Friday, February 27 2009
Frolic’s Dream Likely Choice in Davona Dale Sunday
Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park drew a field of nine 3-year-old fillies to go one mile, and Frolic’s Dream will likely be favored to add to her growing resume as she makes her first start since being purchased privately by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable and transferred to trainer Barclay Tagg two weeks ago.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will get aboard Frolic’s Dream for the first time after Jermaine Bridgmohan was in the saddle for all five of her previous career starts for owner-breeder Dare To Dream Stable and trainer Marty Wolfson, winning four times and just missing in a photo in the other.
First 32 Tenants Announced for Village at Gulfstream Park
Eager shoppers, local businessmen and politicos, tourists, residents and curious horse-racing aficionados learned Thursday the identities of the first 32 tenants to take space in the $244.7 million Village at Gulfstream Park.
The announcement came at a well-attended press conference conducted in the walking ring/paddock area of the cornerstone of the new development, Gulfstream Park Race Track.
Thursday, February 26 2009
Barn Notes 2-26 GP
Quality Road Looks to Overpower Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
Edward Evans’ 3-year-old colt Quality Road schooled in the paddock Wednesday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in preparation for Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
The big, strapping bay son of Elusive Quality will be looking to make amends for a second-place effort in his most recent start behind returning rival Theregoesjojo, and trainer Jimmy Jerkens thinks the pieces are there to construct a turn-around.
Wednesday, February 25 2009
Barn Notes 2-25
Vanquisher Gets Big League Call-up for Major League Operation
Be it the New York Yankees or Kinsman Stable, the Steinbrenner family has always been familiar with moving talented athletes from the farm, through the minors and eventually to the big leagues.
The family’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher doesn’t yet deserve to be compared with Derek Jeter, but he has the potential to make a splash on the big stage in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven & ‘Candyman’ Clash in Wide-Open Fountain of Youth Saturday
John Oxley’s Beethoven and Joseph Rausch and David Pell’s Capt. Candyman Can, both Grade 2 stakeswinners, will each have their share of support when the full field of 12 3-year-olds goes to the post for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 63rd edition of the Fountain of Youth, shortened to a one-turn mile test this year from nine furlongs, has attracted more high-profile potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects than any race on the national calendar at this point in the season with a fast pace almost certain to develop.
Sunday, February 22 2009
Criticism Leads all the Way in The Very One
Darley Stable’s 5-year-old English homebred mare Criticism was Group 3-placed during a modest career in France but she’s taken her game to a new level since coming under the care of trainer Tom Albertrani last fall, winning two of three U.S. starts, including the $125,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, Criticism broke sharply and took command early in the 1 3/8 miles turf test, was allowed to set slow fractions while setting the pace, and had plenty left in the stretch to coast home a 2½ lengths winner over Swettenham Stud’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Dress Rehearsal.
Taqarub, Justwhistledixie Out of Cold for Weekend Stakes
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will send two 3-year-olds into stakes action next weekend at Gulfstream Park.
Shadwell Stable’s Taqarub heads into Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ filly Justwhistledixie is set to run in Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). The two companion events will be run at one mile.
Saturday, February 21 2009
Presious Passion Turns Back Challenge to Win Mac Diarmida
Patricia Generazio’s remarkable 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion set brisk early fractions and was seven lengths in front after one mile of the $125,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but he had enough left to hold on for a half-length victory over Fab Oak Stable and Kona Stable’s Quasicobra at the finish line of the 1 3/8 miles turf test.
Presious Passion has made a career of winning major long-distance turf stakes and producing big payoffs, including last year’s Pan American Handicap, the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth and the last two editions of Calder’s W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2). Trained by Mary Hartmann, the chestnut son of Royal Anthem paid $11 for $2 to win Saturday.
GP Barn Notes 2-21
‘Phil’ Fast Early in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Drill
Sticking with a plan that worked last time, Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old This Ones for Phil worked six furlongs for trainer Rick Dutrow Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park with a week until his next start in the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
The Florida-bred son of Untuttable was part of a rush of workhorses just after the first renovation break under exercise rider/jockey Mario Madrid. He sizzled the early portion of the work with fractions of 22 and 34 seconds. He then leveled off on the turn, getting a half-mile in 45 2/5 before hitting the wire in 1:11 2/5.
Friday, February 20 2009
One Caroline Stays Perfect After Sabin Victory
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s 4-year-old filly One Caroline was sent away the even-money favorite in Friday’s $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park after winning all three of her previous career starts, and she remained undefeated as she held Mark Stanley’s 5-year-old mare Swift Temper safe at the finish to score by a length.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, One Caroline broke alertly and, after being headed briefly on the backstretch, took command in the far turn of the one-mile test for fillies and mares. A roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song, One Caroline was a $400,000 Saratoga yearling purchase. She paid $4 to win as she was timed in 1:36:87 over the fast track.
GP Barn Notes 2-20
Stakes Ahead for McLaughlin Runners
Vision Racing’s 4-year-old colt Keep Laughing and Mr. and Mrs William K. Warren’s 3-year-old colt Charitable Man both hit important benchmarks for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Thursday and have stakes races in their future.
Keep Laughing, a son of Distorted Humor, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since winning the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland last April with a come-from-behind victory Thursday afternoon in a six-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Park.
Impressive Allowance Victory Puts Dunkirk on Target for Florida Derby
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s 3-year-old Dunkirk made headlines before he ever started as a $3.7 million Keeneland September yearling purchase, but he’s making them on the track now after drawing off to an explosive 4¾-length victory in Thursday’s eighth race allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.
With jockey Garrett Gomez flying in from California for the mount, Dunkirk broke well enough in the 1 1/8-mile test but was carried very wide in the first turn. However, the roan/gray colt by Unbridled’s Song moved up steadily down the backstretch and took command with authority in the stretch while drawing clear from A. Steven Miles Jr.’s Warrior’s Reward second in the field of 10 3-year-olds.