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Monday, November 23, 2020
Another blockbuster Saturday . . .

    Mike Mulligan's BetBestBreese handicapping website has had too many blockbuster days to count, and on Saturday he added another big day to the list.

    Mike had 19 runners listed at seven tracks: Aqueduct (2), Churchill Downs (6), Del Mar (1), Gulfstream West (3), Hawthorne (1), Laurel (4), and Woodbine (2). The final scoreboard read: 7 winners, 6 seconds, 2 thirds - and included were some real bombers.    

    It's difficult to ascertain what kind of profits handicappers following Mike's horses make because there are so many different methods of wagering. So I'm going to just list a win-place-show scenario to highlight how the picks fared, which would, of course, affect exacta, trifecta, superfecta and other exotic pool players. At least it will give some idea of what a superior day it was for BetBestBreeze.

    First I'm picking out one method at random - out of many - that is, betting $20 to win on every horse, or $20 to place, or $20 to show.

    A $20 win bet on all 19 horses would have cost $380. The total collection for the seven winners would have brought back $727, a modest profit of  $347. The key winners were Empire Express at Aqueduct ($15.20); Journeytothemoon at Laurel ($24.20); and Gary Doing Biz at Laurel ($13.60).

    A $20 place bet on all 19 also would have cost $380 and the total collection for the 13 who came in first or second would have been $994, headed by Lijana at Aqueduct ($20.80); Willtobelucky at Hawthorne ($23.60) and Journeytothemoon at Laurel ($10).  

A $20 show bet on the 19, another outlay of $380, would have returned $840, led by Journeytothemoon at Laurel ($9.20); Lijana at Aqueduct ($9.30); Marvellua Nasty at Laurel ($13.60); and Willtobelucky at Hawthorne ($13.80). 

    For those with strong hearts, and bankrolls to match, $20 across the board on all 19 would have cost $1,140. The total collection would have been $2,561. Not a bad haul and you don't even have to spend $12 on a Racing Form. And, not to forget the exotic aficionados, here's just one example from Saturday to munch on: the 50-cent trifecta on the fifth race at Laurel, won by Journeytothemoon, and with Marvella Nasty finishing third, paid $319.05; the $1 superfecta paid $10,149.      

    The handicappers on TVG, Fox and the individual telecasts from each track rarely, if ever, hit these kinds of numbers, not with their picks of 6/5 shots, and the going-out-on-the-limb 'value' picks of 4-1 or 5-1 shots, while worrying about the infamous 'bounce,' or if the No. 1 horse is going to get "mired on the rail' or 'bogged down on the inside' or 'have to work out a trip.'   

    BetBestBreeze doesn't bother with such trivialities. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020
$60,000 stakes came off the turf . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Big Thorn benefited from a perfect trip, as well as the morning rains that forced turf races to be run over the sloppy main track, to score a dominating victory in today’s $60,000 Juvenile Turf at Gulfstream West.

    The seven-furlong Juvenile Turf for Florida-bred 2-year-olds, which was originally scheduled to be run at a mile on the turf course, co-headlined the program with the $60,000 Millions Filly and Mare Turf for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

     Big Thorn, a main-track-only entrant who had broken his maiden by five lengths in his previous start, raced in third behind dueling pacesetters Hot Blooded and Fulmini, who put up fractions of :22.99 and :45.77 seconds for the first half-mile. Jockey Paco Lopez made a three-wide sweep to the lead leaving the turn into the stretch aboard the home-bred colt, who drew off to a notch a 4 ½-length victory.

    Fulmini, who was ridden by Edgard Zayas, finished second, 9 ¼ lengths clear of Castle King. Big Thorn, the 2-1 favorite, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.23.

    “We were fortunate that the race came off and it helped shortening up to seven-eighths. I didn’t expect him to be quite as close as he was. Paco told me he put him into the race early but after that it was all over,” trainer David Fawkes said. “He had so much horse through the whole race. He really, really likes the horse. When he got off the horse he said, ‘Damn, this is a nice horse.’”

    Big Thorn finished second in his Sept. 26 debut at Gulfstream in an open maiden special weight race before dominating Florida-bred rivals back-to-back.

    “He ran a little green last time, but this time much, much more professional. He acted up on the van coming over, he did a lot of things last time he ran that could have jeopardized him but it obviously didn’t,” Fawkes said. “We’ll just wait and look for the next spot, that’s all. I don’t like to look too far ahead.”

    Windylea Farm’s Thissmytime ($11) relished the sloppy going while registering an easy victory in the Millions Filly and Mare Preview. Like Big Thorn, Thissmytime was a main-track-only entrant in the seven-furlong race that was originally scheduled for 7 ½ furlongs on turf.

    Ridden by Joe Bravo, who captured the $60,000 Millions Turf Preview on Saturday’s GPW card, Thissmytime closely tracked pacesetter Picara, who showed the way into the far turn after running the first quarter of a mile in :22.45 seconds. Thissmytime moved to the lead entering the turn during a 44.45-second half-mile and drew off powerfully and comfortably to register her first stakes victory.

    The Kathleen O’Connell-trained 3-year-old daughter of Carpe Diem ran seven furlongs in a sharp 1:21.40.  Starship Nala closed to finish clear of R Prerogative, the 9-5 favorite.

    Miguel Vasquez rode four winners on the program, propelling him into a 39-39 tie with defending champion Edgard Zayas in the race for the jockey’s title with three cards remaining in the Gulfstream West meet. Vasquez scored aboard Terry’s Dream ($13) in Race 3, Lavi ($5.40) in Race 4, Walkoff ($5.20) in Race 5 and Itsmyluckygirl ($5) in Race 8.

    However, Vasquez completed his final day of riding at Gulfstream West and is scheduled to return to competition on Wednesday, Dec. 2, the opening day of the 2020-2021 Championship Meet.

    Rohan Crichton, who saddled Itsmyluckygirl for her victory, holds a 17-15 lead over Antonio Sano in the race for the trainer’s title. Saffie Joseph Jr., the defending titlist, has had 14 winners.

Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $425,000           

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $425,000 Wednesday. The Rainbow went unsolved for the 15th day, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $629.86.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Jackpot guaranteed at $325 million . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $325,000 Saturday at Gulfstream West, where the $60,000 Millions Turf Preview and the $60,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf will highlight the multi-race wager’s six-race sequence (Races 4-9).

    Anne Scott’s Galleon Mast is scheduled to seek his third-straight running of the Millions Turf Preview in the mile turf race for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up. The David Fawkes-trained gelding’s two Turf Preview wins are also his only successes in his last 10 starts. Paco Lopez, who was aboard for those two wins the only two times he’s ridden the son of Mizzen Mast during that period, returns to the saddle. Rancho Alegre’s Monforte, who has won six of his last seven starts, will seek his third straight stakes score in the Turf Preview, which is carded as Race 5.

            Arindel’s Quinoa Tifah will look for back-to-back stakes wins in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, a mile stakes for Florida-bred 2-year-old fillies carded as Race 7. The Juan Alvarado-trained daughter of Gemologist will seek her first win on turf after capturing the off-the-turf Our Dear Peggy at Gulfstream last time out. Live Oak Plantation’s Sweet Souper Sweet will also seek her first win on turf which notching back-to-back stakes scores. The daughter of First Samurai is coming off an impressive victory in the Presque Isle Downs Debutante over a synthetic track.

            A well-stocked maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds has been programmed between the two stakes races in Race 6. Todd Pletcher-trained Deemed Essential has been installed at 6-5 on the morning-line off a strong debut effort over a sloppy Gulfstream West track Oct. 10. Lets Go Stable’s daughter of Upstart rallied to finish a head off the winner at Saturday’s 6 ½-furlong distance.

    Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Dance Awhile, a Ralph Nicks-trained daughter of Curlin; Al Rashid Stables LLC’s Mizzen, a Juan Carlos Avila-trained daughter of Street Sense; and Harold Lerner LLC, Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ The Jokes On Me, a Kenny McPeek-trained daughter of Mshawish, are scheduled to debut in Race 6.

    The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 13th day today, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $5,824.

    There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $9,297 heading into Saturday’s program.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Live Oak's Souper Watson wins at Gulfstream West . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - Ocala's Mark Casse became the 34th trainer in thoroughbred racing history to win 3,000 races today when Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Watson scored a decisive 1 ¾-length victory in Race 3 at Gulfstream West.

    The 59-year-old son of the late Norman Casse, who was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame earlier this year, watched the milestone win on TV from his Ocala farm.

“It feels good," Casse said. "I watched it with my son, Colby, and we gave each other high-fives and celebrated.” I’m happy to be able to do it for [Live Oak Plantation’s] Mrs. [Charlotte] Weber.”

    Nick Tomlinson, Casse’s South Florida-based assistant trainer, saddled Souper Watson ($17), who graduated under jockey Miguel Vasquez while coming off a 6 ½-month layoff in the 7 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on turf.

    “This is something I’ve just wanted to do my entire life," Casse said. " Milestones mean a lot. This has made me think back over the years. I went through a period of seven or eight years where I didn’t train many horses. We kicked back in, I want to say, 20 years ago. When we won 1,000, I said, ‘Well, that was nice.’ Then, when we won 2,000, I said, ‘I don’t think there will be 3,000.’ I don’t know if there will be 4,000. We’ll see.”

    Souper Watson entered the race off a sixth-place finish at Gulfstream Park in an April 25 maiden special weight event that has turned out to be a mega key race. All eight of the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper’s rivals have gone on to graduate, including four next-out winners

    “I was just talking with my assistant, Nick Tomlinson. We weren’t shocked at all,” Casse said. “We honestly thought he was a pretty good horse early on. That last race came up a little tough. We sent him home and gave him a little break and he came back blockbusters.”

    Born in Indiana, Casse took out his trainer’s license at the age of 17 in Massachusetts. He saddled his first winner, Joe’s Coming, in 1979 at Keeneland and his first graded stakes-winner in 1984 when winning the Gr. III Jamaica at Belmont Park with Raja’s Shark.

    A 12-time Sovereign Award winner, Casse is ranked sixth in North America this year in wins (172) and purse earnings ($10.7 million). Just a few of Casse’s many highlights include saddling winners in the 2019 Preakness (War of Will) and 2019 Belmont (Sir Winston) and training two-time champion Tepin, winner of the Gr. I Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

    Casse has won training titles at Woodbine, Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Turfway Park.

(Editor's note:) Mark's first interview for any publication came when he was 15 years old and was based on what a great handicapper his dad claimed he was. The interviewer was, of all people, the guy whose picture is at the top of this page.  


Thursday, November 19, 2020
Revenue of more than $18 million for 3 months . . .

    It's been a long time since we went over the casino statistics for Florida's eight pari-mutuel facilities, which have been devastated by the virus situation. The division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering is only up-to-date through the end of September, so we only have three months worth of stats to report on since the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

    Several things have changed since the last report, with Dania Jai Alai and Gulfstream Park moving way up on the list, and all the numbers going down.

(1) The Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park continues to lead the way. The home of the trotters has taken in $229,763,064 in the three-month period and has a net slot revenue of $18,153,184. The daily average revenue per machine is $263. All this despite the fact that Pompano's percentage of payouts is 90.75, worst among all the facilities.

In the last fiscal year, 2019-2020, Pompano's net slot revenue was $83,220,629, but March through June killed the bottom line as the virus spread and people stayed home. Like all the facilities, the casino was closed in all of April and May, and parts of March and June.

(2) It took a while for patrons to gravitate to 'The Casino at Dania Beach' after its extensive renovation, but now it has moved into second place with "credits in" of  $165,788,072. The net slot revenue is $10,294,544.

(3) 'The Big Easy Casino,' formerly Hollywood dogs, is third with credits in of $147,194,957, and net slot revenue of $9,010,483. The net revenue for all of last year was $24,937,954, greatly affected by the closures.

(4) Gulfstream Park has moved up to fourth with credits in of $123,341,449 and net slot revenue of $8,009,400. The closures hurt all aspects of the racing spectrum, especially the horsemen and breeders, with net revenue of just $30,373,007.  

(5) Flagler Dog Track's 'Magic City Casino,' perennially second to Pompano Park, has dropped three spots to fifth with credits in of $125,729,791 and net revenue of $7,723,695. The lower numbers are partly due to Flagler's second-highest payout percentage of 93.42.

(6) Hialeah Park's numbers are also being affected by payout percentage. The once-revered Flamingo track gives back the most of all the facilities - 93.63%, and has credits in of $109,235,104, with net revenue of $6,540,055. 

(7) Miami Jai Alai is next-to-last on the list with credits in of $95,124,789, and a monster drop in net revenue of $5,991,356. Last year's net revenue was $53,344,457.

(8) The bottom rung is occupied by Calder Casino and Race Course with credits in of $81,737,520 and an even bigger drop in net revenue at $5,802,891. Last year, Calder was third with $70,520,842. 

 Coming up: report on how the card rooms are faring.         

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Ocala's pride has two entries at each of 3 tracks . . .


    MIAMI GARDENS - Souper Watson, who can provide trainer Mark Casse career win No. ,in Thursday’s Race 3 at Gulfstream Park West, is 10-1 in the morning line for the 7 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on turf. However, handicappers who put a lot of weight on last-out key races will give the Live Oak Plantation homebred a very long look.


    Souper Watson will enter the race off a sixth-place finish at Gulfstream in an April 25 maiden special weight event that has turned out to be a mega key race. All eight of the 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper’s rivals have gone on to graduate, including four next-out winners.

     Victorious Venezuelan Hug won his next race at Gulfstream and went on to win an allowance race at Saratoga. Runner-up Shamrocket came back to graduate at Belmont Park in his next race and most recently finished third in the Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs. Third-place finisher Mystery Bank graduated at Saratoga in his next start.

    Freedom Force, Winter’s Wonder and Disturbin Bourbon – who finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively – all graduated two starts later. Seventh-place finisher Jealous Boyfriend won next time out at Gulfstream and last-place finisher Viper came back three races later to win the first of back-to-back victories.

    On Thursday, Casse has six chances to get No. 3,000 - two horses at Gulfstream, two at Churchill Downs and two at Woodbine. Souper Watson is scheduled to be first-up. The Florida-bred gelding, who will race without blinkers for the first time, finished third, beaten by a half-length, in his turf debut at Gulfstream Feb. 13 before finishing fifth after a troubled start Mar. 4 and participating in the April 25 key race.

    Should Souper Watson not become the fifth next-out winner from the April 25 race and Casse’s entrant in Churchill Downs’ Race 5 fails to win, the Hall of Famer will have a chance at the career milestone in Gulfstream’s Race 6. Gary Barber’s What a Beaut, who is 9-2 in the morning line, is scheduled to make her first start in the optional claiming allowance for Florida-bred fillies and mares since finishing a close second at Gulfstream Park West last Nov. 19.

    Race 3 will kick off Thursday’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 sequence that will conclude in Race 8. The jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $250,000. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 11th day today, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $9,668.58.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Strict protocols will be followed . . .

    OLDSMAR - The most frequent question Tampa Bay Downs officials have received the past several weeks is: “Are you guys going to allow fans to come watch the races?”

    In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, customer health and safety are the track’s foremost concerns. Tampa Bay Downs, which has allowed on-track simulcast wagering since July 2 and Silks Poker Room play since mid-June, has formulated plans to permit spectators for its 2020-2021 meeting, beginning with the opening-day racing card on Nov. 25.

    The 90-day meeting runs through May 2, followed by the annual Summer Festival of Racing on June 30 and July 1. Tampa Bay Downs will race most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, adding Sundays starting Dec. 20 and also racing Thursday, Dec. 24.

    For the foreseeable future, fans will be required to wear masks both inside and outside the facility, unless they are eating or drinking. 

    Various measures have been established to ensure social distancing, including:

·         The creation of more outdoor, private spaces for small groups

·         A limited number of benches on the apron of the grandstand, with increased spacing

·         Computer-generated, socially distanced grandstand seating

·         A reduction in box seating, from eight to six seats per box

    Those changes, and many others, are designed to provide patrons with a high level of comfort and security when they arrive for an afternoon of racing during the track’s 95th anniversary season.

    Tampa Bay Downs has developed a website for fans to reserve seating that provides social distancing. The cost is $5 per seat and must be paid in advance. To purchase seats through the website, go to www.tbdseats.com
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    The track raced without spectators last season from March 17 through the annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing, generating income and purses for horsemen and horsewomen through account wagering.

    Peter Berube, the track’s Vice President-General Manager, expressed optimism that a shared sense of responsibility and respect among track employees, horsemen, jockeys and fans will enable spectators to attend all season.

    “We understand that many of our patrons would like to see a return to pre-Coronavirus status, while many others are concerned about venturing outside their homes while the pandemic continues to pose a threat,” Berube said. “We believe it is important to listen to and respect all viewpoints, but our biggest duty is doing everything possible to keep our customers and employees healthy. Without fans at the track, racing loses some of its excitement and charm, and our on-track business suffers.”

    Tampa Bay Downs has also implemented rules to protect jockeys. Riders, jockey room staff, starting gate personnel, etc., will undergo rapid COVID testing prior to their arrival, with twice-weekly testing from there on. No newcomers will be allowed without a negative test, and jockeys will be restricted to their designated areas on race days and required to leave the room following their last ride of the day.

    Other elements of the track’s COVID-19 protocol include increasing the number of hand-sanitizing stations throughout the facility; ongoing cleaning and sterilizing of high-touch surfaces and areas; socially distanced markers on the floors; providing disinfecting wipes next to wagering machines, replay TVs and high-touch machines; and installing Plexiglas partitions between employees and customers at the Customer Service desk, program windows, concession stands and Gift Shop.

   
 The stakes schedule, which begins with the Dec. 5 Cotillion Festival Day card, remains virtually the same as last season. The 41st annual Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, a showcase for Triple Crown prospects, will be held March 6 as part of an outstanding Festival Day of racing program, featuring four graded races and total stakes purse money of $1 million.

    Other major race days include Festival Preview Day on Feb. 6, highlighted by the Gr. III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds; Florida Cup Day on March 28, featuring six $110,000 stakes races for registered Florida-breds; and Kentucky Derby Day on May 1.

    Nine of last season’s top 10 jockeys have returned for the 2020-2021 meeting. Daniel Centeno and Antonio Gallardo, who have amassed a combined 11 Oldsmar riding championships, are approaching major career milestones at the outset of the meeting. Centeno, who has won a record six Tampa Bay Downs titles, has ridden 2,987 North American winners (to go with 847 in his native Venezuela).

    Gallardo, a five-time track champion and last year’s leading jockey with 122 winners, has 1,955 victories in North America.

    Samy Camacho, who won the 2020 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on King Guillermo, is also expected to contend for the top spot in this year’s standings. Other top returning jockeys include Pablo Morales, who rode career winner No. 2,000 here last season; four-time Oldsmar track champion Ronnie Allen Jr.; two-time champion Jesus Castanon; and veterans Jose Ferrer, Willie Martinez and Scott Spieth.

    The Tampa Bay Downs trainers roster also features nine of the top 10 finishers in last season’s standings, headed by defending champion Gerald Bennett, who has won the last five Oldsmar training titles and six overall. Bennett, who saddled 61 winners last season, has 3,920 winners in his career, 14th on the all-time list.

    Last season’s runner-up with 33 winners, Kathleen O’Connell, is a two-time Tampa Bay Downs training champion. Her career total of 2,190 victories is behind only Kim Hammond (2,321) among North American women trainers.

    Michael Stidham, last season’s third-place trainer with 31 victories, returns, along with Mike Dini and Jose H. Delgado, who tied for fourth. Other conditioners who may lack the numbers to compete for a title, but bear watching, include Arnaud Delacour, H. Graham Motion, Tim Hamm, Eoin Harty and Anthony Granitz.

    Joining the backside roster this season are Mike Maker, whose 2,600-plus career training victories include the recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf with Fire At Will, plus 12 other graded stakes victories in 2020; Jon Arnett, who recently sent out career winner No. 2,000 at Prairie Meadows in Iowa; and David Van Winkle, a veteran of more than 30 seasons with almost 1,100 victories.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Longest shot in field pays $57.60 . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - Quenane, the longest shot in a field full of stakes- winners, showed off his fondness for the course and conditions by splashing to a one-length victory over late-running favorite Noble Drama in the $60,000 Millions Classic Preview at Gulfstream Park West.

     The Classic Preview for 3-year-olds and up, shortened to one mile this year, was the first of five dirt stakes for Florida-breds on the program, serving as a prep for the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet.

 Quenane ($57.60), a 6-year-old Algorithms gelding, led every step of the way to earn his 13th lifetime victory and fourth in seven tries at Gulfstream West. For his career, Quenane has a record of 4-4-1 in 13 attempts on an off track.

    Jockey Angel Arroyo and Quenane raced to the outside of Debbie’s Passion on the short run to the first turn and around the bend before taking over willingly into the backstretch, with defending champion Red Crescent also racing forwardly in third. The first quarter-mile went in 24.40 seconds as Red Crescent moved up to a pressing position.

     Red Crescent continued to loom a threat through a half in 47.70, a half-length behind Quenane, with Debbie’s Passion third and favorite Noble Drama beginning to rev up along the inside after trailing early. Red Crescent appeared to nudge a neck in front between calls but Quenane responded by surging again and remaining in front after six furlongs in 1:11.97.

    Arroyo hugged the rail turning for home and set sail for the wire while Noble Drama, a winner of back-to-back stakes but engaged in a long drive under Emisael Jaramillo, shifted to the far outside to make a belated bid for second. Debbie’s Passion held third, followed by Garter and Tie and Red Crescent.

     “Noble Drama is in terrific form and Red Crescent won this race last year, and so far Quenane in keeping company with them over the summer really hadn’t been effective with them and he faced some challenges when running against them,” winning trainer Tamara Levy said. “Not to slight Quenane – he’s a very good horse and he’s exceeded our expectations of him time and time again. If he can work it out and find away, he’ll get it done.”

    Claimed by Levy as a 3-year-old for $6,250 out of a third-place finish in 2017 in what was his 10th start, Quenane moved over the $300,000 mark in lifetime purses with this victory. Levy plans to point him to the 22nd Claiming Crown Dec. 5 on opening day of the 2020-2021 Championship Meet.

    “He’s never won gate-to-wire in his career," Levy said. "He knows the pace, he’s an older horse. He knows where the wire is. He knows the job, so you’ve got to kind of let him decide. Sometimes he knows best. Angel did a terrific job today."

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wet turf course needs to recover . . .
    Continuing wet weather conditions in South Florida have led Gulfstream West officials to postpone four Florida-bred turf stakes scheduled for Saturday until the weekend of Nov. 21-22.

    The $60,000 Millions Turf Preview for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles, where 7-year-old Galleon Mast is targeting a three-peat, and the $60,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf at a mile have both been moved to Nov. 21.

    The Nov. 22 card will now include the $60,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview, a 7 1/2-furlong grass race for females potentially headed by Picara, 4-for-6 lifetime at Gulfstream Park West, and the $60,000 Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds at a mile.

    Even with the change in schedule, five $60,000 state-bred stakes are on tap Saturday for the main track: the Millions Classic Preview for 3-year-olds and up at one mile (Race 4), the Juvenile Fillies Sprint (Race 5) and the Juvenile Sprint (Race 7), each at 6 1/2 furlongs, and the six-furlong Millions Sprint Preview (Race 6) and the seven-furlong Millions Distaff (Race 8).

    The Millions Sprint Preview drew Shivaree, a multiple stakes-winner around one turn, who returns to action after running seventh in the Runhappy Travers Stakes this summer at Saratoga Race Course. He was the runner-up behind Tiz the Law in the 1 1/8-mile Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28. 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Three new stallions for 2021 . . .

Stallion - 2021 Fee - 2020 Fe

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Adios Charlie . . . $4,000 . . . $4,000

Ami's Flatter . . . $2,500 . . . $3,500

Awesome of Course . . . $2,000 . . . $4,000

Awesome Slew . . . $4,000 . . . $5,000

Battalion Runner . . . $1,500 . . . Private

Brooks 'n Down . . . $1,500 . . . $2,500

Dak Attack . . . $2,500 . . . NEW

Fort Loudon . . . $1,500 . . . $2,500

Girvin . . . $6,000 . . . $7,500

Greenpointcrusader . . . $3,500 . . . $5,000

In Summation . . . $2,500 . . . $2,500

Jess's Dream . . . $4,000 . . . $5,000

Noble Bird . . . $4,000 . . . $5,000

Seeking the Soul . . . $5,000 . . . NEW

The Big Beast . . . $4,000 . . . $6,000

Win Win Win . . . $5,000 . . . NEW

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
He's the first son of Lookin at Lucky in Florida . . .

    Canadian classic winner Breaking Lucky will be standing in Florida for the 2021 breeding season at Pleasant Acres Stallions, with a fee of $5,000.

    He began his stallion career at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana for the 2020 breeding season. Before retiring to Louisiana, Breaking Lucky successfully raced for the partnerships of West Point Thoroughbreds, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Eric Young, and R.A. Hill Stable.

