Thursday, March 13 2014
Tapiture, Strong Mandate Renew Rivalry in Rebel Stakes
Southwest Stakes (G3) winner Tapiture and runner-up Strong Mandate renew their rivalry Saturday in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) as each colt looks to solidify their position as a leading Kentucky Derby hopeful. The Rebel, which is slated as the 10th of 11 live races at 6:04 p.m., drew a field of eight for the 1 1/16-mile race, the last local prep before the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12 and subsequent Triple Crown races.
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Constitution To Make Stakes Debut In Florida Derby
Pletcher Says Anchor Down Also a Possibility
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Lightly raced unbeaten colt Constitution will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing the 3-year-old son of Tapit to the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, Gulfstream’s signature race which carries a total of 170 qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (G1), with 100 to the winner.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
Final pair of WHHC qualifiers at Maywood and Balmoral
Columbus, OH --- The last two chances to win a free entry to the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship in the USTA’s online qualifiers will be this weekend with races from Maywood Park on Friday (March 14) and Balmoral Park on Saturday (March 15). First post time for both tracks is 8:10 p.m. (EDT).
Saturday, March 08 2014
SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “I knew he was going to run today. I knew it from the post parade when we turned around to go to the gate. He was on his toes today, he was on fire. He’s like that when he runs well. He ran big; I just had that feeling that he was going to. Down the backside he was happy, he was cruisin’, he was well within himself. He was throwing numbers, I knew we were going fast; I actually went even faster this time than I did last time (San Antonio Feb. 8). I got yelled at for going fast last time and that was forty-six; we went forty-five today and that’s at a mile and a quarter!
Palace Malice Rallies to Win $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap
Belmont Stakes Winner Surges Late to Capture 4-year-old Debut
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Palace Malice opened his 4-year-old season in dramatic fashion, surging in deep stretch after being passed by two horses to win the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday.
$250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Palace Malice) “He pressed solid fractions, and was carrying top weight and went a little wide. It looked like they took a couple big runs at him and he fought back. It was a heck of a horse race and a huge effort off the layoff. Those are good horses, too. You’ve got a Travers winner and a Prince of Wales winner and the runner-up in the Preakness. It was a good race, I thought.
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “It was great. He ran like I expected him to. Everything worked out today. I wanted to try something new today so I let him go right out of the gate. I don’t know if people expected me to go right to the lead but I wanted to let him enjoy his race, I just let him go. In these races, you can’t just try and do too much with them. I think it’s important for him to do his thing for the first five-eighths and be happy. It seems like he likes both tracks. He’s been training over at Los Al but he does things so much easier at Santa Anita after having trained at Los Al. He didn’t feel tired at all after the wire.”
Friday, March 07 2014
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 3/7
General a Rod Confirmed for Besilu Stables Florida Derby
Palace Malice Ready for 4-year-old Debut in Gulfstream 'Cap
Unlimited Budget Returns Saturday at 7 Furlongs
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod will make his next start in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29, trainer Mike Maker confirmed Friday morning.
‘Kiaran’s Kids’ program enters its sixth year
OZONE PARK, N. Y. - "Kiaran's Kids," a youth mentoring and outreach program at Belmont Park hosted by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, is entering its sixth year on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit. The afterschool mentoring program partners with Gateway Youth Outreach, Inc. (GYO) of Elmont, N.Y. by giving 15 students a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place at a race track. Participating students range from first to sixth-graders and visit McLaughlin's barn at Belmont Park every other week for two hours after school.
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Thursday, March 06 2014
BAFFERT’S BAYERN LIKELY FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE STAKES
FINAL MAJOR STEPPINGSTONE TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY
ATTRACTS 10 SOPHS AT 1 1/16 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A dazzling 15-length one mile allowance winner on Feb. 13, Bob Baffert’s Bayern looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Wednesday, March 05 2014
Plesa Hoping to be ‘Lucky’ in $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap
Itsmyluckyday, Palace Malice to Make Season Debuts on Saturday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Itsmyluckyday and Palace Malice, major players on last year’s Triple Crown trail, will meet for the first time since the Kentucky Derby (G1) when they kick off their 4-year-old seasons in the one-mile $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on Saturday.
EPIC REMATCH BETWEEN MUCHO MACHO MAN AND WILL TAKE CHARGE SET
77TH RUNNING OF GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP PRESENTED BY SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO & CASINO ATTRACTS FIELD OF EIGHT OLDER HORSES TO COMPETE AT 1 ¼ MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Separated by just a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and runner-up Will Take Charge will again clash in the most highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap since Alysheba and Ferdinand ran 1-2 in 1988, as they head a field of eight older horses set to contest the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Big ’Cap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.