Friday, November 27 2015

Gulfstream Park West’s Rainbow 6 Hit for $105,293

Mandatory Payouts for Saturday’s Closing Day Program

– One lucky bettor collected Gulfstream Park West’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot of $105,293.70 when Colorado Daydream captured Friday’s 11th race finale.

Sent off at 9-1 and ridden by Rafael Hernandez for his third winner of the day, Colorado Daydream was one of six horses in the 12-horse field eligible to take down the jackpot, which was last hit for $75,095.52 on Nov. 8.

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JIMMY JERKENS, trainer of EFFINEX (winner): “He ran so well last time and it looked like he never missed a beat with his training and everything else afterwards so that’s why we decided to come. We broke a step slow and then they kind of converged on him and they went like a bat out of hell so he just sat there and went in behind them.

“He’s just a good quality horse. He’s really come around since that weird effort at Saratoga where he went crazy from behind the gate. I still don’t know what that was about, but he’s been all business since then. He ran a hard race in the Breeders’ Cup, but he shipped all the way back on the van and acted like a fresh horse so we decided to come back. We didn’t really make a final decision until the week before. We were sure we could get Mike [Smith] to do it and we were sure that he wanted to come. We didn’t know what he had elsewhere but he definitely wanted to come so that helped us a little bit.

“Maybe we’ll send him to Florida, I don’t know yet. He’s such a tough horse, as long as there’s someone around taking good care of him that’s all he cares about.”

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Go For Wand Handicap Quotes (G3)

Carlos Santamaria, assistant to winning trainer Simon Callaghan of Taris (No. 4): "It was a pretty good trip, she deserved this kind of trip after the last two races she had, but she was ready today. A good win for her, she deserved it."

Simon Callaghan winning trainer of Taris (No. 4): via telephone: "She got a perfect trip. She did it very well. It was a nice race with a solid field and we're glad she performed today. Gary [Stevens] was dehydrated and we ended up with Joel who's also a terrific rider and I was pleased with his performance. There's a race in February at Santa Anita where she's likely to enter next but nothing's set in stone."

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Gold, Jacks or Better Hold Strong Hand for Closing Day Program

Trainer, Owner Represented in Four of Six Juvenile Stakes on Saturday

– After adding to their record totals in the spring and summer juvenile stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Stanley Gold and Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm look to carry that momentum into Saturday, the finale of Gulfstream Park West’s Fall Turf Festival meet.

The potent partnership will have horses in each of the four $75,000 dirt stakes on the 11-race program, the one-mile Hut Hut and six-furlong House Party for females, and the one-mile Smooth Air and six-furlong Buffalo Man.

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STAKES RECAP: Thanksgiving Handicap


NEW ORLEANS (November 26, 2015)
– In lieu of turkey this year, defending meet champion owner Maggi Moss’ and trainer Tom Amos had their Control Stake well done on Thursday afternoon when the sophomore son of Discreetly Mine – the lone 3-year-old in the field – proved swiftest of the swift in the 91st running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Breaking on top from post five, the bay colt held off Robert Persons and Earl Conrad Sanderson, Jr.’s Officer Griffin throughout and powered home to a 1¼-length victory, giving the owner-trainer team their third victory in the race and second in a row following Delaunay’s romp in 2014.

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Churchill Downs Stakes Recaps


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015)
- Stoneway Farm's homebred 3-year-old filly Ahh Chocolate rated patiently in second before taking command in the stretch and drew away to win the 100th running of the $200,000 Falls City Handicap Presented by (Grade II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths over Theogony.

Ahh Chocolate, trained by Neil Howard and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., ran 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:49.68 - the fastest Falls City renewal since Allamerican Bertie clocked 1:49.60 in 2002. It was the first graded stakes win of Ahh Chocolate's career.

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Juveniles look to tackle two turns in G3 Remsen, Demoiselle

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Aqueduct Racetrack's Road to the Kentucky Derby officially gets underway on Saturday when New York's top juveniles square off in the 101st running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Remsen and the 94th edition of the Grade 2, $300,000 Demoiselle for fillies, an official Kentucky Oaks prep race.

The Remsen and Demoiselle kick off the stakes action on an exciting, 10-race holiday weekend card, joined by the Grade 3, $300,000 Comely and anchored by the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile.

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Forever Unbridled ready to move forward in G3 Comely

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make her fifth consecutive graded stakes start and first in New York, Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled will face nine challengers in the Grade 3, $300,000 Comely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-old fillies, one of four stakes headlined by the Grade 1 500,000 Cigar Mile on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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King’s Swan quotes

Michael Dilger, winning trainer of Jan's Reserve (No. 2): "At the time, we thought he was training a little better on the turf, he was handling it better, so that's why we switched him over [to the turf]. Since he won his race, he's been training at Belmont and he's been handling the dirt so well, we decided to hang around and wait for this race."

"We were really happy [with the quick early pace]. That was the ideal scenario for us. Joel just made the comment that he might [go further], but there's a lot of opportunities for one-turn horses so we'll see what happens."

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Fall Highweight Quotes (G3)

Gatson Grant, winning trainer of Green Gratto (No. 5): "It's hard work and very emotional. I had this horse since he was a yearling, bought him and he just kept trying. I knew all along he was the kind of horse to win a graded stakes race because he always showed it in the mornings. It was just a matter of putting it together in the afternoon. He's just one tough guy and there's no quit in him. I really can't say much about it other than to Thank God for this opportunity."
"I wasn't concerned with the week layoff because when he came back the next day it looked like he didn't lift a hoof. He was acting good and we put him on the track and he was training awesome. He came back from last time like he didn't even break a sweat so we figured we'd give him a shot in here. We were trying to go to the Cigar Mile until we heard Private Zone was entered but we knew at three-quarters this horse was really tough. We're going to give him a breather; he's been racing all year. He deserves it. He's the one that tells us where we're going with him."

Kendrick Carmouche, winning rider aboard Green Gratto (No. 5): "Last time I rode the horse, I kept him together pretty good and let him go nice and easy, but it didn't work out. This time, I told the trainer, 'I'll just let him roll. That's the only way we're going to win.' And that's the way we won. He ran a good race. Hats off to the trainer, he did it all. I was just a good pilot."

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Furlough quotes

Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen of Constellation (No. 5): "Drawing the outside post helped us out a little bit being able to see how things would play out but she's a really nice filly. I don't think it would've mattered today where we drew. Irad said she settled nicely today, she was a little keen her last race back at Belmont but she did everything great and professionally."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning rider aboard Constellation (No. 5): "She's a very nice filly. She made it look easy today. She always tries hard and the trainer [Steve Asmussen] and his assistant, Toby Sheets, did a great job with the filly. She came ready today; she was 100 percent and was much the best."

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Wednesday, November 25 2015

Thanksgiving Rainbow 6 Carryover $62,000 At Gulfstream

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Gulfstream Park West's special Thanksgiving Day program will be highlighted with a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover Thursday of $62,661.96.

First race post time is 11:40 a.m.

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