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.

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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.

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Wednesday, February 09 2011

Soaring Empire Turns Back for Gulfstream Sprint Championship

Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old colt Soaring Empire appears to have hit his best stride this season after an impressive victory over a strong field in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 8, and comes back as the likely choice in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) on Saturday.

Jockey Julien Leparoux gets the return call on Soaring Empire for trainer Cam Gambolati in a field of eight drawn for the seven-furlong test as he turns back from the one-turn, one-mile Hal’s Hope in his first start since finishing sixth in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on Nov. 27..

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Strike It Rich Returns in Friday Allowance Feature

Waterville Lake Stable’s 4-year-old filly Strike It Rich was on a roll the first half of last season winning three straight, including the Little Silver Stakes and Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park for trainer Christophe Clement. Things didn’t go her way, however, when finishing last of 12 as the favorite in the Lake George Stakes (G2) last out at Saratoga on July 28.

Strike It Rich returns to competition in Friday’s $61,500 optional/allowance feature going one mile on turf with jockey Joe Bravo named to ride over the course where she won an allowance race in April prior to the two Monmouth stakes tallies. The roan/gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song was a $350,000 Saratoga yearling purchase.

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Monday, February 07 2011

Master Dunker Placed First in Hallandale Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Get Away Farm Racing Stable’s Master Dunker, trained by David Fawkes and ridden by Luis Saez, was placed first Sunday in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream.

While West Point Thoroughbred’s King Congie was first to cross the finish line, a head in front of Master Dunker, the Tropical Park Derby winner was disqualified and placed third for interfering down the stretch with Brilliant Speed, who unofficially finished third.

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Gulfstream News & Notes: Uncle Mo Works, etc…


Trainer Todd Pletcher sent 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo through an easy half-mile breeze at Palm Meadows Sunday morning, the colt’s second work since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November.

Repole Stable’s undefeated son of Indian Charlie completed the half-mile in 49 3/5.

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Sunday, February 06 2011

Teaks North, 25-1, Pulls Upset In Gulfstream Park Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jules Boutelle’s Teaks North, a 25-1 longshot trained by Justin Sallusto and ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., got up in the final yards to win the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) by a nose over Smart Bid. Get Stormy was third.

Teaks North, victorious Oct. 30 in the Big Brown at Monmouth and third Nov. 20 in the Discovery (G3) at Aqueduct, covered a firm 1 1/8th-mile turf course in 1:46.39. A 4-year-old gelding by Northern Afleet who began his career at Calder, Teaks North has won five of 12 career starts.

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Giant Oak Wins $500,000 Donn Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak drove down Gulfstream’s stretch Saturday to win the 53rd-running of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) by two lengths over a game Morning Line.

Rule finished third, I Want Revenge fourth and favored Fly Down was fifth.

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Friday, February 04 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - After being away from the races for nearly 10 months, Rule returned to the races on January 8 with renewed enthusiasm, finishing a solid second behind impressive winner Soaring Empire in the Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

The 4-year-old son of Roman Ruler, who was turned out last spring when Todd Pletcher found something lacking in his training, seems poised to become the racehorse everyone expected him to be at Gulfstream Park last winter.

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Thursday, February 03 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino proudly announced today Fasig-Tipton, North American’s oldest Thoroughbred auction firm, will sponsor the Feb. 26 $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2).

The ‘Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth,’ a major 3-year-old prep on the road to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (G1) and a qualifying race for the historic Preakness 5.5 bonus, will be contested just days before Fasig-Tipton’s world-renowned Selected 2-year-olds In Training sale at Gulfstream’s Palm Meadows training facility, in Palm Beach County.

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Wednesday, February 02 2011

Don Cavallo Leads the Way in Gulfstream Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Don Cavallo held gamely through the homestretch to capture the featured eighth race Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, but the winning move actually came in the front-stretch.

In a nine-horse field that appeared to lack early speed, jockey Javier Castellano sent Don Cavallo to the lead at the start of the $57,000 turf allowance. Able to relax on an uncontested lead, the 4-year-old son of El Prado had plenty of energy in reserve when challenged by 9-5 favorite Guys Reward leaving the turn into the homestretch. When set down for the drive, the Stronach Stables’ colt gamely continued to show the way to the finish line.

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Fly Down, Rule & Giant Oak Meet in Donn Handicap Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Mitaab bin Abdullah‘s 4-year-old Fly Down was last seen under colors finishing third behind Blame and Zenyatta in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 despite a rough trip. The colt sets off on another campaign in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) as the likely choice in the strongest field of older horses yet assembled in 2011 nationwide.

Fly Down’s highly-accomplished rivals in the 53rd edition of the 1 1/8 miles Donn include WinStar Farm’s 4-year-old Rule, ranked among the nation’s leading Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects early last season, but sidelined after finishing third as the favorite in the Florida Derby (G1) in March; and Virginia Tarra Trust’s 5-year-old Giant Oak, winner of the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill in late November on a disqualification.

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