    “Our mission has always been to expand Florida’s breeding program by offering exceptional stallion bloodlines,” said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. “Bringing Breaking Lucky to Pleasant Acres Stallions is a huge win for all of us in the state. This successful GSW millionaire is the the ONLY son of Lookin at Lucky to be standing in Florida and we are proud to have him.”  

     Hailing from the red-hot sire line of Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike), Breaking Lucky also comes from an impressive female family. His dam, GSP Shooting Party (Sky Classic), broke her maiden in her first race. She was second in the G1 Garden City BrHailingeeders’ Cup Handicap and third in both the G3 Pebbles Handicap and the G2 Nassau County Stakes.

    She had already produced Breaking Lucky – who went on to win $1,196,376. Currently, she is the dam of four winners, including Quake Lake (War Chant) – the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Country House (Looking at Lucky).

    Breaking Lucky’s sire stands in Kentucky for $20,000 and is well on his way to becoming a sire of sires. A champion at two and three, he won nine races including the G1 Preakness Stakes, the G1 Izod Haskell Invitational Stakes, the G1 Del Mar Futurity, the G1 Norfolk Stakes, and the G1 CashCall Futurity. Lookin at Lucky was in the money 11 out of 13 starts with career earnings of $3,307,278.  He is the sire of G1 Accelerate (standing for $17,500 in KY), G1 Country House (standing for $7,500 in KY), G1 Wow Cat, G2 Madefromlucky, G2 Money Multiplier, G2 Dr Dorr, G2 Diamond Oops, etc.

    On the track, Breaking Lucky won the 2015 Prince of Wales Stakes ­– the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown – while defeating MG1SW and 2015 Sovereign Award Champion 3-Year-Old Shaman Ghost. In 2016, he won the G3 Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine. Breaking Lucky went on to place in the G1 Clark Handicap, G1 Whitney Stakes and G1 Stephen Foster Handicap behind Horse of the Year Gun Runner.  In total, Breaking Lucky was on the board in 10 graded stakes and two black-type races.

Saturday, November 7, 2020
Due to Tropical Storm Eta . . .
    MIAMI SPRINGS - Gulfstream West announced today the cancellation of its Sunday racing program due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Eta.

    Entries will be taken Sunday for Friday’s program.

    The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys this morning.

     Racing will resume Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Nine-race event set for Dec. 5 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Nominations for the 22nd edition of the Claiming Crown, the nine-race event offering $835,000 in purses, close Sunday, Nov. 8.

   The Claiming Crown, which will be run Saturday, Dec. 5, has undergone a major revitalization in the nine years Gulfstream has hosted the event
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   The $150,000 Jewel will headline the program. The 1 1/8-mile route will be contested by 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a claiming price of $35,000 or less.

    The $95,000 Tiara for fillies and mares that have raced for a claiming price of $25,000 or less will be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf, as will the $95,000 Emerald, which will be contested by 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a $25,000 claiming price or less.

    The $90,000 Canterbury for 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a claiming price of $25,000 or less and the $90,000 Distaff Dash for fillies and mares that have run for a claiming price of $25,000 or less are both scheduled to be run at five furlongs on turf.

    The Claiming Crown program will also include the $85,000 Rapid Transit, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a claiming price of $16,000 or less; the $80,000 Glass Slipper a mile event for fillies and mares that have raced for a claiming price of $16,000 or less; the $75,000 Express, a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a claiming price of $8,000 or less; and the $75,000 Iron Horse, a 1 1/16-mile route for 3-year-olds and up that have raced for a claiming price of $8,000 or less.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Gulfstream series slated for Jan. 23 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park has announced that North American-based winners of this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be offered complimentary equine travel to Gulfstream to compete in the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.

    The $3 million, Gr. I Pegasus World Cup for 4-year-olds and up and the $1 million, Gr. I Pegasus World Cup Turf for 4-year-olds and up will be contested on Saturday, Jan. 23.

    Winners of the Pegasus World Cup and Pegasus World Cup Turf will also have guaranteed spots in the starting gate of the Saudi Cup Feb. 20.

    Entering its fifth year, the Pegasus World Cup Championship Series has continued to attract the sport's biggest stars including champions Gun Runner, Arrogate and California Chrome as well as 2019 winner City of Light and international sensations Aerolithe, Kukulkan and Magic Wand. The race has also brought out stars from film, music and fashion including Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Snoop Dogg, Olivia Culpo, Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell and Bella Thorne.

    Pegasus World Cup Day will feature seven graded stakes in all, worth $4.8 million.
Monday, November 2, 2020
90-day meeting runs through May 2 . . .

    Tampa Bay Downs kicks off its winter season on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and for the first time since mid-March spectators will be permitted to attend the races.

    The 90-day season runs through Sunday, May 2, the day after the Kentucky Derby, assuming the Derby is run on the first Saturday in May next year.

    There will be just three racing days in November - opening day, Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. After an in-and-out schedule in December, the January through April schedule features racing on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except for April 4 (Easter Sunday).    

    During the season, all fans and media members, horsemen, track officials and employees will be required to wear masks or facial coverings inside and outside the facility, and practice social distancing. 

    Hand-sanitizing stations have been made prominent throughout; an air sterilizer and purification system has been installed to protect patrons; socially distanced markers have been placed on the floors; and disinfecting wipes will be provided next to wagering machines, replay TVs and high-touch machines. 

    In addition, the elevator capacity will be limited to four people; touchless door openers have been added to the restrooms; socially distanced seating will be employed in all areas throughout the grandstand and clubhouse, and plexiglass partitions between employees and customers will be installed at the customer service desk, the program and lottery windows and the gift shop.

    The biggest day on the calendar, as usual, is Festival Day 41 on Saturday, March 6, with five stakes races worth a combined $1 million in purse money, headed by the Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and the Gr. II, $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes for older fillies and mares on the grass. 

    Feb. 6 is Sam F. Davis Stakes day. with four stakes worth a combined $750,000. The Gr. II, $250,000 Sam F. Davis for 3-year-olds is a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" points race, as is the Tampa Bay Derby. 

    

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Stakes action begins at Gulfstream West next Saturday . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream West yielded a payoff of $13,725.66 to multiple ticket-holders today.

    The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for eight programs following a $249,204 jackpot hit on Oct. 18.

    There was a carryover of $111,271 at the start of betting, generating a handle of $890,459 on the six-race sequence.

Island Commish Tops Noms for Showing Up Stakes

    Racing action kicks into high gear next Saturday with the first stakes of the 2020 season with the running of the $60,000 Showing Up and the $60,000 Cellars Shiraz.

    Matthew Schera’s Island Commish, a close second in the Gr. III Franklin Simpson at Kentucky Downs last time out, tops a list of 24 nominations for the Showing Up, a one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained son of Commissioner, who led in the stretch before falling a neck short of holding off Guildsman’s late rally, captured the Gr. III Kitten’s Joy during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet last January.

    Leonard Green and Jonathan Green’s Another Miracle, the third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, is nominated for a rematch with Island Commish after being eliminated by bumping at the start of the Franklin Simpson. The Joe Orseno-trained son of American Pharoah won the My Frenchman at Monmouth in his prior start.

    Rancho Alegre’s Monforte, who has won five of his last six starts, including the Bears Den at Gulfstream last time out, is also prominent on the list of nominations, as is Rodolphe Brisset-trained Ragtime Blues, who was second in the Gr. III Laz Barrera at Santa Anita in June.

    Trainer Michael Maker is expected to be well-represented in both stakes. He nominated two for the Showing Up and five for the Cellars Shiraz, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted 33 nominations. Maker will be represented by Gelfenstein Farm and Andry Blanco’s Angelus Warrior, the runner-up in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury in June, and Skychai Racing’s Jolting Joe, a New York-bred stakes-winner.

    Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s Evil Lyn, who captured the Hilltop Stakes on the Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico on Oct. 1, tops the Maker nominees for the Cellars Shiraz.

    The nominations list also includes fillies trained by Championship Meet regulars Christophe Clement, Arnaud Delacoeur and Mark Casse, as well as Maker and newcomer Brad Cox.

    Clement is represented by R Unicorn Stable’s Faccio Io, a graded stakes-placed filly in Europe who has yet to start in the U. S., and Malibeauty, who has won two of five starts on dirt. Delacoeur nominated Secret Time, a graded stakes-placed filly in Europe who finished a troubled fifth in the Hilltop in her U. S. debut, and Lucky Money, who finished third in the Dueling Grounds Oaks before winning a Keeneland allowance.

    Casse nominated three, including Mo of the West, who has won three of her last four starts, all at Gulfstream. Cox-trained A d’Oro, who has three published works at Gulfstream’s satellite training facility Palm Meadows, is coming off a maiden win at Belmont Park.

    The Gulfstream Park West stakes action will continue on , Nov. 14 with nine stakes, including five Sunshine Millions Preview races.

Vasquez Wins Four

    Jockey Miguel Vasquez visited the winner’s circle four times this afternoon. Vasquez won the first race aboard Long Beach Kid ($23), the sixth on Friendly Fella ($8), the seventh on Front Loaded ($14), and the eighth with Victory Crusade ($38.60)

Friday, October 30, 2020
Replaces Dave Bailey . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park's management has announced the appointment of Michael Costanzo as racing secretary. Costanzo, the assistant racing secretary the past year, replaces outgoing secretary Dave Bailey.

    “We’re delighted with the work Mike has done for more than 10 years at Gulfstream. He’s excelled at all positions and he has a great understanding of the industry,” said Mike Lakow, Vice President of Racing. “His hard work and dedication has earned him this promotion, which is well deserved. We are confident Mike will build on our year-round program.”

    Costanzo, a native of Chicago who has worked in the racing office since 2009, had served as stakes coordinator at Gulfstream for five years before becoming assistant racing secretary. He served as the editor of the Breeders’ Cup Notes Team for five years and also was the former public relations manager at Calder Race Course.

    A product of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Costanzo’s first job in the industry was in 2000 as an admission office intern at Arlington Park. He was also the public address announcer during spring training for the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Rainbow 6 will go on Saturday . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - A mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 pool has been scheduled for Saturday’s program at Gulfstream West.

    Heading into Friday’s program, the multi-race wager has gone unsolved for seven programs following a $249,204 jackpot hit on Oct. 18. Multiple tickets with five out of six winners today were each worth $843.22. The jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $175,000 for Friday’s program.


    Friday’s sequence will span Races 3-8, kicked off by a mile optional claiming allowance on turf for state-bred 3-year-olds and up. Sassy But Smart, who was beaten by less than two lengths in a fourth-place finish in the Palm Beach during the Championship Meet, and Till the End, who has been 1-2-3 in his last four starts at the level, appear to be the key contenders.

    Race 4 is a six-furlong race for $50,000 maiden claiming 2-year-old fillies. Terry’s Dream, a daughter of Jess’s Dream who finished second in her recent debut, will be taken on by a pair of first-time starters by California Chrome and Not This Time, and four others. A five-furlong turf dash for Florida-bred fillies and mares follows in Race 5, featuring the return of Daddy’s Joy, who graduated in her first start for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. in her first start at Gulfstream Park last time out. In only her third career start, the daughter of Daddy Long Legs will concede considerable experience to her eight rivals.

    A seven-furlong maiden special weight race for fillies and mares will start off the second half of the sequence in Race 6. Todd Pletcher-trained Abilene Trail, a 3-year-old daughter of Curlin, will return from a 13-month layoff while facing five rivals, including Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained Cozy Café, who finished a troubled third in her  recent debut. The sequence will be wrapped up with a mile race for $8,000 claimers in Race 8 and a 1 1/16-mile turf race for $16,000 maiden claimers, 3-year-olds and up, in Race 9

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Journeyman sire leads Bucchero by 20 . . .

    Journeyman Stud's Khozan is No. 1 on the list of mares bred by Florida stallions this season with 181, and with good reason. The son of Distorted Humor ran away with Florida's leading freshman sire title in 2019 and is the runaway leader again on this year's general sire list with progeny earnings approaching $3 million.

    Khozan currently has bred 20 more mares than Pleasant Acres' Bucchero, whose second crop breedings have reached 161. The statistics supplied by The Jockey Club are not complete, awaiting late reports. Journeyman also has the No. 5 sire on the list, St. Patrick's Day, the full brother to American Pharoah, with 116.

    There are 72 Florida stallions on the U. S. list and Ocala Stud leads among the Floridians with seven in the top 23. Pleasant Acres has five. 

The top 23:   

1 - Khozan (Journeyman Stud) - 181

2 - Bucchero (Pleasant Acres) -161

 3 - Adios Charlie (Ocala Stud) - 138

 4 - Girvin (Ocala Stud) - 124

 5- St. Patrick's Day (Journeyman Stud) - 116

 6 - The Big Beast (Ocala Stud) - 84

 7 - Awesome Slew (Ocala Stud) - 71

 8- Neolithic (Pleasant Aces) - 61

 9 - Brethren (Arindel) - 60

10 - Jess's Dream (Ocala Stud) - 57

11 - Cajun Breeze (Stonehedge Farm) - 45

12 - First Dude (Double Diamond) - 44

13 - Valiant Minister (Bridlewood) - 41

14 - Katz My Song (Champagne Farm) - 37

15 - Rogueish (Oakton Farm Stallions) - 34 

16 - Greenpointcrusader (Ocala Stud) - 33

 17 - Bahamian Squall (Double Diamond) - 29

        Noble Bird (Ocala Stud) - 29

 19 - Long On Value (Pleasant Acres) - 24

 20 - Big Drama (Oakton Farm Stallions) - 21

 21 - Handsome Mike (Pleasant Acres) - 20

        Chitu (Bridlewood) - 20

 23 - Ride On Curlin (Pleasant Acres) - 19

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Blue Gator takes New York Breeders' Futurity by 4 1/2 . . .

    Three Diamonds Farm’s Blue Gator is two-for-two and a stakes-winner after pressing the pace from the outside in Monday’s $218,075 New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes, taking command after straightening away in the stretch and drawing off to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

    Trained by Mike Maker, the 2-year-old colt by Liam’s Map has earned $159,445 to date. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5. 

    A pair of 2020 OBS March graduates broke their maidens in Japan on Saturday, followed by a third on Sunday.

    Kazumi Yoshida’s Russian Samovar scored at first asking at Kyoto, taking over in mid-stretch, then holding off a late charge to score by a head in an 1800m maiden test. The 2-year-old daughter of American Pharoah, trained by Mikio Matsunaga, earned $66,667 USD for the effort. At the March Sale, she sped an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5, then was purchased for $650,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment. 

    Trainer Hideyuki Mori unveiled Yui Matsushima’s Super Wooper for her first start at Kyoto in a 1200m turf test and the 2-year-old daughter of Overanalyze did not disappoint, taking the lead at the start and never looking back en route to a two-length score worth $66,667 USD. At the sale, she turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 and was sold by Golden Rock Thoroughbreds, Agent, for $150,000.

    Yukio Baba’s Olympic Day scored on Sunday in his second start, posting a two-length victory in a 1200m maiden test at Nigata for trainer Masayuki Nishimura. The 2-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro, who has earned $55,238 USD to date, was consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, and sold for $420,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. 

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Second start for Gladys . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - Dede McGehee’s Gladys, a 2-year-old full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, graduated today at Gulfstream West with an 11-1 upset victory in a one-mile maiden special weight event.

    The filly by Medaglia d’Oro-Lotta Kim roared from off the pace to score a three-length victory in her second career start and first around two turns. In her Sept. 18 debut at six furlongs, Gladys encountered trouble leaving the starting gate and was never a factor. Trained by Kelsey Danner, she ran a mile over a sloppy track today in 1:38.80 under Angel Arroyo.

    Gladys, who was bred by Mc Gehee’s Heaven Trees Farm, is Lotta Kim’s eighth foal of racing age. Of course, Rachel Alexandra, who captured three 2009 Gr. I's, the Preakness, Haskell and Woodward, on her way to being crowned racing’s champion, is by far the most accomplished offspring of the eight.


Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $125,000

   The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $125,000 for Wednesday’s program. First race post is noon. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the fifth racing day since one lucky ticket-holder hit for a $249,204 jackpot. Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $773.58.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
More tidbits from around the ovals . . .

    (1) In another of those bizarre finishes much like reported in the last 'Notes' where the numbers of the five horses in one race wound up 5-4-3-2-1, here's one that occurred on Oct. 16 at Gulfstream West.

    The winner in the six-horse field was Swaggy George, who was the even-money favorite. Finishing second was Heavenly Blessing, who was the second choice at 4-1. Third was Exchange Day, who was the third choice at 9/2. Fourth was Savatiano, the fourth choice at 5-1. Fifth was Osprey, the fifth choice at 6-1. Sixth and last was Gege Conquest, the sixth choice at 9-1. 

    Congratulations to the betting public that day; they got it right on the money in this one. 

    (2) I'm far from being a trainer and I'm certainly not familiar with many of the little nuances of entering a horse in a race, then keeping him or her in the race instead of scratching due to weather or track surface changes. However, I wonder why, in certain cases (with big purses), a trainer wouldn't let a horse run if that race came off the grass and there were so many scratches that remaining in the field would wind up in an easy payday even if the horse didn't run well.

    Here's one instance to illustrate the point. When Circle 8 Ranch's Dur a Cuire was making her 2-year-old debut at Churchill Downs, the one-mile maiden special turf race with a juicy purse of $95,000 was switched to the main track. From an original field of 16 - which included also-eligibles - there were 12 scratches, but owner Troy Levy and trainer Michelle Nihei opted to leave Dur a Cuire in to make up a four-horse field.

    The filly was off last with Channing Hill and was never a threat, finishing 28 lengths behind on the sloppy track. And the check for fourth place was $4,750. That's about three months or so of training bills, and Dur a Cuire certainly wasn't hurt by the effort; in fact, she was probably ready to race again in short order. Something to think about.

    (3) It's no secret that the number of mares being bred in Florida has plummeted in recent years, making it more and more difficult to bring stallions in at the end of their racing careers. Proving that point is this season's Florida freshman sire list, which consists of just three names, one of whom is inconsequential. The number of Kentucky stallions who get books of more than 100 dwarfs that of Florida, where the 100+ types are few and far between. 

    One who has bucked the trend is Bucchero, the first son of Kantharos to go to stud and who started out with a bang at Pleasant Acres Stallions last year. Despite arriving late, the near-millionaire proved to be very popular and Joe and Helen Barbazon were able to get 130 mares to him in his initial book. It was going to be very interesting to see what the second year brought, and it turns out it has been even better - Bucchero bred 161 mares this season. 

   (4) Kentucky Downs has announced its schedule for 2021, and there will be six racing days again for the meeting that has been featuring the highest average field size in the country in recent years. The meet opens on Sept. 5 and takes in the Labor Day weekend, with purses averaging about $2 million a day. 

       This year, there were 62 races contested over the six days and it produced a record handle for the track - $59,828,444. Last year, for five days, 50 races produced a handle of $41,239,699.

    There are several major benefits for handicappers making wagers at Kentucky Downs.

(1) The huge pools make it rare for a horse to drop three points as the race is in progress as happens at so many other tracks.

(2) The competitive fields make for very few 3/5 and 4/5 shots.

(3) Some of the best jockeys in the country show up for the festivities. 

(4) The seemingly interminable stretch run gives late runners a much better chance to be competitive than at tracks where if they're 8 or 10 lengths behind at the top of the stretch they have very little chance to win.  

    

     

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Winning ticket pays $249,204 . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved today at Gulfstream West for a jackpot payoff of $249,204.     

     The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for the first 11 racing days of the Fall Turf Festival before a single ticket was purchased with the 3-8-6-8-7-13 winning combination
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    Galit Jak ($4.60) kicked off the sequence in Race 4, followed by Myfirstexwife ($64.40), Running for Riz ($32.60), I Get It ($19.20) and She’s All Woman ($6.40). Shendam ($9.20), one of nine ‘live’ horses in a 12-horse field in the finale, completed the jackpot-winning ticket.

    The Rainbow 6 will start anew Wednesday. There will be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $2,342,35 heading into the program.


Miss Auramet Makes Triumphant Return 

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    Miss Auramet impressed in her return to Gulfstream West, validating her 3-5 favoritism with a thoroughly professional 1 ½-length triumph in Race 3, a five-furlong optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares on the grass.

    The Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained 4-year-old filly, who spent a productive summer in the Mid-Atlantic with trainer Jorge Duarte Jr., won for the seventh time in 16 career starts while capturing her third straight. The daughter of Uncaptured, owned by Laurie Plesa, Leon Ellman and David Melin, was coming off back-to-back off-the-turf victories at Delaware Park and Laurel Park.

    Miss Auramet pressed the pace set by Hear My Prayer, who cut out fractions of :21.96 and :44.68 for the first half-mile. She drew away in the stretch under Edgard Zayas to complete the five furlongs over a ‘good’ course in :57.50.

    Prior to shipping out of town, the versatile Miss Auramet had scored three straight victories, two on turf and one on a sloppy main track, during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet.

Paco Lopez Back in Action Wednesday

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      Paco Lopez, who, like Miss Auramet, spend a productive summer in the Mid-Atlantic, is slated to make his 2020 debut at GW Wednesday. Lopez, who celebrated his 35th birthday today, has been named to ride in five races. The Veracruz, Mexico native, who is coming off his second-straight title at Monmouth Park, captured the 2019 riding title at Gulfstream West while riding full-time here.

Friday, October 16, 2020
4 tracks - $100,000 guaranteed pool. . .
    LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 will feature races today from Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park and Gulfstream West along with an industry-low 12-percent takeout and a $100,000 guaranteed pool.

     Four of the five races in the Stronach 5 will be maiden events. Races from Santa Anita and Golden Gate will feature 2-year-old maidens while races from Gulfstream West and Laurel will feature maiden 3-year-olds and up. The only race in the sequence not for maidens will be the second leg, Laurel’s seventh race, an optional claimer at six furlongs on the main track.              

                                    Friday’s races and sequence

           Leg One – Gulfstream West 8th Race: (12 entries, 7 ½ furlongs turf) 3:58 ET, 12:58 PT

·         Leg Two –Laurel Park 7th Race: (8 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:04 ET, 1:04 PT

·         Leg Three –Laurel Park 8th Race (9 entries, 1 mile) 4:49 ET, 1:49 PT

·         Leg Four –Santa Anita 3th Race: (10 entries, 5 ½ furlongs turf) 5:08 ET, 2:08 PT

·         Leg Five –Golden Gate Fields 3rd Race: (8 entries, 1-mile) 5:25 ET, 2:25 PT
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Lisa McGreevy consigned the $225,000 filly . . .

    Hip No. 149, a daughter of Not This Time consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent, went to Tonja Terranova, Agent, for $225,000 to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s Selected Sale of Yearlings. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Midnight Magic, by Midnight Lute, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Coalport.

    Hip No. 248, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, was purchased by Colt Pike Bloodstock, Agent for $200,000. The bay filly, a half-sister to stakes-winner March X Press, is out of stakes-placed Indian Rush, by Indian Charlie.

    Hip No. 121, a son of Wildcat Red consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, was sold to Patrice Miller, EQB Inc., Agent, for $180,000. The chestnut colt is out of Ivory Meadow, by Meadowlake, a daughter of stakes-placed Ivory Dance.

    Karl & Cathi Glassman paid $140,000 for Hip No. 173, a son of Practical Joke consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent. The bay colt is out of Polyester, by Tiz Wonderful, and is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Harpers First Ride, winner of the Gr. III Pimlico Special on Oct. 2.

    Hip No. 194, a daughter of Uncaptured consigned by Dynasty Thoroughbreds, was sold for $140,000 to Randy Bradshaw. The bay filly, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Elusive Lady, is out of Song of Royalty, by Unbridled’s Song.

    Hip No. 179, Ready’s Humor, a son of Distorted Humor consigned by Colin Brennan Bloodstock, Agent, was purchased by Paul Sharp for $125,000. The chestnut colt, a full brother to graded stakes-winner Machen, is out of graded stakes-winner Ready’s Gal, by More Than Ready.

    Champion Equine LLC paid $125,000 for Hip No. 209, a daughter of Upstart consigned by Silver Oaks Farm (Danielle Loya), Agent. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Who’sbeeninmybed, by The Daddy, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Mr. Bowling.

    Hip No. 180, a daughter of Valiant Minister consigned by Colin Brennan Bloodstock, Agent for Baoma Corp, went to Quarter Pole Enterprises LLC for $120,000. The gray or roan filly is out of Resilient Humor, by Distorted Humor, a daughter of Gr. I winner Sassy Image.

    Zedan Racing Stables, Inc. went to $155,000 for Hip No. 39, a son of Empire Maker consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, to top the 2-Year Olds and Horses of Racing Age section. The 2-year-old bay colt, whose quarter in :21 1/5 was co-fastest at the distance at the Under Tack Show, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Majestic River out of graded stakes-placed stakes winner Tempus Fugit, by Alphabet Soup.

    Hip No. 58, Slashing, a 2-year-old son of Nyquist who won impressively in maiden special weight company last Wednesday at Gulfstream West, was sold to Red Oak Farm Inc. for $100,000. The bay colt, consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is a half brother to champion Proud Spell out of graded stakes-placed Proud Pearl, by Proud Citizen.

