Thursday, July 07 2016
Second season for sophomores starts in Saturday’s $500K Dwyer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Eight 3-year-olds will step into the starting gate on Saturday at Belmont Park hoping to kick-start the second half of the season with a standout performance in the Grade 3, $500,000 Dwyer on Stars & Stripes Day.
The one-mile Dwyer is one of six graded stakes on the card, which is highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational for 3-year-old turf horses and the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies, both at 1 ¼ miles. Also Saturday are the 130th running of the venerable Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap and a pair of Grade 3 races: the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs and the $150,000 Victory Ride for 3-year-old fillies going 6 ½ furlongs.
Sunday, July 03 2016
Off the Tracks prevails in G1 Mother Goose
My Sweet Girl upsets Perfect Sting
ELMONT, N.Y. - Newton Anner Stud and J Stable's Off the Tracks proved right on target Saturday afternoon, drawing clear by 3 ½ lengths to score the first Grade 1 of her career in the $300,000 Mother Goose for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
With Mom's On Strike to her outside, Off the Tracks set a sharp early pace with Jose Ortiz aboard as the pair swept through an opening quarter-mile in 22.79 seconds, a half in 45.53 and three-quarters in 1:09.62. As the field entered the stretch, the Curlin filly denied a bid from Lewis Bay, who saved ground after bumping with 9-5 favorite Rachel's Valentina soon after the break, to complete the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.01. Lightstream launched a late rally to finish third, a length behind Lewis Bay.
The Mother Goose (G1) Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Off the Tracks (No. 2) and fifth-place finisher and beaten favorite Rachel's Valentina (No. 6): "[We're] just trying to figure out how we thought the race would unfold. We weren't positive what a couple horses would do but we felt that if she [Off the Tracks] got a clean break there was a decent chance that she would be on the lead, so that was plan A with her. Even though the fractions were very fast, the track seems to be playing pretty fast today, so I was a little concerned going as fast as they were, but she seemed to be doing it comfortably and in good rhythm. I was happy to see her have something left to finish."
Friday, July 01 2016
Gulfstream News & Notes: Fri 7/1/2016
Cali Star Racing for Two in Saturday’s Princess Rooney
Lady Serena Brings Serious Bloodlines into Sunday’s Barely Even
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– WinStar Farm and Larry Taylor’s Cali Star will be racing for two in Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney (G3) on the $1.125 million Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream Park.
The graded stakes-winning 5-year-old mare is in foal to WinStar’s Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.
Tuesday, June 28 2016
Gulfstream Ready for Saturday’s Star-Filled Summit of Speed
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The late racing secretary Bobby Umphrey was once asked what his reaction was in the late 1990s when Calder management told him they wanted to run an afternoon of sprint stakes in the middle of the summer worth more than $1 million.
"I thought they had three heads," he responded with a wry smile.
Sixteen years later, that afternoon of sprint stakes called the Summit of Speed has become one of Florida's biggest days of summer racing. After being cancelled by Calder management in 2014, Gulfstream has spent the past two years resurrecting the event into a premier day of racing, one that takes place Saturday, July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Thursday, June 23 2016
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Thu 6/23
• HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS IN ‘FORMIDABLE’ GOLD CUP
• KOBE’S BACK AND SO IS STEVENS FOR TRIPLE BEND
• NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE
• TWO RIVALS HELPED SAVE HORSES AMID WILDFIRES
GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD SUIT HOPPERTUNITY
Bob Baffert, who was on the fence at best last week about running Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita, decided to enter after the five-year-old by Any Given Saturday after the horse worked six furlongs last Saturday in 1:12.20.
Rainbow 6 Carryover Stands at $61,172 for Friday’s Card
Lirica Registers Impressive Juvenile Maiden Score
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot rose to $61,172.60 for Friday’s nine-race program at Gulfstream Park when the popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 10th consecutive racing day Thursday
Multiple tickets with all six winners for Races 4-9 Thursday were each worth $3,313.10.
Belmont Park Notes 6/23
• Multiple G2 winner Mohaymen returns to worktab Thursday
• Swipe back in action in Sunday allowance; Exaggerator 'back on the muscle'
• Donk enjoying good run
• Fields set for pair of Sunday's NYSS races
ELMONT, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 3-year-old Tapit colt was caught in 36.40 seconds over the all-weather surface in his first timed breeze since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby May 7.
Wednesday, June 22 2016
$1.125 Million Summit of Speed Card Draws 139 noms
G2 Princess Rooney, G2 Smile ‘Win & You’re In’ Stakes
G3 Carry Back Also Set for July 2 Nine-Stakes Program
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A total of 139 nominations were received for the nine stakes slated for the $1.125 million Summit of Speed card July 2 at Gulfstream Park, highlighted by the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), a pair of Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ events.
The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint winners will earn fees-paid berths in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), respectively, at Santa Anita Nov. 5.
Saturday, June 18 2016
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap & Quotes: Grade II, $200,000 Wise Dan
PLEUVEN VICTORIOUS IN GRADE II, $200,000 WISE DAN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
(Saturday, June 18, 2016) – Nelson McMakin’s Pleuven (FR) tracked pacesetter Kasaqui (ARG), drew even with that rival with an eighth of mile to run and inched clear late to post a three-quarter length victory in Saturday night’s 27th running of the $200,000 Wise Dan (Grade II) at Churchill Downs. Thatcher Street was third and favored The Pizza Man was fourth.
UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD SENSATIONAL IN GRADE II, $200,000 SUMMERTIME OAKS
ROMPS BY 6 ½ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH;
SUPERSTAR HOLLENDORFER FILLY GETS 1 1/16 MILES GEARED DOWN IN 1:42.63
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2016)—How good is she? Although that question wasn’t answered completely, it would appear the sky continues to be the limit for superstar filly Songbird as she remained undefeated with yet another sensational performance, winning Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith while covering a mile and a sixteenth geared down in 1:42.63. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc., the Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, idle since winning the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, ran her unbeaten skein to eight on Saturday and will likely ship east for her next engagement.
Trio of Carryovers Saturday at Gulfstream
Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi 5
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - There will be three carryovers when racing resumes Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a 1:15 p.m. first race post.
The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $28,072.30 after there was no single, unique ticket Friday. There was one live ticket going into the ninth and final race, but Templer Glory finished fifth. Multiple winning tickets returned $436.08.