Saturday, March 06 2010
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, August 01 2009
Reigning Florida Derby Winner on Monday’s Spa Card
While racing gets into stride at Saratoga, it won’t be long before the leaves on the trees in upstate New York turn and cooler climes are at hand.
This coming Wednesday, opening day at Gulfstream Park is 150 days away.
Friday, July 03 2009
Fund Established to Help Grandchildren of Gulfstream Clerk of Scales
A fund has been established to help the two teenage children of Lisa Kotula, the daughter of Gulfstream Clerk of Scales Victor Sanchez.
Ms. Kortula passed away Thursday after suffering from a long illness. She was a week away from turning 43.
Thursday, June 18 2009
Gulfstream Park Participating in Share Our Strength’s Stop-Hunger Project
Gulfstream Park will be one of the participating vendors in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation (Greater Fort Lauderdale-South Palm Beach) event, to be held at the Broward County Convention Center Thursday, June 25.
The region’s finest chefs, including Gulfstream Park’s Kas Willis (left), will be participating in the benefit event. Proceeds, in their entirety, bring food to South Florida’s more-than 350,000 hungry children, to where they live, learn and play.
Just 200 Days Until the Next Live Meet Opens at Gulfstream Park
Wednesday, June 17, is the 200-day mark leading up to the Jan. 3 opening of Gulfstream Park’s 2010 live race meeting.
The race meeting will conclude Friday, April 23. Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday basis.
Next winter will be a busy winter in Broward and Dade counties. Gulfstream Park is formulating plans to compliment the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, which for the 10th time will be held in Dade County. The 2010 venue will be Dolphin Stadium (aka, until the big game, “LandShark Stadium”) in Miami Gardens.