Tuesday, March 31 2015


Keeneland Barn Notes for March 30


• FLORIDA STAKES WINNERS NIGHT PROWLER AND EH CUMPARI TOP OPENING-DAY TRANSYLVANIA PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT
• LASSOFTHEMOHICANS KEENELAND-BOUND FOR CENTRAL BANK ASHLAND
• WORK TAB
• PROBABLE FIELDS FOR OPENING WEEKEND





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Sunday, March 29 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Saturday, March 28


Gold Medal Dancer Works toward Apple Blossom Start

On the brink of retirement a month ago, Gold Medal Dancer is in the best form of her career as she nears the biggest race of her career. In her first workout since a breakthrough victory, she traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59.20 Saturday at Oaklawn in preparation for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 10. It was easily the fastest of 17 works recorded at the distance. Clockers caught Gold Medal Dancer’s final quarter-mile in :23.40 and galloping out six furlongs in a dazzling 1:12.20.





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Saturday, March 28 2015


Louisiana Derby Week Notes: Friday, March 27


Coalport Continues to Impress
• Swift Jugni Stretches Out in Fair Grounds Oaks
• Good Deed Ready to Take on the Boys
• Bluff to Aim toward Keeneland Allowance
• Mizz Money to Appalachian





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Friday, March 27 2015


Gulfstream Florida Derby


Castellano To Ride All 14 Races Florida Derby Day


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – For a guy who wasn’t even supposed to be in South Florida on Saturday, jockey Javier Castellano is going to have a busy day.

The two-time defending Eclipse Award winner will ride all 14 races on Saturday’s spectacular program at Gulfstream Park, including Ami’s Flatter in the 64th running of the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1).





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Oaklawn Park Barn Notes - Friday, March 27


Promise Me Silver Looks to End Meet in Instant Racing

Unbeaten Promise Me Silver is scheduled to return to Oaklawn for the $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes for 3-year-old fillies April 11, trainer Bret Calhoun said Friday morning. Calhoun said he hopes to use the six-furlong Instant Racing as a prep for the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) May 1 at Churchill Downs.





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Thursday, March 26 2015


Louisiana Derby Week Notes: Thursday, March 26


• Slumber Looms Large in Muniz
• Stanford, Divine Oath and Red Rifle Ship Well for Pletcher
• Lovely Maria Likely for Ashland
• Grade I-winning Turf Mare La Tia Retired





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Florida Derby Notes 3.26


Materiality Following Familiar Path to Florida Derby
Florida Derby Performance to Decide Ami’s Flatter’s Stakes Future
Romans Fillies Facing Off in Gulfstream Park Oaks
$500,000 Late Pick,$300,000 Pick 5 Florida Derby Day

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Last March, trainer Todd Pletcher showed up in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) with a bay colt that was light on experience but heavy on talent. Constitution emerged from a protracted stretch battle with a neck victory in Gulfstream Park’s signature race.





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Wednesday, March 25 2015


Gulfstream Florida Derby


Upstart, Itsaknockout Clash Again in $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby

Grade 1 Triple Crown Prep Highlights Saturday’s 14-Race Program with Nine Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Ralph M. Evans’ Upstart figures to be very popular at the betting windows at Gulfstream Park Saturday when the 3-year-old son of Flatter is scheduled to make his final Triple Crown prep in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1).





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Louisiana Derby Week 2015 Notes: Worktab Report


LOUISIANA DERBY

A DAY IN PARADISE – Monday, five furlongs in 1:00 flat (4/16) – Larry Jones –“He worked really well. He’s coming in as well you can hope for, like all of my horses on Saturday. We know we’re being ambitious with him, but when you run for that kind of money there are going to be some good horses in there. If we use War Story as our common denominator – as effective as he’s been in the last two – he only beat us a couple lengths and (A Day in Paradise) was coming off a long layoff at that time and just got a little tired. We’re optimistically hoping with him, even though we know his numbers may not match up. If there’s ever a time to try him it’s now and the distance should suit him and not be a problem at all because he just never gets tired.”






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Louisiana Derby Post Position Quotes


POST 1 – STANFORD (Florent Geroux, 5-1)
Todd Pletcher (trainer) – “(I’m) happy with the post. He will likely be forwardly placed.”

POST 2 – MR. Z (Kent Desormeaux, 4-1)
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer) – “I don’t think it makes too much of a difference. There’s a good run to the first turn and nine horses. It’s fine; a good post and he has good natural speed.”





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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 25


Sprint Champion Work All Week Gets Back to Work

Reigning male sprint champion Work All Week had his first published workout since winning last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint Wednesday morning at Oaklawn. Breezing over a fast-rated surface, and after the renovation break, Work All Week covered a half-mile in :48.20.





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Friday, March 20 2015


My Point Exactly Set for Return in Florida Derby


Kaplan Trainee Slated for Start in Gulfstream's Signature Race off Long Layoff
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- My Point Exactly is scheduled to run in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28 off an impressive stakes debut victory last time out. The 3-year-old gelding is also set to start in Gulfstream Park's signature race off a layoff of almost seven months.





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