Saturday, August 13 2016


Record $12.6 Million Stakes Schedule Announced for Championship Meet


$1 Million Florida Derby (G1) Highlights $2.45 Million April 1 Program
Gulfstream’s Signature Race Tops Impressive List of 39 Graded Stakes
$12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Set for Jan. 28
World’s Richest Race Pushes Stakes Purse Total over $25 Million
Gulfstream Park Hdcp. (G2), GP Turf Hdcp. (G1) Slated for Feb. 11

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– The 66th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record $12.615 million stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.





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Severe storms force cancellation of racing at Saratoga


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A series of severe summer thunderstorms, complete with heavy rain and lightning, forced the cancellation of racing at Saratoga Race Course after the fifth race on Saturday, August 13.

Six races were cancelled, including the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap and the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies.






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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Saturday, August 13


Exaggerator taking 'fresh approach' to G1 Travers
• Lady Eli gets 'A+' from Brown after Sunday morning breeze
• Laoban keeping it cool
• Destin on track for Travers; Pletcher eyes other assignments for stable
• Amoss keeps Mo Tom in consideration for Travers
• Fish Trappe Road impressive in breeze; targets G1 King's Bishop
• Effinex in good order; next start to be determined
• Mott, Campbell to be honored on Friday, August 26 at Walk of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Initially concerned about rain forecasted in the Saratoga area over the weekend, trainer Keith Desormeaux called an audible with Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers hopeful Exaggerator and decided to pass over the Curlin colt's penultimate work scheduled for Saturday morning.





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Saturday, August 06 2016


Cajun Delta Dawn Rises to Desert Vixen Victory


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL — Curtis Mikkelsen’s Cajun Delta Dawn ($8.60) rose to the occasion once more with a surging score in the $200,000 Desert Vixen Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After setting the pace in her June 10 debut for trainer David Fawkes, the 2-year-old filly closed strongly up the rail to post a 17-1 upset in the $75,000 Cassidy Stakes on July 2. Those efforts earned Cajun Delta Dawn more consideration from the wagering public this time and she went postward as the 3-1 second choice.





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Undefeated Three Rules Captures $200,000 Dr. Fager in a Romp


Pinchin-Trained Colt Strong Candidate for Florida Sire Stakes Sweep

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ Three Rules overwhelmed eight rivals Saturday at Gulfstream Park, running off to a seven-length victory in the $200,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Sire Stakes while needing little encouragement from his confident jockey, Cornelio Velasquez.

The undefeated 2-year-old son of Gone Astray has now won his three races, including two stakes, by a combined 15 ½ lengths without exerting himself , distinguishing himself as a rising star and a strong candidate to sweep the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida.





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Frosted ices foes in G1 Whitney


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Returning from his historic win in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Godolphin Racing's Frosted did not disappoint as the 1-2 favorite with an equally remarkable victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course.

Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario aboard, broke with determination and seized early control of the six-horse field. With Upstart positioned along the rail and Noble Bird an ominous presence to his outside, Frosted swept through an opening quarter-mile in 23.11 seconds and a half in 46.42.





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Thursday, August 04 2016


Friday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Rises to $298,058


She's Got the Look Has Look of Future Stakes Star
We're All Set, Yourdreamsormine Renew Rivalry in Friday Feature
Camacho Expected to Be Back Riding Next Week

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
-- The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 20th consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $298,058.78 carryover jackpot for Friday's 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $299.24 Thursday.





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Awesome Banner, Ballet Diva Heavily Favored for Saturday Stakes


Casse Trainees Sharp for Florida Sire Stakes 3-Year-Old Engagements

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – During a break in training at Gulfstream Park Thursday morning, Mark Casse’s assistant trainer Jamie Begg booted up his office laptop in Barn 2 to view video of Wednesday night’s Canadian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, specifically interested in the footage starring his boss.





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Daring Kathy Gets the Right Distance in Saturday’s Soaring Softly


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Graded-stakes winner Daring Kathy will stretch back out in distance when she headlines an eight-horse field in the $75,000 Soaring Softly Stakes on the undercard of Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes program at Gulfstream Park.





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Saratoga Race Course Notes, Thursday August 4,


Songbird breezes 'nice and smooth' for G1 Alabama
• Brooklyn Bobby will be first American starter for Frankel
• Romans not ruling out G1 Alabama for Go Maggie Go
• Santana Jr. making impact in first full meet at the Spa

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
- Fox Hill Farm's undefeated champion Songbird took to Saratoga Race Course's main track early Thursday morning for a five-furlong breeze, her first timed move since her dominating victory in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 24.





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Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney to headline Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The 89th running of the prestigious Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney, one of North America's premier races, will headline a day of world class thoroughbred racing and special events at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 6.

The 1 1/8-mile Whitney will top the card of a blockbuster day of racing that includes five stakes as part of the Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing. The prestigious Whitney will pair with the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares, the Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1 1/16 miles and the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose at a mile.





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Sunday, July 31 2016


Flintshire delivers in G2 Bowling Green


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Making his first start since capturing the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan on June 11 at Belmont Park, Juddmonte Farms' multiple stakes winner Flintshire did not disappoint, rallying late to win the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

Leaving the gate from post position 2 as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite with Javier Castellano aboard, the 6-year-old Chad Brown trainee broke alertly and moved to third position tucked along the rail as Grand Tito and Can'thelpbelieving set tepid fractions of 26.53 seconds for the opening quarter-mile with a half-mile going in 53.14.





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