    For the Selected Yearling Sale, 80 horses sold for $3,338,000, compared with 130 yearlings bringing $5,689,200 a year ago. The average price was $41,725, compared with $43,763 last year, while the median price was $29,000, compared with $30,000 in 2019. The buyback percentage was 40.7%; it was 30.1% a year ago.

    For the 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age section, 29 horses sold for $816,500, averaging $28,155 with a $16,000 median figure.

Monday, October 12, 2020
Sale begins tomorrow at noon . . .

    A filly by Candy Ride, a gelding by Uncaptured and a colt by Empire Maker sped quarters in : 21 1/5 to share honors for the fastest work at the distance at the Under Tack Show for the 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age section of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s October Sale.

    Hip No. 2, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is a bay filly by Candy Ride out of stakes-placed Garnet Crystals, by Lion Heart, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Rerun.

    Hip No. 35, a bay gelding by Uncaptured consigned by Ocala Stud, is out of stakes- winner Shining Moment, by Yes It’s True.

    Hip No. 39, a bay colt by Empire Maker also consigned by Top Line, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Majestic River out of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Tempus Fugit, by Alphabet Soup.

    Hip No. 17, a bay colt by Kitten’s Joy consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, turned in a quarter in :21 2/5. He’s out of Magicalcarpetride, by Smart Strike, a half-sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Smooth Roller.

    The fastest three eighths was by Hip No. 44, a colt by Anchor Down consigned by Navas Equine, Agent, who stopped the timer in :33 2/5. He’s a half- brother to stakes- placed Tale Twister out of Abounding Love, by Tale of the Cat.

    Hip No. 56, Annette’s Humor, a 4-year-old chestnut filly by Shackleford consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, breezed the day’s fastest three eighths, clocked in :33 1/5. She’s a half-sister to stakes-winner Sweet Juana out of Whimsical Miss, by Distorted Humor.

    Hip No. 50, a bay filly by Speightster consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent, worked the session’s fastest eighth, stopping the timer in :10 1/5. She’s out of Bern Legacy, by Bernstein, a daughter of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Penny Marie.

    Hip No. 58, Slashing, a colt by Nyquist consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, broke his maiden impressively in maiden special weight company this past Wednesday at Gulfstream West, leading all the way and winning by 5 1/4 lengths. The bay colt is out of graded stakes-placed Proud Pearl, by Proud Citizen, a full sister to champion Proud Spell.  

    The October Sale begins Tuesday, at noon with the 2-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age section, cataloged as Hip No.’s 1 – 59. The Selected Yearling Sale begins immediately following the Horses of Racing Age, selling as Hip No.’s 101 – 270. The Open Yearling Sale, now cataloged as Hip No.’s 301 – 721, is set for Wednesday and will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, October 9, 2020
Dont Float the Boat impresses in debut . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 tomorrow at Gulfstream West.

  The multi-race wager went unsolved for the fourth day at the Fall Turf Festival Meet today, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $8,281.

    Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, including five races with full fields of 12, three of them on turf. The featured Race 8, a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance on turf, attracted a field of 12 3-year-olds and up, plus three also-eligibles. Carlos David-trained Sir Seamus, 3-1 in the morning line, had won three turf races in a row before finishing fourth last time out in an off-the-turf optional claiming allowance. Patrick Biancone-trained Prince of Arabia enters the feature off a troubled third-place finish in the Richard Henry Lee Stakes at Gulfstream. Rohan Crichton-trained American Phenom, who recently captured an maiden special weight race impressively, is one of four last-out winners in the field.

    First-race post time is set for noon, kicking off a three-day Columbus Day holiday weekend. There will be live-racing program on Monday.

Dont Float the Ice Dazzles in Speedy Debut Win

    Dont Float the Ice, a 2-year-old son of Can the Man, made a dazzling debut today, scoring a front-running maiden special weight victory on turf.

    Ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, Dont Float the Ice rocketed out of the starting gate and set fractions of :21.58 and :44.70 on his way to a :57.02 clocking for five furlongs over a firm turf course. The Florida-bred colt is trained by Carl Deville, whose stable is based at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County since departing hurricane-stricken Louisiana.

    Dont Float the Ice, who is owned by Jerry Caroom, finished 5 ¼ lengths clear of Jose Pinchin-trained Driving Wind, who was making a bid to become the first offspring of Big Blue Kitten to win a race.

    Later on the program, trainer Herman Wilensky saddled his first starter since May of 2019 and visited the winner’s circle after homebred Harry’s Ontheloose ($15) captured the Race 7 feature, a five-furlong optional claiming allowance on turf.

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Opening day is Dec. 2 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, which has evolved into one of sport’s most exciting and prestigious days, and the Florida Derby, producer of an amazing 60 Triple Crown race winners, will highlight Gulfstream Park’s 2020-2021 Championship Meet that begins Wednesday, Dec. 2.

    Having attracted the world’s top horses and horsemen since 1939, Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will offer a total of 75 stakes, including 41 graded-stakes, worth $13.06 million in purses.

     Entering its fifth year, the Pegasus World Cup Championship Series has continued to attract the sport’s biggest stars including champions Arrogate, Gun Runner and California Chrome as well as 2019 winner City of Light and international sensations Aerolithe, Kukulkan and Magic Wand. The race has also brought out stars from film, music and fashion including Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Snoop Dogg, Olivia Culpo, Usher, Vanessa Hudgens, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell and Bella Thorne.

     Pegasus World Cup Day falls on Jan. 23, 2021 and will feature seven stakes, all graded, worth $4.8 million led by the $3 million Gr. I Pegasus World Cup for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and the $1 million Gr. I Pegasus World Cup Turf for 4-year-olds and up going 1 3/16 miles on the grass.

    Gun Runner, Horse of the Year in 2017; 2014 and 2016 Horse of the Year California Chrome; 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate, the champion 3-year-old colt of 2016; and Mexico’s undefeated Triple Crown champion Kukulkan are among the prominent horses that have competed in the Pegasus World Cup since its 2017 debut.

    The Pegasus World Cup Turf saw its inaugural winner Bricks and Mortar go on to complete an undefeated 2019 season and be named both champion turf male and Horse of the Year. Irish star Magic Wand, a multiple group stakes-winner of nearly $5 million, has finished second in both years of the event.

    Florida Derby Day will take place on March 27, anchored by the $800,000 Gr. I Florida Derby, the country’s leading classic prep race that has produced 45 starters who have gone on to win 60 Triple Crown events, a list that grew when 2020 winner Tiz the Law captured the Belmont Stakes in June.

    The 1 1/8-mile Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a day of 10 stakes, six graded, worth $1.95 million. Among the graded events is the $250,000, Gr. II Gulfstream Park Oaks, the Derby’s 3-year-old filly counterpart, won in 2020 by Swiss Skydiver, who became only the sixth filly in history to capture the Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3.

    The Derby is the culmination of a rich and diverse stakes schedule for 3-year-olds during the Championship Meet that kicks off with the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Jan. 2 and continues with the $200,000, Gr. III Holy Bull and $100,000, Gr. III Swale on Jan. 30, $350,000, Gr. II Fountain of Youth on Feb. 27, and $100,000, Gr. III Hutcheson on March 6.

    Tiz the Law launched his sophomore season in the Holy Bull, a race that has produced a number of Gr. 1 winners including Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby winners Always Dreaming (2017) and Barbaro (2016); Florida Derby winners Audible (2018), Dialed In (2011), Friends Lake (2004) and Harlan’s Holiday (2002); as well as Gr. 1 winners Jackson Bend, Editor’s Note and Keen Ice.

    Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby winners Orb (2013), Thunder Gulch (1995), Spectacular Bid (1979) and Tim Tam (1958) are among dozens of horses that have gone on to further graded success through the history of the Fountain of Youth, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021.

    Sophomore fillies also have a lucrative series on dirt to target, anchored by the Gulfstream Park Oaks and preceded by the $100,000 Cash Run on Jan. 1, $100,000 Glitter Woman on Jan. 2, $100,000, Gr. III Forward Gal on Jan. 30 and $200,000, Gr. II Davona Dale on Feb. 27.

    Gulfstream’s 3-year-old turf stakes include the $100,000, Gr. III Kitten’s Joy and $100,000, Gr. III Sweetest Chant on Jan. 30, $100,000, Gr. III Palm Beach and $100,000, Gr. III Herecomesthebride on Feb. 27, and $100,000 Cutler Bay and $100,000 Sanibel Island on March 27.

    Among the major events scheduled for the turf course are the $200,000, Gr. II Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 12, $100,000, Gr. III Tropical Turf on Jan. 9, $150,000, Gr. III W. L. McKnight on Jan. 23, $100,000, Gr. III Gulfstream Park Sprint on Feb. 13, $200,000, Gr. II Mac Diarmida and $150,000, Gr. III Canadian Turf on Feb. 27, and $200,000, Gr. II Pan American and $100,000, Gr. III Appleton on March 27.

 
    Graded turf stakes for older fillies and mares include the $150,000, Gr. III Marshua’s River and $150,000, Gr. III La Prevoyante on Jan. 23, $100,000, Gr. III Suwannee River on Feb. 6, $150,000, Gr. III Honey Fox and $150,000, Gr. III The Very One on Feb. 27, and $100,000, Gr. III Orchid on March 27.

    For the ninth year, Gulfstream will play host to the $835,000 Claiming Crown on the Championship Meet’s opening Saturday, Dec. 5. The Claiming Crown, comprised of nine stakes races featuring the blue-collar horses that are the backbone of the racing industry, is highlighted by the $200,000 Jewel.

    Florida-breds will be in the spotlight once again on Jan. 16 with the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Day program featuring the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, which has produced such horses as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, multiple Gr. 1 winner Lava Man and the popular 16-time career winner Best of the Rest.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Derby winner Authentic loses stretch battle to McPeek filly . . .

    BALTIMORE – Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver prevailed over Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in a thrilling stretch duel to capture the 145th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, becoming the sixth filly to win the 1 3/16-mile classic for 3-year-olds.

    The Preakness, traditionally the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, concluded the classic series for 3-year-olds after being postponed from May 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Jockey Club’s signature event was renewed without fans in attendance, as were the Belmont Stakes on June 20 and the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.

    Swiss Skydiver ($25.40) defeated Authentic by a neck to become the first filly since Rachel Alexandra (2009) to win the race while thwarting the bid by the 3-2 favorite’s trainer, Bob Baffert, to win a record-breaking eighth Preakness.

  Trained by Kenny McPeek, the 3-year-old daughter of Daredevil joined Nellie Morse (1924), Rhine Maiden (1915), Whimsical (1906), Flocarline (1903), and Rachel Alexandra as the only fillies to beat the boys in the Preakness. She joined such a rare club while turning in a final running time of 1:53.28, second only to 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat’s 1:53 clocking.

    Swiss Skydiver, who had finished second in the July 11 Blue Grass at Keeneland in her only previous start against colts, was the beneficiary of a quick decision by jockey Robby Albarado that helped propel her to the lead leaving the backstretch. From there, she fought off a relentless outside challenge from Authentic around the turn and throughout the stretch run to win her fifth graded stakes this year.

    “She is just a real bull," McPeek said. "She loves what she does every day. She likes to go to work. She wants to go out early because she doesn't want to wait to go out. And Robby and I have had a great week here this week. We basically flew up together. We had breakfast, lunch, dinner. I think we were rowing in the same direction and the mojo was good and it happened.”

?????????????????????????????????????????    Swiss Skydiver provided Albarado his first Gr. 1 stakes victory since 2017. The????????? veteran jockey, who rode Curlin to a Preakness score in 2007, has ridden more than???? 5,200 winners during his career, and hadn’t won a graded stakes this year until today. When Tyler Gaffalione opted out of traveling to Pimlico for the Preakness, McPeek? decided to give Albarado a shot despite the fact that his business had slowed the past?????? few ?yea?rs.??????

    “Well, I owe it all to Kenny. I mean, he believed in me still and, sorry, it's Kenny. It's all Kenny,” Albarado said. “People started thinking I can't do it anymore and Kenny was there, just when I needed someone.”

????    It looked like a genius decision by McPeek following his first success in the Preakness. Albarado saved ground aboard Swiss Skydiver around the first turn and along the backstretch before easing her around tiring pacesetter Thousand Words, who set fractions of :24.48 and :47.65 for the first half mile, nearing the half-mile pole. After splitting horses, Albarado sent Swiss Skydiver back to the rail, where she pulled alongside Authentic heading into the far turn and was talented and tough enough to beat the Derby winner to the finish.

    “I've had a lot of special horses in my career, but she's definitely right there at the top right now and I don't see a long time until another one does something like that to me,” McPeek said. “We work hard every day. And it's a game of failures is the thing about it. I've had actually a streak for Peter that I wasn't proud of. It seemed like we went six or seven years and we really didn't have the kind of horses we wanted.”

    Swiss Skydiver captured her fifth graded stakes win in a season that included triumphs in the Gr. II Gulfstream Park Oaks, Gr. III Fantasy at Oaklawn, Gr. II Santa Anita Oaks and Gr. I Alabama at Saratoga. She was coming off a second-place finish in the Gr. I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5.

    Authentic, who captured the Kentucky Derby with a dominating front-running performance, was beaten to the lead by Thousand Words, and sat outside his Baffert-trained stablemate around the first turn and into the backstretch before taking a brief lead.

    “By the backstretch, I tried to open up, but he just stood there and Swiss Skydiver came to him,” said Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who was seeking his first Preakness victory. “I tried to get him rolling again, but he just stayed with that other horse from the half-mile pole to the wire.”

    When Baffert saddled Triple Crown champion Justify for a victory in the 2018 Preakness, he tied the record for most wins by a trainer with Robert Wyndham Walden, who saddled seven between 1875 and 1888.

    Authentic finished 9 ¾ lengths clear of third-place finisher Jesus’ Team, who was a neck ahead of Art Collector, the 5-2 second choice.

    “I was hoping he was on the lead. But he got beat. He had the whole stretch to get by her. She ran a gallant race,” Baffert said. “He’s a free-running horse and likes to be on the lead. I saw he wasn’t on the lead and was struggling a little bit.”

    Authentic’s second-place finish marked the first time that a Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby winner lost the Preakness. However, his previous five Derby winners came back in two weeks to win the Preakness. There was a four-week span between the two classics this year.

    McPeek said the Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at Keeneland on Nov. 7 is the likely target for Swiss Skydiver but didn’t completely rule out the Breeder’s Cup Classic the same day.

Friday, October 2, 2020
They'll be shooting for purse money totaling $211,000 . . .

    The South Florida racing scene shifts to Gulfstream West tomorrow with a 10-race program that has drawn 115 entries, even with one 6-horse race carded and one with sevenFirst post is at noon. 

    The meeting at old Calder Race Course runs through Nov. 28. 

    There is $211,000 in purse money waiting for the top finishers in five claiming races, four maiden claimers, and the featured ninth race, a $38,000 allowance optional claimer at five furlongs on the grass, with 14 entered. In all, there are five races scheduled for the grass. 

    

    

Monday, September 28, 2020
Authentic draws post 9 . . .
    BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner Authentic will headline a field of 11 3-year-olds entered in the 145th Preakness Stakes, which will bring down the curtain on a most unusual 2020 Triple Crown campaign Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

    The Bob Baffert-trained colt was installed at 9-5 in the morning line at the post-position draw for the 1 3/16-mile classic that traditionally has been the ‘Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown’ in mid-May. Due to postponements forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Belmont Stakes, traditional third leg of the Triple Crown, went first on June 20, followed by the Kentucky Derby, which was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Preakness was originally slated for May 16.

    In a quest to win a record eighth Preakness, Baffert will also saddle Thousand Words, who is listed at 6-1. When Baffert saddled Triple Crown winner Justify for a victory in the 2018 Preakness, he tied the record for most wins by a trainer with 19th century Hall of Fame trainer Robert Wyndham Walden, who saddled seven between 1875 and 1888.

    Authentic, owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Starlight Stable, led throughout in the 1 ¼ miles of the Derby on his way to a 1 ¼-length triumph over Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law. The colt drew Post No. 9 for the Preakness.

     “I didn’t want to be in the 1-hole and I didn’t want to be in the 11 with him,” Baffert said. “But he’s got to get away from there well. He’s a good gate horse.”

     Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Spendthrift Farm LLC's Thousand Words, who was a late Derby scratch after rearing and falling while being saddled in the Churchill paddock, drew Post No. 5.

    “He’s fine [there],” said Baffert, repeating his preference for avoiding Posts No. 1 and 11.

    Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who rode Authentic for the first time in the Derby, has the return mount. Florent Geroux is named to ride Thousand Words, who will be equipped with blinkers once again after running twice without them.

    Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector is rated second at 5-2 in the morning line in his quest to win a sixth straight race. The son of 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini had earned his way into the Kentucky Derby field with a victory in the July 11 Blue Grass at Keeneland but missed a start in the Run for the Roses due to a minor foot issue. Art Collector, who hasn’t run since winning the Aug. 9 Ellis Park Derby, drew Post No. 3 for his first start in the Triple Crown series.

    “That’s kind of the same spot we’ve been in every time,” said trainer Tommy Drury, whose Preakness contender broke from Post No. 4 for the Ellis Park Derby and Post No. 3 for his two previous races. “Obviously, this has kind of been our trip every time; we’re down inside like that.”

    Drury, who awarded the return mount to Brian Hernandez Jr., is expecting a competitive Preakness. “I think it’s a good race," he said. "When you get to this level, you can make a case for all of them. On any day, any of these horses can jump up and run a big race. You can see that from top to bottom. Kenny [McPeek] is obviously high on his filly [Swiss Skydiver] or he wouldn’t be coming. Authentic is doing fantastic. I know he’s been training lights out at Churchill. Let the doors open, let everybody have a good clean trip, and let’s have the best horse win.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Gulfstream West opens Saturday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - A mandatory payout on closing day of the Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park yielded multiple payoffs of $218,767.

    The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for 15 days heading into today's mandatory payout. A carryover pool of $745,396.50 helped generate a Rainbow 6 handle of $3,922,471. The Late Pick-5 produced a $21,513 payoff.

    Apprentice-on-the-rise Alberto Burgos finished up the Spring/Summer Meet with an impressive four-win day, taking both ends of the early double with Inedatequila ($9.80) and Grace’s Drama ($5.80). He added victories aboard Vuyelwa ($13) in Race 4 and Yodel E. A. Who ($5.40) in Race 10.

    Edgard Zayas successfully defended his Spring/Summer Meet jockey title with 137 wins, 10 more than runner-up Miguel Vasquez. Zayas also was first in purses-won with more than $4.15 million.

    Saffie Joseph Jr. led the trainers with 59 victories, while Ralph Nicks topped all trainers with more than $1.5 in purses-won. Stonehedge Farm was tops among owners with 24 wins and $1,190,720 in purses.

    South Florida racing action will move to Gulfstream West on Saturday, for the Fall Turf Festival Meet, which will offer 41 programs through Nov. 26. Racing will be conducted five days a week on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule with one exception.  A special Columbus Day program will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 12 instead of Wednesday, Oct. 14.

    Due to Covid-19 protocols, racing will be conducted without spectators. Owners will be allowed to attend the races only on the days their horses are scheduled to run. 

    Live racing will return to Gulfstream Park for the 2020-2021 Championship Meet in December.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
$30,000 OBS filly has earned $430,300 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Princess Secret didn’t sweep the Florida Sire Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. But she did the next best thing, taking the final two legs, including Saturday’s $400,000 My Dear Girl Division.

    The 2-year-old daughter of Khozan ran down Restofthestory in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile race to take the third and final leg of the annual fixture for offspring of registered Florida sires.

     “This is what horse racing’s all about,” said winning trainer and owner Daniel Pita. “It’s about trying to get the one horse that will put you on the map.”

     With Miguel Vasquez in the irons, Princess Secret settled into a stalking position, several lengths behind a determined Restofthestory, before making her move on the final turn and pulling off late to win by a half-length.

     “She fights every time. She’s all heart,” Pita said. “The pace set up exactly how we thought it would be. We knew Restofthestory was going to be the pace setter. It was smart of Miguel to sit back and save the horse for the end.”

 Big Rings, the 6-5 favorite, ran third.

     Princess Secret was making her fifth career start, and her first in a two-turn event. She had finished second to Go Jo Jo Go in the first leg of the series, the Desert Vixen, on Aug. 1 before winning the second leg, the Susan’s Girl, on Aug. 29. She has never finished worse than second in any of her races and now has career earnings of $430,300 – not bad for a filly who was a $30,000 yearling purchase by Pita out of the Journeyman Stud consignment at the OBS October sale in 2019. She was bred by Brent and Crystal Fernung, owners of Journeyman Stud, where Florida's leading sire, the immensely successful Khozan, stands.

     “Every single time she shows up, and you can see what kind of special filly she is,” Pita said.

     The question now becomes whether Pita decides to continue racing her this year or prefers to give her some time off to freshen up and prepare for a 3-year-old campaign.  A possible date in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland in November has not been ruled out.

     “She’s run hard all summer,” Pita said. “We won’t know, probably, until the beginning of next week if she’s going to remain in training for the rest of the year. She probably deserves a rest. She’ll tell us if she can give us another effort and, believe me, Keeneland’s in the back of my mind a little bit. But I’m not going to commit to anything just yet.”

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Stonehedge gelding denied Florida Sire Stakes sweep . . .

Boca Boy Plays Spoiler as Breeze On By Falls Short in Bid for Sire Stakes Sweep

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Breeze On By had dead aim on Boca Boy seeking a historic sweep of the Florida Sire Stakes for male 2-year-olds. With a furlong to the wire, he had pulled to within two lengths of the frontrunner.

    But Boca Boy refused to allow the 1-5 favorite to blow on by and held on for a two-length victory in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the annual series for offspring of registered Florida sires, springing the upset at odds of 12-1.

    Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Boca Boy – who was coming out of a one-mile turf stakes – took well to the sloppy going, assumed early command in the 1 1/16-mile race, and maintained his lead to the wire, easily defeating the Cajun Breeze colt from Stonehedge Farm. 

    Boca Boy, trained by Cheryl Winebaugh for owner Kenneth E. Fishbein, is a son of Prospective and was making his fourth career start today. The victory was his first since he broke his maiden over a sloppy track at Gulfstream on July 17.

    The two geldings met in the first leg of the series, the six-furlong Dr. Fager Divi, back on Aug. 1, with Boca Boy finishing more than nine lengths behind in third. But he was a new horse in the In Reality, and both the slop and added distance of the proved to his liking.          

    “I came into the race planning to make the best out of my horse and, at the same time, find a way to beat Breeze on By,” Zayas said. “I was trying to get the trip I wanted and put him in the spot to control the race from there. My horse kept on fighting and relaxed very well on the lead, which helped him a lot in the stretch.”

    Boca Boy, bred by Carol Hershe, paid $26.20 and earned a check for $240,000. Breeze On By went into the race with earnings of $223,000 and added $80,000 for a total of $303,000. Stonehedge's Seazan finished third, two lengths behind the runner-up, and collected $44,000. Fourth and fifth went to a pair of sons of Brethren from Arindel Farm - Gatsby banking $24,000 and Hercules $12,000. 


Thursday, September 24, 2020
Florida Sire Stakes finales; possible mandatory Rainbow 6 payout in the millions . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is scheduled for Sunday’s closing-day program of the Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 13th racing day today, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $2,967. The carryover jackpot pool grew to $636,676.  However, there will be a jackpot pool guarantee of $900,000 for Friday’s Rainbow 6.

    Should the Rainbow 6 go unsolved Friday and Saturday, the pool will build into the millions for Sunday.

    Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, including a second-level optional claiming allowance featuring Tatweej’s quest for three wins in a row.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, the late-developing 4-year-old, who brought a bid of $2.5 million at the 2017 Keeneland September sale, has scored dominating back-to-back victories at Friday’s distance of a mile.

    The son of Tapit, who finished third in his June 21 debut at Gulfstream, broke his maiden in front-running style by 3 ¾ lengths on July 25. The Kentucky-bred colt, who is out of Gr. 1 stakes-winner Tiz Miz Sue, came right back to score by 2 ½ lengths on Aug. 22. Edgard Zayas has the return mount, when Tatweej will take on five rivals, including Brewmeister, who will also be seeking his third straight victory at Gulfstream.

    Formerly trained by Chad Brown, Brewmeister finished third on June 13 in his first start for Lisa Lewis, before graduating at 6 ½ furlongs on July 4 and coming right back to rally from far back to score by a half-length. Ronnie Allen Jr. has the return call on the 3-year-old gelded son of Point of Entry.

    Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will be highlighted by six juvenile stakes, including the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the final legs of the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida.

    The $150,000 FSS Wildcat Heir, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, will kick off the sequence in Race 6, followed by the $75,000 Hollywood Beach, at five furlongs on the turf; the My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final for fillies; the $75,000 Armed Forces, a one-mile turf stakes; the In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile open division final; and the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy, a one-mile turf race for fillies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Cajun Breeze colt has won the Dr. Fager and the Affirmed . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 2020 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds will conclude Saturday at Gulfstream Park, with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl will co-headline a program offering six stakes worth $1.175 million.

