Wednesday, March 13 2013
Gulfstream Park News & Notes
Rosario Has Return Mount on Animal Kingdom in Dubai
Namaskara on ‘Course’ for Honey Fox Start
Fort Larned May Go Back to Track by Weekend
Tuesday, March 12 2013
NINE INDUCTEES NAMED TO CALDER HALL OF FAME
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (March 12, 2013) – Eclipse Award-winning sprinter and three-time Florida Stallion Stakes winner Big Drama, south Florida riding stalwart Eduardo Nunez, and top-five all-time Calder trainer Dan Hurtak were among the nine new members to the Calder Hall of Fame announced at the FTBOA Awards Gala in Ocala on March 11.
LAS FLORES STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, RUMOR, WINNER: (In response to how he felt she came to this race, if he thought she was going to step forward here.)
“Well, it didn’t look that way. Last time I rode her she was just quiet, really, really quiet. Quiet in the gate, didn’t get into the race, just stayed quiet. Today, I said I really want to warm her up, at least, at some point, get her into the race and see what would happen. When I did, she just locked on, and once she did that I knew she was going to run, it was just a matter of being good enough. You know, I’m not too sure Teddy Promise ran her race today, but when I saw that she wasn’t really ‘kickin’ on I thought I had a shot to win it. Once I got her clear she went on about her business. She went to the front a little sooner than you would want, but like I said, you never know with ‘Teddy;’ she might fire a big one on us. You got to get her when you can, and that’s what we did. She kind of loafed a little at the end and she won well within herself.”
Dominguez Makes First Visit to Aqueduct Following Accident
Could Start Exercising Horses Following March 25 Doctor’s Appointment
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Ramon Dominguez visited Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday for the first time since being injured in a spill at the track on January 18.
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Saez, Lezcano Recovering After Spill
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockeys Luis Saez and Jose Lezcano were both recovering Sunday from a spill that occurred during the running of the fifth race Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Saez, the third leading rider at Gulfstream with 68 victories, was recovering at Memorial Regional Hospital with a "very small hairline fracture of the hip, pelvis area," according to agent Richard DePass. Saez was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday or Monday.
HERNANDEZ: ‘ONLY MY PRIDE BRUISED’
• Believe You Can Being Prepared for Championship Run
• Delaunay in Fine Fettle Following Saturday’s Duncan Kenner
Sunday, March 10 2013
BELIEVE YOU CAN UNBELIEVABLE IN N.O. LADIES
• Delaunay Does It Again in Saturday’s $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 9, 2013) – Brereton Jones’s Believe You Can, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace and increased the margin while galloping out in the late stages to a 5 3/4-length win in Saturday’s fourth running of the listed $150,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, HEAR THE GHOST, WINNER: (Jerry Hollendorfer said he wasn’t surprised by the fast pace, how about you?)
“Not at all. I felt that they were going to go fast. So I thought, ‘let’s get away good and make someone commit to going to the pace we need for him’. He’s a tremendous horse. Jerry said, ‘I’m going to find you a good one’ and I’ve been working some horses for him in the morning, asking for some help. I want to stay home, with my family, and stay on the West Coast. I’d like to get on the Derby trail with a horse, and this is it. He’s given me a chance to win (another) Santa Anita Derby with this colt, and the horse has done everything Jerry has asked him to do so far, so hopefully, he’ll be on that road.”
CHINA DOLL STAKES QUOTES
EDWIN MALDONADO, BIRDLOVER, WINNER: "Doug (O’Neill) told me to go to the lead and if somebody wants to go out there like a rabbit let them have the lead. Nobody fought me. It was a perfect race."
Fred “Cappy” Capossela Quotes
Art Magnuson, assistant to Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Maleeh (No. 1): “I was a little worried about the rail [post], watching the races all day today. He stepped it up. It was a tough race, and you don’t know until you try. We were in a very good spot. I was only worried about how much horse [Eddie Castro] had under him, but I liked where we were.”
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GULFSTREAM TODAY 3.9.13
Lead: Lucky Shamrock Stable’s Declan’s Warrior and Stipa Racing Stable’s Narvaez hooked up in mid-stretch of Saturday’s 7 ½ furlongs allowance test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park and went nose-to-nose to the wire.
$300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) Quotes
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Discreet Dancer, by phone from Tampa Bay Downs): “We were pleased with his first back. We thought it was a good performance and we thought he’d move forward for this race. Obviously, we benefited from the bad luck for the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, but we’re happy to win and we felt he was going to give us a good effort today.
(Next start) “I honestly don’t know. It’s doubtful we’ll be able to run him back at Gulfstream so we’ll just take our time and figure it out.”