes (G3) on Polytrack in early October.
Dutrow Trio Getting Ready for Action at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After taking a glance at their respective past performance lines in the Daily Racing Form, Trickmeister, Boys At Tosconova and Redeemed are tough to separate on paper.
For trainer Rick Dutrow, the three horses with a big future in the 2012 handicap ranks will be tougher to separate on the racetrack.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 12.15.11
Fawkes Stable Stakes Runners Ready for Winter Campaigns
Trainer David Fawkes appears set for a strong meet this winter at Gulfstream Park beginning this weekend as he sends out Alex and JoAnn Lieblong and partners’ 5-year-old Duke of Mischief in the $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes on Saturday and Harold Queen’s 2-year-old Burning Time in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes on Sunday. .
A chestnut son of Graeme Hall, Duke of Mischief has posted earnings of nearly $1.6 million with a 23-7-4-0 record, but makes his first start since a disappointing 10th-place finish behind Tizway in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 6.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
Dutow Enters Trickmeister & Boys At Tosconova in Harlan’s Holiday
Trainer Rick Dutrow appears to hold a very strong hand in Saturday’s $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park after he entered IEAH Stable’s undefeated 4-year-old Trickmeister and Jay Em Ess Stable and partners’ 3-year-old Boys At Tosconova in the 1 1/16 miles test.
Boys At Tosconova worked six furlongs Wednesday morning at Gulfstream in 1:14 3/5.
Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.14.11
‘Charly’ Faces ‘Charlie’ in Friday Feature at Gulfstream
Fantasy Lane Stable’s Uptowncharlybrown was in the news as a 3-year-old in 2010 when finishing a close-up fifth behind Drosselmeyer in the Belmont Stakes (G1), Robert Sahn and Stan Hough’s Adios Charlie looked like an emerging star earlier this year winning the Jerome Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct in April before finishing second in the Peter Pan Stakes (G2) in May and Dwyer Stakes (G2) in July at Belmont Park.
‘Charly’ and ‘Charlie’ are set to meet in a full field of 12 drawn for Friday’s one-mile optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park with jockey Rajiv Maragh named to ride Uptowncharlybrown for trainer Eddie Coletti, Sr. and Javier Castellano aboard Adios Charlie for trainer co-owner and trainer Stan Hough.
Monday, December 12 2011
Thai Haku Enjoys Great Trip in South Beach
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Thai Haku was the beneficiary of a dream trip under jockey Julien Leparoux for a trainer who learned his lessons from the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.
The 4-year-old Irish-bred filly drew off by 1 ¼ lengths to capture the $60,000 South Beach Stakes Sunday at Gulfstream Park, continuing trainer Chad Brown’s success with European imports.
Gulfstream Today: 12.11.11
Jockey Julien Leparoux scored the hat trick Sunday with a riding triple. He capped off his afternoon with a 1 ½ length victory aboard TYB Stable’s Thai Haku in the $60,000 South Beach.
A 4-year-old filly by Oasis Dream trained by Chad Brown, Thai Haku covered the ‘good’ 7 ½ furlong course in 1:31.29. The filly came into the South Beach off a fourth-place finish Oct. 11 at Belmont Park in the Athenia (G3).
Gulfstream Park News & Notes December 11, 2011
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Runner-Up Excaper Likely for Dania Beach
Richard Kaster and Frederick Wietling’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Excaper finished a game second as a 33-to-1 longshot behind Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish invader Wrote in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, and appears set to resume his promising career in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sun. Dec. 18.
“He’s (Excaper) been training right along at Payson Park and we’re seriously looking at the race (Dania Beach),” said trainer Ian Black. “He’ll work on Monday and if that goes well he’ll likely run.”
Saturday, December 10 2011
Gulfstream Today: 12.9.11
Jockeys Joe Bravo and Paco Lopez escaped injury Friday after a spill on the backstretch during the sixth race. Bravo took off his mounts for the remainder of the day due to soreness while Lopez continued riding.
Meanwhile, jockey Mario Argueta suffered a broken left leg in a spill during Thursday’s sixth race. Jockey Luis Jurado, who also went down in the sixth, was released from Memorial Regional Hospital with no injuries. Jurado rides Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.
Friday, December 09 2011
WALSH READY TO LAUNCH TRAINING CAREER
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After going out on his own at the end of October, Brendan Walsh is getting ready to saddle his first horse as a full-fledged trainer, perhaps as soon as Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 38-year-old native of Cork, Ire. is in the process of building his stable, but he hopes to launch his training career with an accomplished graded-stakes winner in Saturday’s ninth race, a $53,500 allowance race over the Gulfstream turf course. Walsh is hopeful that Santiva, a highly regarded 3-year-old colt that competed in the Triple Crown, will draw in from the also-eligible list and help him get his training career off to a winning start.
Thursday, December 08 2011
Gulfstream Park Today: 12.8.11
One Sock Down, a flashy chestnut 2-year-old colt with three white stockings, debuted impressively in Gulfstream’s fifth race, a $51,500 maiden special weight event. The son of Dehere closely stalked the early pace set by even-money favorite Ecabroni, a Todd Pletcher-trained first-time starter, before pulling away in the stretch to graduate by 3 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Eddie Coletti Jr., One Sock Down, the 8-5 second betting choice, ran six furlongs in 1:10.03 under jockey Paco Lopez.