Monday, February 10 2014
N.Y.’s Rick Arbiter and Arthur Nigro earn WHHC berths
COLUMBUS, OH (Feb. 10, 2014) – Rick Arbiter of Kingston, N.Y. and Arthur Nigro from Tuckahoe, N.Y. won the weekend’s two USTA World Harness Handicapping Championship Free, Online Qualifiers to earn berths ($8,000 value) to the $60,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Sunday, February 09 2014
Lochte Pulls Shocker in $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1)
Trainer Marcus Vitali, jockey Orlando Bocachica capture first career Grade 1 win
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It took Lochte seven tries to break his maiden, debuting last April and graduating in mid-December. Three races later, he was a Grade 1 winner.
Longest shot in the field of eight at 39-1, the 4-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro saved ground inside before shooting through an opening in the stretch and sprinting clear to a 2 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s 29th renewal of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).
$300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf (G1) Quotes
Trainer Marcus Vitali (Lochte):“It’s like they say in football after you win the Super Bowl, ‘I want to go to Disneyland.’ I talked it over with the owner and we were taking our chance here. His numbers were going up and up. Myself and my staff, we all felt really comfortable with the horse’s progress. The breeding shows he can get the job done. I didn’t see any reason why he couldn’t accomplish great things. I didn’t go into this expecting to come out on top but I surely hoped I would. Everything unfolded the right way, and here we are.”
Saturday, February 08 2014
CANDY BOY CHARGES HOME IN STYLE TO WIN GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS
NEXT STOP--THE GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY APRIL 5
‘HE’S A SUPER, MAJORLY TALENTED RACEHORSE,’ SAYS STEVENS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2014)—With a second place finish in the Grade I CashCall Futurity fresh on his mind, jockey Gary Stevens bided his time aboard Candy Boy in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the result was a rousing half length win, as the John Sadler trainee won in-hand going 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.83.
Falling Sky Takes Flight in $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint
George Weaver-Trained Colt Sets Record for 7-Furlong Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Falling Sky set the pace in a recent mile allowance race at Gulfstream before tiring and giving way late to Revolutionary, a prominent contender for Sunday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1). To trainer George Weaver, the next step to take with the 4-year-old speedster was quite simple.
Friday, February 07 2014
Gulfstream Today 2.7.14
Triple Charm on the Turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- British import Triple Charm, making just her second start in the last 14 months, accelerated smartly in the stretch to annex today's featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park, a $54,500 optional claiming event over a mile on grass. A winner of four times in 14 outings in her native country, the daughter of Pivotal missed 2013 entirely, and was saddled by trainer Christophe Clement for the first time on January 15 in a one-mile turf test at Gulfstream. The 6-year-old got off to a slow start that day and proved hard to settle for jockey Joe Bravo en route to a sixth-place finish.
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (Friday February 7
• SMITH, GAME ON DUDE START NEW YEAR IN SAN ANTONIO
• ‘GREEN’ MIDNIGHT HAWK FAVORED TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
• VENERABLE JERANIMO ENJOYS HIS DAYS AT THE TRACK
SMITH HAPPY TO BE BACK ON GAME ON DUDE
Horse of the Year seemed Game On Dude’s for the taking had he won or even fired his best shot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Instead, the durable gelding turned in an uncharacteristic dud, his second straight in the big race.
2014 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE
KENTUCKY DERBY, OAKS, STEPHEN FOSTER TOP RECORD SIX GRADE I EVENTS ON 2014 CHURCHILL DOWNS SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE
24 Stakes Offer Purses of $7,675 Million, Up 2.7% from 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014) – The 140th runnings of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks and the 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap are the highlights of a record six Grade I events that headline Churchill Downs Racetrack’s schedule of 24 stakes races cumulatively worth $7.675 million during its April 26-June 29 Spring Meet.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 2/7
Trying to Spoil Groupie Doll's Party
Caroline Thomas Ready for Suwannee River
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Much of the attention, and deservedly so, will be on two-time Eclipse Award champion Groupie Doll when she makes her final start in Sunday’s $200,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
WISHING WELL STAKES
PURIM’S DANCER BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES FOR FILLIES & MARES DOWN HILLSIDE TURF
PROCTOR TRAINEE HEADS FIELD IN RACE NAMED FOR DAM OF LEGENDARY SUNDAY SILENCE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2014)—A close third in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes Jan. 5, trainer Tom Proctor’s Purim’s Dancer will be back to defend her title in Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course.
Thursday, February 06 2014
Top drivers ready to open Miami Valley Raceway
Miami Valley Raceway opens Friday night in southwest Ohio and there will be no shortage of talent on the racetrack during the opening weekend.
Among the drivers expected to compete are the three most recent national dash champions: Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Dave Palone and Dan Noble. Wrenn led North America in wins in 2013 with 714 while Palone led in 2012 with 675 and Noble was tops in 2011 with 773.
Wednesday, February 05 2014
Singanothersong Looms Dangerous in Saturday’s Gulfstream Park Sprint
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ron Pellegrini entered Singanothersong in Saturday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) hoping he’ll see more of what powered the son of Songandaprayer to victory in his last two races at Gulfstream.