Wednesday, March 29 2017


Sano Living a Dream with Gunnevera in Xpressbet.com Florida Derby


Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Tabbed 9-5 Morning-Line Favorite
Field of 11 Entered in Saturday’s Historic $1 Million Triple Crown Prep
G1 Florida Derby Highlights Card with 9 Stakes Worth $2.45 Million

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Antonio Sano will saddle Gunnevera for a scheduled start in Saturday’s $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park with the lifelong dream of his father fresh in his mind.

Seven years after leaving his native Venezuela, Sano will be living that dream when multiple-stakes winner Gunnevera faces 10 other 3 year-olds entered Wednesday in the 66th running of Gulfstream’s signature event that will serve as a final steppingstone to this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1).





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Sunday, March 26 2017


ARROGATE AND SMITH ON TOP OF THE WORLD


Saturday, March 25, 2017, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai: After missing the start and falling far behind, American champion Arrogate (USA) unleashed one of the most spectacular performances in the 22-year history of the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline - and perhaps in all of racing worldwide - as he powered home to a two-and-a-quarter-length victory in front of a madly cheering crowd.

“It goes to show you how great this horse is. He did that with all class. He’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life,” said an emotional trainer Bob Baffert, who gave up all hope when Arrogate broke slowly from the starting gate.

“It goes to show you how great this horse is. He did that with all class. He’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life,” declared Baffert.





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Saturday, March 25 2017


Gulfstream Today 3.25.17


Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover $1.239 Million
Six of Six Saturday Return $40,000
Pegasus World Cup (G1) Winner Arrogate Leads Gulfstream Runners in Dubai
Gaffalione Wins $500,000 Spiral


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-Rainbow 6 survived Saturday at Gulfstream Park despite the opening leg of the sequence being won by a 99-1 longshot.

Sunday’s carryover in the Rainbow 6 will be $1,239,713.38. The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 22 consecutive racing programs since it was last hit for $324,179.78 on Feb. 23.





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$100,000 Skip Away (G3) Quotes


Trainer Efren Loza Jr. (Fear the Cowboy): “We made the decision to come back to Gulfstream because the horse has run before here. He loves this track. We really liked the distance, one mile and an eighth. We decided to bring him back to Gulfstream because the owners are from Florida and I’m from Florida. This is my first graded race [victory].

“He runs every time and runs so hard. He runs one mile, one mile and a sixteenth, one mile and an eighth. He is a horse I ship to different racetracks and he always does good. He has heart.”





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Bevy of Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) Workers at Palm Meadows


Video for Practical Joke, State of Honor and Unbridled Holiday

Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up Practical Joke Breezes; “probable” for $1 million Florida Derby
State of Honor, Talk Logistics and Unbridled Holiday Confirmed Starters

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After a busy Saturday morning with workers galore at the Palm Meadows Training Center, three horses — State of Honor, Talk Logistics and Unbridled Holiday — were given the green light to run in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1. Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up Practical Joke also worked for a “probable”, start in the 1 1/8-mile prep for the Kentucky Derby.





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FAST AND ACCURATE STUNS SPIRAL STAKES AT 24-1, AIMS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY


FLORENCE, Ky. (March 25, 2017) – Bettors sent Fast and Accurate off at 24-1 in the $500,000 JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday and the colt obliged with a confident, three-quarter length win, giving owner Kendall Hansen another shot at the Run for the Roses.

A designated points race for the Kentucky Derby (G1), the 1 1/8-mile Spiral offers 50 points to the winner. Fast and Accurate is not nominated to the Triple Crown, but Hansen indicated his intention to pay the $200,000 supplement for late nomination.





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Friday, March 24 2017


Gulfstream Today 3.24.17


Guaranteed Pools Saturday in Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5, Late Pick 4
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Pool $1.5 Million
Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payout Scheduled for Sunday, April 2
Kinsley Kisses Makes Triumphant Return in Friday Feature
“El Caribe” Palma and Alfonzo Handicap Saturday’s $1.5 million Rainbow 6.


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed jackpot pool of $1.5 million Saturday at Gulfstream Park, one of three guaranteed multi-race pools on the 13-race program.

First race post time is 12:35 p.m.

The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 21 consecutive racing programs since it was last hit for $324,179.78 on Feb. 23.





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JACK CINCINNATI CASINO SPIRAL STAKES


TRAINERS LOOK WITH CONFIDENCE TO JACK CINCINNATI CASINO SPIRAL STAKES

FLORENCE, Ky. (March 24, 2017) – A strong runner-up finish in the Colts and Geldings Division of the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center in January gave George “Rusty” Arnold II confidence to enter Convict Pike in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Saturday.

A son of Broken Vow, Convict Pike was beaten just 2 1/2 lengths in the OBS Championship division by Master Plan, who will represent the United States in the United Arab Emirates Derby (Gr. 1) in Dubai the same day as the Spiral.





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Monday, March 20 2017


Gulfstream Today: Sun 3/19


Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $865,950

Watch Pegasus Hero Arrogate Compete in Dubai Next Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 18th consecutive program at Gulfstream Park Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $865,950 for Wednesday’s 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $10,323.24.





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Wednesday, March 15 2017


Oaklawn Barn Notes: Rebel Stakes Update


REBEL STAKES

AMERICAN ANTHEM

American Anthem, Hall of Famer trainer Bob Baffert’s hopeful for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes-G2 at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, will break from post 7 in the field of 11 3-year-olds when the promising but lightly-raced colt meets more experienced competition at this important juncture on the Kentucky Derby trail.

The Rebel offers 50-20-10-5 qualifying points for the Run for The Roses at Churchill Downs and Saturday’s test at 1 1/16 miles for sophomores highlights Oaklawn’s stacked 11-race card, which includes the $350,000 Azeri Stakes and the $250,000 Essex Handicap.





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Saturday, March 11 2017


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST WIN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST OVERHAULS MIDNIGHT STORM TO WIN GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER CASTELLANO; JERKENS TRAINEE GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN 2:01.57


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Shaman Ghost beat Midnight Storm by three-quarters of a length to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Shaman Ghost ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.57 and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40 as the 6-5 favorite.

Owner-breeder Frank Stronach was on hand to see his 5-year-old horse win a big race at Santa Anita, which Stronach also owns. Last November, Shaman Ghost was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic on race day at the track after falling ill.





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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP - STAKES QUOTES


SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
80TH RUNNING
GR. I, $750,000


JOCKEY QUOTES

JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.

“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”






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