Monday, January 17 2011

Big Drama Feeling Fine After Big Win

Trainer David Fawkes reported Sunday that Big Drama was feeling fine after his track record-breaking performance in Saturday’s Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Big Drama, bred and owned by Harold Queen, registered a dazzling four-length victory after devouring six furlongs in 1:08.12 and eclipsing Tiger’s 2006 record of 1:08.46. It was the Eclipse Award finalist’s first start since capturing the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

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Saturday, January 15 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Alex Rankin’s Tar Heel Mom, trained by Stanley Hough and ridden by Alan Garcia, held off Hilda’s Passion down the stretch to win the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) by a neck Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

A 6-year-old mare by Flatter, Tar Heel Mom’s victory was her eighth in 22 starts. She was third, beaten a head, in last year’s Sugar Swirl and was a winner last spring of Aqueduct’s Distaff Handicap (G2). She covered the six-furlongs Saturday in 1:09.75.

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Big Drama kicked off his 5-year-old campaign Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a track-record performance in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3).

Trained by David Fawkes and ridden by Eibar Coa, Big Drama shook off a challenge from defending Mr. Prospector winner Custom for Carlos at the head of the stretch to win the six-furlong event by four lengths in 1:08.12

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Top 3-year-old fillies ready for Sweetest Chant; Mucho Macho Man woks bullet

Nominations for the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run next Saturday at Gulfstream Park at 1 1/16 miles on turf includes several of the most accomplished fillies of the 2011 3-year-old crop, including Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu, Virginia Kraft Payson’s Ruthenia, Augustin Stable’s Dynamic Holiday and E Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning.

The 16th edition of the Sweetest Chant is the top race on the calendar next week with the $60,000 Gulfstream Turf Sprint to be run Sunday for 4-year-olds and up at five furlongs. Gulfstream Jan. 29-30 weekend will include the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions on Saturday and the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) on Sunday, the first race that’s part of the Preakness 5.5 bonus.

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Friday, January 14 2011

Joey P. Shows Old Fight in Gulfstream Return

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Winning never gets old for Joey P.

The 9-year-old gelding captured his 18th career victory Friday, fighting back in the final yards under jockey Joe Bravo to capture the fifth race by a head at Gulfstream Park. Returning from a 10-week layoff, the New Jersey-bred campaigner ($11) had relinquished the lead to 8-5 favorite Safe Trip in mid-stretch.

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Lil Bit O’Fun a Lot to Beat in Dania Beach Sunday

Scott Heider’s Lil Bit O’Fun won two of three starts last year with a second in between, and will be among the favorites in a field of 10 3-year-olds drawn for Sunday’s $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes going one mile on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Jose Lezcano has been named to ride for trainer Tom Proctor.


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Wild About Sonny Captures Gulfstream Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Wild About Sonny returned from a seven-month layoff to score a half-length victory in Thursday’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park.

The 2-1 favorite, who previously had won her debut to racing at Monmouth Park on June 19, stalked the early pace set by Because I Like It before edging away to victory in the $42,700 allowance race. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Wild About Sonny ran six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 to prevail over eight sophomore fillies.

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Gulfstream Notes: Presious Passion, Soldat, D’wild Ride & Fly Down

Presious Passion May Stay Close to Home

Trainer Mary Hartmann’s first preference for Presious Passion’s next start is an allowance race scheduled for Jan 22 – although there is a possibility that the 8-year-old gelding could ship to California to compete in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 29.

“It’ll be a prep race for probably the Mac Diarmida (G2) here in February (19),” Hartmann said Thursday morning of the 1-1/8-mile allowance race on turf. ”He loves the turf here. I worked him on it and he worked like the champ that he is. We’ll put him in the allowance race and hope it goes. If that doesn’t go, we’ll go to California for the Sunshine Millions.

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Thursday, January 13 2011

Lopez Up to Old ‘Trix’ in Gulfstream Feature

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Paco Lopez, the defending riding champion at Gulfstream Park, capped a four-win day with an upset score aboard Trix in the City ($37) in Wednesday’s featured eighth race.

The Veracruz, Mexico native had previously earned visits to the winner’s circle with Cove Star ($19) in the third race, Triple E ($9.40) in the fourth and Chateau D’Kim ($16.80) in the seventh.

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Wednesday, January 12 2011

Sassy Image Returns in Friday Allo

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jerry Romans’ 4-year-old filly Sassy Image, a two-time Graded stakes winner at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old in 2009, is set to return from a nearly one-year layoff in Friday’s $61,500 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park going one mile with jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for trainer Dale Romans.

Sassy Image completed her juvenile campaign with impressive victories in the Pocahantas Stakes (G3) and Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs to rank among the leaders of the crop and a strong potential Kentucky Oaks (G1).

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Tim Hills Looking to Go Long with Catch a Thief

Trainer Tim Hills had nominated Catch a Thief for Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl, but the 4-year-old filly will start in Friday’s ninth race, a mile allowance, instead of the six-furlong stakes.

“It’s a prep for the longer races further on down,” said Hills, who will used Friday’s race as a prep for the $100,000 Sabin (G3), a mile stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 19.

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Monday, January 10 2011


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today significant increases in handle and attendance during the first five days of its 2011 Thoroughbred meet.

Comparing the first five days of 2011 with the first five days of 2010 – and taking into account a midweek opening this year as compared to a Sunday opening in 2010 – Gulfstream’s attendance is up 32.6 percent, from 22,008 last year to 29,184.

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