Sunday, April 03 2011

Pink Kickoff Party Raises Money For Coa, TRAC

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino raised nearly $20,000 Friday night during its ‘Pink Cocktail Reception’ which kicked off Florida Derby Weekend.

The event was held in Gulfstream’s walking ring where the water from the famous shooting fountains was turned pink in honor of Saturday’s Ladies Day events. Several items were auctioned off by Gulfstream handicapper Ron Nicoletti, including a bat signed by Major League Baseball’s three-time MVP Albert Pujols, a four prints by Fred Stone, a Dan Marino jersey, diamond ring, a Soldat halter, and a photograph by Bob Coglianese.

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To Honor and Serve Seeks Redemption in Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a considerable hit after fading badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26.

How is the Bill Mott-trained colt going to challenge the unbeaten Eclipse Award champion if he couldn’t put up a stronger showing against less acclaimed 3-year-olds?

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Friday, April 01 2011

Soldat & Dialed In the Favorites in 60th Florida Derby Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Harvey Clarke and partners’ Soldat, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), and Robert LaPenta’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Dialed In will be the choices in Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

The historic 1 1/8 miles preview for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown has attracted the deepest filed of young prospects assembled in the nation this season.

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Travelin Man in Swale Leads Florida Derby Undercard

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - With Hutcheson Stakes (G2) winner Flashpoint getting a chance in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) Sunday, E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Travelin Man will inherit the favorite’s role in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds in one of three other Graded stakes to be run on the 12-race program

In addition to the Swale at seven furlongs, the card will include renewals of the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at 1 3/16 miles and the $100,000 Emirates Airlines Appleton Stakes (G3) at one-mile on turf, both races for older horses.

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Wednesday, March 30 2011

Gomez Comes To Gulfstream in Search of Derby Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez has never won the Derby...not at Churchill Downs or Gulfstream Park. But the 39-year-old rider hasn’t given up trying and his quest for his first victory in the Run for the Roses will bring him to Gulfstream Park Sunday for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Gomez will ship to South Florida from his California base to ride To Honor and Serve for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott in Gulfstream’s most prestigious race.

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Gulfstream News & Notes - March 30 2011

No Decision Yet on Flashpoint

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Richard Dutrow said Wednesday morning that he was ready to run the brilliant Flashpoint in either the Florida Derby (G1) or the Swale (G2) Sunday at Gulfstream Park, but the decision would be up to the undefeated colt’s owner.

Post position will be drawn Thursday at 1 p.m.

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Guaranteed $250,000 Pick 5 Saturday, Sunday; Free bleacher Seating and Additional Tellers

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced Wednesday a $250,000 guarantee on its 50-cent Pick 5 this Saturday and Sunday during Florida Derby Weekend.

Florida Derby Weekend includes Ladies Day on Saturday April 2, which includes the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks and a ‘Pink Party’ Friday night after the races, and the Sunday April 3 $1 million Florida Derby.

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Tuesday, March 29 2011

Centennial Looks to Change Luck in Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Centennial Farms has had its share of bad luck in Gulfstream Park’s premier races for 3-year-olds over the years, but its principles will send Arch Traveler to post in Sunday’s Florida Derby (G1) with nothing but high hopes.

Established in 1982, the Boston-based ownership group was built for the long haul and is not so easily discouraged by a few unfortunate twists of fate – which is not to understate the strong sense of disappointment caused by a pair of disqualifications from first money.

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Monday, March 28 2011

All Due Respect Wins The Ocala

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – All Due Respect, trained by Richard Dutrow and ridden by Javier Castellano, drove to the lead just inside the eighth pole Sunday to win the $60,000 The Ocala by 1 ½ lengths over favored Sweet N Sour Nina at Gulfstream Park. It was another half length behind to the pacesetter Golden Mystery in third.

All Due Respect, who started her 4-year-old season at Santa Anita where she finished second last winter in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), covered the mile over a fast track in 1:36.01. The daughter of Value Plus has won four of 14 starts and two of four at the distance.

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Blinkers Likely For Stay Thirsty; Soldat Strong In Florida Derby Work

BOYNTON BEACH, FL -- After watching Stay Thirsty breeze five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 in company with a stablemate at Palm Meadows Sunday Morning, trainer Todd Pletcher will likely make an equipment change for next Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

“He was a little green on the inside of another horse, and we’re thinking of putting blinkers on him for the Florida Derby,” Pletcher said. “He was just a little intimidated with another horse kind of eyeballing him from the outside.”

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R Heat Lightning Drills ‘Bullet’ For Gulfstream Park Oaks

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Repole Stable’s 3-year-old colts Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty led a team of stakes talent trained by Todd Pletcher posting workouts Sunday morning at Palm Meadows while several others from the powerful stable others tuned up for other Graded stakes to be run on Florida Derby weekend next Saturday and Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 3-year-old filly R Heat Lightning drilled a ‘bullet’ half-mile in 47 ¾ for her role as the likely favorite in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on Saturday. The homebred daughter of Trippi ranked among the nation’s leading 2-year-old fillies last season and signaled her readiness to be a division leader this year winning the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) here on Feb. 26 by 7 ¼ lengths.

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Sunday, March 27 2011

Rahy’s Attorney Breaks Through in Pan American

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rahy’s Attorney, trained by Ian Black and ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, took the lead around the final turn before driving to a three-quarter length victory Saturday over Musketier in the $150,000 Pan American (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Rahy’s Attorney, a 7-year-old Canadian-bred, covered a firm 1 ½ mile turf course in 2:25.85. The son of Crown Attorney had previously finished second Feb. 19 in the Mac Diarmida (G2) and second Dec. 4 in the Tropical Turf Handicap (G3). Rahy’s Attorney has won 13 of 37 races – 12 of 29 on the turf - and has earned $1.95 million.

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