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).

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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.

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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.

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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

– 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.

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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

- 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."

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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.

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Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Quotes

Trainer Jorge Navarro (X Y Jet): “Coming into the paddock, he wasn’t the same horse as last time out. He was ready. I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re in trouble.’ My biggest concern with X Y Jet has always been the gate. I don’t know what happens back there, if he’s not paying attention to what goes on, but I always tell Jaramillo, ‘Please make sure of a clean break, that they’re holding his head up so he’s not looking down.’ We went through that last year, and he was a nightmare. I know what kind of a horse he is. Last year we thought he was a nice horse.”

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Saturday, February 27 2016

Gulfstream Today 2.26.16

Rainbow 6 Carryover at $1.89 Million for Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Card
Undefeated Mohaymen Tops Field for Key Florida Derby Prep
Guaranteed Pools for Saturday’s Late Pick 4, Late Pick 5

– Saturday’s 13-race program at Gulfstream Park will feature eight-stakes, including the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), as well as a life-changing $1,890,317.68 Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot.

The 70th running of the Fountain of Youth, a key prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1; April 2) and the Triple Crown carded as Race 12, is included in Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence (Races 8-13).

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Thursday, February 25 2016

Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 2.25.16

Breeder Will be Rooting for Cathryn Sophia in Davona Dale
Awesome Speed Looking to Continue Streak in Fountain of Youth
Back on Dirt, Ready for Rye Tackles X Y Jet in Gulfstream Park Sprint
Horse Racing Radio Network Exclusive Radio Partner

- A filly bred by prominent Maryland breeder Robert Manfuso was sold for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Fall Yearling Sale at Timonium.

The Maryland-bred daughter of Street Boss, out of the unraced mare Sheave, would be become known as Cathryn Sophia and go on to become an undefeated multiple-stakes winner after only three starts.

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Katniss the Victor headlines Busher

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make the third start of her career, Katniss the Victor will look to begin her journey towards a starting position in the Kentucky Oaks for owners Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Michael Imperio, headlining the 37th running of the $125,000 Busher for 3-years-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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