Saturday, February 28 2009
Twilight Meteor Blazes to Canadian Turf Victory
Making his second start after a nine-month layoff, Peachtree Stable’s 5-year-old Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor stalked the early pace in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park before forging to the front in the upper stretch and holding on for a one-length victory in the one-mile test under jockey John. R. Velazquez.
A chestnut son of Smart Strike, Twilight Meteor finished fourth in an allowance race over the course on Jan. 29 in his first start since late April. Saturday’s victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth tally in the Canadian Turf.
Castellano Injured in First Race Back From Injury
Jockey Javier Castellano, in his first ride since returning from an injury, fell from his mount Saturday and was under observation while complaining of soreness at Memorial Regional Hospital.
Castellano was aboard Valid Name in the first race at Gulfstream Park. The mishap occurred on the far turn.
GP Barn Notes 2-28
Cool Coal Man & Dream Empress Prominent on Busy Palm Meadows Tab
Robert LaPenta’s 4-year-old Cool Coal Man, winner of last year’s renewal of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) for trainer Nick Zito, breezed a half-mile in 49 flat Saturday morning as he prepares for his second start this season following a sharp allowance victory here going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 28.
The son of Mineshaft went on to finish 15th behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and third behind that rival in the Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Cool Coal Man is targeted for the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to be run Sat., Mar. 14.
Friday, February 27 2009
Gulfstream Featured on Channel 7 Tuesday Night
Fox Channel 7 (Miami) spent Wednesday at Gulfstream Park gathering material for its weekly All Access feature, a behind-the-scenes feature that will air Tuesday night at 10.
Dave Kartunen hosts the show, which in recent weeks gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of a Billy Joel concert, open-heart surgery, the Winterfest Boat Show and Cirque Du Soleil.
Frolic’s Dream Likely Choice in Davona Dale Sunday
Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park drew a field of nine 3-year-old fillies to go one mile, and Frolic’s Dream will likely be favored to add to her growing resume as she makes her first start since being purchased privately by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable and transferred to trainer Barclay Tagg two weeks ago.
Jockey John R. Velazquez will get aboard Frolic’s Dream for the first time after Jermaine Bridgmohan was in the saddle for all five of her previous career starts for owner-breeder Dare To Dream Stable and trainer Marty Wolfson, winning four times and just missing in a photo in the other.
First 32 Tenants Announced for Village at Gulfstream Park
Eager shoppers, local businessmen and politicos, tourists, residents and curious horse-racing aficionados learned Thursday the identities of the first 32 tenants to take space in the $244.7 million Village at Gulfstream Park.
The announcement came at a well-attended press conference conducted in the walking ring/paddock area of the cornerstone of the new development, Gulfstream Park Race Track.
Thursday, February 26 2009
Barn Notes 2-26 GP
Quality Road Looks to Overpower Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth
Edward Evans’ 3-year-old colt Quality Road schooled in the paddock Wednesday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in preparation for Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
The big, strapping bay son of Elusive Quality will be looking to make amends for a second-place effort in his most recent start behind returning rival Theregoesjojo, and trainer Jimmy Jerkens thinks the pieces are there to construct a turn-around.
Wednesday, February 25 2009
Barn Notes 2-25
Vanquisher Gets Big League Call-up for Major League Operation
Be it the New York Yankees or Kinsman Stable, the Steinbrenner family has always been familiar with moving talented athletes from the farm, through the minors and eventually to the big leagues.
The family’s 5-year-old gelding Vanquisher doesn’t yet deserve to be compared with Derek Jeter, but he has the potential to make a splash on the big stage in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Beethoven & ‘Candyman’ Clash in Wide-Open Fountain of Youth Saturday
John Oxley’s Beethoven and Joseph Rausch and David Pell’s Capt. Candyman Can, both Grade 2 stakeswinners, will each have their share of support when the full field of 12 3-year-olds goes to the post for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 63rd edition of the Fountain of Youth, shortened to a one-turn mile test this year from nine furlongs, has attracted more high-profile potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects than any race on the national calendar at this point in the season with a fast pace almost certain to develop.
Sunday, February 22 2009
Criticism Leads all the Way in The Very One
Darley Stable’s 5-year-old English homebred mare Criticism was Group 3-placed during a modest career in France but she’s taken her game to a new level since coming under the care of trainer Tom Albertrani last fall, winning two of three U.S. starts, including the $125,000 The Very One Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Edgar Prado, Criticism broke sharply and took command early in the 1 3/8 miles turf test, was allowed to set slow fractions while setting the pace, and had plenty left in the stretch to coast home a 2½ lengths winner over Swettenham Stud’s 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Dress Rehearsal.
Taqarub, Justwhistledixie Out of Cold for Weekend Stakes
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will send two 3-year-olds into stakes action next weekend at Gulfstream Park.
Shadwell Stable’s Taqarub heads into Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and West Point Thoroughbreds and partners’ filly Justwhistledixie is set to run in Sunday’s $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). The two companion events will be run at one mile.
Saturday, February 21 2009
Presious Passion Turns Back Challenge to Win Mac Diarmida
Patricia Generazio’s remarkable 6-year-old gelding Presious Passion set brisk early fractions and was seven lengths in front after one mile of the $125,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but he had enough left to hold on for a half-length victory over Fab Oak Stable and Kona Stable’s Quasicobra at the finish line of the 1 3/8 miles turf test.
Presious Passion has made a career of winning major long-distance turf stakes and producing big payoffs, including last year’s Pan American Handicap, the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth and the last two editions of Calder’s W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2). Trained by Mary Hartmann, the chestnut son of Royal Anthem paid $11 for $2 to win Saturday.