    The In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile open-division final, and the My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final for juvenile fillies, will be joined on the program by the $150,000 FSS Wildcat Heir, a mile race for 3-year-olds and up. All three stakes are for horses sired by accredited Florida Stallions. Supporting stakes are the $75,000 Armed Forces, a mile turf race for 2-year-olds; the $75,000 My Dear Peggy, a mile turf race for juvenile fillies; and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach, a five-furlong turf dash for 2-year-olds.

    The Florida Sires Stakes program will wrap up the stakes schedule for Gulfstream’s Spring/Summer Meet, which will conclude the next day with mandatory payouts in the Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi-5. Live racing will move to Gulfstream West for the Fall Festival meeting on Oct. 3 and run through Nov. 28.

    Stonehedge Farm’s Breeze On By is scheduled to make his bid to sweep the open series in the In Reality. The son of Cajun Breeze captured the $100,000 Dr. Fager on Aug. 1 and the $200,000 Affirmed on Aug. 29. The undefeated Ralph Nicks trainee, who captured his July 12 debut, will seek to become the fifth horse to sweep the open division, joining Three Rules (2016), Sir Oscar (2003), Seacliff (1995) and Smile (1984).

    Nicks saddled the first three finishers in the Affirmed with Big Daddy Dave and Seazan following stablemate Breeze on By to the finish line.

    Trainer Daniel Pita’s Princess Secret, who scored by three-quarters of a length in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, and Stonehedge's Go Jo Jo Go, a 1 ¼-length winner over Princess Secret in the $100,000 Desert Vixen for trainer Michael Yates, are expected to clash again in the My Dear Girl.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Here are some of the sport's latest tidbits:

(1) Double Diamond Farm's First Dude passed the $18 million mark in career progeny earnings in the past two days.

(2) Journeyman Stud's Khozan, last year's leading Florida freshman sire, is easily the leading second-crop sire this year with progeny earnings of $2,330,047. He's going after First Dude's record of the last six years - $3,249,001.

(3)) Just before the seventh race last night at Mountaineer Resort, Race Track and Casino in West Virginia, the cameras fixed on a wonderful sight. Three young deer bounded across the turf course, then the main track, and disappeared under the grandstand.

(4) In Ocala's Wire-to-Wire magazine each day, there are a couple of pages titled "Florida Stallion Progeny for . . . ." followed by the next two days of runners at every track in North America. The lists include progeny for current and former Florida stallions. The stallion with by far the most runners every day is Congrats, who hasn't been in Florida for years, and is now 20 years old and at WinStar Farm in Kentucky. He has 1,059 lifetime foals, with 855 starters, 259 this year. 

While other stallions routinely have one to five runners each day, Congrats routinely has many more. Examples: on Friday he had 10 entered; Saturday - 11; Sunday - 6; and on sparse race days - Monday - 6; today - 5. 

(5) Aside from many political factors affecting the handle at tracks around the country, numbers are down due to several other factors. They include: no on-track betting; tracks often forced to schedule less races, including as little as seven; and short fields, which greatly limits exotic bets of all kinds. For instance, wheeling a horse in a $2 exacta in an 8-horse race costs $14, in a 12-horse race it costs $22. 

(6) With all the knowledgeable handicappers available from coast to coast, it's puzzling that NYRABets, on its betting site, has selections from Trackmaster, and the guy (or gal) who handles it is a decided neophyte. The comments are mainly juvenile, and almost every one of his (or her) 1-2-3 picks is dominated by the horse's Equibase speed figure. No 'horse got in trouble,' or jockey or surface switch, or change of distance. Very surprising.   

 


         

Monday, September 21, 2020
Breeze On By sharp for In Reality . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $850,000 Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 12th program Sunday, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $2,505.54.

    Thursday’s nine-race program begins at noon.

Breeze On By Breezes for $400,000 In Reality

    Stonehedge Farm’s Breeze On By breezed a half-mile Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s $400,000 In Reality, the 2020 Florida Sire Stakes open-division final.

    The gelded son of Cajun Breeze, who will make a bid to sweep the series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions, turned in a :48.48 clocking, the fifth fastest of 36 recorded at the distance. Undefeated Breeze On By won the $100,000 Dr. Fager on Aug. 1 by a length and the $200,000 Affirmed Aug. 29 by 7 ½ lengths.

    Stonehedge’s Big Daddy Dave, who finished second in the Affirmed, breezed three furlongs in :36.83 in preparation for a scheduled start in the $75,000 Hollywood Beach, a five-furlong turf stakes on the Florida Sire Stakes program.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Derby defector clocked in :59.40 . . .
    LOUISVILLE - Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector, who would have been co-second choice for the Kentucky Derby until a minor foot issue forced him out of the race, worked five-eighths of a mile at Churchill Downs today in a strong :59.40 seconds - a time  eclipsed only by Derby winner Authentic’s :59.20. 

     “I thought it was good,” said trainer Tommy Drury, who will have his first Preakness starter. “We wanted to make sure we did enough today. They had him in 59-and-change, and I had him three-quarters in 1:12. It was what we were looking for. We went a little longer between races than we’d hoped to be. We just wanted to make sure we’re where we want to be. Leading up to the race from here, now you’re just kind of back on a maintenance program. You know you’ve got him where you want him, and hopefully we’ll be on the flight the Tuesday before the Preakness and we’ll take our best shot.

    The fractional times for Art Collector’s work were :24.20 for the first quarter-mile, and :36 for three-eighths, reflecting a final quarter-mile time in :23.40. He then galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.60, with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. reporting that the gallop-out extended to a mile.
 
    “He worked a really good five-eighths and then his gallop-out was huge,” Hernandez said. “He galloped out a really, really good mile. We knew going into this work that we needed it to be a pretty stiff one because we’re going into the Preakness, and they’re not going to give you anything. We needed to make sure our horse was in good shape. What was nice about him was that he came back after the work and it was like he didn’t even do anything. We seem to be on the right page…. I had him on my watch in ‘12s’ the whole way, 11-and-2 from the eighth pole to the wire, and then he galloped out the same way, just kind of cruising along.”

    Turned over to Drury in January, Art Collector is 4-for-4 as a 3-year-old after breaking his maiden last year on the grass at Kentucky Downs and finishing first in an entry-level allowance race, only to be later disqualified for registering over the permitted level for a de-wormer. After ripping off a pair of allowance races to start 2020, the son of 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini powered to victory in Keeneland’s rescheduled Gr. II Toyota Blue Grass and then in the $200,000 Ellis Park Derby.

     The Ellis race on Aug. 9 was meant as a bridge between the July 11 Blue Grass and the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. But to the chagrin of his team - all from Louisville - Art Collector nicked the bulb of his left front heel in a routine gallop the day before Derby entries were to be taken. While a minor issue, it was bad timing, leaving the foot tender and with strict medication rules limiting how it could be treated. 

     “He’s been good,” Drury said when asked how Art Collector is doing now compared with how he was doing before the foot mishap. “Fortunately he’s been good mentally and he’s certainly happy enough. He had his  ears thrown up galloping out this morning. He’s doing all the things you want to see a horse do at this stage of the game. The nice cool morning I think had them all feeling good, and he certainly was one of them.”

     Art Collector would have been the first Derby starter for Drury, a lifelong Louisvillian, and the 72-year-old Lunsford, who has lived in the city most of his adult life. Hernandez has made Louisville his home since he began riding full-time in 2004.

    While missing the Derby at home was a huge disappointment, Art Collector’s team quickly set their sights and enthusiasm on a road trip to Baltimore.

    “If you’d asked me in January, ‘You’ve got a shot to go to the Preakness, what do you think about that?’ I’d have been doing backflips,” said Drury, whose first graded stakes victory in 30 years of training came with Art Collector in the Blue Grass. “It’s one of the most historic races in the country. We’d have loved to have been in the Derby because this is home for us, but gosh, to be able to run in the Preakness four weeks later. That’s the one thing that gave me comfort, knowing that we’ve got a huge race coming up right around the corner, that we can miss this one and be ready for that one — be on our game and take our best shot. That’s really all we’ve been trying to do: make good decisions, use good judgment and make sure that our horse is taken care of
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     “Ever since the morning that we didn’t enter for the Derby, the Preakness has been our primary concern. He seems like he’s going into it the right way, and now we’ve just got to stay out of his way a little longer.”
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Gladys goes in race 6 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gladys, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make her debut Friday at Gulfstream Park.

    The 2-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is slated to break from the outside post position in a field of 10 2-year-old fillies assembled for a $65,000 six-furlong maiden special weight race carded as Race 6.

    Gladys was named by owner/breeder Dede McGehee, a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in memory of her late maternal grandmother, Gladys Atkinson Houser.

    Gladys is the eighth foal out of Lotta Kim, a daughter of Roar whose first foal was Rachel Alexandra, who was named 2009 Horse of the Year after winning five Gr. 1 races in a row, including the Preakness, Haskell and Woodward against males, and the Kentucky Oaks.

    The Kentucky-bred Gladys, who is trained by Kelsey Danner, has been prepared for her debut with a series of 10 breezes at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. Angel Arroyo has the mount.

Panici Wins First Day Back from Kentucky Derby Ride

    Jockey Luca Panici visited the winner’s circle today on his first day back at Gulfstream Park after riding in his first Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The 46-year-old native of Milan, Italy scored a front-running victory aboard Katieleigh ($20.80) in Race 5, a five-furlong optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares on turf. Panici, who finished off the board on Sole Volante in the Derby, was required to self-quarantine according to before returning to action.

    Panici grew up playing soccer with international riding star Frankie Dettori across the street from Milan’s racetrack, and rode more than 500 winners in Italy. He made a permanent move to the U. S. in 2009 and his ridden more than 675 winners.

    Although disappointed with his Derby finish, Panici was delighted to take part in the derby experience. “It was a nice experience," he said. "I have no regrets. It was wonderful to be there. The atmosphere, even though there were no fans, was wonderful. Everybody’s talking about the Derby. It’s a good horse town. It was a privilege to ride for Mr. [Dean] Reeves and Andie Biancone. They are wonderful people. I am glad to be a part of the team.”

    Katieleigh was saddled for a 1 ¼-length victory by Kathy Ritvo, whose most important victory came with Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Mucho Macho Man in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

     Samy Camacho, who was denied the opportunity to ride in his first Kentucky Derby when Tampa Bay Derby winner King Guillermo was scratched due to a fever two days before the Run for the Roses, also returned today. Camacho is scheduled to ride King Guillermo in the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Joseph Trejos Wins on First Day as Journeyman

    Joseph Trejos was victorious on his first day as a journeyman rider, scoring a 5 ½-length victory aboard Queen Domina ($15.80) in Race 6. He had been the leading apprentice during Gulfstream’s Spring/Summer Meet with 47 winners, including his first U.S. winner, Mixteca, on April 18.

            The 23-year-old Trejos had ridden 44 winners in his native Panama after attending the Laffit Pincay Jr. school, where he was selected as the outstanding rider in his December 2018 graduating class. He came to the U.S. in November and galloped horses at Palm Meadows before riding in his first race on March 19.

    Emisael Jaramillo rode four winners on today’s card, starting the day with three straight, El Pillo ($6.80) in Race 1, Osprey ($4.20) in Race 2 and Napa Rules ($13.20) in Race 3 before winning aboard Sugar Bolt ($5.60) in Race 7 to run his Spring/Summer Meet win total to 112. Only Edgard Zayas (131) and Miguel Vazquez (120) have won more.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $650,000  

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $650,000 tomorrow.
The multi-race wager went unsolved for the ninth consecutive program today, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $8,546.42.

     

            
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Winning trainer gets $50,000 . . .

    BALTIMORE – For the fourth consecutive year, the Maryland Jockey Club is offering the $100,000 Sentient Jet trainer bonus to horsemen who accumulate the most points during stakes races over Preakness weekend, Oct. 1-3, at Pimlico Race Course.

    Highlighted by the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes, presented this year as the final jewel in a refashioned Triple Crown and a “Win and You”re In” qualifier for the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Classic, 15 stakes, nine graded, worth $3.35 million will be contested over three days.

Trainers who run a minimum of five horses in the 15 stakes races will be eligible for bonus money, with $50,000 going to the trainer with the most points, $25,000 for second, $12,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth, $4,000 for fifth and $2,000 for sixth. Points will be accumulated for finishing first (10 points), second (seven), third (five) and fourth (three) and by having a starter (one) in each of Pimlico’s stakes.

Preakness weekend stakes action begins Thursday with the $200,000, Gr. III Chick Lang, $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint and $100,000 The Very One. The historic $250,000, Gr. III Pimlico Special highlights the Friday card that also serves as Claiming Crown Preview Day.

  Joining the $1 million Preakness on Saturday is the 96th running of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies. They are supported by the $250,000, Gr. II Dinner Party, $200,000, Gr. III Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, $150,000, Gr. III Miss Preakness, $150,000, Gr. III Gallorette, $150,000 Laurel Futurity, $150,000 Selima, $100,000 Skipat, $100,000 James W. Murphy, $100,000 Hilltop and $100,000 The Very One.

    Nominations for all 15 stakes close tomorrow. 

    Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen captured the $50,000 prize in 2017 and 2018, but finished second to Brad Cox last year. Cox led the way with 36 points, three more than Asmussen, including running third and fourth with Owendale and Warrior’s Charge in the Preakness, Cox’s Triple Crown race debut.

    Cox won the Miss Preakness with eventual champion Covfefe in track-record time of 1:07.70 for six furlongs and the Gr. III Allaire duPont Distaff with Mylady Curlin; he was second with Ulele in the Black-Eyed Susan. Asmussen picked up wins in the Pimlico Special with Tenfold and the Gr. III Maryland Sprint with New York Central. He was fifth in the Preakness with Laughing Fox.

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Authentic, Thousand Words ready to go . . .
    BALTIMORE – Bob Baffert said today that Kentucky Derby winner Authentic and Thousand Words are on course for the 145th Preakness Stakes set for Saturday, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course.

    Authentic became Baffert’s record-tying sixth Derby winner with a 1 ¼-length victory over Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law, the 7-10 favorite. Florida-bred Thousand Words was scratched from the race when he acted up and flipped while being saddled in the paddock. Both colts are at the D. Wayne Lukas barn at Churchill Downs and are galloping daily. Baffert has not scheduled a date for when the colts will have their next timed works, but said he expected those breezes would happen at the end of this week.

    Baffert said that Azul Coast, who earned a berth in the Preakness with a victory in the El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 15, is not being considered for the race.

    Even though he had won four of five career starts, Authentic, co-owned by Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing, was the 8-1 third choice in the Derby wagering. He recovered from an awkward start from the outside post in the 15-horse field to make the front after a quarter of a mile and never gave up the lead. Tiz the Law was within a head of Authentic after a mile, but could not get past the son of Into Mischief. Authentic’s time of 2:00.61 was the seventh fastest in Derby history.

    “He came out very well, very well,” Baffert said from the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington. “He’s ready to go. We would have been ready to go in two weeks.”

    For decades the Preakness has been run two weeks after the Derby. Due to the pandemic, the Triple Crown schedule was dramatically changed this year and the Preakness is third stop in the series, a month after the Derby.

    Baffert’s longtime assistant, Jimmy Barnes, was reaching under Thousand Words to tighten the saddle when the Pioneerof the Nile colt co-owned by the Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm reared and fell to the ground.

    “Thousand Words, he’s fine,” Baffert said. “When he went up he sort of lost his footing and was on his side. He was OK and was checked out. He’s doing well.”

    Barnes was injured in the incident, though, and Baffert said nine screws and a plate were required to repair his damaged right wrist. Following the Derby, Baffert landed on the ground as he moved to avoid Authentic’s reaction to the blanket of roses being placed on his back. Baffert, 67, was not injured. “The human connections, we were the worst for wear,” Baffert said.

    Baffert is the leading trainer in Triple Crown history with 16 victories. He is tied for the most wins in the Preakness, seven, with 19th century trainer R. Wyndham Walden.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Isolate wins by a mile, pays $4.20 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $500,000 today at Gulfstream Park. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the seventh racing program Saturday, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $866.96.

Isolate Distances Himself in Feature for 2-Year-Olds

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Isolate distanced himself from his five rivals in Saturday’s feature race, with juveniles taking center stage on an 11-race program that also included a pair of 2-year-old maiden special weight events.

    Isolate ($4.20) followed up his Aug. 6 debut victory with a thoroughly authoritative 8 ¾-length triumph in the six-furlong optional claiming allowance, in which he took the lead shortly after the start and drew off under Cristian Torres. The Kathy Ritvo-trained son of Mark Valeski ran six furlongs over a sealed sloppy track in 1:10.97.

    Slam Dunk Racing’s Drain the Clock ($5.20) kicked off Saturday’s program with a stylish debut victory in Race 1, taking the lead shortly after the start of the five-furlong dash and romping to a six-length score in :58.73 over a sealed sloppy track. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained son of Maclean’s Music gave leading rider Edgard Zayas his first of four winners for the day.

    Shadybrook Farm’s Briella ($5.20) just held on to win after leading throughout Race 5, scoring by a nose in the five-furlong maiden special weight race for Florida-bred juvenile fillies. The daughter of Cajun Breeze raced five furlongs in :59.39 and gave jockey Miguel Vasquez the first of his two winners Saturday. The Michael Yates-trained filly finished second in her May 20 debut behind Princess Secret, who went on to win the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, second leg of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes on Aug. 29. Zayas, the defending Spring/Summer Meet titlist, leads Vasquez in the standings, 130-120.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Trev looking for 6th straight score in Race 8 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000 Friday at Gulfstream Park. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the fifth consecutive racing program today, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $400.32.

    Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, including a $47,000 optional claiming allowance for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up in Race 8. Trev is scheduled to seek his sixth straight victory in the six-furlong race. The 10-year-old gelding’s win streak, during which he has won five races by a combined 27 ¼ lengths, dates back to April 12, 2019. The son of Exclusive Quality came off a five-month layoff to win his 2020 debut by two lengths on May 20 and will be entering Friday’s race after another layoff of nearly four months.

    A $60,000 maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds has been carded as Race 6. Gelfenstein Farm’s Uncut Gem, a homebred son of Union Rags, is scheduled to make his debut in the mile race that attracted a field of 10.

   The Rainbow sequence will conclude with a $20,000 maiden claiming race for 3-year-olds and up in Race 9, scheduled for a mile on turf. Race 9 will also be included as the second leg in Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence. Race 7 at Laurel Park will kick off the Stronach 5 action, followed by Gulfstream’s Race 9, Races 8 and 9 at Laurel Park and Race 3 at Golden Gate Fields. The Stronach 5, a $1 base wager with a low 12-percent takeout, will have a guaranteed pool of $100,000.
Monday, September 7, 2020
Crist et al win $150,000 Funny Cide at the Spa . . .

Here are the latest in the tidbits category from around the country:

(1) Every once in a while, a long-time racing media personality hits a home run on the race track. Jim Rome is one recent example. The latest is Steven Crist, former New York Times racing columnist, long-time head of Daily Racing Form, founder of the ill-fated Racing Times and a frequent visitor to the mutuel windows. 

Steve and his three partners, who include trainer Phil Gleaves, scored with Thin White Duke in the $150,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga on Friday. The 2-year-old New York-bred gelding is by Spendthrift sire Dominus, and is now 1-2-2 in five starts. The check of $82,500 raised his earnings to $120,020. Mutuel price of $12.20 no doubt raised Crist's earnings substantially.  

(2) Travis Stone called the first several races at Churchill Downs on Saturday before Larry Collmus took over. (Collmus is the lone race-caller in the U. S. who pronounces Leparoux correctly). In race No. 1, Stone incorrectly called Hog Creek Hustle, in mid-track, as being barely in front in a battle with 6/5 Midnight Sands with about 100 yards to go.

But it was obvious to TV viewers that Bourbon Resolution and Leparoux had already slipped through at that moment and taken the lead on the rail. Stone had to atone for the error a few moments later and he did it by having Bourbon Resolution "nail him on the wire." Not true.       

(3) Maryland-bred Intrepid Dream gave Florida frosh sire Jess's Dream (Ocala Stud) his second winner, breaking her maiden at Delaware Park on Sept. 2 for owner/breeder Paul Fowler Jr. Jess's Dream leads Pleasant Acres' Ride On Curlin, 2 winners to 1. Both sires are by Curlin. 

(4) Lady's Island is a 6-year-old mare by Solera Farm's Greatness, a stallion still active at the age of 21. Lady's Island finished second by less than a length to 6/5 favorite Come Dancing yesterday in the Gr. II Honorable Miss Stakes at the Spa, which went in 1:08.74 for the six furlongs.

Lady's Island has a sensational career record of 16-5-4 in 32 starts, with earnings of $540,815. In her last 18 tries, dating back to June 22 of 2018, her record is an astonishing 12-3-2-1. This year, she's 3-2-1 in six starts with earnings of $156,020. 

(5) The ever-present Ken and Sarah Ramsey had a good day with their fabulous sire, Kitten's Joy, at Gulfstream Saturday as breeders of second-race winner Cactus Kitten and fifth-race winner Spinning Kitten. They are also the owners of Cactus Kitten. It looked as though that success carried through on Sunday with the winner of the second race, according to Wire-to-Wire's charts. But it turned out that the magazine had reprinted Saturday's second, third and fourth races in Sunday's charts.       

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Authentic and Tiz the Law should settle score at Pimlico . . .
    BALTIMORE – Authentic, upset winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, and beaten favorite Tiz the Law, could be headed for a rematch in the 145th Preakness Stakes Saturday, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course.

      Trainer Bob Baffert said this morning that Authentic emerged from his front-running 1 ¼-length triumph in good shape and would remain in Kentucky with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas to prepare for the Preakness, presented this year as the final jewel in a refashioned Triple Crown.

    “I couldn’t believe it. I thought he’d be a little tired, but the track was in really good shape and it was fast and he got over it really well,” Baffert said. “They were planning on leaving tomorrow for California but being that the Preakness is a few weeks away, I thought it might be a little too hard for him to go back. We’ll just run him out of here. If he’s working well and all is going well, then he’ll go to the Preakness. We want to give him every opportunity.”

    Baffert said that the 2020 Robert B. Lewis and 2019 Los Alamitos Futurity winner, Florida-bred Thousand Words, is also being pointed to the Preakness. Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift’s Thousand Words flipped in the paddock after being saddled for the Derby and was scratched just before post time.

    “We’re planning on sending both if they’re doing well,” Baffert said. “He didn’t even have a scratch on him. He fell on his side, so we were fortunate.”

    Authentic won the Sham (G3), San Felipe (G2) and Haskell (G1) and was second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) this year. The Derby was the first time in six career starts that the bay Into Mischief colt didn’t go off as the favorite.

     That role was filled by Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, who had been unbeaten during his 3-year-old season with wins in the Holy Bull (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park over the winter, then the Belmont Stakes, and most recently the 1 ¼-mile Travers (G1) Aug. 8 at Saratoga.

     Trained by Barclay Tagg, Tiz the Law got within a head of Authentic with a half-mile to run but was never able to get by. Tiz the Law’s only two losses in eight starts have come at Churchill; he was third by less than a length over a sloppy track in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) last fall.

      “I haven’t seen a speed figure but it sounds like he bounced a little bit off the big Travers effort, and Barclay has a question that maybe he just really doesn’t like the racetrack,” Sackatoga managing partner Jack Knowlton said. “Watching him finish, he said he was kind of swimming a little bit maybe coming down the stretch. But, he ran the race that we were looking for. He got the trip. Manny gave him a great ride and he just didn’t beat one horse. There’s no shame in running second in the Kentucky Derby.”

   “He ran good and came out of it great. I was over at the barn this morning and all is well,” Knowlton said. “I’ll have that discussion with Barclay and we’ll take a little time to see. My thinking is that we will, but we’ll have the horse dictate what’s going to happen. Certainly that would be my preference but we’ve just go to see how he comes out and see how he works when we have the next work in a couple weeks. We’ll have time for a couple works.”

 

          

 

             

          
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Worked for Mockingbird Farm and Harry Mangurian . . .

    OCALA – Tommy Root Jr., who trained in New York and Florida and was the conditioner of multiple graded-stakes winner Redundancy and 1977 Preakness runner-up Iron Constitution, passed away here Friday. He  was 87.

    A graduate of Ohio State, Root, along with his father, Thomas Sr., and brother, Richard, worked for Harry T. Mangurian Jr. and his Mockingbird Farm for more than 20 years.

    Root saddled his first horse, Admiral Cherry, for his father in 1951 at the age of 17. Along with Redundancy, winner of the 1976 Gallorette and Columbiana, Root saddled Iron Constitution to victory in the 1977 Withers and to a second-place finish behind Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew in the ’77 Preakness, and also trained multiple graded stakes-placed Proud and Valid.

