Saturday, May 06 2017


Kentucky Oaks Trainer Quotes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017):

Bob Baffert, trainer of Abel Tasman (1st) -- “It’s just exciting to win the Kentucky Oaks. We’d like to have a horse in the Derby but I’m so happy for the China Horse Club. They trusted me with the filly. And ‘Big Money’ Mike (Smith), what can you say? Incredible ride. We knew she was doing really well coming into this race. We got a nice, hot pace and it worked out. They were going pretty fast but I have a lot of respect for Paradise Woods and she was getting a lot of pressure. About the three-eighths pole he started moving and I thought we might have a shot. She’s a beautiful filly to train. She shipped beautifully and we knew we had a chance.”





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Abel Tasman Rallies to win 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 5, 2017) – China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms’ Abel Tasman rallied from far back and then held off a late bid from Daddys Lil Darling by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,100 on a cold and rainy Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Abel Tasman covered the 1 1/8 miles on a sloppy track in 1:51.62.

It was the third victory in the Oaks for Baffert, who previously won with Silverbulletday in 1999 and Plum Pretty in 2011. For Smith, it was second victory in the Oaks to go with Princess of Sylmar in 2013.





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Abel Tasman Wins the 143rd Longines Kentucky Oaks


105,100 Brave Coldest Oaks Day Since 1940
Just Shy of Setting the All-Time All-Sources Wagering Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2017) – Fans braved an all-day rain and the coldest Oaks Day since 1940 as Abel Tasman captured the 143rd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack. The dreary weather, which kept thousands of fans at home, still resulted in attendance of 105,100. The highest all-time attendance record for the Kentucky Oaks of 124,589 was set just last year under perfect weather.

Wagering from all-sources on the full Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $48.9 million was down only slightly to 2016’s record-setting total of $49.0 million and represents the second highest all-sources wagering on Oaks Day. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $14.9 million was also down slightly compared to 2016’s $15.0 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks Day race card of $9.3 million was down 22% compared to 2016. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race of $2.4 million was down 21% compared to 2016’s $3.0 million.





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Wednesday, May 03 2017


Kentucky Derby Update with Post Position Draw Quotes 5/3


CLASSIC EMPIRE MORNING-LINE DERBY FAVORITE;
GIRVIN MAKES INITIAL CHURCHILL DOWNS APPEARANCE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)
– John Oxley’s Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for Kentucky Derby 143 when post positions were drawn Wednesday morning in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.

Prior to the draw during morning training, Louisiana Derby (Grade II) winner Girvin galloped a mile at 6:30 in his first activity at Churchill Downs since arriving at the track Tuesday afternoon.





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Tuesday, May 02 2017


Kentucky Derby Update: Tuesday, May 2, 2017


THUNDER SNOW MAKES FIRST VISIT TO CHURCHILL DOWNS MAIN TRACK;
PARADISE WOODS 5-2 MORNING-LINE FAVORITE FOR KENTUCKY OAKS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017)
– Godolphin Racing’s Thunder Snow (IRE) exited quarantine Tuesday morning and made his first visit to the main track at Churchill Downs. Going out during the special training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses at 8:30, Thunder Snow jogged a mile and cantered a mile.

Also making their initial appearances on the track were Monday arrivals Irish War Cry, Gormley and Royal Mo for the Derby and Oaks hopefuls Mopotism and Paradise Woods.





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Monday, May 01 2017


Kentucky Derby Update: Monday, May 1, 2017


ASMUSSEN TRIO, SONNETEER WORK TOWARD DERBY 143;
GORMLEY, ROYAL MO ARRIVE FROM CALIFORNIA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 1, 2017)
– Trainer Steve Asmussen’s three Kentucky Derby hopefuls turned in half-mile works Monday morning at Churchill Downs as did Sonneteer for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

The first Asmussen runner to work was Untrapped, who covered the four furlongs in :50.40. Next up for the Hall of Fame trainer was Lookin At Lee, who worked in :50.20. Both of those works were over a track labeled as “sloppy” following overnight rain.





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Royal Squeeze Returns a Winner in Jeblar


Carryovers Wednesday in Rainbow 6, Super Hi 5

HALLANDALE BEACH – Newtown Anner Stud’s Royal Squeeze, making his first start since September and first for trainer Ralph Nicks, drove down the stretch under jockey Tyler Gaffalione to win Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar at Gulfstream Park.

A 5-year-old son of Wildcat Heir who finished second in the 2014 In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes, Wildcat Heir covered the Jeblar’s seven furlongs in 1:22.10.





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Thursday, April 20 2017


Classic Rock Ready to Roll in Friday’s Roar Stakes


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fully recovered from a virus that prevented him from running in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Feb. 12, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Classic Rock is ready to roll in Friday’s $75,000 Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old son of Maclean’s Music, who shipped to Santa Anita after winning back-to-back starts during the Championship Meet at Gulfstream, was expected to vie for favoritism in the seven-furlong San Vicente before coming down with a virus a week before the race.





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Friday, April 14 2017


Gulfstream Sets Record Championship Meet Handle of $867 Million


Highlights Include Arrogate Winning Inaugural Pegasus World Cup (G1)
Always Dreaming Wins 66th Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1)
Sano Saddles Gunnevera to Win Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth
Claiming Crown Handles Record $11.115 Million
Eclipse Awards Return, California Chrome Crowned Horse of the Year
ACM Song of the Year Winner Thomas Rhett Performs at Pegasus
Pegasus Guests Include Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Aaron Paul and More

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It was a winter to remember at Gulfstream Park.

Bringing together the top horses and horsemen for a winter program of world-class racing highlighted by the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby, Gulfstream’s total handle for the 87-day meet was a record $867 million.





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Monday, April 10 2017


There Was No Stopping Wait in Sunday’s Feature


Son of Champion Wait a While Sprints 6F in 1:08.76
Rainbow 6 Hit for $90,631 Jackpot Payoff

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – There was no stopping Wait in Sunday’s featured optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

Arindel Farm’s homebred colt drew off to score by three lengths while completing six furlongs in a swift 1:08.76, not far off champion Big Drama’s 2011 track record of 1:08.12. The son of Distorted Humor, who was ridden by Edgard Zayas, is out of Wait a While, the 2006 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly champion.





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Saturday, April 08 2017


Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Grows to $35,337


Jaramillo, Panici Each Ride Three Winners

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the third consecutive program Saturday at Gulfstream Park, leaving a $35,337.60 carryover jackpot for Sunday’s 10-race program.

Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $13,103.30.





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Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets (G2) Quotes


Graham Motion, winning trainer of Irish War Cry (No. 7): "I think it's so good that Rajiv [Maragh] came to the barn and has been on him the last few mornings to see how he is. He's not a difficult horse. He's not a rank horse; he's a very classy horse. We both thought it was a good idea for Rajiv to get on him in the mornings. I thought he won pretty comfortably and it doesn't seem like distance [1 ¼ miles] of the Derby will be an issue.





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