Friday, March 26 2010
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.
$43,807 PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT GULFSTREAM PARK
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., March 24, 2010) – There is a $43,807 pick six carryover at Gulfstream Park today. The wager begins with race four with an approximate post time of 2:42 pm Eastern. The weather in Hallandale Beach, Florida is sunny with an expected high of 76-degrees. The conditions are Fast and Firm.
The wager was cancelled on Sunday due to the cancellation of races within the sequence. The Saturday carryover was carried into today’s card. Post time for the first race on the nine race card is 1:15pm.
Monday, March 22 2010
Brass Hat & She Be Wild Lead Gulfstream Work Tab Sunday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sunday, March 21, 2010) – Fred Bradley’s 9-year-old Kentucky homebred gelding Brass Hat took another step toward his 2010 debut breezing a half-mile in 50 over the Gulfstream Park turf course for trainer William ‘Buff’ Bradley as he prepares for his first start since finishing a game second by a half-length in the Stars and Stripes Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park on Sept. 7.
A winner of more than $2 million, Brass Hat posted the biggest victory of his career winning the 2006 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream, but found his best stride last season racing in long-distance turf stakes, finishing third in the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park and third in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at Saratoga before the Stars and Stripes.
Sunday, March 21 2010
Statement from Ken Dunn on Florida Derby
Ken Dunn (President and General Manager of Gulfstream Park) – “I was more than satisfied. We had an absolutely fantastic racing card, with one of the largest crowds here in years. The final numbers certainly support the decision to move the race back one week, and given the results we’re optimistic that by Kentucky Derby time, the racing will support the decision as well.”
Friday, March 19 2010
Pletcher & Velazquez Post Triples on Thursday at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., Mar. 19, 2010) – Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out three winners on Thursday’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park and jockey John Velazquez rode three winners, the two teaming up for two. Pletcher extended his lead in the standings bidding for a seventh consecutive meet title and Velazquez remains second behind Javier Castellano on the riders’ leader board.
Pletcher goes into the Florida Derby weekend with 27 victories, 13 more than Nick Zito in second with 15, followed by Rick Dutrow in third with 13. Nine-time Gulfstream champion Bill Mott is fourth with 12 while Marty Wolfson is fifth with 11.
Thursday, March 18 2010
Florida Derby Field Saturday, March 20th at Gulfstream Park
1. Soaring Empire, E. Castro, 20-1
2. Lentenor, A. Garcia, 6-1
3. Pulsion, C. Nakatani, 12-1
4. Pleasant Prince, J. Leparoux, 15-1
5. Game On Dude, J. Rose, 12-1
6. First Dude, R. Dominguez, 8-1
7. Rule, J. Velazquez, 5-2
8. Ice Box, J. Lezcano, 15-1
9. Miner’s Reserve, K. Desormeaux, 6-1
10. Best Actor, J. Castellano, 20-1
11. Radiohead, E. Prado, 3-1
Wednesday, March 17 2010
Rule Favored in Wide-Open Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., Mar. 17, 2010) – WinStar Farm’s Rule will bid for a fifth consecutive victory as the likely favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds set to run in Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. Regular rider John Velazquez will be aboard Rule for trainer Todd Pletcher in the longtime South Florida Kentucky Derby (G1) preview.
The 59th edition of the 1 1/8 miles Florida Derby will top an all-star 12-race program that includes renewals of the $200,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2), $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2), $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) and $100,000 Appleton Stakes (G3).
Bulls and Bears Returns in Friday Allowance Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., Mar. 17, 2010) – LRK Stable’s Bulls and Bears made a big impression winning his career debut at Belmont Park in early July last summer for trainer Rick Violette with Discreetly Mine second, but had a very rough trip finishing a close-up fifth when well-supported in the Sanford Stakes (G2) at Saratoga in his second start on July 30.
Bulls and Bears is entered to make his first start since the Sanford in Friday’s allowance feature going six furlongs with jockey Alan Garcia aboard in a field seven 3-year-olds. Bulls and Bears is a roan/gray colt by Holy Bull purchased for $135,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales and was beaten only 1 ½ lengths in the Sanford by Backtalk after a very poor start.
Monday, March 15 2010
Eskendereya Breezes for Role as Florida Derby Favorite
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sun., Mar. 14, 2010) – Zayat Stable’s 3-year-old Eskendereya worked an easy five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows as he is kept on edge for next Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, leading a team of a dozen stakes runners on the work tab from trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of talent this winter.
A son of Giant’s Causeway, Eskendereya romped home an 8 ½ lengths winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) last out on Feb. 20 over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance of the Florida Derby and will likely be a heavy favorite for the 59th edition of Gulfstream’s historic Kentucky Derby (G1) preview.