Monday, February 17, 2020
Florida Cup Sprint winner heads Turf Dash . . .
    OLDSMAR - Florida-bred Extravagant Kid, whose victory here last year in the Florida Cup Sprint kicked off a bountiful season featuring four stakes victories and a Gr. I runner-up effort, heads the list of probable starters for Saturday’s $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

    The Turf Dash, for horses 4-years-old-and-upward, and the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes, for fillies and mares 4-and-upward, headline the track’s annual Turf Sprint Showcase Day card. Both races will be contested at a distance of 5 furlongs on the turf course.

    Extravagant Kid, who is owned by DARRS Inc., and trained by Brendan Walsh, was well-traveled in 2019. After winning the Florida Cup Sprint, the 7-year-old gelding shipped to Toronto, where he finished second to Canadian superstar Pink Lloyd in the Gr. III Jacques Cartier Stakes on the all-weather track at Woodbine.

    Next up was a trip to Louisville for a victory in the Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes on the Churchill Downs turf. Then, back to Woodbine, where he finished second to Wet Your Whistle in the Grade I Highlander Stakes on the grass.

    Kept fresh and keen by Walsh, Extravagant Kid went on to win the Da Hoss Stakes at Colonial Downs in Virginia and finish second in the Gr. II Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine. He concluded 2019 on Dec. 28 by capturing the Janus Stakes (taken off the turf) at Gulfstream and began 2020 on Jan. 18 by winning the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes on the dirt at Gulfstream.

    Extravagant Kid is 13-for-40 lifetime, with 11 seconds, and has career earnings of $787,354.

    Other probables for the Turf Dash are multiple stakes-winning 5-year-old Justaholic, trained by Tom Clark; End Play, a 7-year-old gelding from the barn of last season’s Turf Dash-winning trainer, Jason Servis; Backtohisroots, trained by John P. Terranova II; and Mai Ty One On, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Jane Cibelli.

    Heading the list of Lightning City probables is 8-year-old mare Rocky Policy, owned by Barry Ostrager and trained by Robert B. Hess Jr. Sporting an 8-for-38 lifetime record, with career earnings of $449,709, she turned in a superb performance in September to win the 5-furlong Turf Amazon Stakes at Parx Racing.

    A likely Lightning City contender is 4-year-old Ireland-bred filly Mae Never No, trained by Wesley Ward. Although she has raced only twice on the turf, with two thirds, she is a stakes- winner who has been working well at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach for her 2020 debut.

    The Lightning City field could also include stakes-winner Miss Deplorable, a 5-year-old Florida-bred mare trained by Baltazar Galvan; 5-year-old Florida-bred mare R Happy Ending, owned by Averill Racing and trained by Georgina Baxter; lightly-raced Ode to Joy, a 5-year-old mare trained by Arnaud Delacour; 4-year-old Ambassador Luna, trained by James Gulick; and conditioner Chandradat Goberdhan’s filly Sea Sparkle.

AROUND THE OVAL - For the second day in a row, a Gerald Bennett-trained horse bobbled at the break. And just like Saturday, Bennett’s charge made it to the winner’s circle, as the improving 3-year-old colt He’s Smokin Now overpowered eight rivals to win the featured ninth race, the $20,200 Cody’s Original Roadhouse Race of the Week
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Bred in Florida by Bennett and his wife Mary and campaigned by their Winning Stables, He’s Smokin Now took command on the turn and rolled to a 4-length victory from Catch Ya Later Bro, a Florida-bred 3-year-old twin colt owned by Josie Gump and trained by Bill Sienkewicz.
He’s Smokin Now’s time for the 6 furlongs on the main track was 1:11.67. Now 3-for-6, he is a son of Drill-Smokin Mary, by Texas Glitter.

    In Saturday’s Minaret Stakes, Bennett’s 6-year-old mare Lady’s Island nearly went to her knees at the start, but was much the best in scoring her 14th career victory.

    The triumph by He’s Smokin Now was one of two on the card for Bennett, who leads the Tampa Bay Downs trainer standings with 27 victories. Bennett, who has won the last four Oldsmar titles, won the seventh race with Cpl. Dionicio, a 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Juan Rosario and ridden by Ademar Santos.




Sunday, February 16, 2020
$25,000 claim Math Wizard set for Gr. III Razorback . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who saddled Cookie Dough to victory Saturday in the Gr. III Royal Delta at Gulfstream and Ny Traffic to a third-place finish in a division of the Gr. II Risen Star at Fair Grounds, hopes to build on the momentum in the next couple weeks with Gr. 1 winner Math Wizard and Mucho Macho Man winner Chance It.

    Joseph, the third leading trainer at the Championship Meet behind Todd Pletcher and Mike Maker, sends out Pennsylvania Derby winner Math Wizard Monday at Oaklawn in the $500,000, Gr. III Razorback. The 4-year-old, who Joseph claimed for $25,000 in January of 2019, will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

    “I think he’s doing good,” said Joseph this morning of Math Wizard. “He likes to go into cold weather places; it kind of puts a little more energy into him. Hopefully, he runs well. He doesn’t have to win. I just want a good showing.”