    Root also trained for Nelson Bunker Hunt and worked with his father, who trained two-time Eclipse Award-winning filly Desert Vixen, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

    Root’s son, Tom, said he retired in 1995 and moved to Ocala in 2005. He won 199 races during his training career.

    Services are pending.

Friday, September 4, 2020
Seven stakes on tap through Monday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Day Weekend at Gulfstream Park will be celebrated by seven stakes over three days, headlined by Saturday’s $100,000, GIII Smile Sprint.

    Although changes in the national stakes calendar due to the pandemic have led to the one-year suspension of the annual Summit of Speed event, including the Gr. IIPrincess Rooney, the Smile Sprint will be renewed on Saturday’s 12-race card. The six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up will be supported by the $75,000 Bear’s Den, a 7 ½-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds, and the $75,000 Miss Gracie, a 7 ½-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies.


    Purple Haze Stables’ Cool Arrow and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Double Crown will clash in the Smile, which honors the championship career of the Florida-bred 1986 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner.

    Terri Pompay-trained Cool Arrow, who was claimed for $62,500 Feb. 7, enters the Smile off two straight victories, including a powerful 4 ½-length triumph in the six-furlong Opening Lead Stakes at Gulfstream last time out.

    Kathy Ritvo-trained Double Crown will also seek his third straight victory Saturday after notching back-to-back stakes victories at Gulfstream in the Roar and Carry Back. Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Ournationonparade, who finished third behind Double Crown in the Carry Back, was also entered in the Smile.


    Krsto Sky round out the field Eric Wirth’s With Verve, who captured the Hutcheson during the Championship Meet, Arindel’s Weisser and Daniel Feit and Carlos David’s.

    In the Bear’s Den, Endeavor Bloodstock LLC’s Cadet Connelly, a Grade 1 stakes-placed son of Grey Swallow, will seek to breakthrough with his first victory in five starts this year. The Teresa Connelly-trained colt, who is coming off a second-place finish in a July 1 Tampa Bay Downs handicap, finished second in last year’s Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine behind Christophe Clement-trained Decorated Invader, who has come back this year to win the Cutler Bay during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet and two graded stakes.

     Alegre’s Monforte will be looking to get back to his winning ways in the Bear’s Dean after his four-race win streak was snapped while finishing second in the April 8 Not Surprising off a six-month layoff.

    In the Miss Gracie, Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud’s Mo of the West is slated to seek her third straight victory over the Gulfstream turf course. The daughter of Uncle Mo will be accompanied in the starting gate by My Meadowview Farm LLC’s My Beauty, a stablemate in the Mark Casse barn.

    The $75,000 Benny the Bull, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up, and the $75,000 Sheer Drama, a seven-furlong sprint for Florida-bred fillies and mares, will co-headline Sunday’s program.

     $75,000 Mr. Steele, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, and the $75,000 Monroe, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will co-headline Monday’s Labor Day card.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Only 18 in Derby field . . .

    The field for Kentucky Derby 146 'only' numbers 18 this year as so many possibles fell by the wayside over the past few weeks. That, along with the fact that Tiz the Law looks like a cinch, if there is such a thing.

    Amazingly, the top three picks in Mike Battaglia's morning line drew the three outside post positions in the new 20-horse gate at Churchill Downs. Honor A. P. (5-1) drew No. 16, Tiz the Law (3/5) No. 17 and Authentic (8-1) No. 18. Just as amazing, after Authentic there's only one of the other 15 with a line of less than 20-1, and that's Thousand Words at 15-1. No less than eight are listed at 50-1.

    Tiz the Law is looking to become the second New York-bred to wear the roses for the charismatic Sackatoga Stable, which first accomplished the feat with Funny Cide 17 years ago. There's a second New York-bred in the field, Ny Traffic, who drew No. 16 and is 20-1. 

    King Guillermo, winner of the Gr. II Tampa Bay Derby and lighting up the tote board at $100.40 for former Major League Baseball star Victor Martinez, drew No. 6 and is listed at 20-1. Sole Volante, second behind King Guillermo at odds of 3/2, drew No. 12 and is 30-1. He was beaten by 4 3/4 lengths after winning the Gr. III Sam F. Davis Stakes in his previous start.

    There are rarely sentimental choices in the Derby, but there will be this time with Tiz the Law and Sackatoga.      

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Pimlico offers $3.35 million in purses . . .
    BALTIMORE – Highlighted by the $1 million Preakness, presented this year as the final jewel in a refashioned Triple Crown, the Maryland Jockey Club will serve up a total of 16 stakes, nine graded, worth $3.35 million in purses over Preakness weekend at Pimlico Race Course.

    The 145th running of the 1 3/16-mile Preakness will anchor an all-stakes program of 12 races, seven graded, worth $2.7 million on Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be joined this year by the 96th renewal of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan, one of the country’s premiere events for 3-year-old fillies, contested at 1 1/8 miles.

     Turf runners 3 and up will travel 1 1/16 miles in the $250,000 Dinner Party (G2), previously run as the Dixie, now in its 119th year. Pimlico’s oldest stakes race and the eighth-oldest in the country, it was named the Dinner Party for its 1870 debut and run at two miles.

     Other grass stakes on the Preakness program are the $150,000 Gallorette (G3) for fillies and mares 3 and up, $150,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds and $150,000 Selima for 2-year-old fillies, each going 1 1/16 miles; and $100,000 James W. Murphy for 3-year-olds and $100,000 Hilltop for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.

     Joining the Preakness Day lineup this year is the $200,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up. Other sprint stakes on the card are the $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3) for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs and $100,000 Skipat for fillies and mares 3 and up.

     Rounding out the Oct. 3 stakes lineup is the $100,000 UAE President Cup (G1) for Arabians, contested at 1 1/16 miles for 4-year-olds and up.

     The historic $250,000 Pimlico Special (G3) for 3-year-olds and up, returned to 1 3/16 miles after being contested at 1 ¼ miles in 2019, is the centerpiece of a Friday, Oct. 2 card that also serves as Claiming Crown Preview Day.

     Each winner of the nine Claiming Crown Preview Day races will earn automatic entry and a stipend toward travel costs to the annual Claiming Crown Day program being held for the eighth consecutive year at Gulfstream Park. A similar preview was hosted at Laurel Park in 2015.

     Preakness weekend will kick off Thursday, Oct. 1 with three stakes led by the $200,000 Chick Lang (G3) for 3-year-olds at six furlongs. It will be joined by a pair of five-furlong turf sprints, the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 The Very One for fillies and mares 3 and older.

 

           

           

         

 

       
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Samy rides Tampa Bay Derby winner King Guillermo . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Camacho left Venezuela in 2012 to chase a dream – a dream that will become very real when he rides Tampa Bay Derby winner King Guillermo in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

    “This is the dream for every jockey in my country – to ride in the United States," Camacho said. "This is the MLB of racing. When you’re here, that’s your dream – to ride the big races and ride in the Kentucky Derby. That was my dream. I never thought I’d ever ride in the Kentucky Derby, and when I won the Tampa Bay Derby, I said, ‘Wow!’

    Camacho, among the leading riders during the Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream, shares a dream of participating in the Derby with fellow Venezuelan natives Victor Martinez and Juan Carlos Avila, King Guillermo’s owner and trainer, respectively
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    Martinez lived his boyhood dream during 16 Major League Baseball seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians as a catcher, first baseman and designated hitter, making five All-Star appearances. He retired from baseball in 2018 and has turned to raising cattle at his 2,500-acre ranch in Okeechobee and owning a few race horses, most notably King Guillermo, who is trained by Gulfstream-based Avila, who won nine titles and more than 3,000 races in Venezuela before venturing to South Florida in 2018.

    “The owner, Victor Martinez - I have a good relationship with him." Camacho said. "He’s a really nice guy. He has a lot of class. He’s humble. He’s amazing,” the married father of three said. “Thanks to God for letting me ride in the Derby. Thanks to Victor Martinez, the owner, and the trainer, Juan Carlos Avila, for giving me this big opportunity.”

 The son of a jockey, Camacho began his career at La Rinconada in Caracas after attending the country’s jockey school,and moved on to the U.S. at the end of 2011. He won 32 races in 2012 as an apprentice while riding at Calder Race Course (now Gulfstream Park West) and several mid-Atlantic racetracks. He returned to Venezuela in 2013 before resuming his dream job in the U.S., riding at Tampa Bay Downs at the tail end of 2015.

    The 33-year-old journeyman has ridden with success at both Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream, winning more than 650 races over the past five years – none more rewarding than King Guillermo’s 4 ¾-length victory in the Tampa Bay Derby on March 7.

    “I’m so happy. It’s so exciting what is happening with my career. I’m ready,” said Camacho, who also guided King Guillermo to a second-place finish behind Nadal in the May 2 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. “My horse has been working great at Churchill.” Camacho will spend Derby Week at Churchill Downs as required under Covid-19 protocols.

    “I’ll try to take some mounts beginning Sept. 1 to ride before the Derby,” he said. “I want to get to know the track.”
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Breeze On By wins by 7 1/2 to lead 1-2-3-4 Stonehedge finish . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Breeze On By led an astonishing 1-2-3-4 finish for Stonehedge Farm South at Gulfstream Park with a commanding 7 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Affirmed, the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes.

    The seven-furlong Affirmed co-headlined Saturday’s program along with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, the seven-furlong stakes for fillies. They were supported by the $75,000 Proud Truth, a one-mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds, and the $75,000 Sharp Susan, a one-mile turf stakes for juvenile fillies. All four stakes were included in the six-race sequence of the Rainbow 6 on the day of a mandatory payout.

    Trainer Ralph Nicks, who had saddled Breeze On By for a victory in the $100,000 Dr. Fager in the first leg of the Sire Stakes four weeks earlier, won his fourth consecutive running of the Affirmed. The son of Cajun Breeze also gave Nicks his eighth Florida Sire Stakes success since 2016 while providing Gilbert Campbell’s Stonehedge Farm with a 15th victory in the tradition-rich series.

    “I just feel blessed to be in Florida for seven years and win this many in the Series,” said Nicks, who captured the race in the previous three seasons with Soutache (2017), Garter and Tie (2018) and Liam’s Lucky Charm (2019). “I learned early on that you need to be a part of this and was lucky to have owners send me some talented horses and it's worked.”

    The Nicks-trained Big Daddy Dave and Seazan finished second and third, while Top Boss, trained for Stonehedge by Kathleen O'Connell, finished fourth to round out the superfecta, which paid $245.30 for a dollar.

    Breeze On By, now undefeated in three starts, ran seven furlongs in 1:22.75. Big Daddy Dave made a wide bid on the turn to finished second, 2 ½ lengths ahead of a late-rallying Seazan.

    “They're nice horses," Nicks said. "Thank you to Stonehedge for sending us some great horses. We're lucky to work with such talented horses. Breeze On By was able to rate and sit there with Big Daddy Dave in the hunt and could have pushed if he needed to, but he will settle and follow if he needs to."

    Breeze On By is scheduled to make his bid to become the fifth male to sweep the Florida Sire Stakes in the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile series finale on Sept. 26. With a victory he would join Three Rules (2016), Sir Oscar (2003), Seacliff (1995) and Smile (1984). Smile went on to win an Eclipse Award as the country's leading sprinter as a 4-year-old in 1986. 

    “Doing this series is tough on them and we'll see," Nicks said. "There are two other horses in this race that ran well so nothing will be a gift, but it's nice to have a horse this talented and have those options in front of you.

    Breeze On By earned $120,000 for the victory, boosting his total to $223,000 for three races. Big Daddy Dave collected $40,000 and raised his total to $83,000, while Seazan added $20,000 to his account, which now totals $74,090, and Top Boss earned $12,000 for a total of $51,850. The quartet picked up $194,000 of the $200,000 purse in the Affirmed, and as a group their earnings have swelled the Stonehedge coffers to the tune of $431,940 in the space of a few months.

    The fifth-place finisher in the race was Arindel's Gatsby, the 5/2 second choice who took home the remaining $6,000. 

    While Breeze On By is a homebred by Stonehedge stallion Cajun Breeze, the other three are by Journeyman Stud's leading Sire, Khozan, in whom Stonehedge owns an interest. Big Daddy Dave and Top Boss are also homebreds, but Seazan was bred by Susan Kahn and was purchased by Stonehedge for $10,000 out of the 2019 OBS Winter sale.   

Friday, August 28, 2020
Filly was bred by Ocala Stud Farm . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Karl Glassman and Cathi Glassman’s Restofthestory scored an impressive 5 ¾-length victory today at Gulfstream Park, becoming the first offspring of freshman sire Jess’s Dream to win a race.

    Jess’s Dream, who stands at Ocala Stud, is a son of Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, and Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year.

    Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Restofthestory, who finished second in her Aug. 8 debut, set fractions of :22.54 and :46.15 for the first half-mile on her way to a final 5 ½-furlong clocking of 1:05.25 in the $65,000 maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies.

    Restofthestory, who is out of the Harlan’s Holiday mare Holiday Flare, was bought for $95,000 at the 2020 OBS April sale.

          
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Dr. Fager winner is by Cajun Breeze . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - A resilient winner of the $100,000 Dr. Fager on Aug. 1, Breeze On By will seek his second straight Florida Sire Stakes victory in the $200,000 Affirmed at Gulfstream Park Saturday while giving trainer Ralph Nicks a solid shot at his fourth consecutive success in the seven-furlong event for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions.

    The Affirmed will co-headline Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes program at with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, a seven-furlong event for juvenile fillies. The $75,000 Proud Man, a mile turf stakes for 2-year-olds and the $75,000 Sharp Susan, a mile turf stakes for juvenile fillies, will be supporting stakes on a 12-race program. The Affirmed will be included in the Rainbow 6 sequence Saturday, when a mandatory payout is scheduled.

    Nicks has saddled the Affirmed winner the past three seasons, scoring with Soutache (2017), Garter and Tie (2018) and Liam’s Lucky Charm (2019).

    Breeze On By gave Nicks his seventh Florida Sire Stakes success since 2006, while providing Gilbert Campbell’s Stonehedge Farm with a 13th victory in the prestigious tradition-rich series when winning the six-furlong Dr. Fager. (Michael Yates-trained Go Jo Jo Go upped that total to 14 for Stonehedge with a win in the Aug. 1 Desert Vixen.)

    The gelded son of Cajun Breeze, who made a rather auspicious debut while capturing a July 12 maiden special by six lengths, set the pace in the six-furlong Dr. Fager before meeting a strong challenge from Gatsby at the top of the stretch. After Gatsby put his nose in front in mid-stretch, Breeze On By fought back gamely to prevail by a length.

    “He seemed to have handled the pressure of two races close together," Nicks said. "It looks like he put some weight on and matured some more, so hopefully he’ll move forward from here. He’s a big rangy horse. I think he’ll handle seven fine. It’ll depend on pace scenarios and set-up, but time will tell on that.” Emisael Jaramillo has the return call.

    Nicks and Stonehedge will also be represented in the Affirmed by a pair of promising maiden winners, Seazan and Big Daddy Dave. Seazan, a gelded son of Khozan who finished second in his June 10 debut in a $50,000 maiden claimer, stepped up to capture a seven-furlong maiden special on the Dr. Fager undercard.

    “He might be a bit of a sleeper in there," Nicks said. "In his second start at seven-eighths of a mile, he really liked it. He’s a horse that’s definitely going to run on down the racetrack." Samy Camacho has the mount.

    Big Daddy Dave, also a gelded son of Khozan, captured his debut by 3 ¼ lengths icks is confidenon May 30“We gave him time after his debut and we were pointing him to the first leg. When he came back he ended up getting sick,” Nicks said. “I think he’ll run well.” Edgard Zayas has the call aboard Big Daddy Dave.

    Nicks is confident in the abilities of the three prominent South Florida jockeys to give their mounts their best chances for success. “I like my hand going into it. Any of the three are capable. Hopefully, they’ll stay out of each other’s way,” Nicks said. “There are some different dimensions there. Big Daddy Dave and Breeze On By can control the early part of the race if wanted. They both could stalk and set off, and Seazan is an obvious closer. We’ll try and let it play out. It’ll be up to Jaramillo, Zayas and Camacho to see what happens.”

    Top Boss, another gelded son of Khozan, will give Stonehedge a fourth chance to boost its gaudy FSS numbers. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained runner captured a $50,000 maiden claiming race by 7 ½ lengths in his fourth career start. Hall of Famer Edgar Prado has the call aboard the Stonehedge hombred.

    Arindel’s Gatsby, an impressive winner of his April 12 debut, rebounded from an off-the-board finish in the June 27 Gr. III Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs with his gusty second-place finish in the Dr. Fager. The homebred son of Brethren pulled off an upset victory over heavily-favored Golden Pal in his April 12 debut at 4 ½ furlongs at Gulfstream, chasing the Wesley Ward-trained odds-on favorite into the stretch before edging clear by three-quarters of a length. Golden Pal has gone on to impress on turf, finishing second in the Gr. II Norfolk at Royal Ascot and winning last week’s Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga handily by 3 ½ lengths.

    Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Famous Gent made a middle move from back in the pack and raced evenly thereafter to finish fourth in the Dr. Fager. Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained Famous Gent, who broke his maiden in his second career start, entered the Dr. Fager off a troubled third-place finish behind highly-regarded Papetu in the first juvenile allowance race of the Spring/Summer Meet. The son of First Dude will be ridden by Christian Torres.

    Flying Finish Farm’s Florala Al, Vicente Stella Stables LLC’s Grey Dom and Just For Fun Inc.’s Advance Cash round out the field.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Affirmed and Susan's Girl set for Saturday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Four stakes races will highlight a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will begin with the seventh race and include the $200,000 Florida Sire Stakes Affirmed for 2-year-olds, the $200,000 Florida Sire Stakes Susan’s Girl for 2-year-old fillies, the $75,000 Proud Man and the $75,000 Sharp Susan.


    The Affirmed and Susan’s Girl will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track. The Proud Man and Sharp Susan will feature 2-year-olds on a mile turf course.

    The Rainbow 6 pool will be guaranteed at $450,000 when racing resumes Thursday with a noon post time. The 20-cent wager has gone unsolved for eight race days.

             
Monday, August 24, 2020
Monmouth Park Sunday opener is an eye-opener . . .

Here are some of the sport's latest intriguing tidbits:

(1) At Monmouth Park Saturday, in the first race: Midnight Banker is the prohibitive favorite and wins, paying $2.80. Charletee, who is 116-1, is second and pays $34.60 and $15.80. Tricky Print, who is 148-1, finishes third and pays $24.40. Micks Blast, who is 34-1, finishes fourth.

    With a 2/5 shot winning, in most cases at most tracks, the 10-cent superfecta might pay $3, or $4, or $5, or $10. This one lights up the board at $1,241.46.

    Not to be outdone, in the second race American Quality wins at odds of 50-1 and pays $103.00, $18.40 and $7.80. He was bred by the Horse Research Center in Zuber and there's a breeder's award coming of between $3,000 and $4,000.   

(2) Ready to Runaway is a 4-year-old filly by First Dude, bred in Minnesota, of all places. She was a $4,000 Minnesota August yearling in 2017. After winning the recent $51,000 Glitter Star at Canterbury Park for the second straight year, by 8 1/2 lengths, her stakes record at the track is five victories and a second in six efforts. She received an Equibase 'E' rating of 105, her best ever. 

    Ready to Runaway remained in-the-money perfect with a record of 8-4-3 in 15 starts, and her earnings jumped to $299,980, ninth best among First Dude's runners.  

(3) What kind of wagering is there at Chippewa Downs in Belcourt, North Dakota, which holds a meeting of two days a week for four weeks in August? Black Elk, a 3-year-old son of Pleasant Acres stallion Amira's Prince, competed in a $5,000 claimer there yesterday and went off at $10.40-1. The total win-place-show betting came to $168, and there was just one winning show ticket; it paid $99.00. Black Elk earned $312 for finishing third. 

(4) Latest on late odds changes: In the ninth race at Gulfstream yesterday, Projected walked into the gate at 6-1 and finished fourth - at odds of 3-1. 

     

Friday, August 21, 2020
Only 3 winners - payoff $47,117. . .
    LAUREL, MD – There were only three winning tickets in today’s Stronach 5, and each was worth $47,117.

     The  wager, with a 12-percent takeout and $100,000 guaranteed pool, featured races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields, and two of the five races in the Stronach 5 produced $50 winners.


      It began with a bang when Palm Reader, a 24-1 shot, wore down pace-setter Sailingintothewind inside the final 50 yards to win Laurel’s seventh race on the turf and return $50.20.

    After Alastor ($6.60) won Gulfstream’s ninth race, Bunting ($7.40) won Laurel’s eighth race and Mayan Queen ($6.40) was triumphant in Laurel’s ninth, the sequence ended at Golden Gate Fields as 25-1 shot Hula King ($53.40) won the second race.         

                                                

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020
Cajun Breeze gelding won the Dr. Fager . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge Farm's Breeze On By is scheduled to seek his third straight victory and second leg of the 2020 Florida Sire Stakes series on Aug. 29 in the $200,000 Affirmed at Gulfstream Park.

    The gelded son of Cajun Breeze is set to square off against Arindel’s Gatsby, whom he defeated by a hard-fought length in the $100,000 Dr. Fager, the Aug. 1 first leg of the tradition rich series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions. The homebred gelding rushed to the lead from his rail post position, set a pressured pace and battled back when headed by Gatsby to prevail in the six-furlong test.

    Trained by Ralph Nicks, Breeze On By is undefeated in two starts, including a sensational front-running six-length victory in his July 12 debut. Stonehedge and Nicks will also be represented by Seazan, a son of Khozan who broke his maiden in his second career start on the Dr. Fager undercard.

    Gatsby, a homebred son of Brethren who finished 8 ¼ lengths clear of the third-place finisher in the Dr. Fager, won in his April 12 debut, in which he chased odds-on favorite Golden Pal into the stretch before edging away to victory by three-quarters of a length. The Wesley Ward-trained Golden Pal went on to finish second in the Gr. II Norfolk at Royal Ascot, while Gatsby finished off the board in the June 27 Gr. III Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs. Gatsby rebounded with a strong effort in the Dr. Fager.

            The field for the seven-furlong Affirmed is also expected to include Kenneth Fishbein’s Boca Boy and Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Famous Gent, who finished third and fourth in the Dr. Fager.

    Kenny McPeek, who trains the No. 1-ranked 3-year-old filly in the country in Gulfstream Park Oaks and Alabama winner Swiss Skydiver, will seek dominance in the Florida Sire Stakes filly division with newcomer Raining Sunshine in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl . Marti Erin Haught’s homebred daughter of First Dude graduated in her second career start while romping to a 5 ¾-length maiden victory on Aug. 2.

    Gilbert Campbell's Stonehedge Farm, which has won 14 Florida Sire Stakes series races, will also be well represented in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl by Go Jo Jo Go, who captured the first leg of the series for fillies. The Michael Yates-trained daughter of Khozan closed from last to capture the $100,000 Desert Vixen by 1 ¼ lengths over favored Princess Secret. Stonehedge will also be represented by Oh Deborah, a Ralph Nicks-trained daughter of Winslow Homer who debuted with a 3 ½-length victory in a $50,000 maiden claiming race on July 19.

    Princess Secret, a daughter of Khozan owned and trained by Daniel Pita, is expected to try to make amends in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl. The filly debuted on May 7 with a four-length victory, then finished a troubled second behind highly-regarded Papetu while taking on the boys in a July 5 allowance before finishing second in the Desert Vixen.

    Arindel’s Freak, a daughter of Brethren who finished a nose behind Princess Secret while checking in third in the Desert Vixen, is slated to return in the Susan’s Girl. Arindel will also be represented by Lyrical, a daughter of Brethren who finished sixth in the Desert Vixen. Brethren stands at Arindel.

Trainer Steven Dwoskin’s Alluramore, a daughter of Gone Astray who finished an even fourth in the Desert Vixen, is also expected to run in the Susan’s Girl.

    The Florida Sire Stakes series is scheduled to wrap up on Sept. 26 with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Brewmeister has won two straight . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Lisa Lewis derived personal satisfaction from Brewmeister’s optional claiming allowance victory Sunday at Gulfstream Park, where Peter Brant’s 3-year-old gelding continued to realize the potential he showed his trainer well before he embarked on his racing career last year.

    Lewis has saddled several graded-stakes winners during her career, but Brewmeister’s second straight victory was particularly gratifying, considering that she had helped to break the son of Point of Entry last year at Brant’s newly- purchased Payson Park, the 405-acre training center in Indiantown.

“The horse trains like a good horse," Lewis said. "We’ve been excited about him. I had him last year as a 2-year-old, because I help break Peter’s babies. I liked him last year. I thought he was a nice horse. Maybe he didn’t come into himself at two, but when he started training this year, I was really excited about him. Mr. Brant wanted to leave some horses here because he owns Payson Park and he wants to support Florida racing. He left a handful of horses, and this is the first one.”

