Friday, January 07 2011

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sent Rule to Churchill Downs for an anticipated start in the Kentucky Derby, but the WinStar Farm’s homebred colt was withdrawn from consideration for the Run for the Roses when he didn’t train well.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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Friday, December 31 2010

Gulfstream News & Notes December 31, 2010


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.

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Tuesday, December 28 2010


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.

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Wednesday, December 22 2010



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.

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Wednesday, December 15 2010


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.

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Wednesday, December 08 2010


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.”

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