Tuesday, February 19 2013
The Lead: Trainer Todd Pletcher saddled the winners of the co-featured allowance races on Monday’s program at Gulfstream: Hierro in the third race, a $57,500 sprint for 4-year-olds and up; and Ciao Bella in the ninth, a $57,500 mile for fillies and mares.
Ciao Bella, who captured her career debut at Gulfstream last season at the mile distance, wore blinkers for the first time and returned to the main track after four winless starts on turf.
Violence Returns as Favorite in Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth
Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLP’s Violence, who ranks high among trainer Todd Pletcher’s arsenal of 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown prospects, takes his first steps on the ‘Derby Trail’ as the favorite in Saturday’s $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
SAN VICENTE STAKES QUOTES
DAVID FLORES, SHAKIN IT UP, WINNER: (In response to being back on this horse) “It reminds me of the good ol’ days. It brings me back to a time when I was riding these kind of horses, and it’s good to be back on a horse like this.”
(This was almost a blanket finish, how was it working your way through that traffic?) “He put me in a spot I wasn’t expecting. He put me in the race right away, so I just had to be patient and wait for the pocket to open, and that’s pretty much what happened. When I asked him to go he accelerated, a tremendous acceleration.”
BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “If anything good came out of it, she rated really well (Referring to a bumping incident at the break). I don’t know if it was because of that or she was just going to rate well. She’s a much more mature horse this year. She’s stronger, she’s bigger, and she’ll definitely get a mile. I thought if a horse was going to come to her she would have dug back in so now at least we have options. There’s not too many six or six and a halves but we can kind of pick our spots. I don’t know how much further we want to go than this, but she can certainly get a mile.”
HOLLIE HUGHES (NYB) QUOTES
David Jacobson, winning trainer of Saginaw (No. 4): “He still has it, and I think, hopefully, this is the beginning of a long campaign for 2013. [We’ll take it] race by race. He might need another two months off, or we might get him back in next week, but that’s totally up to him.”
“You always wonder if you give them a layoff how they’re going to come back. Today, he showed a lot of heart. Hopefully, he’ll only improve off this. He’s not the fastest horse I’ve ever had, but he has the biggest heart.”
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JAVERRE VICTORIOUS IN GENERAL GEORGE HANDICAP
LAUREL, MD. 02-18-13---Smith Farm & Stable’s Javerre dueled front-runner Il Villano into defeat, then held on to win the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) at Laurel Park.
The race was marred when post time favorite Brigand bore into Associate not long after the start, causing Associate to stumble and toss jockey Erick Rodriguez. Neither Rodriguez nor Associate were injured.
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Thursday, February 14 2013
BOOK REVIEW HEADS SHORT FIELD IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA
BAFFERT & BEJARANO AGAIN JOIN FORCES;
HOLLENDORFER REPRESENTED BY THREESOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2013)—A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, Book Review was then a sharp second in the Grade II La Canada Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth on Jan. 20, and she’ll try that distance again on Saturday as she heads a six-horse field in Santa Anita’s featured Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Wednesday, February 13 2013
Gulfstream News & Notes
Elmutahid Pointed to Besilu Fountain of Youth
Lucky Chappy Set for Mac Diarmida
Swale May be Next for Gombey Dancer
$150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) Quotes
Trainer Marty Wolfson (Golden Mystery): “We weren’t sure we were going to run. I sent her home (to Farnsworth Farm) for four or five days. She was going to the sale (Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale on Monday). When I found out Dust and Diamonds got hurt, I told the owners I wanted to bring her back for this race. That was the filly to beat.
“I think she’s a Breeders’ Cup type. She’s gotten so good. The older she gets, the better she’s gotten. She’s just happy.”
(Golden Mystery will be in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Mixed Sale on Monday)
Jockey Luis Saez (Golden Mystery): "I felt like I would win this race because I know this mare. This is her favorite weather, too, because she has a problem sweating. Martin Wolfson told me when she is coming down the stretch to let her run. He wanted her in second or third position and that would be perfect for her. She was very easy, amazing."
Friday, February 01 2013
WIDE-OPEN FIELD FOR SATURDAY’S WIDE COUNTRY STAKES
LAUREL, MD. 02-01-13---A wide-open field of seven 3-year old fillies is expected to face starter Bruce Wagner in Saturday’s $125,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel Park.
Dear to All (2-1) posted the highest speed rating among the seven runners while breaking her maiden at Aqueduct on December 30. The Tale of the Cat filly, who will break from the rail in the seven furlong test on the main track, has been on the board in all three starts during her freshman campaign. Sheldon Russell will ride for Tony Dutrow.
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Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Bourbon Courage on ‘Track’ for Donn Handicap
Parbhoo Saddles Off the Jak to Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint
Triple Crown Trails Lead Cross Country Saturday
Nine Fillies to Contest Turfway’s Cincinnati Trophy Stakes
FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 1, 2013 – Nine 3-year-old fillies have signed up for the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Saturday, taking perhaps a first step toward the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway next month.
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