Sunday, January 02 2011
Old Hat Kicks off Gulfstream Season Wednesday
HALLANDALE, FL - Melnyk Racing Stable’s Canadian homebred Roxy Gap won all three of her starts at Woodbine last summer by big margins for trainer Mark Casse and could rule the favorite in a field of six 3-year-old fillies entered in the $100,000 old Hat Stakes (G3) Wednesday, opening day feature of the 2011 Gulfstream Park season that runs through Apr. 24.
Jockey Julien Leparoux gets the call on Roxy Gap in her first start since romping home a 4 ¾ lengths allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf last out on Aug. 21. The daughter of Indian Charlie had won her debut by 6 ½ lengths going five furlongs on July 3 and the $150,000 Shady Well Stakes by 2 ½ lengths over six furlongs on July 18, both races run over the synthetic Polytrack main track surface at Woodbine.
Friday, December 31 2010
Gulfstream News & Notes December 31, 2010
MUCHO MACHO MAN WORKS FOR HOLY BULL
Mucho Macho Man, second in the Remsen Stakes (G2) and Nashua Stakes (G2), took his first steps Friday toward the Jan. 30 $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream with an easy half-mile work under jockey Eibar Coa in :50 2/5.
Owned by Dream Team One Racing and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, the tall, bay colt galloped out easily under Coa for trainer Kathy Ritvo.
Tuesday, December 28 2010
GULFSTREAM TO CONDUCT BREATHALYZER TESTS
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it will give random breathalyzer tests to jockeys, stewards, assistant starters and members of the gate crew when its world-class thoroughbred meet begins Jan. 5.
Gulfstream will implement the program to insure the integrity of the sport and protect its participants.
Wednesday, December 22 2010
GULFSTREAM PARK NEWS & NOTES December 22, 2010
ZITO LOOKING AT PROMISING WINTER
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), was eager recently to show off a striking bay colt outside his Palm Meadows barn.
“He’s something to look at, right?” asked Zito, knowing there would be no debate regarding the appearance of Robert LaPenta’s promising Derby prospect Dialed In.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
MOTT CONSIDERS OPTIONS FOR TO HONOR AND SERVE
Trainer Bill Mott, wearing a knit cap and coat outside his barn Monday at Payson Park as temperatures began their slide into the low 30s, has lots to look forward to when Gulfstream Park opens Jan. 5.
Not only will Mott have Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) winner Unrivaled Belle back for another season, but the Hall of Fame trainer has one of the more promising Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders in To Honor and Serve.
Wednesday, December 08 2010
PLETCHER PREPARES FOR GULFSTREAM’S 2011 SEASON
Trainer Todd Pletcher sat in his office at Palm Meadows earlier this week and talked about his good fortune last winter, when he had as many as eight 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby trail, including Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya and eventual Derby winner Super Saver.
But even with his embarrassment of riches last winter – and the good fortune to train the likes of 2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches – Pletcher admitted, “I don’t think we’ve ever come down here with a horse with more promise than Uncle Mo.”
Wednesday, September 08 2010
MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF BLACK-EYED SUSAN $2.2 MILLION
AND THE $220,000 XPRESSBET CONSOLATION PRIZE
PLUS THE AMTOTE JOCKEY BONUS
Programs Add to Excitement of Preakness 5.5 Weekend
September 7, 2010, Aurora, Ontario, Canada – MI Developments Inc. ("MID") (TSX: MIM.A, MIM.B; NYSE: MIM), in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Pimlico Race Course, XpressBet Inc. and AmTote International Inc., announced today the introduction of the BLACK-EYED SUSAN 2.2, a bonus program similar to the much acclaimed and unique Preakness 5.5 which was announced on August 27, 2010. This significant bonus program for fillies could award $2.2 million in bonuses ($2 million to the owner and $200,000 to the trainer) to the winner of the 2011 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.
Saturday, April 24 2010
Huge Turnaround Propels Gulfstream Park to Handle Jump
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat, April 24, 2010) - Anchored by a record-setting Florida Derby Day, Gulfstream Park ended its 79-day meet with total handle of $550.9 million, an increase of 4.2-percent over 2009.
With arguably the worst winter ever in South Florida in terms of both cold and rain, eventually forcing 42 races off the turf compared to just 12 in 2009, Gulfstream Park was showing tremendous declines on its live racing. At the end of January, on-track handle was down 19-percent while all sources was down 13-percent. As the meet concluded, the on-track decline was all but erased (down less than 1-percent) while all sources handle soared to be up 4.2-percent.
‘Paco’ & Pletcher Alone on the Lead as Gulfstream Meet Closes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sat, April, 24 2010) - There was little drama in the horsemen’s title chases in the final weeks of the 2010 Gulfstream Park racing season that closes on Saturday as Todd Pletcher sealed a seventh consecutive championship more than a month ago and 24-year-old jockey Paco Lopez drew off from his closest rivals adding six more winners in the last two days.
Pletcher is the focus of national attention this week as he prepares a team of 3-year-olds starts for next Saturday’s 136th Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs while assistant Anthony Sciametta remained at Palm Meadows with the stable continuing to be represented this final week.
Thursday, April 22 2010
Swale Stakes Rematch in Withers at Aqueduct Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu, April, 22 2010) - It has become apparent in recent weeks as the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown season unfolds that a remarkable number of leading 3-year-old prospects raced at Gulfstream Park this year, a fact re-affirmed Saturday with the fields assembled for Saturday’s $200,000 Derby Trial Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs and $150,000 Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct.
The heavy favorite for the Withers will be Paul Pompa, Jr.’s D’Funnybone, winner of the Hutcheson Stakes (G2) on Feb. 20 and Swale Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day, Mar. 20, at Gulfstream in his last two starts for trainer Rick Dutrow with his rivals to include Anstu Stable’s Ibboyee, third in the Hutcheson and second in the Swale for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Bim Bam & ‘Speak Easy’ Lead Sunshine State Bonanza Closing Gulfstream 2010 ‘Live’ Racing Se
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Thu, April, 22 2010) - J D Farm’s 3-year-old colt Bim Bam and Farnsworth Stables’ 4-year-old filly Speak Easy Gal have each won stakes during Gulfstream Park’s 2010 racing season, and each could take home a final major prize on closing day at the session in the $100,000 Island Whirl Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes and $100,000 Capital Request Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes, respectively.
The two companion events to be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf highlight the first annual $400,000 Sunshine State Bonanza program with four other races worth $50,000 each on the 12-race card to be run under starter/allowance conditions, two at one mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up and two at seven furlongs on the main track restricted to 3-year-olds.
Sunday, April 18 2010
Soaring Empire to Join Cast for Derby Trial
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Sun, April, 18 2010) – Add Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock’s Soaring Empire to the intriguing probable field now expected to line up for this year’s enriched $200,000 Derby Trial Stakes (G3) to be run next Saturday at Churchill Downs reported trainer Cam Gambolati Saturday morning at Palm Meadows.
Soaring Empire is an Empire Maker colt purchased for $190,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales. He finished eighth behind Ice Box after a rough start last out in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 20 with trouble later in the race in his second start this year after a seven-furlong allowance victory over the track on Feb. 25.