Wednesday, March 23 2011

Gulfstream News & Notes, March 23 2011

Candyman E Bids for Third Straight in Friday Allowance Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kuehne Racing Stable’s 4-year-old Candyman E has won both of his starts at the Gulfstream Park meet this year and appears likely to be favored to make it three straight in Friday’s ‘two other than’ optional/allowance feature with jockey J.L. Castanon taking a return call for trainer Michael Mareina.

Candyman E is a chestnut gelding by Candy Ride that finished second and third in two starts last summer at Calder and a close-up third in a maiden special test at Churchill Downs on early November. He came back for a hard-fought, half-length maiden special score here on Jan. 8 and a head victory in an allowance on Feb. 21, both races run over the same six-furlong distance as Friday’s feature.

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Monday, March 21 2011

Gulfstream Donates $50,000 To Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s leading jockeys and track officials presented a $50,000 donation to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Monday after spending the morning visiting children and their parents.

Gulfstream President and GM Steve Calabro was joined at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, recognized as being a leader to treat the most complex and critical medical conditions, by jockeys John Velazquez, Joe Bravo, Alex Solis, Javier Castellano, Elvis Trujillo and Clerk of Scales Victor Sanchez.

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La Luna De Miel Takes The Orchid

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rashit Shaykhutdinov’s La Luna de Miel, a 4-year-old, German-bred filly making her fourth career start, drove to the lead in midstretch to win the 48th-running of the $150,000 Orchid (G3) by a length over Endless Expanse. Giants Play was third.

La Luna de Miel, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by John Velazquez, covered the firm 1 ½ course in 2:25.76. The daughter of Monsun raced twice in Germany as a 3-year-old before making her U.S. debut Feb. 18 by winning under allowance conditions.

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Sunday, March 20 2011

Hilda’s Passion Sets Track Record In Inside Information

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s Hilda’s Passion set a seven furlong track record at Gulfstream Park Saturday when she drew off from five others to win the $150,000 Inside Information (G2) by 5 ¼ lengths over Amen Hallelujah.

Hilda’s Passion, a 4-year-old filly trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, covered the seven furlongs in 1:20.45. The previous track record of 1:20.88 was set in 2009 by Big Drama.

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Saturday, March 19 2011

Gulfstream: News & Notes March 18 2011

Battula Starts Riding Career at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Aparna Battula holds a college degree in biotechnology to fall back on, but the 23-year-old native of Bangalore, India is hoping to make better use of her associates degree from the North American Racing Academy.

Battula took the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a successful jockey Friday at Gulfstream Park with a strong-closing third-place finish in the first race.

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Friday, March 18 2011

Clement Bids For Seventh Victory In Sunday’s Orchid Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Christophe Clement has won the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park a remarkable six times, beginning with Trampoli in 1994. Come Sunday, Clement will attempt to win the 1 ½ mile turf event for a seventh time with a trio of contenders.

Clement’s team in the field of eight consists of Castleton Lyons’ Tarrip, Alan Garcia; Newsells Park Stud’s Giant’s Play, Joe Bravo; and Moyglare Stud Farm’s Endless Expanse, Julien Leparoux.

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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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