Saturday, February 11 2017
McCRAKEN SETS TRACK RECORD IN SAM F. DAVIS TOUR DE FORCE
– McCraken lived up to all the hype. And then some.
The unbeaten 3-year-old colt extended his record to 4-for-4 with a one-and-a-half length victory from Tapwrit in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in stakes and track-record time of 1:42.45 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth. State of Honor finished third.
“He puts a lot of confidence in you, that’s for sure,” jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., said of McCraken, who staged a powerhouse rally on the turn and rolled to victory. “You’ve just got to go with it and ride him with confidence. I asked him at about the half-mile pole and he hesitated a bit, but I think that was his way of telling me ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to get the job done.’ ”
INSPECTOR LYNLEY REWARDS HIS HALL OF FAME TRAINER AND JOCKEY
. – After a troubled start cost Inspector Lynley all chance in the Tropical Park Derby on Dec. 31, jockey John Velazquez asked trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey to let him ride the colt in his next start.
The two Hall of Fame members got the best out of Inspector Lynley in today’s Grade III, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on the turf, as the son of Lemon Drop Kid took the lead in deep stretch and staved off Kasaqui by a half-length. Irish Strait was another half-length back in third.
TAPA TAPA TAPA UPSETS ELATE IN SUNCOAST STAKES
– Before the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, all eyes were on 3-10 favorite Elate from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer William Mott.
That was just the way the connections of Tapa Tapa Tapa liked it.
Racing on dirt for the first time in her six-start career, the daughter of Tapit-Kickin’ the Clouds, by Dixieland Band, assumed the lead shortly after the break under jockey Jesus Castanon and continued with good energy throughout, posting a three-length victory from Elate.
Gulfstream Today 2.11.17
Sunday Rainbow 6 Carryover $90,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- Gulfstream Park's 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $90,184.74 when racing resumes Sunday afternoon.
Multiple winning tickets in Saturday's Rainbow 6, which included victories by Almanaar in the Gulfstream Park Turf (G1), Sharp Azteca in the Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap G2) and Dickinson in the Suwannee River (G3), returned $2,057.80.
$350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Quotes
Trainer Jorge Navarro (Sharp Azteca): “I couldn’t have asked for a better plan. Breaking was slow, they kind of bumped him and I was like, ‘Whoa, what happened?’ When [Blofeld] went with him, that’s what I wanted. I really wanted a horse to go with him, because this horse can get lazy. If you look at the replay in Louisiana, 24 and 49 [seconds], and he got caught on the wire. He needs somebody to go with him. When I saw that, I said ‘All right.’”
$150,000 Suwannee River (G3) Quotes
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin (Dickinson): “[Her last race] was a funny effort. Johnny Velazquez is not only a great Hall of Fame rider, he’s a friend; he just came back and said I couldn’t get her to go around the turn. Thinking back she hadn’t gone two turns before, so maybe that helped us today to end up in the winner’s circle with this being the second time around two turns. But she is a super nice filly, with a super pedigree. A graded stakes win is very important for her. We’ll stay [on the turf]. Maybe she will reward us this year.”
$350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) Quotes
Trainer Chad Brown (Almanaar): “He ran great the last race. The other horse [Flatlined] beat him fair and square, he followed him the whole race. Joe Bravo, riding the Flatlined horse, got up at wire and beat him. I think this horse today had a little more room to work at an mile and an eighth. He got a beautiful set up. Joel fits the horse perfectly; it’s the second time in a row he has given him a flawless trip on this turf course. I’m proud of the way the horse drove him down the center of the track.”
Thursday, February 09 2017
‘HOME-TEAM’ HOPEFULS R ANGEL KATELYN, KASAQUI LOOKING SHARP
– The rock stars are coming to Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.
With three graded stakes races on the Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card, and $650,000 in stakes purse money on the line, some of the world’s top trainers and greatest jockeys will be on the scene.
Hall of Fame trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey has entered his 4-year-old graded stakes-winning colt Inspector Lynley in the Grade III, $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes on the turf, a race the conditioner won last year. McGaughey also runs 4-year-old filly Azaelia in the Grade III, $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes on the turf.
Wednesday, February 08 2017
NO DOZING, McCRAKEN READY FOR DAVIS
NESS CLAIMS TRAINER OF MONTH
– A few railbirds did a double-take today when they spotted Arnaud Delacour, the trainer of Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes entrant No Dozing, schooling the colt in the paddock between races.
With six workouts on the Tampa Bay Downs main dirt surface since Dec. 31, the Lael Stables-owned No Dozing could possess an important advantage against the other main contenders. But Delacour is leaving nothing to chance in his effort to determine where No Dozing fits in the 3-year-old picture.
“He was a little bit nervous, so we need to paddock-school him again (Thursday),” Delacour said. “He’ll be fine, but he hasn’t raced for a while so he was a little bit edgy.”
No Dozing, who finished second to Mo Town in his final start of 2016, the Grade II, mile-and-an-eighth Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 26, drew the outside No. 9 post for the 37th edition of the Sam F. Davis, which will be the 10th race on a 12-race Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South card beginning at 12:12 p.m.
Gulfstream Today 2.8.17
Overnight Stakes Win Puts Third Day on Triple Crown Trail
Sophomore Colt Ends Layoff Winning $60,000 Just One More
Guaranteed Pools in Pick 4, Pick 5, Rainbow 6 for Saturday Feb. 11
20-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover $10,770 for Thursday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Town and Country Racing and Spendthrift Farm’s Third Day put himself on the Triple Crown trail with a neck victory over Barry Karafin Bets in Wednesday’s $60,000 Just One More overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Third Day, ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher, ran one mile in 1:36.96 over fast main track in just his second start and first in six months since breaking his maiden last summer at Monmouth Park.
Distance Suits Sharp Azteca in G2 Hardacre Gulfstream Park ‘Cap
Multiple Stakes Winner Faces Eight Rivals in $350,000 Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Looking for a place to launch Sharp Azteca’s 4-year-old campaign, trainer Jorge Navarro found the perfect spot in Saturday’s $350,000 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The 73rd running of the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap is one of three graded stakes worth $850,000 in purses on the 12-race program, along with the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) for females 4 and up, also at nine furlongs on the grass.
Friday, February 03 2017
GULFSTREAM TODAY: 2.3.17
Promising 3yo Battalion Runner wins again; stakes-bound for next start
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 offers $750,000 Guaranteed Pool
Six of Six Friday in Rainbow 6 Returns $63,000
3-year-olds headline Wednesday’s feature, $60,000 Just One More
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– St Elias Stable’s Battalion Runner, a 3-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, won impressively for the second consecutive time at the 2016-17 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet when he captured Friday’s featured eighth race.
It was an effort that pleased the colt’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, who indicated Battalion Runner will hit the Kentucky Derby prep trail for his next start.