    Brewmeister ran twice last year without success for trainer Chad Brown, finishing fifth on the grass at Saratoga in August and fourth after setting the pace at Belmont Park in September. The Kentucky-bred gelding, who was purchased for $300,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, was reunited with Lewis at Payson Park to prepare for his 3-year-old campaign.

    After encountering bumping at the start of his June 13 return to action at Gulfstream, he closed from last to finish second. Then he graduated in style by 4 ½ lengths in a 6 ½-furlong race on July 4. Brewmeister settled well off the pace in Sunday’s 6 ½-furlong race before launching a five-wide drive that carried him to victory by three-quarters of a length over favored Man of Honor, who had defeated him in his first start back this year.

    “Brewmeister was out of that first crop we did," Lewis said. "He started at Mr. Brant’s farm in Connecticut and then came to Payson. It’s exciting for everyone in the whole program. That makes it more than just winning a race – it’s great for the whole program.”

    Lewis has helped break 16-20 horses each of her first two seasons working for Brant, not including a few horses coming off layoffs, while training a manageable number of active racehorses at Payson Park.

    “The breaking, as far as the initial learning, is all done at his farm in Greenwich, Connecticut called White Birch Farm," Lewis said." He’s got people there that have worked for him for a long time,” she said, noting that Brant also sends young horses to Niall Brennan and Stonestreet in Ocala. “They start doing all the handling and start breaking them to the tack. Once they’re going well and they feel confident that they’re ready to go, they come to me usually at the end of October. We bring them to the racetrack, start training them, and get them ready to go to New York in the spring,”

    Brewmeister came out of Sunday’s victory in good order, she said. “I’d like to stretch him out a little bit, but that might be a mistake the way he’s running."

Thursday’s Nine-Race Program Has $250,000 Guaranteed Rainbow 6 Pool

    Live racing returns Thursday with a nine-race program beginning at noon and a guaranteed pool in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 of $250,000.

All the races are close:    

    Emisael Jaramillo, who has ridden 97 winners during the summer meet, holds a one-win advantage over Edgard Zayas and Miguel Vasquez. In the trainer standings, Saffie Joseph Jr. leads with 42 wins, five more than Mike Maker. Todd Pletcher has 30. Stonehedge Farm of Williston is currently the leading owner with 18 wins, one more than Arindel Farm of Ocala.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Huge disparity in purse figures . . .

    The Blood-Horse has several areas of reporting that I don't agree with, but it's all a matter of personal opinion - like not listing every horse that's racing each day in its on-line Upcoming Races section because it's a cheap claimer. It's my opinion if you are going to add a victory to a stallion's record after the race, along with what purse money was earned, it shouldn't matter that he or she did it in a cheapie.

    But the magazine is usually right on the money in its features and news reporting, whether it be written under a person's by-line or by the Blood-Horse Staff. However, there's an article in today's Blood-Horse Now where somebody on that staff seriously missed the boat.

    Under the headline "Report: Testing Delays Stall Monmouth Purse Payouts," with a sub-title of "Monmouth connections owed about $7 million in purses," there's a major disparity concerning the money in question. It's the result of delayed testing results from the Truesdail Laboratories based in Irvine, California. 

    The report states that, according to the Asbury Park Press, owners have earned nearly $10 million since the opening of the meeting on July 3, but that about $7 million has yet to be paid out and horsemen and vendors, especially feed companies, are struggling because of it. Furthermore, it states that according to the Press, the only purse money that has been released to owners of tested horses is from Monmouth's opening day. 

    But, there were just six races run on opening day, and the six purses offered added up to $278,025. Subtracted from the nearly $10 million figure, that leaves well over $9 million not paid out - not $7 million.  

    According to Monmouth's chairman and CEO Dennis Drazin the track has a contract with Truesdail that provides for preliminary results in three days and final results in eight, which means there's something very wrong for a meeting that began on July 3. For a magazine that gets quotes from every angle in most of its articles, even if it's "there has been no response," there's not one word in the report detailing any effort to find out what has happened from Truesdail itself.

    Donald Trump's having the U. S. Post Office slow down on its deliveries can't be helping, but this situation appears to have preceded that moronic White House move.    

 

Saturday, August 15, 2020
He's just two behind the co-leaders . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Fresh off a three-win day Friday, jockey Miguel Vasquez rode six more winners on today’s card at Gulfstream Park to surge within two winners of the top of the Spring/Summer Meet standings.

    The up-and-coming 25-year-old rider closed in on Spring/Summer Meet co-leaders Emisael Jaramillo and Edgard Zayas, who each rode one winner, with his big day. Vasquez pushed his meet total to 94 victories, scoring aboard Mustang Cat ($22) in Race 1, Beast of Wildwood ($7) in Race 4, Sky Chaser ($5.60) in Race 6, Reggae Revolution ($12.80) in Race 8, Squeezadios ($5.40) in Race 10, and Bridologist ($3.80) in Race 11.

    Vasquez’s career day fell one short of the Gulfstream Park record of seven wins on a program shared by Jerry Bailey (March 11, 1995), Tyler Gaffalione (July 4, 2017) and Luis Saez (Jan. 24, 2018 and March 29, 2018)

    Vasquez has had a steady presence at Gulfstream since venturing to the U.S. from Panama in 2014, and winning more than 100 races in each of the past four years, but he has taken his career to a new level during the Spring/Summer Meet. Vasquez rode Mustang Cat and Beast of Wildwood for trainer Peter Walder, who has also been on a roll of late. Since the beginning of July, Walder has saddled 21 horses during the meet while compiling an 8-2-7 record. After missing three months due to injury, Vasquez has ridden 109 winners since returning to action Jan. 15.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $250,000

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $250,000 Sunday. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the third day Saturday, and tickets with all six winners were each worth $168.  





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Friday, August 14, 2020
Items of interest from around the tracks . . .

Here are some of the latest tidbits from around the country:

(1) The problem of significant odds drops after races begin continues to plague bettors everywhere. A couple of recent examples:

    At Gulfstream Park on Aug. 8, the 2-year-old Handsome Mike filly Yafa from Tropical Racing - in her second start after a poor debut - goes to the gate at 21-1. She gets beaten a neck by Monorail after a monster late run, and she's 13-1 on the board. 

    At Prairie Meadows, Valla goes into the gate at 5-1, and when they cross the finish line she's 2-1. 

    This one is just about the morning line: I Am The Boss at Gulfstream is 20-1 in the line and goes off at 7/5 and romps. In her first start on July 11, she was 23-1 and finished 10th, beaten 15 1/2 lengths. A real question mark. 

(2) In the fifth race at Gulfstream Park last Thursday, a real rarity in the order of finish: the winner was No. 5, followed by 4, 3, 2 and 1. Doesn't happen often.

(3) On sparse Monday, Double Diamond Farm stallion First Dude has three winners around the country, without the benefit of Gulfstream. Miss Star Lo wins at Parx Racing and pays $7.80. She's the second First Dude winner in the last week bred by Marti Haught, owner of the Tack Shack in Ocala, just north of OBS.

    At Colonial Downs, Dude's Secret wins and pays $39, and three races later, Do With Pride wins and pays $17. First Dude has re-taken second place from Brethren on Florida's sire list in a battle that has been changing weekly. 

(4) On the day Yafa finishes second by a neck for Handsome Mike, she begins what was nearly a career day for the stallion. Following, in order, La Flamenca is second by 1 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park; John's Promise wins at Delaware and pays $9.40; Sir Seamus goes wire-to-wire on the grass at Gulfstream and wins by a nose despite announcer Pete Aiello calling Til the End the probable winner; With the stallion looking for his first stakes-winner, Blue Mistress loses the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream in a photo that takes the placing judges two minutes to decide. She's the longest price on the board at 18-1. The photo shows she lost by an inch.  

(5) Last year, Brent and Crystal Fernung, owners of Journeyman Stud, publicly stipulated that if their stallion, Khozan, didn't wind up 2019 as Florida's leading freshman sire, the first 25 breeders who sent mares to him last season would be accorded freebies. That could have cost them $100,000. Of course, there never was a moment during the season where anyone got even close to Khozan; he led the field in number of winners and progeny earnings. 

    It was going to be intriguing to see just how the son of Distorted Humor would follow it up as a sophomore, and, again, it has been no contest since Jan 1. Khozan has been well ahead of Double Diamond Farm's First Dude in the earnings department and now holds a lead of nearly $400,000, an insurmountable margin.

    First Dude has led in the winners department all season, but that is understandable because he has 104 runners to 71 for Khozan. However, a late run by Khozan has moved him to where he's now just one winner behind First Dude - 44 to 43. Quite a feat and kudos to the Fernungs for their confidence in the stallion. 

 

 

 

 

     

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Three races from Laurel . . .
    LAUREL, MD – The Stronach 5 returns Friday with races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields along with a $100,000 guaranteed pool and 12-percent industry-low takeout.

    The first race in the sequence will be Laurel Park’s seventh race, a $42,000 allowance event for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 mile on the Dahlia Turf Course. Nick Papagiorgio, a 4-year-old son of Outflanker trained by Jamie Ness, is the 7-2 morning line choice in the 12-horse field.

    The Stronach 5 is scheduled to begin at 3:58 p.m.

    The second race at Golden Gate Fields will conclude the Stronach 5. The 5 ½ furlong claiming event for fillies and mares drew a field of seven with the early favorite C C the Bartender.


    The races and sequence:

           Leg One – Laurel Park 7th Race: (12 entries, 1 1/16 mile turf) 3:58 ET, 12:58 PT.

·         Leg Two –Gulfstream Park 9th Race: (12 entries, 1 1/8 mile turf) 4:14 ET, 1:14 PT.


·         Leg Three –Laurel Park 8th Race: (8 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:32 ET, 1:32 PT.

·         Leg Four –Laurel Park 9th Race: (9 entries, 5 ½ furlongs turf) 5:07 ET, 2:07 PT.

·         Leg Five –Golden Gate Fields 2nd race: (7 entries, 5 1/2 furlongs) 5:20 ET, 2:20 PT.


 



 



 


Monday, August 10, 2020
Rainbow begins again Thursday with $100,000 guarantee . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - There were multiple winning tickets on Sunday’s mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park, with each ticket returning $61,593.

    There was $4,159,821 bet into the pool - the carryover pool was $1.137 million.

    Winners of races in the Rainbow 6 were
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            6th Race:          Pseudonym $10.20

            7th Race:          Flawless Moon $8.40

            8th Race:          Heir Ball $17.20

            9th Race:          Worth Avenue $10.80

            10th Race:        Sensible Myth $20

            11th Race:        Passion Plus $15


    Racing resumes Thursday with a $100,000 guaranteed pool in the Rainbow 6 and a Super Hi 5 carryover of $3,665.47.

‘Myth’ Proves Herself in Sunday’s Dayatthespa 

    Courtesy of a Hall of Fame ride by Edgar Prado, Sensible Myth pulled off an upset over 6-5 favorite Kelsey’s Cross in Sunday’s $60,000 Dayatthespa Stakes.

    Diamond Racing Inc.’s Sensible Myth ($20) saved ground into the stretch before kicking in through the stretch to prevail over Kelsey’s Cross by a neck to win her first career stakes in her third start for trainer Leo Gabriel Jr.

    Kelsey’s Cross pressed pacesetter Lagertha, a Chilean import who set fractions of 23.49 and 47.49 seconds for the first half in her U.S. debut, before moving to the lead on the turn into the homestretch. The favorite fought gamely in the stretch but fell a neck short of holding off Sensible Myth, who found room to ease off the rail at the top of the stretch. Great Sister Diane, the 5-2 second choice ridden by Miguel Vasquez, was forced to alter course at the top of the stretch before putting in a strong rally that fell a half-length short.

    Sensible Myth ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.72 in the overnight stakes for fillies and mares.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
3yo filly was at Casse Training Center . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - A few months on the farm obviously did Gary Barber’s Lucky Polly a world of good.

    After spending four months at trainer Mark Casse’s farm and training center in Ocala, the 3-year-old daughter of Lookin At Lucky broke through with a hard-fought victory in the $100,000 Martha Washington at Gulfstream Park.

    Lucky Polly, who hadn’t run since finishing off the board in the March 29 Sanibel Island, chased loose-on-the-lead Blue Mistress throughout the mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies before putting her nose down at the wire to narrowly capture her first stakes.

    “When COVID hit, everything was up in the air. We didn’t know what we were going to do with her,” Casse’s assistant, Nick Tomlinson, said of the decision to transfer the Kentucky-bred filly from Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training center in Palm Beach County, to Casse Training Center. “She was training up at our training center and she was training really well up there.”

    Lucky Polly ($10.80), who broke her maiden and finished a solid fourth in the Herecomesthebride prior to her disappointing finish in her most recent start, had five breezes in Ocala that had gotten her fit enough to just get up to defeat Royal Mistress by a nose.  Emisael Jaramillo rated Lucky Polly in second along backstretch behind a free-running Royal Mistress, who set fractions of 24.03 and 48.39 for the first half-mile. Lucky Polly closed in on the pace-setter heading into the far turn and drew alongside the 18-1 shot turning into the homestretch. Royal Mistress spurted away under Marcos Meneses at the top of the stretch but would come up just short of holding off Lucky Polly, who completed the mile distance over a firm turf in 1:35.42.

    “Even as a 2-year-old we had high hopes for her. She showed that she had talent, especially at Keeneland when she ran second and when she broke her maiden here,” Tomlinson said. “She ran a helluva race today.”

    Tournesol, who captured the Portofino Bay Stakes in her most recent start, closed along the inside to finish third, a length behind Royal Mistress.

    In the co-feature, Curtis Green’s Givemetwenty posted his first stakes victory, benefiting from a heated early pace to capture the $100,000 Not Surprising Stakes.

    The Ralph Nicks-trained son of Declaration of War gave Jaramillo his second stakes victory of the afternoon while winning the mile stakes in 1:33.71 in his stakes debut as the 8-5 favorite.

    Graceful Kitten and Monforte hooked up to contest the early pace past fractions of :23.03 and :46.73 for the first half mile while Jaramillo settled Givemetwenty a few lengths back in third along the backstretch. Monforte, who was seeking his fifth straight victory after coming off a 5 ½-month layoff, edged past a tiring Graceful Kitten on the turf into the stretch only to meet an outside challenge from Givemetwenty. Monforte fought back gamely under Edgar Prado but was unable to hold off the Nicks trainee, who scored by 1 ½ lengths. Natural Power finished third, another 1 ½ lengths back.

    Givemetwenty broke his maiden in his second career start in a $50,000 maiden claiming race in his turf debut at five furlongs. He successfully stretched out in his two most recent starts, including an optional claiming allowance score July 4.

Monorail Wins in Debut

    Newtown Anner Stud Farm’s 2-year-old homebred filly, Monorail, made an impressive debut, winning at a mile over the turf course by a neck in 1:36.67. A daughter of Into Mischief, Monorail is out of the 2016 Mother Goose winner Off the Tracks. Kelsey Danner trains Monorail . . . Jaramillo not only won the $100,000 Martha Washington and $100,000 Not Surprising, but also two others on the card. They were Just Kidding ($2.60) in the third race and R Man Joe ($3.20) in the fourth.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Morzan saddles first winner . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.35 million when racing resumes tomorrow at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 19th consecutive program Sunday, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $29,937.


    There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover Thursday of $5,110.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will begin with the fifth race, a 6 ½-furlong event for 3-year-olds up with a $30,000 claiming tag. The sequence will include two turf races.

NOTES: Trainer Javier Morzan saddled his first winner at Gulfstream Sunday when Storm the Bridge won the 10th and final race of the afternoon, returning $22.40. Morzan claimed the 3-year-old gelding in his previous race for $6,250. Samy Camacho was the rider.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Maryland track picks up seven racing days . . .
    LAUREL, MD - The Maryland Jockey Club announced it will play host to nine $100,000 stakes races on Labor Day Weekend, including the Federico Tesio, a ‘Win and In’ for the Preakness Stakes, the Weber City, a ‘Win and In’ for the Gr. II Black-Eyed Susan , and three stakes on the turf.

    Laurel will run an additional seven days in August and September due to the Maryland State Fair withdrawing its application to run this year.

    The stakes races on Monday, Sept. 7 are the Tesio for 3-year-olds and Weber City Miss for 3-year-old fillies, and three races on the turf – the Henry Clark and Laurel Dash for 3-year-olds and up, and the All Along for fillies and mares.

    There will be four $100,000 stakes on Saturday, Sept. 5, the Polynesian and Deputed Testimony for 3-year-olds and up, and the Alma North and Twixt for fillies and mares.

        
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Breeze on By is by the farm's Cajun Breeze . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Odds-on favorite Breeze on By fought back gamely after being headed in the stretch to capture the $100,000 Dr. Fager, completing a sweep of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes races at Gulfstream Park for Stonehedge Farm.

    The Dr. Fager co-headlined the 11-race program with the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies, won by Stonehedge’s Go Jo Jo Go.


    The Michael Yates-trained Go Jo Jo Go and Ralph Nicks-trained Breeze On By are the 13th and 14th winners for Gilbert Campbell and his Stonehedge Farm in the tradition-rich series for juveniles sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida. The Stonehedge achievement is second only to Jacks or Better Farm with 19 winners in the series.

    Breeze On By set a solid pace into the stretch with fractions of 22.37 and 45.68 under Emisael Jaramillo for the first half-mile of the six-furlong stakes. Gatsby, who saved ground into the far turn under Hector Berrios, made a menacing outside challenge leaving the turn into the homestretch and managed to put his head in front of the pacesetter in mid-stretch, but Breeze On By fought back gamely to edge away to victory by a length.

    Breeze On By, who scored a front-running six-length debut victory at Gulfstream on July 12, ran six furlongs over a sloppy, sealed track in 1:10.85. Gatsby finished 8 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Boca Boy.


     The Dr. Fager and the Desert Vixen will be followed by the $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies, both slated for seven furlongs on Aug. 29, and the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies, both to be run around two turns at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 26.

    Breeze On By will have the opportunity to give Nicks his fourth consecutive victory in the seven-furlong second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. Nicks saddled Soutache (2017), Garter and Tie (2018) and Liam’s Lucky Charm (2019) for victories in the Affirmed the past three years.

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Daughter of leading Florida sire Khozan . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge LLC’s homebred Go Jo Jo Go the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes as a 21-1 long shot, winless in three previous races. But in the words of trainer Michael Yates; “They don’t move the calendar for the [Sire] Stakes. So if you have a horse who can run a bit, even if they’re a maiden, it’s worth taking a shot.”

    The shot taken was a winning one, as Go Jo Jo Go rallied down the stretch under jockey Leonel Reyes to win the FTBOA’s $100,000 Desert Vixen by 1 ¼ lengths over Princess Secret. It was another nose back to Freak in third
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     Jo Jo Go, a 2-year-old daughter of Khozan, covered a sloppy six furlong track in 1:11.47. It was the 13th Sire Stakes win for Gilbert Campbell and his Stonehedge Farm. They would make it 14 a half hour later when Breeze On By won the $100,000 Dr. Fager.

    Princess Secret, the even-money favorite, took the field past an opening quarter of :22.59 while Go Jo Jo Go raced last in the eight-horse field down the backstretch. Pressed throughout, Princess Secret was challenged by a wide Freak entering the stretch, who opened up a length lead inside the eighth pole. But Go Jo Jo Go came flying on the outside to overtake Freak inside the final sixteenth. Princess Secret gamely came back for the place.

    On winning the opening leg of the three-race series, Yates said: “It’s a great series for the Florida sires. It has a lot of history to it and it’s sort of what we aim for.”


Saturday, August 1, 2020
Payout will come a week later . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park's management has announced it has postponed the mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 to Sunday, Aug. 9 due to the uncertainty over the forecast and severity of Tropical Storm Isaias.

    The 20-cent wager had originally been scheduled for a mandatory payout tomorrow.

           
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
$100,000 Dr. Fager, Desert Vixen On Tap Saturday

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, annual centerpiece of the Spring/Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park, will get underway Saturday, bringing together the brightest 2-year-old prospects sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida.

    The $100,000 Dr. Fager and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies, both to be contested at six furlongs, will co-headline the first legs of the series that will continue on Aug. 29 with the $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies, both slated for seven furlongs. The finales will be contested on Sept. 26 with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies, both to be run at 1 1/16 miles. The Sept. 26 program will also include the $150,000 Wildcat Heir for 3-year-olds and up.


    The Florida Sire Stakes has a rich history dating back to 1982, when it was created by Ocala breeder Dan Lasater, a four-time national leading owner. The six-race series has produced six Eclipse Award winners: Awesome Feather (2010 Juvenile Filly), Big Drama (2010 Sprint), Holy Bull (1994 Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old Male), Smile (1986 Sprint), Brave Raj (1986 Juvenile Filly) and Not Surprising (1995 Sprint).

    The Dr. Fager and the Desert Vixen are both expected to attract deep fields with likely starters trained by several high-profile trainers, including Todd Pletcher, Ralph Nicks, Eddie Plesa Jr. and Kathleen O’Connell.


    Pletcher, who has maintained a stable at Gulfstream during the Spring/Summer Meet, is expected to be represented by J A G Racing and Jettany Thoroughbred Corp.’s Son of a Beast in the Dr. Fager and A I A Racing’s Tamiami in the Desert Vixen. Son of a Beast, a son of The Big Beast, withstood race-long pressure to capture his June 24 debut in front-running fashion. Tamiami, a daughter of Rattlesnake Bridge, overcame a horrific start to capture her June 21 debut with a furious late run, completing six furlongs in 1:09.1.

    Son of a Beast will again be sternly tested in the Dr. Fager, which is the goal for Stonehedge LLC’s Big Daddy Dave and Arindel’s Gatsby. The Nicks-trained Big Daddy Dave, a son of Khozan, is coming off a 2 ¾-length romp in his May 30 debut, completing five furlongs in 58.88. Juan Alvarado’s Gatsby, a homebred son of Brethren, captured his May 17 debut, upsetting Wesley Ward-trained Golden Pal, who went on to finish second in the Gr. II Norfolk at Royal Ascot.

   Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Famous Gent, a son of Big Dude who broke his maiden June 5 with a 58.87 five-furlong clocking, enters Florida Sire Stakes competition off a troubled third-place finish behind undefeated Papetu in the first juvenile allowance of the Spring/Summer Meet.

   Pletcher-trained Tamiami is also expected to have some tough competition in the Desert Vixen, including trainer/owner Dan Pita’s Princess Secret and Joseph Imbesi’s Social Exclusion. Princess Secret romped to a four-length victory in her May 7 debut. The daughter of Khozan came back to finish second against the boys, closing to within 1 ½ lengths of Papetu after being bumped hard at the start. Steve Klesaris-trained Social Exclusion, a daughter of Gulfstream Park record holder Social Inclusion, turned in a dazzling debut performance while scoring a 4 ¾-length front-running victory.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Mandatory payout set for Aug. 2 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1.1 Million Thursday at Gulfstream Park. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 15th racing program Sunday, and multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $360.

    A mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 has been scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 2.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
$2.5 million colt makes winning debut . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $1 million when racing resumes Sunday at Gulfstream Park. First race post is noon.

   The Rainbow 6 has not been hit by a single winning ticket for 14 days. Multiple tickets with six winners today returned $4,015.

    Sunday’s Rainbow begins with the sixth race, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of nine. The seventh race and second in the sequence is a $50,000 maiden event for 3-year-olds that has a 9-5 morning-line choice in El Pillo. There are four turf races in the Rainbow 6 with the final two races being contested on the grass.

    There will be a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Tatweej Makes Winning Debut, Mexican Wonder Boy Wins U.S. Debut

    Shadwell Stable’s Tatweej, a 3-year-old son of Tapit purchased for $2.5 million at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, won his racing debut today at one mile. Out of the Gr. 1-winning mare Tiz Miz Sue, Tatweej set fractions of :23.80, :46.10 and 1:10.50 for trainer Todd Pletcher before coming home under Edgard Zayas in 1:36.60.

    Don Fausto Racing’s 3-year-old colt Mexican Wonder Boy made a successful U. S. debut, winning an allowance optional claimer at a mile in 1:36.94. Trained by Fausto Gutierrez, Mexican Wonder Boy won four of seven races in Mexico last year, his last three by a combined 31 ¾ lengths. For jockey Leonel Reyes, it was his 300th victory in the U. S.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Four turf races - one main track . . .
    LAUREL, MD  - Competitive fields and a $100,000 guaranteed pool highlight Friday’s Stronach 5.

    The five-race wager will feature three races from Laurel Park – all scheduled on the turf – and two from Gulfstream Park. The Stronach 5, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins at 3:23 p.m. with a field of 10 claimers in Laurel’s sixth race going 5 ½ furlongs on the Fort Marcy Turf Course.

    The sequence ends a little more than an hour later with a dozen 3-year-olds and up in Laurel’s eighth race going 1 1/16 miles once again on the Fort Marcy Turf Course.

    Gulfstream’s eighth race is the only race in the sequence on the main track and will serve as the second leg in the sequence while Gulfstream’s ninth race, the fourth leg in the sequence, is scheduled for five furlongs on the turf.

