Wednesday, March 10 2010

Grasshopper & ‘Phil’ Clash in Gulfstream Park Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., Mar. 10, 2010) – William S. Farish and partners’ 6-year-old Grasshopper and Paul Pompa, Jr. and partners’ highly-accomplished sprinter This Ones for Phil meet for the first time going one mile Saturday in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), a distance perhaps short for one and longer than the other prefers.

Jockey Alan Garcia rides Grasshopper for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the 66th running of the storied event won early in its history by Armed, Coaltown, Sailor, Round Table, Bald Eagle, Kelso and Gun Bow and later by Forego, Bowl Game, Christmas Past, Cigar, Skip Away and Corinthian.

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Monday, March 08 2010

Eskendereya Leads Pletcher Work Team at Palm Meadows

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat., Mar. 6, 2010) – Zayat Stable’s 3-year-old Eskendereya breezed an easy half-mile in 49 1/5 under jockey John Velazquez Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he’s kept on edge for his likely next start as the favorite in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 20.

“I thought he worked very well,” said Pletcher, who supervised workouts for nearly 20 stakes runners on Sunday morning from his powerful stable, getting ready for major events coast-to-coast and another bound for Dubai.

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Sunday, March 07 2010

Castellano Leads Gulfstream Standings into Weekend

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat., Mar. 6, 2010) – Jockey Javier Castellano has ridden one winner on each of the last three days of racing this week at Gulfstream Park to take the lead in the standings with 37 victories, three more than closest rival John Velazquez, going into this weekend’s action.

Jockeys Julien Leparoux and Elvis Trujillo each won a race Friday and are tied for third with 30 tallies apiece ahead of Rajiv Maragh fifth with 29. Leparoux will miss the Saturday card at Gulfstream for stakes mounts at Aqueduct, but will return to ride here on Sunday.

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Saturday, March 06 2010

All Turf Pick 4 Returns Sunday at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., Mar. 5, 2010) - America’s fastest growing bet – the All Turf Pick 4 – is back on Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

The wager requires patrons to correctly pick the winner of the last four races with a minimum investment of 50-cents.

Offered for the first time at Gulfstream Park two weeks ago, the pool was $266,803, yielding a $1,945 payoff for one dollar. Last week, the pool grew to $312,735, with a blockbuster payoff of $4,558 after a first-time starter for Darrin Miller at 28-1 took the final race in the sequence.

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Sal the Barber Set for Season Debut in Sunday Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Fri., Mar. 5, 2010) – Lewis Schaffel’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Sal the Barber won the Calder Derby (G3) in mid-October before a disappointing 10th-place finish in the Hollywood Derby (G1) in late November in his last start of 2009, and is set to return for another campaign in Sunday’s ‘three other than’ optional/allowance going 1 1/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Julien Leparoux rides Sal the Barber for trainer Christophe Clement in a field of seven as he makes his first appearance since chasing The Usual Q.T. home in the Hollywood Derby on Nov. 29, beaten seven lengths by the winner. A son of Alphabet Soup, Sal the Barber finished a game second in the Hall of Fame Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by emerging star Courageous Cat before the Calder victory.

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Thursday, March 04 2010

Maiden ‘Paddy’ Tries Palm Beach Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu Mar. 4, 2010) – Veteran horseman Dale Romans will not often be found running a maiden in a Graded stakes with a six-figure purse, but will do just that Saturday when he sends out Donegal Racing’s 3-year-old Paddy O’Prado in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

“He is very talented. I never expected him to be a maiden this long,” said Romans Thursday morning. “He’s had several troubled trips. I like the distance of the stakes race, the maiden race that day (Saturday) is a mile-and-a-sixteenth and he likes longer and the stakes is a mile-and-an-eighth.”

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Armstrong Mill Makes Season Debut in Friday Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., Mar. 3, 2010) – Overbrook Farm’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred colt Armstrong Mill showed promise hitting the board in all five starts last year, including a close-up third-place finish in the Saranac Stakes (G3) on turf at Saratoga, and is set to make his 2010 debut in Friday’s ‘a other than’ allowance feature scheduled for 1 3/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Rajiv Maragh gets the call on the son of Dynaformer in his first appearance since finishing second as the favorite in a nine-furlong ‘off the turf’ allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 31. Armstrong Mill won his career debut on turf at Belmont Park on May 23 and was beaten only 1 ½ lengths by the winner in the Saranac at the Spa in his third start in early September.

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Thursday, August 20 2009

Dan Bork Named Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary

Dan Bork, a familiar figure to Midwestern horsemen and scion of a prominent family of nationally known racetrack executives, has accepted the post of racing secretary for the 2010 meeting at Gulfstream Park.

Bill Murphy, President and General Manager of Gulfstream Park, said “Dan certainly has the bloodlines for a great career in racing, but he has more than that: He has proven to us – through his work effort, through his knowledge of the industry and through the positive relationships he has cultivated with horsemen – that he is an up-and-coming star in this business. We’re very happy to have him with us this winter.”

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Wednesday, August 19 2009

Revenues Rising at Gulfstream Park

While a sputtering economic climate has left nearby competitors floundering, both the casino and simulcast-racing businesses at Gulfstream Park are registering significant increases over last year’s numbers.

Gulfstream Park’s casinos rang up a second-quarter slot-win gain of 8.3%, with coin-in growing 3.5%.

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Thursday, August 13 2009

Zenyatta Gets a Free Ride to the Donn, Too

Gulfstream Park added the name of the great western-based racemare Zenyatta to the list of superstar nominees whose fees have been waived to the 2010 Donn Handicap.

Zenyatta joins the 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra as well as classic winners Mine That Bird and Summer Bird and Florida Derby winner/Saratoga record-holder Quality Road as horses whose Donn candidacy has been paid for by Gulfstream Park.

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Tuesday, August 11 2009

Another 13 Tenants Announced for The Village at Gulfstream Park; 45 in All, and Counting

Forest City Enterprises announced the names of another 13 restaurants and stores – ranging from steak houses to a surf shop – that will take up residence at The Village at Gulfstream.

The Village is expected to have its grand opening Feb. 11, the Thursday after Super Bowl XLIV, which will be played in nearby Dolphin Stadium, about nine miles due west of Gulfstream Park.

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Racing’s Big 4 Get Free Ride to 2010 Donn Handicap

Gulfstream Park took the rare step Wednesday of waiving nomination fees for Mine That Bird, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird and Quality Road to next year’s Donn Handicap.

“Regardless of whether or not these four superstars meet in the Travers, we want them to have the opportunity of meeting in the biggest race for older horses this winter,” said Racing Operations Manager Bernie Hettel.

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