Sunday, February 15 2009
How’s Your Halo Posts Big Upset in Richter Scale
Owner-trainer Brian Prichard’s 6-year-old How’s You Halo was sent off the longest price in the field of six older horses to line up for Saturday’s $150,000 Richter Scale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and wore down Edmund Gann’s second-choice Ikigai in the final yards for a half-length decision under jockey Juan Leyva.
How’s Your Halo stalked the pace set by Ikigai down the backstretch of the seven-furlong test before returning $96.20 to win.
GP BarnNotes 2-14
Trainer Wesley Ward described the Saturday morning breeze here by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 3-year-old colt Notonthesamepage as “perfect” and said he is excited to take the next step in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 28.
Early signs indicate the race will attract a deep and talented field of 3-year-olds
Friday, February 13 2009
Friday the 13th a Lucky Day for Lezcano; Reaches 1,000-Win Mark at Gulfstream
Jose Lezcano reached his 1,000th-career victory, riding the 3-year-old Calabria home first in the second race at Gulfstream Park Friday afternoon.
“He broke well and I was able to put him in good position,” said Lezcano. “He gave me an extra push at the quarter pole.”
Barn Notes GP 2-13
Trip Key for Lime Rickey in Hallandale Beach
After a close call in the Dania Beach Stakes in his last start, Dogwood Stable’s 3-year-old Lime Rickey will be looking for a cleaner trip in Saturday’s $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Frank Alexander has watched the son of Lemon Drop Kid refine his late-closing kick in seven career starts and will be counting on timing from jockey Julien Leparoux in Saturday’s 1 1/16 miles contest to improve on the runner-up finish behind Jack Spratt in his last race on Jan. 17.
Game Face & Any Limit Clash Again in Hurricane Bertie Saturday
Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the First Lady Stakes (G3) going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park by ¾ lengths over Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s 6-year-old mare Any Limit on Jan. 18, and the two talented sprinters meet again Sunday on the $125,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) going 6½ furlongs.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will be back aboard Game Face for trainer Todd Pletcher as the daughter of Menifee will likely be favored to post the fourth graded-stakes victory of her career. She won the Old Hat Stakes (G3) here early last year and the La Troienne (G3) at Churchill Downs in the spring.
Thursday, February 12 2009
Barn Notes GP 2-12
Break Water Edison Breezes for Fountain of Youth
Trainer John Kimmel took the first steps toward helping Eli Gindi’s star 3-year-old colt erase the memories of a disappointing Hutcheson Stakes (G2) on Jan. 29 with a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park.
After finishing last of six runners in his first start of the year, the son of Lemon Drop Kid is encouraging his trainer a rebound is coming in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 28.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
Tale of Ekati & Ikigai Clash in Richter Scale Saturday
Charles Fipke’s 4-year-old homebred colt Tale of Ekati is a three-time Grade 1 stakes winner and expectations are high that he will be among the leaders of the handicap division this season as he makes his 2009 season debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Richter Scale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Edgar Prado rode Tale of Ekati in five of eight starts last year for trainer Barclay Tagg and will be back aboard for Saturday’s seven-furlong test.
He’ll face five rival older horses, including Edmund Gann’s emerging sprint star Ikigai with regular rider Jermaine Bridgmohan getting a return call for trainer Marty Wolfson.
Barn notes GP 2-11
Jack Spratt Jumps into Fountain of Youth Mix
Trainer Mike Maker will get a reading on the Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects of Thomas Conway and partners’ Jack Spratt when that 3-year-old colt runs in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Feb. 28.
It will be the son of Candy Ride’s first race on dirt.
After winning the Dania Beach Stakes on turf here on Jan. 17 with a sweeping late burst, Maker is out to see if Jack Spratt can convert that success onto the big stage of the main track.
Monday, February 09 2009
Scolara Rallies from Last to First in Marion County
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 4-year-old homebred filly Scolara brought back a check in each of her last four stakes starts going back to last summer, but didn’t get her first stakes victory until Sunday when she rallied from last of eight Florida-bred fillies and mares to capture the $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Scolara was making her first start since losing a head decision when second in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 6. After breaking a half-step slow, the daughter of Quiet American was content to sit near the back of the field until splitting horse at the top of the stretch and going on to win by 2¼ lengths over Richlyn Stable’s Pay Wright.
Barn notes 2-8 GP
Wicked Style Ready to Complete Road to Recovery
Two years ago, Glenn Bromagen’s Wicked Style was an undefeated rising star with a Grade 1 victory and a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). Two leg fractures later he’s a 4-year-old on the brink of a successful comeback, according to trainer Rusty Arnold, ahead of a classy allowance race Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
The son of Macho Uno impressively won his first three career races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland in 2007 before a disheartening 41-length loss in the Juvenile in the slop at Monmouth Park behind eventual champ War Pass. He emerged with a condylar fracture in his front leg that wiped out a shot at the 3-year-old classics and kept him on the shelf for seven months.
Sunday, February 08 2009
Barn Notes GP 2-7
Exuberant Beethoven Quickly Gets Back to Work
Only one week after finishing fourth in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3), John Oxley’s Beethoven was back on the track at Gulfstream Park working out for trainer John Ward, who is now leaning toward running the 3-year-old classic prospect in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) on Feb. 28.
“He just went easy and I normally wouldn’t think of working him back so soon, but he was jumping out of his skin,” said Ward, who had to take cover when the son of Sky Mesa literally kicked up his heels next to him, showering him with dirt. “See that? I don’t think it took much out of him.”
Thursday, February 05 2009
Scolara the One to Beat in Marion County Sunday
Haras Santa Maria de Araras’s 4-year-old Florida homebred filly Scolara looks like the class and the horse to beat in a field of nine Florida-bred fillies and mares entered in Sunday’s $75,000 Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux gets the call on Scolara for trainer Bill Mott in the one mile turf test as she makes her first start since a game second by a head in the Pago Hop Stakes over the Fair Grounds course on Dec. 2. The daughter of Quiet American boasts an 8-2-3-2 record on turf and finished a strong third in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 8 prior to the Pago Hop.