Monday, January 12 2009
‘First Saturday in May,” Aired at Gulfstream Park and on HRTV, Wins Eclipse Award
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association have announced that the Hennegan Brothers documentary, "The First Saturday in May," which chronicled the story of Florida Derby winner Barbaro and five other horses and their connections en route to the 2006 Kentucky Derby, has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category.
The 90-minute program was repeatedly aired free of charge at Gulfstream Park last May, in the days leading up to the 2008 Kentucky Derby, and on HRTV as well, later in the year.
Waquoit’s Love Wins First Stakes in Marshua’s River Sunday
Dennis Federico’s Maryland homebred mare Waquoit’s Love had come close to winning a stakes several times over the last year, twice losing head decisions, but finally broke through to capture Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park by a neck under jockey Rene Douglas.
The roan/gray 6-year-old daughter of Waquoit, trained by Tim Hills, was close-up from the start, broke clear in the stretch, but was all out to hold Darley Stable’s Sea Chanter safe at the wire after 1 1/16 miles in 1:41:10 over the ‘firm’ course. Stronach Stable’s Ginger Brew was the even-money favorite in the field of 11 fillies and mares and rallied for third, 1¼ lengths behind the runner-up.
Beethoven on Course for Season Debut in Holy Bull
Trainer John Ward reports John Oxley’s leading 3-year-old prospect Beethoven remains on target for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) on Sat., Jan. 31 at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven worked Saturday and Ward said, “He came out of it good. Everything is quiet this morning and we’re on schedule.”
The son of Sky Mesa breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
Sunday, January 11 2009
Kiss the Kid Post Mild Upset in Fort Lauderdale
Owner-trainer Amy Tarrant’s veteran 6-year-old stakes performer drove to a hard-fought neck victory over Charle Fipke’s 6-year-old Society’s Kid to capture the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap at Gulfstream Park as less than a length covered the first five in a field of 11 at the finish of the 1 1/16 miles turf test.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo was posting his third victory of the afternoon aboard Kiss the Kid, a son of Lemon Drop Kid making his first start since capturing the Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3) at Meadowlands on Oct. 10. Alphonse Bowe’s A.P. Magic finished third, a half-length behind the runner-up, and Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s 3-1 favorite Buffalo Man checked in eighth without mounting a threat.
Saturday, January 10 2009
Turf Work Opens Possibilities to Career Debut
Lael Stable’s Nicanor, the full-brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1) winner Barbaro, passed another test this week imposed by trainer Michael Matz by working out on the Palm Meadows turf course last Monday.
The 3-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer remains pointed toward a highly anticipated career debut at the end of January or early in February, but after his latest drill could make that start on the grass.
Kelly’s Landing Set to Return in Mr. Prospector Saturday
Trainer Eddie Kenneally confirms that Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old homebred gelding Kelly’s Landing is on target to make his season debut in next Saturday’s (Jan. 17) $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, one of four stakes to be run over the weekend.
“He’s doing well so far,” said Kenneally Saturday morning from his Palm Meadows winter headquarters. “We’re going to go one race at a time. We’ll see how he does in the Mr. Prospector before deciding what comes after that.” The son of Patton worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Thursday at Palm Meadows.
Friday, January 09 2009
Kip Deville Kicks on Target for Gulfstream Park Turf
The 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner and 2008 runner-up Kip Deville worked out Friday morning at Gulfstream Park for his IEAH Stables partners and trainer Rick Dutrow as he prepares for his 2009 seasonal debut in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 1.
“‘Kip’ was on his game this morning,” said Dutrow after the six-furlong breeze on the main track in 1:15 4/5 under regular jockey Cornelio Velasquez. The 6-year-old gray son of Kipling has worked twice since returning from a ninth-place finish in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) on Dec. 14.
ELEVEN FILLIES AND MARES FACE OFF IN WHAT A SUMMER STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 01-08-09---Access Fee heads a cast of eleven fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park. The race will go six furlongs on the main track.
Access Fee (9-5), a lightly raced four-year-old filly, has won three of five starts for trainer Larry Murray, including a perfect three-for-three at her home track. The daughter of Menifee began her three-year-old campaign with a pair of impressive wins at Laurel Park then finished second on the grass at Philadelphia Park in July. After a four month layoff she won an allowance test here before ending 2008 with a trip to Aqueduct with a fourth place finish as the co-favorite in the Foil Stakes on December 14. Murray’s star worked a half-mile Sunday morning in 48 seconds, the fastest of 11 times in preparation for this test. Jose Caraballo has the mount.
Canadian Champion Ginger Brew Returns in Marshua’s River Sunday
Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old Canadian homebred filly Ginger Brew returns to competition as one of the favorites in Sunday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Javier Castellano rides Ginger Brew for trainer Brian Lynch in a full field of 12 fillies and mares drawn for the 1 1/16 miles turf test. After her Calder Oaks victory last spring, the Canadian-bred daughter of Milwaukee Brew won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Polytrack on June 8 by six lengths and two weeks later finished a game second by a head as the favorite in the $1 million Queen’s Plate.
Thursday, January 08 2009
Macho Again on Target for Sunshine Millions Classic
Most of the leading contenders for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic to be run at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 are already stabled in South Florida for the winter season, but a few will be flying in for the rich 1 1/8 miles test, including West Point Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old Macho Again from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
“He’s doing fine, just needs a couple more works and we’ll be there,” said trainer Dallas Stewart Wednesday morning. A roan/gray Florida-bred colt by Macho Uno, Macho Again was a major player in the 3-year-old division last year as runner-up to Big Brown in the Preakness (G1) at Pimlico and winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.
Silver Tree Launches 2009 Campaign in Fort Lauderdale Saturday
Peter Vegso’s Florida homebred Silver Tree has posted career earnings of more than $1.75 million for trainer Bill Mott, and the durable chestnut horse by Hennessy will begin another season at age 9 Saturday as one of the favorites in a full field of 12 older horses drawn for the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Robby Albarado is named to ride Silver Tree in the 1 1/16 miles turf test over a course where he has posted a career record of 8-4-2-1, including a memorable runner-up effort behind Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 edition of the Sunshine Millions Turf with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey riding the last race of his career, prior to an exhibition at Santa Anita last fall.
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Big Drama Targeted for Holy Bull
Harold Queen’s Florida homebred colt Big Drama will make his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) to be run at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Jan. 31, according to trainer David Fawkes.
“He’s been a distance twice and for right now we want to keep him at two turns,” said Fawkes. “I’m going to keep him home at Calder to train for the race, keep everything the same. (Eibar) Coa will ride him back.