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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, March 14 2010

Ice Box Fires ‘Bullet’ Half-Mile for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat., Mar. 13, 2010) – Robert LaPenta’s 3-year-old Ice Box drilled a ‘bullet’ half-mile in 47 1/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito as he tunes up for his engagement in next Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, bidding to improve on his fifth-place finish last out in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Feb. 20.

A son of 1997 Florida Derby runner-up Pulpit, Ice Box was ‘off a bit slow’ in the Fountain of Youth, according to Equibase comments and was never a threat, beaten 12 lengths by Eskendereya, who won by 8 ½ lengths over Zito-trained Jackson Bend. Ice Box had raced much closer to the pace when winning a 1 1/8 miles allowance test over the track on Jan. 18 in his 3-year-old debut.

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Friday, March 12 2010


HALLANDALE, FL (Fri., March 12, 2010) – Racing at Gulfstream Park was cancelled following the fourth race on Friday.

Jockeys expressed concerns to track management following several hours of heavy rain. After conferring with the riders and delaying the start of the fifth race, as the rain continued, management called off the remainder of the 10-race program.

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Three-Year-Old Allowance Races Spice Sunday Card

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., Mar. 12, 2010) – In addition to the renewals of the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2), $75,000 Sunshine State Stakes and the ‘All-Turf Pick Four’ on the last four races Sunday at Gulfstream Park, a pair of allowance races to be run early on the program, one for colts and one for fillies, have attracted several highly-promising young prospects.

The third race going a mile drew a field of seven colts with J. Robert Harris, Jr.’s Allez Reef among the choices and Paco Lopez aboard for his second start this season after a very good runner-up effort behind Soaring Empire in a seven-furlong allowance on Feb. 25, the latter stepping up to run in next Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1).

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