Sunday, February 21 2016

Gulfstream Notes 2.21

Zulu ‘On Schedule’ for Stakes Debut in Fountain of Youth (G2)
Awesome Speed Sharp in Final Breeze for Fountain of Youth (G2)
Divisidero Confirmed for Saturday’s Grade 3 Canadian Turf

- Undefeated Zulu breezed four furlongs at Palm Beach Downs Sunday in 48.21 seconds in preparation for his scheduled stakes debut in Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

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Florent Geroux (jockey, Chocolate Ride, winner): "You never know how these races are going to unfold, but we had the best horse. He can run on the lead or take off it. He's a very tough horse, especially on this turf course. He's very hard to catch. Brad and his team have done a great job with him keeping him healthy and happy.”
Brad Cox (trainer, Chocolate Ride, winner): “It's been a big day and it's all about the help. They do a tremendous job and winning today is a reflection of their hard work. He loves this turf course. It worked out today and he's really doing well. The Muniz next is the obvious spot.”

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Florent Geroux (jockey, Gun Runner, winner): “He's a very nice horse. I've really liked him since the first time I was on his back a few weeks ago working in the morning. He's super athletic. I was very confident. I wanted to make sure I saved some ground. Earlier I got beat (with Stageplay) and was stuck going wide the whole way. It looked like the track was playing a little bit more inside-favoring. I kept him down there until I asked him to go and he ran a great race.”

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Corey Lanerie (jockey, Venus Valentine, winner): “They told me she was a longshot today but she was doing really good and to just let her run her race.”

Tom Amoss (trainer, Venus Valentine, winner): “She’s been a bit of a guessing game. She won her first start for us and we knew she had great raw talent. She was tying up and cramping up a lot muscle-wise. We solved this problem…we felt she had a real chance based on how she was coming into the race.”

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Clipthecouponannie holds off Frosty Margarita in Franklin Square

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie kept her undefeated record intact as she gamely held off Frosty Margarita to pass the first serious test of her young career with flying colors, taking the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies from gate to wire on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Clipthecouponannie leapt to the front of the four-horse field, edging away from Wonderment to cover the opening quarter-mile in 22.94 seconds and the half in 46 flat. Multiple stakes winner Frosty Margarita, ridden by Jose Ortiz, mounted her challenge at the top of the stretch after the frontrunner led five-eighths in 58.15.

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Friday, February 19 2016

Gulfstream News & Notes:  Fri 2/19

Undefeated Mohaymen Puts in Final Breeze Friday for Fountain of Youth (G2)
Gulfstream Offering Guaranteed Pick 4, Pick 5 Pools Saturday

– Shadwell Stable’s undefeated multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen had his final breeze Friday morning for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

Considered the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, the gray or roan son of Tapit worked an easy half-mile in 49.60 seconds over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

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Frosty Margarita, Clipthecouponannie square off in Franklin Square

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie is set to make her stakes debut on Saturday, taking on the venerable Frosty Margarita in the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Clipthecouponannie, slightly favored at 7-5 in the six-horse field, enters the Franklin Square undefeated in her two lone contests against state-bred fillies over the Aqueduct inner track. On December 20, the bay daughter of Uncle Mo settled close to a sharp early pace before drawing off to break her maiden by a geared-down 4 ¾ lengths.

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Thursday, February 18 2016

Undefeated Mohaymen, Nyquist Top Fountain of Youth (G2) Nominations

Total of 228 Horses Nominated to Eight-Stakes Program Feb. 27

– Nyquist, the undefeated champion 2-year-old male of 2015, and similarly unbeaten multiple graded stakes winner Mohaymen top a total of 34 horses nominated to the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

The 70th running of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth is one of eight stakes, six of them graded, that help comprise next Saturday’s program. Also on tap are the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale (G2), $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) and $150,000 Herecomesthebride (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf, $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3), $100,000 Sand Springs and $75,000 Texas Glitter.

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Nyquist Among Eligibles for $1 Million Bonus in Florida Derby

Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale Graduates Have Shot a Lucrative Incentive

– The 65th running of the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 2 will offer a $1 million incentive above and beyond the $1 million purse up for grabs in the major prep for the Triple Crown.

Horses that went through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of selected 2-year-olds in training at Gulfstream last March are eligible to earn a $1 million bonus by winning this year’s Florida Derby. The bonus was announced before the prestigious sale that was held at Gulfstream March 4.

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Barn Notes:  Monday, February 15

• Gun Runner Ready for Risen Star
• Risen Star Loses Laoban
• Bistraya Puts in Final Risen Star Work
• Forevamo Steps Up, Departing Moves Back to Turf for Stall
• Forever Darling Invades for Rachel Alexandra
• Stakes Work Tab (Sat-Mon)


Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner completed his final serious work before Saturday’s Grade II $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes on Monday morning, negotiating a half-mile in 50.40 under exercise rider Carlos Rosas. The Steve Asmussen trainee figures to be one of the favorites in the 1 1/16-miles event on the merits of his game fourth-place finish last out in the Grade II $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28 and a sharp allowance victory at Keeneland in October – both at the Risen Star trip.

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Sunday, February 14 2016

Penwith Breaks Through in $200,000 Royal Delta (G2)

First Graded Stakes Win Spoils Dirt Debut of Favored Sandiva

– Godolphin Racing’s Penwith continued to reward her connections for their patience by turning away even-money favorite Sandiva and earn her first graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

It was the second straight win for the 5-year-old Bernardini mare since returning from nearly a year between races to capture a one-mile optional claiming allowance Jan. 21 at Gulfstream for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

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Winning owner Robert E. Masterson: “These are once-in-a-lifetime horses. I’ve had a lot of graded horses, but this one, she’s a champion and she is just special. We know her so well – when they let her go out in (50.17 for the half-mile), it was like, you’re not going to catch her down the lane. She is just too fast.”

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