HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (Wed., Mar. 17, 2010) – LRK Stable’s Bulls and Bears made a big impression winning his career debut at Belmont Park in early July last summer for trainer Rick Violette with Discreetly Mine second, but had a very rough trip finishing a close-up fifth when well-supported in the Sanford Stakes (G2) at Saratoga in his second start on July 30.

Bulls and Bears is entered to make his first start since the Sanford in Friday’s allowance feature going six furlongs with jockey Alan Garcia aboard in a field seven 3-year-olds. Bulls and Bears is a roan/gray colt by Holy Bull purchased for $135,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales and was beaten only 1 ½ lengths in the Sanford by Backtalk after a very poor start.
Another contender in Friday’s race with stakes experience in New York last year is Cam Allard’s Western Flyer with Eddie Castro to ride for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The son of More Than Ready finished second in the ‘off the turf’ Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park in early October behind Eskendereya and makes his first start since trailing in last of four in the Bold Lad Stakes there on Oct. 25.

Completing the field are Thomas Carey’s Nathan’s H Q, Clyde W. Martin; Florence Patitucci’s Belissima Luna, Jeremy Rose; Robert LaPenta’s V Sat, Elvis Trujillo; Joseph Arriola’s Havanadaydream, Edgar Prado; and James Dodge’s Black Diamond, Carlos Montalvo.

Garcia Approaching Career Milestone at Gulfstream

Jockey Alan Garcia, 24, is two wins away from posting the 1,000th victory of his career at 998 and is named on four mounts Wednesday afternoon at Gulfstream Park where he currently ranks in a tie for eighth in the standings with 21 victories as Javier Castellano leads with 44.

A native of Peru, Garcia is best known for riding Da’Tara to the big upset victory in the 2008 Belmont Stakes (G1) as Big Brown’s undefeated record and Triple Crown sweep bid was left up the stretch and guiding Regal Ransom to capture the UAE Derby in Dubai last year.

Hrtv On-Site For Complete Coverage Of Florida Derby

HRTV (R) will offer comprehensive, on-site coverage of Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby, one of the sport's key Kentucky Derby preps, on Saturday, March 20.

A talented quartet of HRTV's announcing stable -- Laffit Pincay III, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Jeff Siegel, and Scott Hazelton -- will travel to South Florida to offer racing fans the latest in up-to-date information surrounding the track's signature race, as well as providing keen insights and analysis throughout the outstanding card. Gulfstream's duo of Caton Bredar and Alyssa Ali, will also contribute to the telecast.

With the Florida Derby post time slated for 6:20 p.m. ET, HRTV will devote an entire half-hour (6-6:30 p.m.) to in-depth coverage -- analysis, post parade, and more -- of the 1 1/8 mile test. The Florida Derby will be the 11th race on the 12-race card, with first post at 1:15 p.m. ET.

"The Florida Derby has an outstanding tradition of producing winners of Triple Crown races," said Amy J. Zimmerman, HRTV's executive producer. "With Caton and Alyssa we've been able to provide HRTV viewers great coverage throughout Gulfstream's meet. It is a privilege to augment their coverage with our key announcers for this terrific day of racing."

The signature racing day of the Gulfstream winter meeting, the Florida Derby undercard features two additional Grade 2 events -- the $150,000 Swale and the $200,000 Bonnie Miss -- as well as a pair of Grade 3 contests -- the $100,000 Appleton and the $150,000 Rampant.

The network's foursome will remain in Hallandale the following day, hosting HRTV's twice-weekly "Pursuit of the Crown" Sunday offering (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from one of the sport's most impressive venues. "Pursuit of the Crown," which chronicles all the Triple Crown happenings throughout the winter racing season, is produced by HRTV's senior producer, Michael Canale.

Horse Racing Radio Network to Provide Coverage of Florida Derby

The Horse Racing Radio Network will return to Gulfstream Park this Saturday with exclusive radio coverage of the Florida Derby. HRRN’s two hour broadcast can be heard from 4:30-6:30 ET, and will also include a pair of Grade 2 stakes on the Florida Derby undercard, the Swale and Bonnie Miss.

Mike Penna, Jude Feld and Rolly Hoyt will anchor the HRRN coverage with interviews, analysis, and the live call of each race from track announcer Larry Collmus.

Fans can tune-in on various HRRN affiliates, and listen worldwide with free live streaming provided on the HRRN website, http://www.horseracingradio.net.

HRRN will also provide a special section on their site, “Race Central,” featuring interview clips with Florida Derby trainers and jockeys, along with selections from the HRRN broadcast team.

In addition to the race coverage, Penna, Feld, and Hoyt will host a special Florida Derby edition of HRRN’s popular morning talk show, the Equine Forum, live from Gulfstream Park on Saturday morning. The Equine Forum airs from 8-10 a.m. ET is streamed live at http://www.horseracingradio.net.