Friday, February 07 2014
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.
Caroline Thomas gets started in Saturday’s $150,000 Suwannee River
Filly to make first start in four months in nine-furlong turf stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – He trained her mother to be a Grade 1 winner, and Barclay Tagg feels Caroline Thomas can be the same kind of filly. The first step in finding out comes on Saturday, when she kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in the $150,000 Suwannee River (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS
MIDNIGHT HAWK, CANDY BOY HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS,
FIELD OF SEVEN SOPHOMORES SET TO GO 1 1/16 MILES IN IMPORTANT PREP TO GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Bob Baffert’s Midnight Hawk, a recent winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes, and John Sadler’s Candy Boy, who was a sharp second in the Grade I CashCall Futurity, head a field of seven 3-year-olds set to go 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, an important prep to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby.
GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES
TWO TIME BIG ’CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE SET TO TAKE ON SPEEDY BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES
BAFFERT & HOLLENDORFER RENEW RIVALRY AT 1 1/8 MILES AS BIG ’CAP PREP ATTRACTS FIELD OF SEVEN RUNNERS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Considered one of the top older horses in the world, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude heads a field of seven in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes, to be run at 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude’s primary rival would appear to be Jerry Hollendorfer’s front-running Blueskiesnrainbows, who comes off a pair of impressive graded stakes scores.
Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Wed 2/5
Tonalist Working For Return
Ribo Bobo to Bypass Gulfstream Park Sprint
Angelica Zapata Targeting Sabin Stakes on Feb. 16
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - An impressive come-from-behind maiden winner at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18, promising 3-year-old colt Tonalist is gearing up for his return to the races.
Tuesday, February 04 2014
Will Take Charge Settles in at Gulfstream for Start in Donn Handicap
Eclipse Champion Alert and Bright After 20-hour Van Ride from Oaklawn
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Champion Will Take Charge arrived by van early Tuesday morning at Gulfstream Park, where the D. Wayne Lukas-trained 4-year-old star is slated to make his 2014 debut in Sunday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).
Groupie Doll Preps for Career Finale at Gulfstream in Hurricane Bertie
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mandy Pope reviewed the field for the Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in the fall of 2011 to get an idea where her filly, Funny Sunny, stood among the 11 other 3-year-old fillies that had been entered in the seven-furlong stakes.