Thursday, March 10 2016
OLDSMAR-BASED TRAINERS PREPARED FOR SATURDAY’S CHALLENGE
OLDSMAR, FL. – As a former assistant to trainer Mike Maker, 35-year-old Jordan Blair got to admire many of the Kitten’s Joy offspring Maker trained for top owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.
Last spring, Blair purchased a Kentucky-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy-Prime Silver, by Silver Hawk, for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-Year-Old Sale. “Not many of Kitten’s Joy’s babies are that pretty, but they all run hard, and if you get a nice one it can turn out to be something special,” Blair said.
NO HICCUPS FOR BRODY’S CAUSE AS 2016 DEBUT NEARS
FACES NINE RIVALS
– Shortly after last fall’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland, trainer Dale Romans laid out a road map to get his talented 3-year-old, Brody’s Cause, into the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
The colt’s first major step toward Thoroughbred immortality takes place Saturday in the 36th edition of the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. Brody’s Cause is the presumptive favorite in a 10-horse field for the mile-and-a-sixteenth main-track contest, which offers 50-20-10-5 points to the first four finishers as part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series of 3-year-old prep races.
Wednesday, March 09 2016
National Museum of Racing announces 2016 Hall of Fame finalists
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.
— Four jockeys, four Thoroughbreds and two trainers comprise the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2016 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are: jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta; and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Wed 3/9
Undefeated Nyquist Slated for March 28 Arrival for Florida Derby Clash
Wavell Avenue, You Bought Her Top G2 Inside Information Nominations
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed Wednesday that Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash of undefeated 3-year-old colts with Mohaymen in the $1 million Florida Derby (G2) April 2.
“Our plan right now is to ship on the 28th. We’re scheduled to breeze tomorrow and every week until we go there,” O’Neill said. “When he gets there he’ll just go to the track. He won’t work.”
Saturday, March 05 2016
Grand Tito Pulls Off Upset in $200,000 Mac Diarmida
Holds Off Late-Running Kaigun to Capture Turf Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Racing near the lead from the outset, Groupo 7C Racing Stable’s Grand Tito took command approaching the stretch and held off late-running Kaigun to win the $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 21st running of the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida was the last of three graded stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program, following the $150,000 The Very One (G3) and the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2).
Blofeld Edges Stablemate Stanford in Gulfstream Park Handicap
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Blofeld made a late surge along the rail to edge stablemate Stanford by a head to capture Saturday’s $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), finally living up to the promise the 4-year-old son of Malibu Moon showed as a juvenile.
Owned by Glencrest Farm LLC and JSM Equine LLC, Blofeld returned $21.40 to lead a four-horse Todd Pletcher-trained contingent that yielded a 1-2-4-5 placing in the seven-horse field for the 72nd running of the mile handicap. Pletcher was also represented by Anchor Down, who finished third and was placed fourth for interfering with favored Valid, and fifth-place finisher Itsaknockout.
Olorda Goes the Distance to Capture $150,000 The Very One
Sets Track Record as Trainer Brown Sweeps Top Three Spots in Turf Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – In a change of tactics from her three previous starts in North America, Martin Schwartz’s Olorda went straight to the lead and never gave it up, holding off stablemates Dacita and Guapaza to win the $150,000 The Very One (G3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 27th running of the 1 3/16-mile The Very One was the first of three graded stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program, followed by the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) and $200,000 Mac Diarmida.
Shagaf punches Derby ticket in Gotham; Mei Ling steals Heavenly Prize
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's highly regarded homebred Shagaf lived up to his lofty expectations to take the 64th running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning 50 points to virtually lock down a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.
Breaking from the inside post on a track that had favored inside speed through much of the day, Laoban hustled to the front of the seven-horse field, setting fractions of 23.33 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.16 for the half. Shagaf, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., was joined in the middle of the pack by Rally Cry and Sunny Ridge as the trio filed in behind the leader, who swept through.
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Friday, March 04 2016
Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Thu 3/3
Florida Derby for Fellowship; Tampa Bay Derby for Awesome Banner
Grande Shores Set for Challenge in G2 Gulfstream Park Handicap
Consistent Kaigun Seeks to End Drought in G2 Mac Diarmida
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Trainer Stanley Gold has firmed up next-out plans for Jacks or Better Farm’s duo of Fellowship and Awesome Banner, who finished third and fifth, respectively, in last Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
Fellowship is scheduled to return in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream April 2, while Awesome Banner is slated to run back in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Aqueduct Racetrack Notes 3/3
• G3 Gotham contender Sunny Ridge 'particularly rewarding' for Drazin
• Gyarmati 'excited' about Gotham contender Adventist
• Aqueduct earns NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance reaccreditation
• Aqueduct giveaway for Gotham Day
OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- Sunny Ridge's owner-breeder Dennis Drazin may not be trying to shore up a berth in the Kentucky Derby when his homebred sophomore enters the starting gate in Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, but it's not because of a lack of faith in the son of Holy Bull, preferring instead to look a little further down the line.
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Sunday, February 28 2016
Gulfstream: $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) Quotes
Assistant Trainer Norman Casse (Catch a Glimpse):
“I think she was going so fast around the turn she kind of bore out a little. She’s still learning and not 100 percent professional. But she’s obviously very talented and she’ll get even better as she goes on. It was good (return) and we’re excited to have her back, and we look to moving forward from here.”
Jockey Florent Geroux (Catch a Glimpse):
"I was loaded [going into the far turn]. Going into the elbow she pointed her ears and lost focus just a little bit, then she just galloped home easy."
Gulfstream:$200,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes
Trainer John Servis (Cathryn Sophia): “Today, I think was probably, to me, her most impressive race. She trained well going into the race. It was only her fourth start. I think there’s a lot more there. She’s showed me a little more every time. Today, she was push-button.
“I told Javier (Castellano), ‘If she breaks running don’t fight her, because they’re going to have to run along pretty quick to run with her.” He took a little hold and she settled really nice. When he called on her, she was there. At the head of the lane, I was worried about the ‘4’ (Lewis Bay). He [Irad Ortiz Jr.] was strangling the ‘4,’ but she just ran away from them.