Tuesday, January 25 2011
Fawkes Hopes to Make ‘Mischief’ in Sunshine Millions Classic
Big Drama is the undisputed star of David Fawkes’ stable, but there was a time a few years ago that the 2010 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter’s superiority wasn’t so clear-cut.
As Fawkes was preparing Big Drama for his career debut in the spring and summer of 2008, the Calder-based trainer was also impressed with his workmate, another unraced 2-year-old named Duke of Mischief.
Monday, January 24 2011
Stradivinsky Triumphs in Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It may not have been an artistic success, but Stradivinsky triumphed as the even-money favorite in the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Sunday.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the classy 8-year-old gelding ran five furlongs over a ‘good’ turf course in 56 3/5 seconds while capturing his 14th career start from 35 starts. Out-sprinted for the lead by longshot Retire to What, Stradivinsky stalked the pace before moving to the lead in mid-stretch and holding off a challenge from Great Attack by 1-1/4 lengths.
First Dude Returns in Sunshine Millions Classic Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Donald Dizney’s homebred colt First Dude became a familiar name on the national scene last season placing in the Preakness Stakes (G1), Belmont Stakes (G1) and other major 3-year-old events. Now the 4-year-old gets his 2011 campaign going as one of the choices in Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.
The 1 1/8 miles test is the richest of the three Sunshine Millions races to be run at Gulfstream while three others races in the Florida-bred vs. California-bred series will go that afternoon at Santa Anita. The other Gulfstream races will be the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs.
Gulfstream News & Notes January 24, 2011.
FIRST DUDE WORKS FOR SATURDAY’S CLASSIC
Trainer Dale Romans sent First Dude to the Gulfstream track Sunday morning for his final major tune-up for Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. The Romans-trained Black N Beauty also worked in preparation for a start in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3).
First Dude, who finished second in the Preakness (G1) and third in the Belmont (G1) last year, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 under exercise rider Alfonso Ramirez.
Friday, January 21 2011
Soldat Passes Main-track Test in Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE, FL – Soldat stamped himself as a prominent Triple Crown candidate at Gulfstream Park Friday while posting a dominating 10 ¾-length victory in the featured ninth race.
The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained the 3-year-old colt led throughout the 1-1/8-mile allowance race, withstanding a prolonged challenge by Cool Blue Red Hot before drawing away under a confident Alan Garcia. Angel Penna Jr.-trained Cool Blue Red Hot weakened late to finish a distant second under Rajiv Maragh after challenging the 6-5 favorite from the far turn into the stretch. Beamer, ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan, finished third, another 1-3/4 lengths back.
STRADIVINSKY SPEEDS INTO GULFSTREAM PARK TURF SPRINT
On paper, there appears to be a lot of speed in Sunday’s second running of the $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint.The fastest of the seven horses, however, appears to be 8-year-old Stradivinsky who is coming off a tiring 13th-place finish in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
“He’s come out of that race good,” trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said. “He’s been training well.”
War Prospector Steps Up In Sweetest Chant
On January 5, Florence Patitucci’s War Prospector thrilled her supporters in the opening day crowd by winning the seventh race and paying $85.40.
On Saturday, the Juan Vazquez trainee will try to step up her game even further when she takes on seven other 3-year-old fillies including Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant.
Thursday, January 20 2011
Baltimore Wins The Bob in Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Baltimore Bob received a ground-saving trip Thursday at Gulfstream Park to earn a narrow victory in the featured $57,000 allowance race.
Jockey Julien Leparoux never left the inside rail with the 6-year-old son of Malibu Moon ($9.60) in the one-mile turf race, edging persistent pacesetter Calimonco by a neck in a four-horse photo finish. Calimonco, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, held second money by a head over Bangalore Gold and jockey Alan Garcia. Sr. Henry finished another head back under John Velazquez.
Zito ‘Dialed In’ for 2011 Debut, Leave of Absence Drills Bullet
Zito Colt “Dialed In” for 2011 Debut on Friday
Any time a well-bred colt debuts for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, the Thoroughbred world takes notice. When Dialed In made his first career start at Churchill Downs on Nov. 12, the son of Mineshaft demanded special attention.
The Kentucky-bred colt broke last in the six-furlong maiden special weight race to lag well off the pace before running into traffic while trying to get involved in the 12-horse race on the far turn. Dialed In finally kicked in on the turn but still had eight horses in front of him and 11 lengths to make up at the head of the stretch. The long-striding Zito trainee ran somewhat greenly in the stretch while lugging in, but jockey Julien Leparoux took control of the situation and quickly got his mount straightened out. Dialed In went on to win by a half-length with Leparoux wrapped up at the finish line.
Fawkes Stable Basking in Glory; Derby Trial Hits High Gear in Holy Bull
A celebratory atmosphere lingered at trainer David Fawkes’ stable Wednesday morning in the aftermath of two exciting triumphs by Big Drama.
After setting a Gulfstream Park track record while winning the Mr. Prospector Stakes on Saturday, Big Drama was crowned 2010 champion sprinter Monday evening at the Eclipse Awards Dinner at the Fontainebleau.
Tuesday, January 18 2011
RAINBOW 6 CARRYOVER CONTINUES TO GROW
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A carryover of $100, 933 will be carried over to Wednesday’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park.
The innovative wager with a 10-cent minimum bet requires a better to correctly select the winners of the last six races on the card. If a bettor happens to be the only winning-ticket holder, he or she wins the whole pool. When there are multiple winning-tickets, they split 60 percent of the day’s pool, while 40 percent is carried over.
Monday, January 17 2011
Stamina the Ticket in Wednesday Marathon Feature
Opportunities for horses to prove themselves over the longer distances these days are limited, but Friday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature carded for 1 ½ miles on turf will give horsemen a chance to see if their charges have a future in that division with Hiram Polk Jr. and David Richardson’s 4-year-old Harrods Creek one of a few in the field of 12 that has raced at 12 furlongs.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode Harrods Creek in his last three starts in Kentucky for trainer Bill Mott, the last two at a mile-and-a-half. The Kentucky homebred chestnut colt by Langfuhr finished second by a length in an ‘a other than’ allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 29 and came back to finish runner-up in a similar race at Churchill Downs last out on Nov. 18 that was forced off turf and run on a ‘sloppy’ main track.