Thursday, February 17 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 10 2011
Tar Heel Mom & Hilda’s Passion Meet Again in Hurricane Bertie
Alex Rankin’s 6-year-old Tar Heel Mom held off Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old filly Hilda’s Passion by neck under the wire to win the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 15, and the two are set for a rematch in Sunday’s $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at 6 ½ furlongs.
Jockey Alan Garcia is the regular rider of Tar Heel Mom and will be back aboard for trainer Stan Hough as the daughter of Flatter gets a chance to improve on her second-place finish in Hurricane Bertie last year when beaten a half-length. Tar Heel Mom hit the board but failed to win in each of the three Graded sprint stakes for filly and mare sprints last year on the Gulfstream schedule and has posted earnings of $538,000.
Solis Back At Gulftstream And Among The Leaders
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Alex Solis doesn’t even try to hide his delight about his triumphant return to Gulfstream Park this winter.
“It’s crazy and amazing…and fun to come back to Gulfstream Park,” enthused the 46-year-old veteran jockey through a broad smile.