Thursday, March 17 2011

Gulfstream, Palm Meadows To Host Backstretch Appreciation Day

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows will play host to Backstretch Appreciation Days on March 21-22. Admission, food and raffles will be free to all licensed backstretch workers and their families.

Gulfstream’s Backstretch Appreciation Day, to be held on March 21, will mark the 17th annual celebration while Palm Meadows’ Appreciation Day, to be held March 22, will be its fourth. Along with more than 600 pounds of food being donated by Gulfstream, trainers, owners and jockeys step forward every year with generous donations in an effort to provide backstretch workers with essentials.

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Gulfstream: News & Notes March 17 2011

One More Chance for ‘Derby’ Berth in Saturday Allowance

Time may be running out for a 3-year-old to get on the ‘Derby Trail’ if they aren’t already on their way, whether it’s the Florida Derby (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1) or any other Derby. But Saturday’s third race allowance at Gulfstream Park appears likely to point out a young prospect that will have an impact in the division at some point in the season, sooner or later.

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of 3-year-old talent is led by Uncle Mo and Stay Thirty, but WinStar Farm’s Cal Nation and Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City have shown considerable promise and will each have solid support in Saturday’s ‘a other than’ allowance at one mile with John R. Valazquez and Javier Castellano named to ride, respectively, in the field of six.

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Wednesday, March 16 2011

Lopez Enjoys Triumphant Return

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After sitting on the sideline for more than three weeks, Paco Lopez couldn’t wait to get back to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle – and he didn’t.

The 24-year-old jockey won aboard his very first mount Wednesday, guiding Smart Sting to a fast-closing 1-1/2-length victory in the featured eighth race.

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Gulfstream News & Notes - March 16 2011

Village People Send Best Wishes To ‘Macho’ Team

Kathy Ritvo, trainer of Risen Star (G3) winner and Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Mucho Macho Man, received a delivery last week from the disco band the Village People – a ‘Macho Woman’ shirt.

According to Mitch Weiss of the Village People’s management team, the band contacted Mucho Macho Man’s owners, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, after learning of the colt’s success and Ritvo’s successful recovery from heart transplant surgery. The band that scored a huge hit in the 1970s with ‘Macho Man’ sent along the shirt with best wishes. Weiss said three of the band members have frequented thoroughbred tracks and watch the Kentucky Derby every year.

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Monday, March 14 2011

Dynamic Holiday Surges To Herecomesthebride Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Augustin Stable’s Dynamic Holiday won her fourth consecutive race and first graded event Sunday when she split horses down the stretch to win the $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) by two lengths over Mystical Star.

Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Dynamic Holiday covered a firm 1 1/8th-mile course in 1:46.60. Dynamic Holiday, a 3-year-old daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, came into the Herecomesthebride off victories Jan. 1 in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder and Feb. 12 in the Florida Oaks at Tampa.

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Sunday, March 13 2011

Tackleberry Wins Gulfstream Park ‘Cap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Tackleberry, owned and trained by Luis Olivares, won his third stakes race of the meet Saturday when he gamely held off seven opponents down the stretch to win the 67th-running of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2)

Tackleberry, who covered the mile in 1:35.23 for jockey Javier Santiago, previously won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 29 and the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) Feb. 12. The 4-year-old gelding has won eight of 12 races and has won stakes races from six furlongs to 1 1/8th miles.

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Joes Blazing Aaron Wires Field In Palm Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Joseph Witek’s Joes Blazing Aaron, who wired a field of $50,000 claimers Feb. 17 at $73.30-1, led from gate-to-wire once again Saturday under jockey Orlando Bocachica to win the $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3) by 1 ¾ lengths over

Joes Blazing Aaron, a 3-year-old gelded son of Graeme Hall trained by Allen Hunter Jr.,, covered a firm 1 1/8th mile course in 1:47.85. Favored Queen’splatekitten was a head in front of third-place finisher Newsdad.

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Gulfstream News & Notes, March 12 2011

Division leading fillies and mares will be in the spotlight next weekend at Gulfstream Park with renewals of the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs highlighting the Saturday program and the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) to be run at 1 ½ miles on turf on Sunday.

Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old Hilda’s Passion was impressive winning the last Graded stakes for filly and mares on the Gulfstream stakes schedule, drawing off to win the 6 ½-furlong Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) by 2 ½ lengths on Feb. 13.

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Saturday, March 12 2011

Castellano In Front, Farthest Land Gets Second Start Back

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 6-year-old gelding Furthest Land won a one-mile allowance race over the Gulfstream Park turf course on Mar. 5 in his first start since June, and will be among the choices in an open $66,400 allowance on Sunday over the course and distance, a race likely to yield a contender or two for the $100,000 Appleton Stakes (G3) to be run on Florida Derby Day, Sun., Apr. 3.

Jockey Julien Leparoux gets a return call on Furthest Land for trainer Mike Maker, who put in the claim for the son of Smart Strike for the Ramseys for $35,000 at Belmont Park in October of 2008. Furthest Land went on to score his biggest career victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on the synthetic surface at Santa Anita in the fall of 2009.

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Monday, March 07 2011

Gulfstream News & Notes - March 6

Mobilizer Returns in Thursday Allowance Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - When Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old Canadian homebred colt Mobilizer was last seen under colors he was the lukewarm favorite making his fifth career start in the $1 million Queens Plate at Woodbine on July 4 for trainer Roger Attfield, but dropped out of contention in the upper stretch to finish 10th of 13.

Mobilizer is entered to return to competition in Thursday’s $55,600 ‘a other than’ allowance feature going one mile on turf at Gulfstream Park with Javier Castellano named to ride in a full field of 12. The son of Motivator has made all of his five starts on Polytrack surfaces, beginning with a third-place debut at Keeneland last April.

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Equestrio Gets Best Of Stablemate Dialed In

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable’s Equestrio took the lead entering the stretch and held off his stablemate and Florida Derby (G1) contender Dialed In to win a 1 1/8th-mile allowance race Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

Equestrio, a 4-year-old son of Elusive Quality, covered the distance in 1:51.12 while beating his 3-year-old stablemate by a half length. The first two finishers are both trained by Nick Zito. It was 4 ¼ lengths behind to Valerius in third.

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Saturday, March 05 2011

Coa Receives Winning Jockey’s Share of ‘Mucho’ Purse

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Eibar Coa received a visit Thursday evening from a special friend with a special gift.

Coa, the regular rider of Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Mucho Macho Man before breaking a vertebrae Feb. 18, was visited by the colt’s majority owner Dean Reeves. During an emotional visit, Reeves presented Coa with a check for $18,000. The sum signified the amount of money Coa would have received had he been aboard Mucho Macho Man for his victory Feb. 19 in the Risen Star (G3) at Fair Grounds.

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