Sunday, December 18 2011

Trickmeister Returns and Remains Undefeated

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trickmeister enjoyed a perfect return from a 16-month layoff Saturday at Gulfstream Park to run his undefeated string to five races in the $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes.

Showing no rust or ill effects from a serious of injuries that forced him out of action for so long, Trickmeister had a stress-free trip during an impressive front-running performance under jockey Javier Castellano, who also enjoyed a banner day at Gulfstream with five winning rides on the card.

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Making his first start in 16 months, IEAH Stable and Pegasus Holdings’s 4-year-old colt Trickmeister obviously was more than ready for a return to competition as he dominated five rivals to win Saturday’s $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park by 5 ¼ lengths to remain undefeated in five career starts. Trickmeister was jockey Javier Castellano’s fifth winner of the afternoon.

Trained by Rick Dutrow, Trickmeister won his first three career starts at Delaware Park in the spring and summer of 2010 for breeder Brereton Jones and trainer Cindy Jones. The son of Proud Citizen was sold privately shortly thereafter to his current connections and went on to win the Pleasant Colony Stakes at Saratoga in late August that summer by 11 ¼ lengths, but was sidelined until Saturday by various physical issues, including cannon bone problems and a cracked tibia.

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Borel to Start Riding at Gulfstream Next Week

Three-time Kentucky Derby winning rider Calvin Borel, the regular pilot of 2-year-old Champion Street Sense and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, will make Gulfstream Park his home base for the 2011-2012 meet, according to his agent Jerry Hissam.

After spending this weekend at the Fair Grounds, the 45-year-old journeyman will likely begin riding at Gulfstream on Thursday, December 22.

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Saturday, December 17 2011

Gulfstream Today: 12.16.11

Adios Charlie returned from a 5 ½ -month layoff to score an impressive 3 ¼ -length victory in the ninth race, a $56,500 allowance race.

The 3-year-old son of Indian Charlie didn’t show any rust from his injury-forced hiatus as he settled a few lengths off the early pace before pulling away to victory in the stretch under jockey Javier Castellano. Adios Charlie covered the mile in 1:35.70.

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Friday, December 16 2011

Algorithms Two-for-Two; Holy Bull Next

Starlight Racing’s 2-year-old Algorithms ran like a star on the rise Friday winning the third race, an ‘a other than’ allowance test, at Gulfstream Park by one length over Darley Stable’s highly-regarded 4-to-5 favorite Consortium.

The first two finishers, both colts by Bernardini, made their second career start after impressive debut victories in New York earlier this year.

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Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 12.16.11

Soaring Empire Posts ‘Bullet’ on Way to Hal’s Hope Defense

Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old colt Soaring Empire won the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) earlier this year at Gulfstream Park and appears set to bid for a repeat victory in the one-mile test when it is run on Jan. 14 after drilling a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 59 2/5 over the track Friday morning.

“We were concerned that it was going to rain, but we got it done,” said trainer Cam Gambolati. “He’ll probably have one more good work and one easy one before the race and a little gate work along the way. Otherwise he’s set to go barring the unforeseen.”

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Coa’s Son Embarks on Jockey Career Saturday at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Eibar Coa continues on the road to recovery from severe injuries suffered in a racing accident last February, his son will follow in his footsteps Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Kieber Coa will ride for the first time in the U.S. in the second race aboard Primpfedenel. After graduating from the Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey School on Dec. 2, the 19-year-old apprentice jockey recently rode in his first race in Panama, finishing third against his fellow graduates.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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