Friday’s races and sequence:

Leg One – Laurel Park 6th Race: (10 entries, 5 ½ furlongs turf) 3:23 ET, 12:23 PT

Leg Two –Gulfstream Park 8th Race: (7 entries, 1 mile) 3:40 ET, 12:40 PT

Leg Three –Laurel Park 7th Race: (9 entries, 1 mile turf) 3:59 ET, 12:59 PT

Leg Four –Gulfstream Park 9th Race: (12 entries, 5 furlongs turf) 4:14 ET, 1:14 PT

Leg Five –Laurel Park 8th race: (12 entries, 1 1/6 mile turf) 4:33 ET, 1:33 PT


    The minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.


Monday, July 20, 2020
Jackpot guarantee will be $750,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $750,000 Thursday at Gulfstream Park. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $15,879.49.

    This week, Gulfstream will switch to a Thursday through Sunday scheduled for the remainder of the Spring/Summer Meet.

    The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 11th consecutive day Sunday, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $1,608.

NOTES: 4RH Racing Stable LLC’s Morning Stride, trained by Monica McGoey and ridden by Hector Berrios, won Sunday’s sixth race, a 1 ½-mile starter handicap on the turf with a purse of $55,000. The 5-year-old son of Morning Line covered a good turf course in 2:28.43 for his sixth career victory.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Trainer still points for Run for the Roses . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Ny Traffic stalled briefly at the top of the stretch before shifting into high gear in Saturday’s Gr. I Haskell at Monmouth Park, putting a late scare into front-running Authentic, only to fall an excruciating nose short of victory.

    Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. expressed more satisfaction than disappointment in his Gulfstream Park-based Kentucky Derby prospect this morning. 

    “I think I’ve lost a claimer and been more upset," Joseph said. "For some reason, I didn’t feel any disappointment, because I know where we’re trying to get – to the Derby. I just thought it was another step forward again. I didn’t want to see any regression. That was my biggest thing – not seeing any regression.”

    Ny Traffic, who currently sits fourth in qualifying points for the Sept. 5 Derby at Churchill Downs, chased a loose-on-the-lead Authentic into the stretch, where he made a courageous bid for victory.

    “I was proud of him," Joseph said. "At the quarter pole, he was off the bridle and it looked like he wouldn’t be able to get second. To see him trying and keep coming and almost getting there . . . At the 1/16th-pole, I thought he might win. It went from a low to a high. I didn’t take the beat that bad, honestly. I was just happy how he ran and it was another jump forward, like we’re going in the right way for the Derby.”

    Ny Traffic, who followed up a dominating Jan. 11 allowance win at Gulfstream in his first start for Joseph with a third-place finish in the Gr. II Risen Star, a runner-up finish in the Gr. II Louisiana Derby and a second-place finish in the Gr. III Matt Winn, is owned by John Fanelli, Cash is King LLC, LC Racing and Paul Braverman.

    “I’m sending him to Saratoga and let him train there a little bit," Joseph said. "I don’t know if we’ll ship early to Churchill or ship late. We haven’t decided yet."

     The Joseph-trained Tonalist’s Shape didn’t fare nearly as well as her stablemate Saturday, finishing a well-beaten fourth as the 6-5 favorite in the Gr. I Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The multiple graded stakes-winner, who wore blinkers for the first time in a race, was rank early and lacked the late punch that carried her to victory in the Gr. III Forward Gal and Gr. II Davona Dale during the Championship Meet and, most recently, the Hollywood Wildcat at Gulfstream.

    “The blinkers, I knew, could have that effect," Joseph said. "I thought the blinkers for her was going to be hit or miss. It was either going to make a big difference or it was going to be a big mistake. It turned out to be a big mistake. We thought we were making the right decision. We had to give it a try. I’ll take the blame for that. I can’t blame her. She got a little rank going into the first turn. I think it was a complete throw-out race. I’ll take the blame for that.”

    The Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks is still penciled in for a ‘blinkers-off” Tonalist’s Shape. “I’m not going to let that race distract us," Joseph said. "If all is well, we’re going to stay on plan. She’s earned a spot in the Oaks. If she stays the course, we’ll probably give her a chance there. We’ll see how she does. We’ll talk it over with the owners, but I don’t see any reason not to continue onwards.”

    Math Wizard, who gave Joseph his first Gr. 1 success while winning last year’s Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, improved off a pair of disappointing 2020 efforts with a second-place finish behind Global Campaign in Saturday’s Gr. III Monmouth Cup.

    “He ran very good . . . he’s just a hard-knocking horse,” Joseph said. “On his day, when he’s doing good, he gives his all. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Edges Jess's Dream filly at the wire . . .
    The race to become the first Florida freshman sire of 2020 to get a winner came down to a battle yesterday between Sophisticurl, by Pleasant Acres stallion Ride On Curlin, and Frankly My Dear, by Ocala Stud’s Jess’s Dream, in the fourth at Gulfstream Park. The two fillies had met previously on June 21, with Frankly My Dear finishing second and Sophisticurl right behind her in third.

    Frankly My Dear left from the No. 6 post with Rajiv Maragh in the $55,000, 5 1/2-furlong maiden special, while Sophisticurl was in the eighth slot with Samy Camacho.

    The two broke out of the gate in unison, 7/2 Frankly My Dear on the inside and 15-1 Sophisticurl right on her neck in the two path, and they remained that way through fractions of :22.81, 46.39 and :58.94. Frankly My Dear had her neck in front down the lane, but under a strong ride by Camacho, Sophisticurl edged past her rival nearing the wire and she won by a head in 1:05.65.

    The maiden-breaking victory by Sophisticurl was worth $36,000 for owner Rolling Meadows Farm and handed another breeders’ award to Pleasant Acres owners Joe and Helen Barbazon, who have been on fire in the last month; this is their ninth award in that span. The winner is now 1-0-2 in four starts with earnings of $45,250.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
2nd day gross nears $4 million . . .

    Hip No. 640, a daughter of Not This Time consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, went to Emerald Sales, Agent for Tobey L. Morton, for $270,000 to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 July Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The chestnut filly, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was the fastest at the distance at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is out of Exotic Design, by A.P. Indy, a daughter of Gr. I stakes-winner Exotic Wood and a full sister to stakes-winner Key to Power.

    Dennis O’Neill paid $185,000 for Hip No. 383, a son of Half Ours consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, Inc., Agent, whose quarter in :20 1/5 on Wednesday was the sale’s fastest at the distance. The bay colt is out of All About Ju Ju, by Into Mischief, a half-sister to stakes-placed Gregorian Bay.

    Hip No. 473, a daughter of Palace Malice consigned by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Inc, was sold to Clay Scherer, Agent for Al & Bill Ulwelling, for $175,000. The bay filly, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance on Wednesday, is a half-sister to stakes-placed Merveilleux out of Breech Inlet, by Holy Bull, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Bauble Queen.

    Hip No. 427, a daughter of Uncle Mo consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent, who breezed three eighths in :34 2/5 on Wednesday, was purchased by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, for $150,000. The bay filly is out of Bama Belle, by Giant’s Causeway, a half-sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Funny Moon.

    West Bloodstock, Agent for Repole Stables, paid $110,000 for Hip No. 643, Amount, a son of Curlin who breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 on Thursday. Consigned by Harris Training Center LLC, Agent, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Size out of Extent, by Pulpit.

    For the session, 155 horses sold for $3,869,800, compared with 225 grossing $7,719,700 at last year’s second session. The average was $24,966 compared with $34,310 a year ago, while the median price was $13,000, compared to $17,500 in 2019.  The buyback percentage was 25.7%; it was 17.3% last year.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Arindel leads owners' list in victories and money . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $500,000 when racing resumes Wednesday. First race post is noon.           

    The Rainbow 6 will begin with the fifth race, a maiden special weight event for 3-year-olds and up at 5 furlongs on the turf. The race drew a field of seven including American Phenom, a $340,000 yearling purchase who was claimed for $50,000 out of his racing debut by trainer Rohan Crichton for Daniel Walters. American Phenom finished fourth in his March 5 debut. Also entered is first-time starter R Private Jet, an $82,000 purchase as a yearling in 2018 who enters the race with a bullet half-mile work for trainer Georgina Baxter.

    There will be three turf races in the sequence, including the 10th and final race, a maiden claiming event at 1 1/16 miles.

    This will be the last Wednesday program at Gulfstream. The track will move to a Thursday through Sunday program beginning July 23.

Zayas, Joseph and Arindel Top Standings

    Some familiar names sit atop the leader standings at Gulfstream. Edgard Zayas, who earned last year’s spring and summer riding titles at, is once again on top of the standings through the middle of July. Zayas, who rode three winners Sunday, leads in wins (79) and total purse money ($2.3 million), He’s currently ahead of Emisael Jaramillo (69 wins, $2 million) and Miguel Vasquez (62 wins, $1.7 million).

    Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who will saddle Louisiana Derby and Matt Winn runner-up Ny Traffic in this weekend’s $1 million Haskell, leads all trainers with 33 wins. Todd Pletcher is second with 29 victories and leads all trainers in purse money with $967,943. Antonio Sano, who saddles Hara in Thursday’s Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga, is third in victories with 28, one up on Mike Maker.

    Perennial leading owner and breeder Arindel leads all owners with 14 victories and $428,494 in money won. Frank Carl Calabrese is second with 10 wins while Drawing Away Stable has nine.

Sunday, July 12, 2020
OBS grads finish 1-2 at Keeneland . . .

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Madaket Stables LLC’s Speech tracked pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Venetian Harbor (April ’19) down the backstretch in Keeneland’s $392,000, Gr. I Ashland Stakes on Saturday, then went after her on the turn. The pair turned for home on close to even terms, but down the stretch Speech was stronger, taking command a furlong from home and beating Venetian Harbor to the wire by three lengths in a track -record 1:41.26 for the mile and one-sixteenth.

    It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Mr Speaker, a two-time OBS graduate. She was purchased out of the Summerfield consignment at the 2018 Winter Mixed Sale, then resold by SBM Training & Sales, Agent, for $190,000 at the 2019 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 seconds flat. Now 2-4-1 in seven starts for trainer Mike McCarthy, she has earned $353,840.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Bug boy has won 29 races at current meet . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Apprentice Joseph Trejos continued to flash star quality at Gulfstream Park while producing a four-win afternoon on Friday. Trejos, who rode his first winner in the U. S. at Gulfstream on April 18 after winning 44 races in Panama, has won 29 races during the Spring/Summer Meet.

    A graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jr. jockey school, where he was selected as the outstanding rider in his December 2018 graduating class, Trejos swept both ends of the early double aboard Josefa ($15.20) in race 1 and Mister Leonardo ($30) in race 2, both of whom were saddled by Antonio Sano. The 23-year-old, five-pound bug boy followed up with back-to-back victories aboard R Calli Kim ($10.40) in race 4 and Matraca ($6.40) in race 5.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Guaranteed 

Today’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will be guaranteed at $400,000. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the fifth consecutive day Friday, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $681.

    Today’s sequence will span Races 7-12, featuring a mile optional claiming allowance on turf for 3-year-olds and up in Race 11. Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Jaguar will seek to repeat a recent front-running score against Florida-bred competition at the same non-winners-of-one-other-than level.

‘Yesterday’ Looks to Recapture Past in Portofino Bay

    Yesterdayoncemore will look to recapture her winning form in Sunday’s $60,000 Portofino Baby, a 1 1/16-mile overnight turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies. 

    Trained by Patrick Biancone, the Irish-bred daughter of No Nay Never has gone winless in four starts since scoring in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf in her Sept. 2, 2019 U.S. debut. Owned by D P Racing LLC, Mrs. Paul Shanahan and Mrs. M. V. Magnier, Yesterdayoncemore, who ran five times in Ireland, broke her maiden in the Del Mar stakes. She finished off the board in her next three races before finishing an unlucky second while coming off a four-month layoff in a June 28 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream. Luca Panici has the return mount.

    Arindel’s Onyx, a two-time stakes-winner last year, will also be trying to recapture her winning form after finishing well back in her three starts this year. Emisael Jaramillo, who was aboard for Onyx’s stakes success, has the return mount. Mijet, Freret, Tournesol, Days of Spring – all winners in their most recent races, and Blue Mistress, round out the field.


Monday, July 6, 2020
Ambassador Luna misses by a nose in $75,000 Bob Umphrey . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Pay Any Price, the 10-year-old gelding owned by Averill Racing LLC and Matties Racing Stable LLC, held off a late rally by Ambassador Luna to win Sunday’s $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint by a nose over a ‘good’ turf course.

    A son of Wildcat Heir trained by Georgina Baxter, Pay Any Price has won 19 of 33 races, including nine stakes. The gelding won the Umphrey in 2017 and 2018, the Crystal River in 2018 and 2019, and was second in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint in 2017. The win was especially pleasing to Baxter after Pay Any Price lost his three previous starts.

    “This horse is amazing, isn’t he?” Baxter said. “I know his last two runs were questionable but you can never write this horse off. You have to respect him every time he steps on the racetrack. He’s special to me. He’s special to everyone in the barn. He’s 10 years old. His worst enemy is his attitude, but he’s turned out to be our best friend – the fact that he is so goofy and quirky. He’s still so good and so fast and still running well at 10 years old.”

    Pay Any Price popped out of the gate under Edgard Zayas and set fractions of :21.84 and :44.03 before hitting the wire first. The gelding was bred in Florida by Brent and Crystal Fernung and has now won 16 of 24 starts at Gulfstream.

    Earlier in the afternoon, GU Racing Stable LLC’s Belle Laura split horses around the turn and drove to an impressive victory in the $60,000 In The Breeze, covering a mile on a 'good' turf course in 1:35.32. The 4-year-old daughter of Mucho Macho Man, facing 10 others, including six stakes-winners, was fifth down the backstretch before moving between pacesetter Dangerous Curves and Rosa Star around the turn and then driving away to a 4 ½ length victory over Great Sister Diane. Midnight Soiree was third.

    Belle Laura is now two-for-two this year under the shedrow of trainer Juan Avila with jockey Hector Berrios. The filly finished third in the Jessamine and seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as a 2-year-old, and third in the Herecomesthebride last year.

Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 Pool Guaranteed at $400,000

    When Gulfstream resumes racing Wednesday afternoon the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $400,000. First race post is noon. The sequence will begin with a 3-year-old and up claiming race going five furlongs on the turf in the fifth race. The sequence has four races scheduled on the turf.

    NOTE: Magic Stables LLC’s 2-year-old colt Papetu remained unbeaten in two starts when he drove away from six others to win Gulfstream’s first juvenile allowance race of the meet. The Son of Gone Astray covered the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.46. The filly Princess Secret finished second and Famous Gent third . . . Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Doll Collection, a 4-year-old filly by Tapit out of champion Groupie Doll, broke her maiden Sunday, covering seven furlongs in 1:24.23.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Kathy Ritvo's colt captures $75,000 Carry Back . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Double Crown lived up to his 3-5 favoritism in today’s $75,000 Carry Back at Gulfstream Park, the Kathy Ritvo-trained gelding winning his second straight stakes race with a thoroughly professional performance.

    The Carry Back, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds co-headlined the Fourth of July program with the $75,000 Azalea, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies.

    Double Crown, who captured the 6 ½-furlong Roar on May 16, rated just behind dueling Cajun Brother and Poe, who set fractions of :22.59 and :45.42 seconds for the first half mile, before making a sweep to the lead on the turn into the homestretch. The son of Bourbon Courage opened up a clear lead under Cristian Torres in mid-stretch and continued gamely to hold off Hutcheson Stakes winner With Verve by three-quarters of a length.

    “He’s tough. He has just enough speed to stay off the pace early and he closes well,” said Dean Reeves, who owns the Maryland-bred filly with his wife Patti.

    Double Crown ran seven furlongs in 1:22.37 to win his third race in four career starts. With Verve finished 1 ¾ lengths ahead of late-closing Ournationonparade.

    Double Crown and Ournationonparade were privately purchased by the Reeves following a Sept. 19 maiden special weight race, in which the former defeated the latter in their respective debuts at Laurel Park.

    Ournationonparade came right back to win the $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery in his next start, while Double Crown went to the sidelines. Double Crown returned to action for Ritvo with a late-closing second-place finish in an April 26 allowance at Gulfstream before capturing the Roar Stakes
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    “He’s come around great," Reeves said. "Kathy’s done a great job with him. She gave him some time at the end of his 2-year-old year and let him grow into himself, because he’s a good-sized horse. It’s amazing when you give them some time, they pay dividends for you.”
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Track reopens for simulcast wagering . . .
    OLDSMAR - Since its inception in 2013, the two-day Summer Festival of Racing has dangled the promise of a triumphant autumn return of thoroughbreds, their connections and the numerous other folks who make the Tampa Bay Downs show a “happening.”

    Things felt different this time, as Wednesday’s 10-race card – marking the official start of the 2020-2021 meeting – was the 49th without spectators since the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic shut down racing at most tracks.


    Yet the “new” season felt familiar in some ways. Brothers Ronnie Allen Jr. and Mike Allen each rode three winners to share first place in the standings until the 2020-2021 “Opening Day” card on Nov. 25. The Allens have a combined 5,878 career victories, and Ronnie is a four-time Tampa Bay Downs track champion.

    Countless questions remain as horsemen head north, while track officials catch their collective breath before formulating plans for the track’s 95th anniversary season, which they hope will accommodate a diverse group of racing fans respectful of the wisdom of wearing masks and practicing social distancing, if circumstances mandate.

    “The new normal,” already a cliché, takes another step today as Tampa Bay Downs reopens for simulcast wagering seven days a week on the first floor of the grandstand and in Silks Bar & Grille.

    The Riders Up! bar will be open daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., while Legends Bar on the second floor of the grandstand will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

    The decision to continue racing without fans, while instituting strict guidelines for trainers, jockeys, backstretch workers and track employees, was subject to widespread debate. But as one of a handful of tracks that stayed in operation throughout March and April, Tampa Bay Downs was able to provide an outlet for owners facing limited options.

    Meanwhile, fan support – as indicated by wagering handles far in excess of norma
l post-Tampa Bay Derby figures – spoke to a hunger for action among sports lovers far and wide. A pair of state-approved dates extensions enabled Tampa Bay Downs to offer 111 days during the 2019-2020 meeting, making it the longest in history.

    When it was over, everyone involved took time to marvel at the devotion and resilience that make the thoroughbred world inspiring and worthy of acclaim.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Zayas rides three winners today . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s special Tuesday program will feature mandatory payouts of the 20-cent Rainbow 6, 50-cent Late Pick 5 and $1 Super Hi 5. The Rainbow pool could reach $3 million. First race post is noon.

    The Rainbow 6 begins with race 4, a maiden event for fillies and mares going five furlongs on the turf.

    There will be three turf races in the sequence, including the seventh race, an allowance optional claiming event at five furlongs for 3-year-olds with a purse of $54,500. The sequence wraps up with another five furlong turf event for claiming fillies and mares.

     Multiple tickets with six winners today were each worth $9,004.

    NOTES: Summer in the City, a 3-year-old filly by Summer Front ridden by Edgard Zayas, drove past a game She’s Just Quality down the stretch to win today’s sixth race, a maiden special weight event over a mile turf course. Making her third start for trainer Todd Pletcher, Summer in the City covered the mile in 1:35.98. Zayas rode three winners - along with Summer in the City he took the fourth aboard Gran Old Parr ($4.80) and the 10th on Lovely Luvy ($5.80).

Sunday, June 28, 2020
Wins by 2 1/2 despite killer fractions . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH -Trainer Fausto Gutierrez had penciled in the $250,000, Gr. I Madison at Keeneland for Letruska’s next start before calling an audible and opting for a less ambitious spot in yesterday’s $60,000 Added Elegance at Gulfstream Park.

    The 4-year-old daughter Super Saver found the one-mile overnight stakes to her liking, running six other fillies and mares off their feet with a dazzling front-running victory under Emisael Jaramillo.

    “Check the fractions she ran today. With these fractions she can kill any race,” said Gutierrez, whose trainee captured her ninth victory in 11 career starts. “She’s a really good horse.”

    After jumping out of the gate alertly, Letruska (who paid $7) set fractions of :23.29 and :44.96 seconds for the first half-mile. While under a strong hold she went six furlongs in 1:08.20 and seven furlongs in 1:21.61 on her way to a final clocking of 1:35.46 and a 2 ½-length victory.

    Multiple graded stakes-placed Nonna Madeline, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Edgard Zayas, chased Letruska throughout the mile but could get no closer than the margin at the finish. Bella Ciao closed to finish third, eight lengths farther back.

    Letruska had run over Gulfstream’s main track once previously, beating older males in the Copa Invitacional del Caribe by 4 ½ lengths on the Dec. 8 Clasico Internacional del Caribe program to remain undefeated in seven career starts, the first six coming in Mexico. The St. George Stables’ homebred sustained her first loss in her turf debut when she finished off the board in the Dec. 28 Tropical Park Oaks. She rebounded to remain undefeated on dirt with a 2 ¼-length front-running victory over Nonna Madeline in an April 16 allowance race at Oaklawn Park. Two weeks later, she set a pressured pace before finishing third behind graded stakes-winner Blamed to sustain her first career loss on dirt in another allowance at Oaklawn Park.

    Saturday, Letruska bounced back in eye-catching fashion to earn a shot at stronger competition next time out. “We’ll have to think about it,” Gutierrez said. “Today, she showed the class that she has.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Letruska had won her first 7 starts . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Letruska is set to make her return to Gulfstream Park’s main track for the first time since outrunning older males during a 4 ¼-length romp at the demanding 1 ¼-mile distance last December.

    The 4-year-old daughter of Super Saver, who remained undefeated after her first seven career starts in the Copa Invitacional del Caribe for St. George Stable on the Dec. 8 Clasico Internacional del Caribe program, is scheduled to clash with seven other fillies and mares in Saturday’s $60,000 Added Elegance.


    First race post for the 12-race program is noon. Six of the dozen races are scheduled for the turf, with four scheduled as part of the Rainbow 6 along with the Added Elegance.

    Trainer Fausto Gutierrez had nominated Letruska to the June 11 Coaltown, an overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up that attracted Gr. 1 runners Math Wizard and Diamond Oops, then opted to wait for Saturday’s mile overnight stakes for fillies and mares.


    “She has worked very good - she’s been very relaxed,” said Gutierrez, whose stable is based at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. “I tried to run her two times, once against the boys, but in the end, I decided to wait because this race was very near. I think this is the perfect race for her.”

    “The last time [she ran against males] she got 13 pounds, it was a good handicap,” said Gutierrez, whose stable was primarily based in Mexico until this year.

    After Letruska won her seventh in a row on Dec. 8, she sustained her first career loss in her turf debut in the Dec. 28 Tropical Park Oaks, in which she set a keen early pace before tiring to finish 13th. The Kentucky-bred filly rebounded while returning to dirt and coming off a 3 ½-month layoff to capture an April 16 allowance at Oaklawn Park. “She was incredible off the layoff," Gutierrez said. "She ran a very high [speed] figure. She ran against very nice competition, fillies who have run in stakes.” 

    Letruska set a solid early pace and drew away to a 2 ¼-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile allowance in which the runner-up was Todd Pletcher-trained Nonna Madeline, a multiple graded stakes-placed filly who is also entered in the Added Elegance.

    Letruska came back on April 30 and sustained her first loss on dirt at Oaklawn, tiring to third after setting a pressured pace in a mile allowance won by multiple graded-stakes winner Blamed. The second time she ran at Oaklawn, it was just 14 days after the first,” Gutierrez said. “It was like a stakes. Out of seven who ran six won stakes.”

    Emisael Jaramillo, who was aboard for the Copa Invitacional del Caribe victory, will be back Saturday aboard Letruska, who will carry 126 pounds, four more than Nonna Madeline.

    Teresa Viola Racing Stables and St. Elias Stable’s Nonna Madeline is set to make her first start since finishing second behind Letruska on April 16. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride had previously finished third in the Gr. II Inside Information and fourth in the Gr. III Hurricane Bertie after winning an allowance after a 14-month layoff during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet. Edgard Zayas is slated to ride Nonna Madeline for the first time.

    Ken Copenhaver’s Queen Nekia will seek to rebound from a 10th-place finish in the April 18 Gr. I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn. The 5-year-old daughter of Harlington had previously finished third at Gulfstream in the Gr. II Royal Delta, beaten three-quarters of a length by Cookie Dough. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. gave the call aboard Queen Nekia to Samy Camacho.

    Irv Cowan’s Remarkable Soul, Steve Dwoskin’s Helping Lisa D., Starship Stables and Dwoskin’s Starship Bonita, Magic Stables LLC and Cairoli Racing Stable’s Bella Ciao, and My Purple Haze Stables LLC’s Heiressall, round out the field
Friday, June 26, 2020
Jackpot currently stands at $61,218 . . .
    OLDSMAR - The eighth annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday at Tampa Bay Downs will feature mandatory payouts both days of the track’s 20-cent Ultimate 6 wager.

