Sunday, February 01 2009


Barbaro’s Brother Suffers Slight Injury in Defeat


Barbaro’s younger full brother Nicanor injured himself slightly leaving the gate, put in a strong mid-race rally, but tired from his efforts and finished 10th of 12 in his eagerly anticipated debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Nicanor is owned by the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson; trained by Michael Matz and ridden by Edgar Prado, the same connections that guided Barbaro to victories in the Florida Derby here and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs three years ago.





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Castellano Sent to Hospital, Leparoux Wins 3 After Gulfstream Spills


Javier Castellano was sent to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood complaining of pain in his right shoulder after falling from his mount, Presto Change O, in the third race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Presto Change O ducked in at the start, rushed into contention, then clipped heels with another horse, forcing Castellano from the saddle. Castellano, one of the nation’s top riders, took off his remaining mounts Saturday.





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Saratoga Sinner Upsets Holy Bull Stakes


Lally Stable’s 3-year-old Saratoga Sinner stamped his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect when he edged away to win Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of a length at 14-1 over Bear Stable’s longshot pace-setter Bear’s Rocket.

A son of 2002 Florida Derby (G12) winner Harlan’s Holiday, Saratoga Sinner had broken his maiden last out over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Jan. 7 after a fifth- and third-place finish in two starts last year at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Saratoga Sinner stalked the pace set by Bear’s Rocket from the backstretch and went on to give jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner on the card and seventh in two days here.





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Gulfstream Park Donates $22,000 to Injured-Jockeys’ Fund


Gulfstream Park presented the Jockeys’ Guild with a $22,000 check Saturday.

“In recent years Gulfstream Park has proven itself to be an invaluable friend to the Guild and jockeys everywhere,” said John Velazquez, Guild President. “We thank Frank Stronach (Chairman of MEC, owner of Gulfstream Park) and Bill Murphy (track president and General Manager) for their continued support, deep commitment and invaluable friendship.”





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Saturday, January 31 2009


Take the Points Takes Next Step


Could it be an omen a day before Super Bowl XLIIII in Tampa Bay?

Paul Pompa Jr.’s 3-year-old Well Positioned was a strong 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a 14¼ lengths maiden victory at Aqueduct in November.

Well Positioned broke a half-step slow in the one mile allowance race, but never got closer than third down the backstretch as Starlight Stable’s Take the Points went on to score by two lengths under jockey Edgar Prado at 9-2 over Peachtree Stable’s Masala at 5-1 in second. Well Positioned finished sixth of seven.





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Barn Notes 1-31 GP


Hello Broadway Crew Happy With Hutcheson Performance

Elizabeth Valando’s 3-year-old homebred Hello Broadway was tired but looking good the morning after his second-place finish behind Capt. Candyman Can in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Barclay Tagg was concerned about starting the strapping son of Broken Vow’s season off in a seven-furlong race, but his connections were happy with the colt’s effort and where it could lead.





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Friday, January 30 2009


Capt. Candyman Can Gets it Done in Hutcheson Stakes


Joseph Rausch and David Zell’s 3-year-old Capt. Candyman Can was eased back to the inside off an early pace duel in Friday’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park until jockey Julien Leparoux swung him to the outside near the quarter pole and powered to score by 1½ lengths over Elizabeth Valando’s 2-1 favorite Hello Broadway in the seven-furlong test.

The victory marked the fourth of the afternoon for Leparoux as Capt. Candyman Can paid $7.40 to win as the third choice in the field of six while timed in 1:23:69 over the fast track. Capt. Candyman Can, who is trained by Ian Wilkes, is a son of Candy Ride who was making his first start since a close-up third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.





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Frolic’s Dream Dominates Friday’s Forward Gal


Dare To Dream Stable’s 3-year-old homebred filly Frolic’s Dream took command easily into the far turn of Friday’s $150,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and was never threatened in the stretch as she coasted home to score by 2½ lengths over Richard Rowan’s 14-1 Renda in the seven-furlong test.

Ridden by regular jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, Frolic’s Dream avenged the lone defeat of her career when beaten a head for it all, finishing third in the Old Hat Stakes (G3) going six furlongs here Jan. 4 when she had a troubled trip.





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Breeders’ Cup Winners Kip Deville & Red Rocks Clash in Gulfstream Turf


IEAH Stables and partners’ 6-year-old Kip Deville and J. Paul Reddam’s 6-year-old Irish-bred Red Rocks have each won Breeders’ Cup championship races, and the two veteran performers will meet for the first time Sunday in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

Also to be run on Sunday will be the $125,000 Suwannee River Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf with Three Chimneys Racing and Harlequin Ranch’s Irish-bred, Canadian champion mare Callwood Dancer and Dennis Federico’s Waquoit’s Love among the favorites in a field of 10.





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Thursday, January 29 2009


Barn Notes 1-29 GP


Nicanor & Well Positioned Set for Donn-Holy Bull Undercard

Renewals of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) and $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) highlight an outstanding Saturday program at Gulfstream Park, and there will be plenty of action on the supporting card with Paul Pompa Jr.’s Well Positioned making his 3-year-old debut in the first race allowance and Lael Stable’s Nicanor, Barbaro’s 3-year-old full-brother, set to make his career debut in the eighth race.

Well Positioned makes his first start since his brilliant performance breaking his maiden by 14 ¼ lengths going one mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 23 for trainer Patrick Reynolds. The son of Awesome Again was a $350,000 Adena Springs 2-year-old purchase.





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Wednesday, January 28 2009


Donn Handicap & Holy Bull Share Spotlight Saturday


Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein and Shadwell Stable’s Albertus Maximus are the marquee names entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park for older horses, while the most definitive test yet for potential Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects is set for the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3).

Both races will be run at 1 1/8 miles.

Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride 7-year-old Einstein in the 51st edition of the Donn after drawing the far outside post 10 as he makes his first start since capturing the Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 for trainer Helen Pitts.





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Barn Notes GP 1-28


Breen Likes Holy Bull Options with West Side Bernie

George and Lori Hall and their trainer Kelly Breen have a two-pronged plan of attack on the 3-year-old season with their colts West Side Bernie and Atomic Rain. The former will get to fire the first shot Saturday in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3), an early two-turn test for Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects at Gulfstream Park.

West Side Bernie, a Kentucky-bred son of Bernstein, will get the chance to avenge a loss to Big Drama in the $750,000 Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Dec. 5. With Big Drama missing this round due to a training setback, Breen was satisfied the pace scenario of the Holy Bull allowed his charge to go it alone.





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