Saturday, September 30 2017


BOLT D’ORO


BOLT D’ORO STAMPS HIMSELF A-LIST JUVENILE WITH ROUSING 7 ¾ LENGTHS WIN IN GRADE I, $300,000 FRONTRUNNER STAKES; OWNED & TRAINED BY RUIS AND RIDDEN BY NAKATANI, HE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.54

RACE IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2017)—Corey Nakatani might finally have himself a Kentucky Derby winner and owner/trainer Mick Ruis appears to have struck gold as they teamed for victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita with Bolt d’Oro. A Kentucky-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro, he steamed to a 7 ¾ lengths win while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.54—which was more than three seconds faster than undefeated 2-year-old filly Moonshine Memories, who took the Grade I Chandelier Stakes one race earlier.





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Friday, September 29 2017


Summer Meet Entering Action-Packed Closing Weekend


$400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Finales Top Six-Stakes Saturday
‘Beer, Bourbon & Burgers’ Featured at Final Summer Soiree
Food, Drink Specials, Mandatory Payouts, Six Stakes on Closing Day Sunday
Jockey, Trainer Title Races Going Down to the Wire

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s highly successful summer meet will close with a flourish this weekend, featuring plenty of action on and off the track for racing fans and patrons alike.

A program of six stakes worth $1.1 million in purses is on tap for Saturday topped by the $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl, the finales of the 36th annual FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds by nominated stallions standing in Florida.

The In Reality for colts and geldings is led by 3-5 program favorite Soutache, coming off an impressive victory in the FSS Affirmed Sept. 2. Maiden Dessert Honeys is the morning line favorite in the My Dear Girl for fillies over the winners of the series’ first two legs, Go Astray (Desert Vixen) and Starship Bonita (Susan’s Girl).





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Belmont Park Notes 9/29


Maiden runner Presumptuous 'taking a shot' in G1 Beldame
• Oscar Performance paddock schools ahead of G1 Joe Hirsch
• Verve's Tale hoping for two-turn success in Beldame
• Desert Stone set for stakes debut in G3 Pilgrim
• Money'soncharlotte looks to stay perfect this year in Beldame
• NYRA successfully in compliance with updated IRS regulations
• JCGC Day to feature Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

ELMONT, N.Y. - William Clifton's filly Presumptuous, a maiden through 14 starts, will make a significant jump in class in Saturday's Grade 1 $400,000 Beldame. Although the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute hasn't visited the winner's circle yet in her career, her affinity for Belmont, and her ability to hit the board with six second place finishes and three thirds gives her and her trainer H. James Bond a chance to prove herself amongst the best.





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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES - Fri 9/29/2017


PETER EURTON TRAINEE HAS ‘GIANT’ EXPECTATIONS
• MAJESTIC HEAT SET FOR WIN AND YOU’RE IN RODEO DRIVE
• FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO SANTA ANITA STARTS TODAY
• LOS ANGELES TIMES NEWSLETTER DEBUTS STARTING TODAY
• JOHN MORRIS GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BENEFIT THE PDJF

GIANT EXPECTATIONS EYES SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Giant Expectations, who registered a mild surprise at 9-2 in winning the Grade II Pat

O’Brien at Del Mar Aug. 26, his first-ever stakes start, is on course for the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship a week from Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Sprint Championship is a Win and You’re In race for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup come Nov. 3 and 4.

“We hope to follow Goldencents,” trainer Peter Eurton said, alluding to the Doug O’Neill trainee that was second in the 2013 and 2014 Santa Anita Sprint Championship before winning the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile both of those years.





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Thursday, September 28 2017


Campo to Focus on VP Duties


Badgett Named GM at Gulfstream
Camac Promoted to Racing Secretary


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Due to his growing responsibilities as Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group, P.J. Campo has relinquished his role as General Manager of Gulfstream Park.

Campo will spend additional time working with The Stronach Group’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Ritvo on ways to coordinate the racing schedules and race meets at all Stronach Group tracks while studying the feasibility of shared services and a centralized racing office.

Bill Badgett will assume the role of General Manager at Gulfstream effective immediately and Chris Camac has been named racing secretary.





