Sunday, July 14, 2019
Trainer prepped at Northwest Stud and Arindel . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Alfredo Lichoa had always been around horses, from his time as a veterinarian in Venezuela to his years spent as a farm manager and thoroughbred consultant at Northwest Stud and then Arindel Farm in Ocala. But it wasn’t until Saturday that the 56-year-old trainer recorded his first stakes victory when Lady Alida won the $75,000 Treasure Coast at odds of 18-1.

    “I just started training in May of last year,” Lichoa said after his 4-year-old filly took the lead out of the gate in the one-mile turf event and held off Una Luna by a half-length. “I always paid attention to the training and one day I decided to do it.”

    Lichoa’s patience with Lady Alida paid off. When Lichoa took over as her trainer late last year, he said she had “little problems” that took time to correct. Unsure of her ability, he entered her in a dirt race for $8,000 claimers at Tampa Bay Downs in February. She finished fourth. But when he started racing her on grass one month later, Lady Alida blossomed into a consistent contender, finishing no worse than fourth in six of her eight turf starts heading into Saturday.

    “One day I tried her on the turf and I went ‘Wow,’” Lichoa said. “And once we started putting her on the turf, you can see the numbers.” Saturday’s race was her 10th this year, but first in stakes company. While bettors dismissed her in the Treasure Coast, Lichoa oozed confidence.

    “I told everybody that this was my best shot ever,” he said. Those who listened to Lichoa were rewarded handsomely.

    With jockey Leonel Reyes in the irons, Lady Alida surged to the front out of the gate and maintained her lead all the way to the wire. Una Luna was second, with Birdie Gold taking third.

    It was an emotional scene in the winner’s circle as Lichoa celebrated his first stakes win with owner SJT Racing Stables. Now he said he’ll map out a plan with the filly but expects to keep her in South Florida. “We’ll keep going one step at a time,” he said. “She’s doing better every day.”

RAINBOW 6 CARRYOVER MOUNTS - The 12-race program today will have a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $82,751.69. First race post Sunday is 12:45 p.m. The sequence will begin with the seventh race, a maiden special weight event for 2-year-old fillies going five furlongs on the main track. The sequence will also include three turf races.

    Multiple tickets with six winners Saturday returned $1,213.02.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Journeyman stallion has 7 winners and more than $316,000 in earnings . . .

    It's been exactly two months since Journeyman Stud's Khozan took over the freshman sire lead in the U. S., and in that time nobody has been able to replace him. The son of Distorted Humor blasted out of the gate with seven early winners and he currently leads by one over Tapiture. There are several others who have four winners, tied for third.

    But Tapiture isn't even close to Khozan in the money department; Khozan is well in the lead with $316,433. American Pharoah is second on that list with $214,251.  

    Journeyman Stud's Brent and Crystal Fernung offered breeders a deal for this year - if Khozan doesn't wind up as Florida's leading fresh sire on Dec. 31, the first 25 breeders who sent a mare to him during the breeding season just ending will not have to pay the $4,000 stud fee. That deal looks to be a cinch for the Fernungs based on the early results. With the six races of the Florida Sire Stakes coming up soon the Khozan colts and fillies who have already been successful will have many more chances to add to the stallion's earnings.  

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Last hit on June 27 for $3.1 million i

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 was hit again Saturday by one bettor for $173,583. It comes just 10 days after it was last hit on June 27 for $3.151 million.

    Saturday’s sequence ended with long shot Blind Ruckus ($54.60) winning the 12th and final race. Blind Ruckus was one of two horses with tickets alive going into the last leg. The other was on Chirping, who finished fourth.

    The Rainbow 6 begins anew today with the sequence spanning races 6-11. There will be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $3,492.19.

    The $75,000 Mecke Stakes will headline the program in Race 5. Carl Lizza Racing Stables Uno Emayo will be seeking his third victory in a row and fourth in five starts in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes named for the multiple Gr. 1 stakes-winner on dirt and turf campaigned by trainer Manny Tortora in the 1990s.

    Trained by Lilli Kurtinecz, the 6-year-old gelding who won the Lil Magician starter stakes in February, is coming off back-to-back optional claiming starter allowances in going-away fashion.

    Mecke was a multiple graded winner bred by Farnsworth Farms, owned by James Lewis Jr., and trained by Tortora. He won the Gr. I Arlington Million, Gr. I Early Times Turf Classic and Gr. I Super Derby, and finished fifth in the 1995 Kentucky Derby.

Friday, July 5, 2019
5-race sequence pays $131,942 . . .

    LAUREL, MD – There was one winning ticket in today’s Stronach 5, and that ticket was worth a whopping $131,942.

    The Stronach 5 began and ended with favorites, but the three races between brought big payoffs.

    The sequence started with favored Gunslinger winning the eighth race at Laurel Park. Long shots then lit up the sequence with Boom Boom Gone ($23.40) winning Laurel’s ninth, Farley ($18) winning Gulfstream’s seventh, and South Pass ($115.20) winning Gulfstream’s eighth. The final leg went to even-money favorite Peace Speaker at Gulfstream ($4.20).


Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Track wins in 9 categories . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park took home nine first-place awards in Strictly Slots magazine’s The Best of Racinos Awards.

    The home of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, $1 million Florida Derby, and world-class entertainment, was voted first in Florida in:

?               Best Entertainment

?               Best Video Poker

?               Best Promotions

?               Best Hosts

?               Best Live Racing

?               Best Grandstand

?               Best VIP Area

?               Best View

?               Best Special Events

    Gulfstream’s year-round entertainment continues throughout the summer and fall. The schedule includes a 4th of July celebration with free fireworks, the $1.4 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, Taste of the Track in August and September, and Twilight Racing and live music every Friday through Aug. 20.