    Chance It, a son of Currency Swap who won the $400,000 In Reality division of the Florida Sire Stakes in September and kicked off his 3-year-old campaign Jan. 4 in the Mucho Macho Man, is scheduled to work 5 furlongs Monday morning in preparation for his next start at Gulfstream in the Gr. II Fountain of Youth on Feb. 29. The race is expected to also draw Dennis’ Moment
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    “Dennis’ Moment has been impressive,” Joseph said. “I think Chance it…I feel confident against other horses. I just want to make sure everything is right. Talent? There’s no question about the talent.”

    Joseph said Arindel’s homebred Cookie Dough came out of her Royal Delta victory well and could be pointed toward the $1 million, Gr. I Apple Blossom on April 18 at Oaklawn. Ny Traffic, third to Modernist in a division of the Risen Star, will likely stay on the Derby trail.

    “He ran a very good race,” Joseph said. “Watching him through most of the race I wasn’t sure how well he was handling the track, and he looked a little green still. I’m going to run him back with blinkers. I think they’re going to make a big difference. We picked up 10 [Kentucky Derby] points so we’ll take another shot in a stakes to try and get him into the Derby field.”

    Joseph will be represented Monday in seven of Gulfstream’s starter stakes on a special Presidents’ Day program with a first race post of 12:35 p.m.

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was not hit today for the 14th consecutive day. There will be a guaranteed pool on the Monday program of $1.250 million. Multiple tickets with all six winners returned $64.82
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Thursday, February 13, 2020
No winners for 11 days . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $900,000 Friday at Gulfstream Park. First race post is 1 p.m.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 11th consecutive racing day today, and multiple tickets will all six winners were each worth $34,235.

    There were three live tickets going into the last race after Shellphone ($69.80) kicked off the sequence and Lena Horn ($32.40) won the fifth leg, but the victory in the 10th and final race went to R Boy Bode, who went off at odds of 7-2.

    Gulfstream will also have two races in Friday’s Stronach 5, which has a guaranteed pool of $100,000 and a 12-percent takeout. Gulfstream’s featured races in the national wager will be the seventh and 10th.


Monday, February 10, 2020
Eclipse winner adds 6 on Sunday . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Two-time Eclipse Award winner Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode three winners Friday and four winners Saturday, brought home six more winners on Sunday’s 11-race card at Gulfstream Park.

    “I’m having a great meet so far," Ortiz said. "I’m so happy right now. I’m enjoying the moment. My agent [Jay Rushing] is doing a great job. I’m getting the best support from all the owners and trainers. They support me a lot here. I’m so happy. My family is here with me. I’m living the dream right now.”


    The 27-year-old Ortiz, who won the Championship Meet title last season with 135 winners, tops the current standings with 88 winners. Ortiz scored aboard aboard Sassy Justice ($6) in race 1, Fashion Babe ($6.60) in race 6, Liana Susquehanna ($5.80) in race 7, Sweet Mia ($10.20) in race 9, Miss Munnings ($7.60) in race 10, and Lookin At Roses ($4.80) in race 11.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $800,000 Wednesday. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the ninth consecutive day Sunday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $225.90.


Friday, February 7, 2020
Gr. III Suwanee River heads program . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $600,000 Saturday at Gulfstream Park.The multi-race wager went unsolved for the seventh racing day today, when multiple winning tickets were each worth $1,125.

    Saturday’s Rainbow 6 will span Races 7-12, including the $150,000, Gr. III Suwanee River in Race 11.

    Gr. 1 winner Starship Jubilee, a $16,000 claim at Gulfstream two seasons ago, has been installed at 7-5 in the morning line for the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for older fillies and mares. Trained by Kevin Attard, the 7-year-old daughter of Indy Wind will be in search of her sixth graded stakes score while facing six rivals, including Magic Star, who captured the Gr. III Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream last time out.


Who’s Hot: Luis Saez, who rode four winners on Thursday’s card, notched three more victories on today’s card, scoring aboard La Chauffeur ($2.80) in Race 2, Descente ($3.40) in Race 3 and Luxury Suite ($14) in Race 5. Marcos Meneses continued his breakthrough meeting with three winners, scoring aboard Harper Go Lucky ($22.40) in Race 1, Saint Larned ($13.20) in Race 6 and the amazing 9-year-old gelding French Quarter ($7) in Race 10.

    French Quarter's dam, Cent Nouvelle, was a rescue mare in 2010 with her ribs protruding, and was nursed back to health by breeder Kathleen Taylor, who then bred her to Shakespeare, resulting in the birth of French Quarter. The gelding has now won 12 times and earned more then $406,000, and was claimed for $8,000.  

    Irad Ortiz Jr. won two races with Arrivederla ($6) in Race 7 and Royal Flag ($3.60) in Race 8. 

            

Super Hi-5 Carryover: $3,021.13.