Sunday, January 31 2016


‘PERFECTION’ GIVES BROWN FIFTH STRAIGHT SWEETEST CHANT SCORE


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Pricedtoperfection ($11.40) was ridden to perfection by jockey Joel Rosario in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3) to give trainer Chad Brown his fifth straight win in the one-mile turf test for 3-year-old fillies.

Owned by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, the bay filly came into the Sweetest Chant off a fast-finishing second in the Ginger Brew Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 2, and tucked into a ground-saving spot in midfield as longshots Go Ro Ro Go and Born to Be Winner disputed the lead.





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Sassicaia splits rivals to take G3 Toboggan


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Robert V. LaPenta's Sassicaia may have been a late entrant in the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, twice rescheduled due to inclement weather, but his timing quickly proved to be impeccable, springing a mild upset to score his first graded stakes victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Sunny Ridge shines in G3 Withers win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Jason Servis said he was confident in Sunny Ridge's chances heading into Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, but he felt even better when he saw the 3-year-old Holy Bull gelding enjoying a perfect trip down the backside at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Thursday, January 28 2016


Gulfstream Notes 1.28.16


Maturing Greenpointcrusader Returns to Action in Holy Bull (G2)
Conquest Big E Carries High Expectations into Holy Bull
Gold Takes Time-Will-Tell Approach with Awesome Banner

Maturing Greenpointcrusader Returns to Action in Holy Bull (G2)

Three months after ending his juvenile season running a troubled seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), Grade 1 winner Greenpointcrusader is set to make his 3-year-old debut in Saturday’s $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park.





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Flexibility, Sunny Ridge head G3 Withers field


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Promising stakes winners Flexibility and Sunny Ridge will square off at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday as they head a field of seven classic-minded 3-year-olds in the 136th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, the next step on New York's road to the Triple Crown.





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Friday, January 22 2016


Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Fri 1/22


Undefeated Zulu Likely to Return in G2 Fountain of Youth
H. Allen Jerkens Stakes a Sentimental Spot for Simon

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
- Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Stonestreet Stables’ Zulu is being pointed to the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27.





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Wednesday, January 20 2016


Nine Horses Look to Go the Distance in $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens


Leading Trainer Pletcher Attempts to Defend Title with Charming Kitten

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – On the way to an unprecedented 12th consecutive Championship Meet training title, Todd Pletcher won 15 stakes last winter at Gulfstream Park including its signature race, the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), for a second consecutive year.

Ranking just as high on Pletcher’s list was Unitarian’s victory in the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes, created by Gulfstream to honor the legendary Hall of Fame horseman and run for the first time less than seven weeks before his death last March at the age of 85.





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Tuesday, January 19 2016


GULFSTREAM TODAY:  1.18.16


Jockey Elvis Trujillo Makes Return to Action at Gulfstream Park
Charming Kitten Has Top Credentials for H. Allen Jerkens Stakes
10-Cent Superfecta Wagers Return Huge Payoffs in Second Race
Super Hi-5 Carryover of $32,555.27 for Thursday’s First Race
Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover at $70,4009.36

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Veteran jockey Elvis Trujillo returned to action at Gulfstream Park Monday for the first time since the 2013-2014 Championship Meet.





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Sunday, January 17 2016


Familiar New York faces among Eclipse Award winners for racing excellence


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Led by jockey Javier Castellano, older male Honor Code and female sprinter La Verdad, several familiar faces from the New York Racing Association's circuit received horse racing's highest honors at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards on Saturday evening at Gulfstream Park.

Castellano received his third straight Eclipse as the nation's top jockey, having broken his own earnings record with $28,120,767 in 2015, as well as leading the nation with 344 victories. Castellano, 38, rode 17 Grade 1 winners last year, including Honor Code in the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes, Twilight Eclipse in the Man o' War and most memorably, Keen Ice to a dramatic upset of Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year American Pharoah in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It was Castellano's fifth Travers victory, the most by a jockey in the race's 146-year history.





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Saturday, January 16 2016


$250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Quotes


Trainer Michael Dilger (Mexikoma): “This has been the target for him for quite a while, and thankfully it worked. He’s won so many of his races closing from so far behind and that style will make you nervous here at Gulfstream. I was glad that Johnny rode him the way he did. He’s got a lot of try and even when he doesn’t win, it’s not because he didn’t try. He’s a horse that’s a two-turn horse. He’s always going to be running best at the end of the races. We’re delighted.





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Stakes Quotes:  Lecomte Stakes & Silverbulletday Stakes


GRADE III Twinspires.com Lecomte Stakes

Corey Lanerie (jockey, Mo Tom, winner): “It was good, he broke really good and got pinched a little bit going into the first turn. We got knocked a little off stride there but he gathered himself up really good. Down the backside I was pretty confident, especially when I called on him to get in a little bit better position. On the middle of the turn I was going to try to maybe weave my way through but I had so much horse I said, ‘let me just put him in the clear.’”





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Friday, January 15 2016


GULFSTREAM TODAY: Fri 1/15


Zulu Rolls to Second Straight Victory in Friday Allowance, Fountain of Youth (G2) Possible
Early 12:05 P.M. Post Time for $1.05 Million Sunshine Millions Program
Saturday Card to Feature Rainbow 6, Super Hi-5 Carryovers

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Stonestreet Stables’ Zulu, an impressive debut winner Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park, returned to brighten a gray afternoon with his 7 ¼-length victory Friday.





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