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Saturday, September 23 2017


Rainbow 6 Jackpot Hit for $93,555.42


Jaramillo Notches Fifth Multi-Win Day in a Row

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot was hit Saturday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $93,555.42 payoff for the only ticket with all six winners.

The winning combination was 7-1-2-12-2-4.

The popular multi-race wager, which had gone unsolved for five consecutive racing days, was last solved Sept. 4 for a $166,304.59 jackpot payoff.





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Gunnevera Returns to the Worktab Saturday at Gulfstream Park West


Travers Runner-Up Breezed 4F in 49 Seconds for Breeders’ Cup Classic

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Margoth’s Gunnevera returned to the worktab at Gulfstream Park West Saturday for the first time since finishing second in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.

In preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 5, Gunnevera breezed a half mile in 49 seconds under jockey Edgard Zayas.

“He went really well. Nice and easy,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “It was his first work since the Travers, so it was an easy work.”





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017


OAKS CONTENDER FARRELL READY FOR COMEBACK IN
SATURDAY’S $100,000 DOGWOOD PRESENTED BY GE APPLIANCES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 22, 2017)
– Following a 141-day layoff, Coffee Pot Stables’ multiple graded stakes winner Farrell is set for her return to the races in Saturday night’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Dogwood Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) at Churchill Downs.

“We’re excited to get her back to the races,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “She’s been training great this summer at Saratoga and Churchill so our fingers are crossed.”

Farrell, a 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, was the second-betting choice in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) but did not handle the sloppy surface and finished a well-beaten 14th.





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Thursday, September 21 2017


Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $32,840 for Friday’s Twilight Card


Jaramillo Stays Hot Thursday with Three Winning Rides

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a $32,840.45 carryover jackpot for Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $4,867.30.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket sold, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9.





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Laurel Park News & Notes


Multiple Stakes Winner Phlash Phelps Out for the Year with Bone Bruising
Shimmering Aspen Entered in Saturday’s Charles Town Oaks (G3)
Impressive Maiden Winner Theodosia Exciting Prospect for Team Lynch
Lucky in Malibu Likely Stakes-Bound Again After Allowance Win
Miracle Wood Winner O Dionysus Nearing Return to Training
Late Pick 5, Super Hi-5 Carryovers for Return of Live Racing Friday

LAUREL, MD – Hillwood Stable’s multiple stakes winner Phlash Phelps will miss the rest of the year with bruising of the cannon bones, denying the 6-year-old gelding the chance at a rare third consecutive victory in the Jim McKay Maryland Million next month.

Phlash Phelps, a bay son of leading Maryland sire Great Notion, has raced only one this year, rallying from far back to win the six-furlong Mister Diz by a neck as the favorite June 24 at Laurel Park. Among the horses that finished behind him that day were stakes winners Talk Show Man, Blu Moon Ace, Sonny Inspired and Ben’s Cat, the late champion’s final start.





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Double Pick 6 carryover of $63k Friday at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - Horseplayers will be greeted with a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $63,018 for Friday's live racing program at Belmont Park. The multi-race wager begins in Race 4 with an approximate post time of 3:04 p.m.

Thursday's Pick 6 sequence kicked off in race 5 with Classic Covey ($9.80) followed by: Very Very Stella ($16.40), Lady Bergen ($16.60), Hoboe ($7), Hey Jabber Jaw ($17.00) and Jergos Fire ($9) taking the day's finale.





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Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017


LIGHTLY-RACED COVENANT ATTEMPS FIRST STAKES VICTORY IN
SATURDAY’S $100,000 DOGWOOD STAKES PRESENTED BY GE APPLIANCES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017)
– Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott currently has a one-win advantage (701-700 wins) over Dale Romans in the all-time leading trainer standings at Churchill Downs but the veteran horseman hopes to increase his margin in Saturday’s $100,000 Dogwood Stakes Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) with impressive Saratoga maiden-winner Covenant.

“Well, Dale hasn’t caught us yet,” assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy joked. “We have some live horses this week and Covenant has a big chance on Saturday night in the Dogwood.”





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