Thursday, January 06 2011

Final Mesa Captures $100,000 Old Hat on Opening Day at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Final Mesa made jockey Joel Rosario’s cross-country trip well worthwhile Wednesday, scoring a 1-3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Old Hat, the featured race on the opening day card of Gulfstream Park’s 2011 Thoroughbred meeting before a crowd of 7,358.

Sent to post as the 5-2 third-choice in a field of six for the Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Final Mesa stalked the swift early pace set by It’s Me Mom under the Southern California riding star before taking the lead midway on the final turn and continuing on to her fourth victory in five lifetime starts.

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Gulfstream News & Notes January 5, 2011.

Soaring Empire Suited to the One Turn of Saturday’s Hal’s Hope

The competition in Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park will be imposing, but trainer Cam Gambolati is confident that conditions for the one-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and up will suit Soaring Empire.

“It’s going to be a tough race. Rule’s coming back and (Morning Line) just got beat in the Breeders’ Cup,” Gambolati said. “But the good thing is: I think there’s a lot of speed in there, which sets it up from him to make a run.”

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Tuesday, January 04 2011

Trainer Lisa Lewis Returns to Gulfstream After A Five-Year Hiatus

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Lisa Lewis has spent the last four winters training in Southern California, and it’s been five years since she has had horses stabled at Gulfstream Park. With the help of an old friend, Lewis is back in South Florida for the 2011 season.

“I used to train horses for William Schettine when I was younger,” Lewis said, “and then I ran into him again at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita a couple years back. We talked for a while, and now I train privately for him.”

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Sunday, January 02 2011

Old Hat Kicks off Gulfstream Season Wednesday

HALLANDALE, FL - Melnyk Racing Stable’s Canadian homebred Roxy Gap won all three of her starts at Woodbine last summer by big margins for trainer Mark Casse and could rule the favorite in a field of six 3-year-old fillies entered in the $100,000 old Hat Stakes (G3) Wednesday, opening day feature of the 2011 Gulfstream Park season that runs through Apr. 24.

Jockey Julien Leparoux gets the call on Roxy Gap in her first start since romping home a 4 ¾ lengths allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf last out on Aug. 21. The daughter of Indian Charlie had won her debut by 6 ½ lengths going five furlongs on July 3 and the $150,000 Shady Well Stakes by 2 ½ lengths over six furlongs on July 18, both races run over the synthetic Polytrack main track surface at Woodbine.

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Friday, December 31 2010

Gulfstream News & Notes December 31, 2010


Mucho Macho Man, second in the Remsen Stakes (G2) and Nashua Stakes (G2), took his first steps Friday toward the Jan. 30 $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream with an easy half-mile work under jockey Eibar Coa in :50 2/5.

Owned by Dream Team One Racing and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, the tall, bay colt galloped out easily under Coa for trainer Kathy Ritvo.

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Tuesday, December 28 2010


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will give random breathalyzer tests to jockeys, stewards, assistant starters and members of the gate crew when its world-class thoroughbred meet begins Jan. 5.

Gulfstream will implement the program to insure the integrity of the sport and protect its participants.

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Wednesday, December 22 2010



Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), was eager recently to show off a striking bay colt outside his Palm Meadows barn.

“He’s something to look at, right?” asked Zito, knowing there would be no debate regarding the appearance of Robert LaPenta’s promising Derby prospect Dialed In.

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Wednesday, December 15 2010


Trainer Bill Mott, wearing a knit cap and coat outside his barn Monday at Payson Park as temperatures began their slide into the low 30s, has lots to look forward to when Gulfstream Park opens Jan. 5.

Not only will Mott have Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) winner Unrivaled Belle back for another season, but the Hall of Fame trainer has one of the more promising Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders in To Honor and Serve.

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Wednesday, December 08 2010


Trainer Todd Pletcher sat in his office at Palm Meadows earlier this week and talked about his good fortune last winter, when he had as many as eight 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail, including Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya and eventual Derby winner Super Saver.

But even with his embarrassment of riches last winter – and the good fortune to train the likes of 2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches – Pletcher admitted, “I don’t think we’ve ever come down here with a horse with more promise than Uncle Mo.”

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Wednesday, September 08 2010


Programs Add to Excitement of Preakness 5.5 Weekend

September 7, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM), in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Pimlico Race Course, XpressBet Inc. and AmTote International Inc., announced today the introduction of the BLACK-EYED SUSAN 2.2, a bonus program similar to the much acclaimed and unique Preakness 5.5 which was announced on August 27, 2010. This significant bonus program for fillies could award $2.2 million in bonuses ($2 million to the owner and $200,000 to the trainer) to the winner of the 2011 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

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Saturday, April 24 2010

Huge Turnaround Propels Gulfstream Park to Handle Jump

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat, April 24, 2010) - Anchored by a record-setting Florida Derby Day, Gulfstream Park ended its 79-day meet with total handle of $550.9 million, an increase of 4.2-percent over 2009.

With arguably the worst winter ever in South Florida in terms of both cold and rain, eventually forcing 42 races off the turf compared to just 12 in 2009, Gulfstream Park was showing tremendous declines on its live racing. At the end of January, on-track handle was down 19-percent while all sources was down 13-percent. As the meet concluded, the on-track decline was all but erased (down less than 1-percent) while all sources handle soared to be up 4.2-percent.

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‘Paco’ & Pletcher Alone on the Lead as Gulfstream Meet Closes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat, April, 24 2010) - There was little drama in the horsemen’s title chases in the final weeks of the 2010 Gulfstream Park racing season that closes on Saturday as Todd Pletcher sealed a seventh consecutive championship more than a month ago and 24-year-old jockey Paco Lopez drew off from his closest rivals adding six more winners in the last two days.

Pletcher is the focus of national attention this week as he prepares a team of 3-year-olds starts for next Saturday’s 136th Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs while assistant Anthony Sciametta remained at Palm Meadows with the stable continuing to be represented this final week.

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