Thursday, February 17 2011

Hills Hopes To ‘Catch’ a Star, Presious Passion on Hiatus

Tim Hills has been a mainstay at Gulfstream Park for more than 20 years, but the New Hampshire native clearly remembers his first winter training horses in tropical surroundings of South Florida.

“I had a good grass horse named Sans the Shadow, so in 1988, I got four stalls down here. I was at the end of Billy Mott’s shedrow and on the backside was Scotty Schulhofer,” Hills recalled. “So what a culture shock for a guy used to toiling through the winters at Suffolk Downs.”

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Stronach Creates Gulfstream Retirement Program

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Frank Stronach, an industry leader in the retraining and rehabilitation of thoroughbred race horses and an advocate and supporter of several retirement programs, announced today the formation of the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program.

Stronach, Chairman and CEO of MI Developments Inc., parent company of Gulfstream Park, said the After-Care Program will help match horses with loving owners who will make a lifelong commitment to their health, safety and well being.

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Al Khali & Prince Will I Am in Wide-Open Mac Diarmida Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable’s 5-year-old Al Khali and Casa Farms’ 4-year-old Prince Will I Am competed in different Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs over the Nov. 5-6 weekend, and will meet for the first time in a wide-open field of 13 older horses in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) Saturday going 1 3/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Kent Desormeaux rides Al Khali for trainer Bill Mott as he makes his first start since finishing a disappointing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). The son of Medaglia d’Oro earned his chance in that race winning the 11-furlong Bowling Green Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park in September and finishing a close-up fourth in the 12-furlong Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine in October, beaten less than a length for it all.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: ‘Mucho’ and ‘Rogue’ Hit the Road

‘Mucho’ and ‘Rogue’ Hit the Road

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kathy Ritvo-trained Mucho Macho Man and Ken McPeek-trained Rogue Romance boarded a Sallee van on the Gulfstream Park backstretch Wednesday morning for the first leg of a journey that included a flight from West Palm Beach to New Orleans.

The highly regarded 3-year-olds will compete in Saturday’s Risen Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds.

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Wednesday, February 16 2011

McLaughlin’s 3-year-olds Gearing Up

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has a lot to look forward to in the next 10 days, including saddling two of the favorites Feb. 26 in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) and $150,000 Hutcheson (G2).

In the 1 1/8th mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, McLaughlin is excited about saddling Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) runnerup Soldat, who enters the race off a 10 ¾ length victory Jan. 21 over a sloppy track against allowance company. On the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth undercard, McLaughlin will send out Crossbow in the seven- furlong Hutcheson. The son of Bernardini will enter the Hutcheson off a game victory Jan. 29 also against allowance company.

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Monday, February 14 2011

Hilda’s Passion Wires Field In Hurricane Bertie

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s Hilda’s Passion, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, led gate-to-wire Sunday to win the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) by 2 ½ lengths over Ms Vanenzza.

A 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred daughter of Canadian Frontier, Hilda’s Passion covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.79 for her fifth victory in nine starts. She returned $4.80. The filly came into the Hurricane Bertie off a second-place finish Jan. 15 in the Sugar Swirl (G3). North Rodeo was six lengths behind Ms Vanenzza in third. Tar Heel Mom, who beat Hilda’s Passion by a neck in the Sugar Swirl, finished fourth.

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Uncle Mo, Life At Ten & Keertana All Work

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mike Repole’s undefeated 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Uncle Mo breezed a half-mile Sunday morning at Palm Meadows in :47.45.

One of the early favorites for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1), Uncle Mo galloped out five furlongs in a minute alongside stablemate and Hopeful (G1) runnerup Stay Thirsty. It was Uncle Mo’s third work of the winter, and the breeze pleased trainer Todd Pletcher.

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Saturday, February 12 2011

Tackleberry Wins Again, Takes Sprint Championship

HALLANDALE BEACH – Tackleberry, owned and trained by Luis Olivares, drove to the lead around the turn under jockey Javier Santiago to win the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) by two lengths over favored Soaring Empire. It was another nose back to Caixa Eletronica in third.

Tackleberry, a 4-year-old gelded son of Montbrook, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.84. The gelding was coming off a victory Jan. 29 in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8th mile. Tackleberry was making his third start in 35 days. He previously was fourth Jan. 8 in the Hal’s Hope (G3) and Dec. 11 won the Fred Hooper (G3).

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My Jen Ready For Hurricane Bertie, Hyperlink & Sassy Image Drill For Sabin

Trainer Eddie Kenneally attributes My Jen’s poor performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint to drawing the rail and enduring “a terrible trip.”

In Sunday’s Hurricane Bertie (G3), Windmill Manor Farm’s My Jen – and trainer Kenneally – will have the comfort of breaking from the outside post in the field of seven.

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Friday, February 11 2011

Jockeys And Horses All Safe After Spill

HALLANDALE, FL – Four jockeys escaped serious injury after being unseated from their mounts in a chain-reaction spill during the stretch run of the fifth race at Gulfstream Park Friday afternoon.

Although reluctant, veteran jockey Eduardo Nunez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after complaining of facial and neck pain. Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh took off their remaining mounts as a precaution, while Sebastian Madrid continued to ride.

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Ritvo Weighs Options For Mucho Macho Man

Trainer Kathy Ritvo said Thursday morning that she would love to keep her Grade 2-placed Mucho Macho Man in South Florida for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2)

But the need to accumulate those prized graded stakes earnings has the conditioner thinking about the Risen Star (G3) at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 19 as Mucho Macho Man’s next start.

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Alvarez Involved In Spill

HALLANDALE, FL – Apprentice jockey Jose Alvarez was taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital after being unseated from his mount in the first race at Gulfstream Park Friday,

Alvarez, who fell to the racetrack when Nuevo Seville appeared to hit the inside rail leaving the backstretch of the six-furlong race, complained of neck and back pain.

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