Wednesday, February 02 2011

Don Cavallo Leads the Way in Gulfstream Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Don Cavallo held gamely through the homestretch to capture the featured eighth race Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, but the winning move actually came in the front-stretch.

In a nine-horse field that appeared to lack early speed, jockey Javier Castellano sent Don Cavallo to the lead at the start of the $57,000 turf allowance. Able to relax on an uncontested lead, the 4-year-old son of El Prado had plenty of energy in reserve when challenged by 9-5 favorite Guys Reward leaving the turn into the homestretch. When set down for the drive, the Stronach Stables’ colt gamely continued to show the way to the finish line.

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Fly Down, Rule & Giant Oak Meet in Donn Handicap Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Mitaab bin Abdullah‘s 4-year-old Fly Down was last seen under colors finishing third behind Blame and Zenyatta in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 despite a rough trip. The colt sets off on another campaign in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) as the likely choice in the strongest field of older horses yet assembled in 2011 nationwide.

Fly Down’s highly-accomplished rivals in the 53rd edition of the 1 1/8 miles Donn include WinStar Farm’s 4-year-old Rule, ranked among the nation’s leading Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects early last season, but sidelined after finishing third as the favorite in the Florida Derby (G1) in March; and Virginia Tarra Trust’s 5-year-old Giant Oak, winner of the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill in late November on a disqualification.

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Sunday, January 30 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainers Amy Tarrant and John Ward both had reservations heading into Sunday’s $200,000 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park.

As things turned out, Tarrant needn’t have worried that Pomeroys Special didn’t have enough time between races to offer her best effort; and Ward’s mild pre-race concern that seven-furlongs would not be ideal for Dancinginherdreams’ 2011 debut was justified, but he didn’t seem worried at all.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, making only his second career start, closed from approximately 15 lengths off the pace under jockey Julien Leparoux, to win the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) by 1 ½ lengths over Sweet Ducky. Gourmet Dinner was a head behind in third.

Trained by Nick Zito, Dialed In, a son of Mineshaft, covered the mile in 1:35.19. The victory makes the colt eligible for the Preakness 5.5 bonus, which awards a horse $5.5 million if he can win a series of races, including the Holy Bull, culminating in the May 21 Preakness (G1)

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Giant Oak, Eldaafer & Rule Drill for Donn Handicap

Three probable starters in next Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park posted workouts Sunday morning -- Virginia Tarra Trust’s 5-year-old Giant Oak worked five furlongs in 59 3/5 and Alghuwayriyah’ Stable’s 6-year-old gelding Eldaafer a half-mile in 48 3/5 at Gulfstream, while WinStar Farm’s 4-year-old Rule earning the ‘bullet’ for five-eighths at Palm Meadows with a 1:00 4/5 clocking.

The 53rd edition of the 1 1/8 miles Donn Handicap highlights a Graded stakes triple-header to be run on one of the biggest days of the season at Gulfstream along with the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) at 1 1/8 miles and the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

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Saturday, January 29 2011

Tackleberry Wins Sunshine Millions Classic

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Tackleberry, a 4-year-old Florida-bred owned and trained by Luis Olivares, led gate-to-wire at odds of 25-1 to win the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic by 2 ¼ lengths over Duke of Mischief..

Tackleberry, a winner of six of 10 starts, covered the 1 1/8th mile in 1:48.52 under jockey Javier Santiago. Dream Maestro was third while favored First Dude was fourth.

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Trip For A.J. Best In Sunshine Filly & Mare Turf

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Peter Fuller’s Trip for A.J., a homebred daughter of Trippi, cruised across a firm turf course to win the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf by a half length.

Trained by Milton Wolfson and ridden by John Velazquez, Trip for A.J. covered the 1 1/8th mile course in 1:49.49. Askbut I Won’ttell finished second and Scolara third.

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Aegean Sprints To Sunshine Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Steven Michael Bell’s Aegean, a 4-year-old Florida-bred filly, took the lead down the stretch and held off a late rally by Jessica Is Back to win the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint by a nose.

Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, covered the six furlongs in 1:09.61. Feel That Fire finished third. Favored Amen Hallelujah finished fifth. Aegean returned $20.20 to win.

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Friday, January 28 2011

Black Hills ‘Hone-d’ for Sunshine Millions Classic

When Bart Hone made the decision to run Black Hills in Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, the New Mexico-based trainer was faced with another decision – how to get the Florida-bred gelding from Sunland Park to Gulfstream Park.

Given the choice of shipping his horse to Texas or Southern California to catch the Tex Sutton flight to South Florida, Hone opted for Dallas after indulging himself in a moment of folly.

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Gazillionaire Pays $240 to Win, Ghost Is Clear an Impressive 3YO Maiden Winner

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 27, 2011) – Who wants to be a gazillionaire?

Anybody who wagered substantially on Stephen Stigall’s Gazillionaire in Thursday’s second race at Fair Grounds might be halfway to becoming one, because the 4-year-old filly by Authenticate lit up the tote board with a $240 win payoff based on a $2 wager – largest straight price recorded thus far in the New Orleans 2010-2011 Thoroughbred Racing Season. Was the owner surprised?

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Forest Uproar, Avie’s Tale Vie in Saturday’s Marie G. Krantz Memorial ‘Cap

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 27, 2011) – Sam-Son Farms’ Forest Uproar, a facile winner at Fair Grounds in her only local start this season, has been installed as the solid 9-5 choice based on that effort in Saturday’s Fair Grounds feature, the 15th renewal of the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course.

Past heroines of the Marie Krantz Memorial include the legendary Louisiana-bred Hallowed Dreams, owned by Johnny Gaspard and Lloyd Romero, who won the about 1 1/16-mile grass test 10 years ago when it was run as the Victoria Lass Stakes. The race was renamed in 2004 in honor of the late former chairman of the board of the Fair Grounds Corporation.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park announced this afternoon a quarantine had been lifted to one barn at the track and four others at its training facility at Palm Meadows.

An unidentified horse from the barn of trainer Jonathan Sheppard showed symptoms of possible neurological problems Wednesday afternoon prompting the quarantine. But a blood sample and nasal swab tested negative Thursday for EHV-1.

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