Sunday, January 09 2011

Mucho Macho Works; Tapitsfly Returns, Big Drama Works

Mucho Macho Man Breezes Five Furlongs

Trainer Kathy Ritvo sent Mucho Macho Man to the track Saturday morning for a five-furlong breeze in preparation for an expected start in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30.

Guided onto the track by jockey Eibar Coa shortly after 9 a.m., the 3-year-old son of Macho Uno worked in company while being clocked in 59 seconds.

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Battle of Hastings in Fort Lauderdale Sunday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Mike House’s 5-year-old English-bred gelding Battle of Hastings made his reputation and most of his career bankroll of more than $1.3 million racing in California over the last two years, but has shipped into Payson Park for the South Florida winter season, set to make his 2011 season debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Julien Leparoux picks up the mount on Battle of Hastings as he makes his second start for trainer Gregory Fox after Jeff Mullins guided his career in California. The son of Royal Applause finished a close-up fourth in the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar in late August and re-surfaced more than two months later in Kentucky with Fox and was very impressive winning the River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

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Friday, January 07 2011

Black N Beauty Looks Like Horse With A Future

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Zayat Stables’ Black N Beauty assumed the look of a legitimate Triple Crown candidate at Gulfstream Park Friday, scoring a dominating 2-1/2-length victory in the featured eighth race.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the $51,500 allowance for 3-year-olds, Black N Beauty settled nicely on the lead while running along the backstretch and turn into the homestretch before sprinting away through the stretch to notch his second straight victory.

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Gulfstream To Increase Guaranteed Payout Of Rainbow 6 To $10,000

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today the guaranteed winning payout of the10 cent Rainbow 6 will be increased to $10,000 beginning Saturday, Jan. 8.

The previous guaranteed payout for the Rainbow 6 wager was $5,000.

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Morning Line Ready For Hal’s Hope; Boys At Tosconova Works

When Morning Line suffered a hard-luck second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs in his 2010 finale, trainer Nick Zito could only shake his head and offer an uneasy chuckle.

“It was so tough in 2010. In 10 major races, I had horses finish second, including that one,” Zito said. “He ran his guts out. He ran a great race in the Pennsylvania Derby and he came back and duplicated that effort in the Breeders’ Cup. Like someone told me, he did all the work. We just hope he’ll start off good in 2011.”

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Gulfstream Today 1-06-2011

Winning is ‘Apriority’ in Gulfstream Park Feature

HALLANDALE, FL – After going winless in the first six starts of his career, Apriority collected his third straight victory Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

The David Fawkes-trained 4-year-old colt dueled with longshot Riversrunrylee early before taking over the lead midway through the backstretch. The son of Grand Slam, ridden by Eibar Coa took clear lead into the mid-stretch before holding on by a head over Groomedforvictory, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Javier Castellano. Dueling Alex finished another half-length back in third under Edgar Prado.

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Thursday, January 06 2011

Rule Set To Return

HALLANDALE, FL – The last time Gulfstream Park fans saw Rule, the son of Roman Ruler did his best to live up to their expectations in the Florida Derby (G1) last March, only to grudgingly fade to third as their favorite after pressing a fast early pace and holding a two-length lead in mid-stretch.

Trainer Todd Pletcher sent Rule to Churchill Downs for an anticipated start in the Kentucky Derby, but the WinStar Farm’s homebred colt was withdrawn from consideration for the Run for the Roses when he didn’t train well.

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Rule, Morning Line in Saturday’s Hal’s Hope

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - WinStar Farm’s Rule, prominent on the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail early last year, and Thoroughbred Racing Stable’s Morning Line, second by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, are set to make their 4-year-old season debuts as the likely favorites in the $100,000 Hal’s Hope Handicap (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey John R. Velazquez was the regular rider of Rule last year for trainer Todd Pletcher and retains the mount in Saturday’s one-mile test, his first start since finishing third as the favorite behind Ice Box and Pleasant Prince in the Florida Derby (G1) here on Mar. 20.

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Final Mesa Captures $100,000 Old Hat on Opening Day at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Final Mesa made jockey Joel Rosario’s cross-country trip well worthwhile Wednesday, scoring a 1-3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Old Hat, the featured race on the opening day card of Gulfstream Park’s 2011 Thoroughbred meeting before a crowd of 7,358.

Sent to post as the 5-2 third-choice in a field of six for the Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Final Mesa stalked the swift early pace set by It’s Me Mom under the Southern California riding star before taking the lead midway on the final turn and continuing on to her fourth victory in five lifetime starts.

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Gulfstream News & Notes January 5, 2011.

Soaring Empire Suited to the One Turn of Saturday’s Hal’s Hope

The competition in Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park will be imposing, but trainer Cam Gambolati is confident that conditions for the one-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and up will suit Soaring Empire.

“It’s going to be a tough race. Rule’s coming back and (Morning Line) just got beat in the Breeders’ Cup,” Gambolati said. “But the good thing is: I think there’s a lot of speed in there, which sets it up from him to make a run.”

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Tuesday, January 04 2011

Trainer Lisa Lewis Returns to Gulfstream After A Five-Year Hiatus

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Lisa Lewis has spent the last four winters training in Southern California, and it’s been five years since she has had horses stabled at Gulfstream Park. With the help of an old friend, Lewis is back in South Florida for the 2011 season.

“I used to train horses for William Schettine when I was younger,” Lewis said, “and then I ran into him again at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita a couple years back. We talked for a while, and now I train privately for him.”

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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.

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