    The current jackpot grew to $61,218 on Wednesday. The wager requires bettors to correctly select the winners of each of the last six races. The entire Ultimate 6 pool will be distributed both days to all bettors selecting the most winners.

    Tuesday’s card will be the final program of the 2019-2020 meeting, and Wednesday will mark the first day of the 2020-2021 meeting, scheduled to resume in late November. Spectators are still not allowed, and fans may bet on the Ultimate 6 through various account-wagering sites such as NYRA Bets, DRF Bets and TVG.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Food and beverage service will be available . . .
    OLDSMAR - Full-card simulcast wagering returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Thursday, July 2 with thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing seven days a week.

    Wagering areas will include the first floor of the grandstand; the Silks Poker Room, which re-opened June 14; and, beginning July 3, the Legends Bar on the second floor of the grandstand, which will be open each Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Food and beverage service will be available. The Riders Up! bar on the first floor of the grandstand will be open every day from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Patrons must have their temperatures taken at the track entrance. Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be denied admittance. Face masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

    Beginning July 3, programs and Daily Racing Forms will be on sale from 11:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays through Sundays, on the first floor of the grandstand. Mutuel tellers will sell programs and forms on the remaining days. Bettors can wager with mutuel tellers and through self-service terminals.

    Online Florida Lottery sales will not be available. Clubhouse areas, including the Sports Gallery and the Carrels area, remain closed until further notice.

    The Fourth of July weekend includes thoroughbred racing at such major tracks as Belmont Park, Gulfstream, Monmouth, Laurel and Woodbine, as well as a number of other tracks.

    Since Tampa Bay Downs closed to spectators in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all areas of the track have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to offer customers a safe, welcoming environment. Those efforts continue on a daily basis.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
5th Leading trainer crown and first as owner . . .
    OLDSMAR - If it’s June, Gerald Bennett must have been at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale (moved from April this year due to COVID-19), looking to strengthen his Winning Stables roster with future thoroughbred standouts.

    Or he could be driving back from Delaware Park with wife Mary after delivering a shipment of 13 runners from Tampa Bay Downs for the meeting that began Wednesday.

    With just a few days remaining in the Oldsmar oval’s 2019-2020 season, Bennett still can be found at his barn overseeing a few dozen horses, many of which have helped him capture a fifth consecutive Tampa Bay Downs training championship with 60 victories (the current season concludes with racing on June 30, with the 2020-2021 meeting beginning July 1).

    The 76-year-old conditioner shared his first Oldsmar training title in 2010-2011 with Jamie Ness, the track’s all-time record-holder with nine titles, won consecutively from 2006-2015.

    What’s different this season: Bennett has also wrapped up his first Tampa Bay Downs owners title with 23 victories. Bennett, who sent out  15 winners under his Winning Stables banner and eight in various partnerships, is four ahead of both Godolphin, LLC (19 victories) and owner-trainer Juan Arriagada, who won 11 races individually and eight in various partnerships.

    “It’s great to be able to keep going strong year after year,” said the Springhill, Nova Scotia native, who ranks 14th all-time in North America with 3,903 victories. “You need that fire and desire to do it right because it’s a lot of work to stay successful, and right now I still have it.”

    Bennett, father of trainer Dale Bennett, has recruited new owners to the sport virtually from the start of his career, when he competed in Canada. “It’s important for the sport to bring in new owners,” he said. “You get those friendships established and win some races, and they bring more of their friends into it. I’m fortunate to have owners who like to run their horses where they can win, and hopefully you can buy more young stock that you can turn into stakes horses.”

    Owners who partnered with Winning Stables on victories this season include James Georgeades and Ron Pugliese Jr., of JPG2 and Mr. Pug, LLC; Harold L. Queen; Arnoriver Racing (Mike Arnone); Martin Goodell; and Mary Thomas and Michael Vitello.

    While Bennett maintains an excellent rapport with his owners, it is in the barn area where he seems most at home. His reputation for turning claiming horses into allowance winners and allowance horses into stakes performers has been honed through years of study, dedication to his profession and subscribing to the belief that no detail is too small.

    Among his best horses have been millionaire Beau Genius, who won the Gr. I Philip H. Iselin Handicap and the Gr. II Michigan Mile and One-Eighth in 1990; Secret Romeo, a multiple stakes-winner who earned $865,790; Bucky’s Prayer, a mare who won the 2007 Lightning City Stakes; Fast Flying Rumor, who set a Tampa Bay Downs Beyer Speed Figure record of 108 (since bettered) while winning the 2016 Turf Dash; and R Angel Katelyn, who won three stakes races during the 2016-2017 meeting.

    Bennett’s lone stakes victory this season came with 6-year-old Florida-bred mare Lady’s Island, who won the Minaret Stakes for owners Matties Racing Stable and Averill Racing on Feb. 15.

    Win or lose, Bennett is back at the barn by 5 a.m. the next day to oversee each horse’s regimen. “I’ll be walking in the shed row when a horse stops in front of me, and the hot walker is amazed because the horse knows me,” he said. “Mary says it’s because I feed them peppermints, but they get to know your voice and have confidence in what you’re doing.”

    In that regard, Bennett’s thoroughbred athletes aren’t much different than the owners he trains for and the bettors who support his horses.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Cafe Pharoah unbeaten in Japan, he's a Derby possible . . .
    Koichi Nishikawa’s unbeaten Cafe Pharoah scored his third win in as many starts, taking Sunday’s $630,772, Gr. III Unicorn Stakes at Tokyo Race Course by five lengths. The 3-year-old colt by American Pharoah, leader of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, moved to the pacesetters on the turn, took the lead after turning for home, then drew away smartly in the final furlong when asked for his best, running the 1600 meters in a stakes record 1:34.90. Trained by Noriyuki Hori, he has earned $580,000 USD to date. Consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, to the 2019 OBS March Sale, he was sold for $475,000 to Narvick International, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. 

    Gaining Ground Racing LLC’s Factor This went to the front at the start of Saturday’s $200,000, Gr. II Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs, and refused to yield, turning back an early challenge, opening daylight in the lane, then holding off a late charge to score by a neck. That’s three straight graded stakes wins for the 5-year-old gelding by The Factor, purchased for $11,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2017 OBS April Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 29-10-3-4 for trainer Brad Cox, he has earned $844,070 to date
Saturday, June 20, 2020
17 bettors get $7,039 . . .
    LAUREL, MD – Friday’s Stronach 5, featuring a $100,000 guaranteed pool and a 12-percent takeout, had 17 winning tickets each worth a generous $7,039.

    The sequence kicked off with Gulfstream’s eighth race and a $15.60 winner in Fujairah, the longest price of the 5, and ended with Santa Anita’s third race and 6-5 favorite Tiberius Mercurius holding off War Path for the victory. Tiberius Mercurius was the shortest price of the day.

 Friday’s races and sequence

         Leg One – Gulfstream Park 8th Race: Fujairah $15.60

·       Leg Two –Laurel Park 7th Race: Bustoff $9.60

·       Leg Three –Gulfstream Park 9th Race: Cryogenic $11.40

·       Leg Four –Laurel Park 8th Race: Eastern Bay $8.20

·       Leg Five –Santa Anita Park 3rd race: Tiberius Mercurius $4.60
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Field of 10 will contest race shortened to 1 1/8 miles . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Led by Florida Derby winner Tiz the Law, there are three horses representing Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and they are rated first, second and third in the morning-line.

    Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law was installed at 6-5 in the morning line for the 1 1/8-mile Belmont, the traditional third jewel of the Triple Crown that will kick off the Spring Classics series due to the post postponements of the Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5 and the Preakness Stakes to Oct. 3. Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante, who is coming off a sharp stakes-quality allowance score at Gulfstream, was rated second at 9-2, while St. Elias Stable’s Dr. Post, who captured the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream last time out, was rated third at 5-1 in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered today at Belmont Park.

   Barclay Tagg-trained Tiz the Law, who captured the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park last year, was 2-for-2 this year during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet. The son of Constitution rolled to a three-length score in the Gr. III Holy Bull, defeating Ete Indien, who came back to capture the Gr. II Fountain of Youth by 8 ½ lengths. Tiz the Law, who sat out the Fountain of Youth, stamped himself as the Triple Crown favorite with a dominating 4 ¼-length victory in the Florida Derby. Manuel Franco has the return mount Saturday.

Patrick Biancone-trained Sole Volante, who began his career with a debut victory and a stakes triumph on turf last year, finished third in the Jan. 4 Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream in his dirt debut. The son of Karakontie went on to capture the Gr. III Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs by 2 ½ lengths and finish second behind King Guillermo in the Gr. II Tampa Bay Derby. He returned from a three-month layoff to prep for the Belmont, winning an allowance in which he closed from last to score by three-quarters of a length under a hand ride by Luca Panici, who has the call again Saturday.

Todd Pletcher-trained Dr Post enters the Belmont off back-to-back impressive victories at Gulfstream. The son of Quality Road returned from a long layoff since finishing fourth in his July 4 debut at Belmont, breaking his maiden by 1 1/4 lengths on March 29, going seven furlongs. He stretched out in his next start in the 1 1/16-mile Unbridled Stakes, defeating graded stakes-placed Attachment Rate by 1 ½ lengths. Irad Ortiz Jr. has the return call.

Tap It to Win (6-1), Pneumatic (8-1) Max Player (15-1), Modernist (15-1), Farmington Road (15-1), Fore Left (30-1), Jungle Runner (50-1) round out the Belmont field.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $200,000.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved today for the second racing day since last Saturday’s mandatory payout.  Multiple tickets with all six winners were worth $7,152. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Rides 122 winners before suffering small fracture . . .
    OLDSMAR - For two days, Antonio Gallardo tried to ride through the pain in his right knee. But after finishing second aboard the 4-year-old filly Olendon in his sixth assignment on May 30 at Tampa Bay Downs, he knew the risk of doing more serious damage demanded he seek medical attention.

    The diagnosis wasn’t really a surprise: a small fracture that would heal with rest and treatment. The 32-year-old jockey has set his sights on returning to action at Monmouth Park, which starts its 75th season on July 3.

    “I’m using laser therapy and a lot of ice and swimming in the pool,” said Gallardo. “I’ll have to decide what to do after I see the doctor again on June 24, but I’m trying hard to be ready for that first weekend.”

    Gallardo will head to Monmouth after getting his fifth Tampa Bay Downs riding title in seven seasons. He rode 122 winners during the 2019-2020 meeting, 23 more than six-time champion Daniel Centeno, who has now moved his tack to Delaware Park. Last year’s champion, Samy Camacho, in third place with 96 winners, is at Gulfstream Park.

    Gallardo, who has also won four titles at Presque Isle Downs, holds the Oldsmar single-season record of 147 victories, set during the 2014-2015 meeting. The product of Jerez de la Frontera in Cadiz, Spain has ridden 1,916 winners in the United States, finishing second in the country in 2015 and 2016 with 320 and 332 victories, respectively.

    “Every title feels good," he said. "My first one (2013-2014) was really special, because I remember how slow I started in this country and how good it felt to break out, But when you win one or two titles, the difficult part is staying on top. The only way you stay there is to try your best every day and be good to everybody.”

    Although he didn't win a stakes race this season, Gallardo’s day-in, day-out consistency helped him surpass Camacho for the track’s money-leading crown. His mounts earned $1,626,842, $4,592 more than Camacho, who won the Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on King Guillermo.

    Gallardo’s 22.8-percent strike rate was also best among all jockeys with 10 or more mounts. On Jan. 19, he rode five winners on a Tampa Bay Downs card for the fifth time, and he tied a track record on April 29 by teaming with trainer Shug McGaughey for three victories.

    “It was weird that I didn’t win a stakes, but you can’t be greedy,” said Gallardo, who won five stakes during the 2018-2019 meeting and has eight career graded-stakes victories, including the Gr.I United Nations Stakes in 2018 at Monmouth on Funtastic. “Every season is different with new jockeys and new trainers, and I feel good with what happened.

    “I’m thankful to the trainers and grooms and exercise riders who help me, and to my agent, Mike Moran, for getting me on good horses. And everyone at the track who has done a real good job dealing with (COVID-19).”

    Gallardo, who lives with his wife Polliana and their children – 11-year-old Carlos and 6-year-old Christa – on a nearby farm, has felt the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic beyond his profession and home life. His parents, sister, grandmother and numerous other relatives live in Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus.

    “That has made it a rough time not only for me, but for a lot of people,” said Gallardo, who visited his homeland last fall. “I worry about my family staying safe and wish for everyone to be responsible because (the virus) is still here.”

Saturday, June 13, 2020
In his first day as a journeyman rider . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Jockey Cristian Torres broke through on his first day as a journeyman rider on Friday, scoring aboard Lord Adare ($9) in Race 6 at Gulfstream Park.

    Without the benefit of the five-pound ‘bug’ with which he rode the vast majority of his 175 winners during an apprenticeship that ended Wednesday, Torres took an early lead aboard the Bob Hess Jr.-trained Lord Adare, who responded to late urging to prevail by neck in the six-furlong race for $8,000 claimers.

    “It feels great on my first day as a journeyman to break the ice,” the 22-year-old Puerto Rico native said. “I feel blessed. Bob Hess has always given me an opportunity. Everything worked out nice.”

    Torres went to high school in Orlando before returning to Puerto Rico to attend jockey’s school to learn to become an exercise rider. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September 2007, he returned to the U.S. to work for Mark Casse. He galloped horses for the newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer for 1 ½ years in Kentucky, New York and Florida before embarking on his career as a jockey.

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Averages more than $92,000 . . .

    Hip No. 1018, a son of Quality Road consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc., (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to Ben McElroy, Agent for Arman Shah, for $1,250,000 to top the fourth and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The bay colt, who breezed a quarter in :20 3/5 at Friday’s Under Tack Session, is a half brother to graded stakes placed stakes winner Standard Deviation out of False Impression, by A.P. Indy.

    Hip No. 1312, Fortunate Son, a son of Speightster consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, was purchased by OXO Equine LLC for $1,100,000. The chestnut colt, who breezed a quarter on Saturday in :20 4/5, is out of stakes placed Auspicious, by Indian Charlie, a half sister to graded stakes placed Flatter Than Me.


    Hip No. 1298, a son of California Chrome consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to West Bloodstock for Repole Stable Inc/St. Elias Stable for $725,000. The gray or roan colt, who turned in an Under Tack quarter on Friday in :20 3/5, is out of Diva Style, by Unbridled’s Song, a half sister to classic contender Tiz the Law.

    Hip No. 1299, a daughter of Liam’s Map consigned by Cary Frommer LLC, Agent, who worked Friday’s fastest eighth in :9 4/5, was sold to Rigney Racing LLC for $700,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Ebony Moment, by Smart Strike, a daughter of graded stakes winner Ebony Breeze.

    Hip No. 953, a son of Not This Time consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent, was sold to Marc Tacher for $575,000. The chestnut colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Friday, is out of Delightful Melody, by Tapit, a daughter of graded stakes winner Bending Strings.


    Hip No. 982, a son of Shackleford consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to Justin Casse, Agent, for $550,000. The chestnut colt, who sped a quarter in :20 3/5 on Friday, is a half brother to champion Monomoy Girl and current 3-year-old graded stakes winner Mr. Monomoy out of Drumette, by Henny Hughes.

    Hip No. 1175, a son of Kantharos who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat on Saturday, was sold to Frank Fletcher Racing Operations for $500,000. Consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, the chestnut colt is out of Illicit Affair, by Midnight Lute, a daughter of champion Silverbulletday.

    Summer Wind Equine paid $500,000 for Hip No. 1310, a daughter of Malibu Moon whose quarter in :20 3/5 was co-fastest at the distance on Saturday. The bay filly, consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, is out of stakes placed Iroquois Girl, by Indian Charlie, a half sister to graded stakes winner Salty Strike.

    Joseph Brocklebank, Agent, went to $475,000 for Hip No. 1060, a daughter of Empire Maker consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent. The bay filly, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Saturday, is out of Full Tap, by Tapit, a daughter of stakes winner Miss Challenge.

    Hip No. 1149, a son of Hard Spun consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, was purchased for $400,000 by Belladonna Racing II, LLC. The dark bay or brown filly, who turned in an Under Tack eighth on Saturday in :10 flat, is out of High Wire Act, by Medallist, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Not Abroad.

    Hip No. 1314, a son of Flatter also consigned by Tom McCrocklin, was sold for $400,000 to J. A. S. The bay colt, who turned in a quarter in :20 4/5 on Saturday, is a full brother to graded stakes winning OBS graduate Favorable Outcome out of stakes winner Shananies Song, by Eltish.

    Donato Lanni, Agent for Michael Lund Petersen, went to $375,000 for Hip No. 1226, a son of Twirling Candy consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Saturday, is a half brother to stakes winner Saythreehailmary’s out of Just Call Me Angel, by Devil’s Bag.

    Hip No. 1219, a daughter of Bernardini consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, went to Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing, for $325,000. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Saturday, is out of J. Quirk, by Unbridled’s Song, a half sister to stakes placed Srikinglybeautiful.

    Hip No. 976, a daughter of The Factor consigned by RiceHorse Stable (Brandon & Ali Rice), Agent, was sold to Willis Horton Racing LLC for $300,000. The gray or roan filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Friday, is a half sister to stakes placed Caught Dream’n out of graded stakes placed Dream, by Malibu Moon.

    Hip No. 1304, a son of Into Mischief consigned by Hartley / DeRenzo Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, was sold to Jerry Durant for $300,000. The bay colt, who breezed an eighth on Saturday in :10 flat, is out of Fruhl’s Gold, by Crafty Prospector, from the family of Street Boss.

    For the day, 161 horses brought $18,514,500 compared with 155 selling for a total of $16,728,000 last year. The average price was $114,997, up 6.5% compared to $107,923 in 2019, while the median price was $50,000, identical to last year’s figure. The buyback percentage was 15.7%; it was 22.5% in 2019.

    For the entire sale, 635 horses sold for a total of $58,905,000 compared with 674 horses bringing a sale record $72,945,000 in 2019. The average price was $92,764, compared with 2019’s sale record $108,227. The median was $50,000 compared with last year’s record $60,000. The buyback percentage was 18.4%; it was 19.8% a year ago.


Thursday, June 11, 2020
He won 175 races as an apprentice . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Jockey Cristian Torres, who finished up a highly successful apprenticeship Wednesday, will be keeping busy on his first day as a journeyman Friday, when he will have mounts in seven of 10 races at Gulfstream without the benefit of his five-pound allowance.

    “I try not to think much about the weight. I just want to keep riding and keep learning, try to do my best and try to keep winning,” Torres said. During his apprenticeship, Torres rode the winners of 175 races and earned more than $5 million in purses.

    Torres rode his first winner, the Ralph Nicks-trained Dempsey, at Gulfstream on April 21, 2019 and went on to ride a total of 122 winners last year. He enjoyed stakes success for the first time aboard Joe Orseno-trained Ms Meshak in the Added Elegance at Gulfstream on July 27.

    “It was an unbelievable year," the 22-year-old said. "My agent, Kevin Meyocks, worked hard every day to find me horses to win races on. I want to thank all the owners and trainers who helped me. It really means a lot to me. So many owners and trainers helped me, even during the Championship Meet.”

    The native of Puerto Rico went to high school in Orlando before returning home to attend jockey’s school, learning to become an exercise rider. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September of 2007, he returned to the U.S. to work for Mark Casse. He galloped horses for the newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer for 1 ½ years in Kentucky, New York and Florida before embarking on his career as a jockey.

 

            Gulfstream Current Jockey Standings (by money earned)

            Jockey                        Mounts            1st        2nd       3rd        Total Money

1:         Edgard Zayas              317                  44        51        42        $1,379,166

2:         Emisael Jaramillo       296                  41        38        34         $1,319,258

3:         Luis Saez                     233                  49        38        32          $1,260,733

4:         Miguez Vasquez         311                   44        36        40          $1,163,124

5:         Irad Ortiz Jr.              138                  41        37        20          $1,146,560

6:         Tyler Gaffalione         151                  34        25        22         $783,045

7:         Cristian Torres           187                  20        25        24        $611,555

8:         Victor Lebron             161                  21        17        13        $490,375

9:         Leonel Reyes              212                  14        17        27        $467,116

10:       Dylan Davis                149                  14        18        12        $459,54
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Ten Palms restaurant follows the next morning . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park announced today it will re-open its casino Thursday, June 18.

    The newly redesigned casino floor will be open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.


    Gulfstream is following all recommendations of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Gulfstream’s re-opening plan has also been approved by Broward County, the City of Hallandale Beach and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

    All guests, contractors, suppliers, vendors and employees will be required to follow protocols including thermal temperature screening and use of face coverings, and follow physical distancing markers and other protocols throughout the facility. Sanitizing stations have been installed throughout.


    All employees will also receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols.

    Gulfstream also announced that Ten Palms, its popular restaurant overlooking the track, will open Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m. Ten Palms will feature an a la carte menu. Reservations are required for Ten Palms and can be made by calling 305.331.2240.

     Racing continues every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at with a first-race post time at noon.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tampa Bay Derby runner-up may be headed for Belmont Stakes . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante rallied from last to capture Wednesday’s featured race for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park while prepping for a possible run in the June 20 Belmont Stakes.

    The Patrick Biancone-trained gelding, who was making his first start since finishing second in the March 7 Tampa Bay Derby, took advantage of a hot pace contested by stablemate Ete Indien, the 3-5 favorite who hadn’t run since finishing third in the March 28 Florida Derby, and Shivaree, who was returning to action from a runner-up finish in the Florida Derby.

    The pacesetters set fractions of :23.09 and :45.10 for the first half-mile of the mile optional claiming allowance, while leading the way into the stretch. Sole Volante ($6.40) launched a wide rally on the far turn under Luca Panici and kicked in through the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length. Jesus’s Team, who rallied inside of Sole Volante, finished second, another three-quarters of a length ahead of Shivaree. Ete Indien, who captured the Feb. 29 Fountain of Youth by 8 ½ lengths, finished fourth under Florent Geroux while equipped with blinkers for the first time, another 4 ¼ lengths back.

    Sole Volante, who captured the Gr. III Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs, ran the mile in 1:34.75 to win his third stakes and fourth race overall in six career starts.

    “He’s a nice horse," Biancone said. "He’s improving. He’s a lighter horse. I think he needed the race less than Ete Indien. With Ete Indien, I think I may make a mistake to put the blinkers [on], because the other horse shaded him the whole way. It was a training race. I just want them to come out good. I cross my fingers.”

    Sole Volante has been pointed to either the Belmont Stakes or the July 11 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, while the July 18 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park has been the goal for Ete Indien.

  “I don’t think I’m going to change my mind - in five weeks, we’ll go to the Haskell with Ete Indien," Biancone said. "Concerning Sole Volante, my owner is very keen on running in the Belmont. We’ll have to wait for the horse to decide. We’ll see how he is the next few days. If he really comes up, we may go. If not, we’ll wait for the Blue Grass. One or the other.”

    Panici, who was unable to ride Sole Volante in the Tampa Bay Derby due to an injury, was impressed with the son of Karakontie. “It was perfect," Panici said. "He’s a horse that’s like a human. His brain is fabulous. The first part when he had to accelerate when he saw the horse in front, he was aggressive to pass the other horse. What more can I say? I’ve known him from the beginning, and he’s just a wonderful horse to ride. I have to thank all the connections to give me this huge opportunity. He’s just a really great horse.”

    Trainer Ralph Nicks was hardly discouraged by Shivaree’s return off the layoff. They (Ete Indien and Shivaree) did all the work,” Nicks said. “We’ll look at the Blue Grass next.”

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Average for 133 sold hits $91,477 . . .

    Hip No. 1250, a son of Ghostzapper consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent, went to Ben McElroy, Agent for Arman Shah, for $750,000, topping Tuesday's first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2020 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The bay colt, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Monday’s Under Tack session, is out of Roberta Turner, by Smart Strike, a half-sister to graded stake-placed stakes-winner Foxy Danseur.

    Hip No. 129, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent, was sold to Spendthrift Farm for $400,000. The bay filly, who worked a quarter on Sunday in :21 flat, is out of stakes-winner Midnight Visit, by Henny Hughes, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Wild Chick.

    Hip No. 209, a son of Air Force Blue consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc., (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to Justin Casse, Agent for M. V. Magnier, also for $400,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who turned in an Under Tack quarter on Monday in :20 4/5, is out of No Splits, by Smart Strike, and is a half-brother to stakes-placed Lucky Jingle.

    Live Oak Plantation paid $350,000 for Hip No. 179, a daughter of Munnings consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent. The dark bay or brown filly, who worked a quarter in :21 1/5 on Monday, is out of Mylitta, by Sky Mesa, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Malossol.

    Hip No. 1239, a daughter of Tapit consigned by S B M Training and Sales, Agent, went to Solis/Litt for $350,000. The chestnut filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Sunday, is out of stakes-placed Miss Super Quick, by Rock Hard Ten, a half-sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Callback.

    Hip No. 282, Speeding, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by Gene Recio, Agent, was purchased by D. J. Stable LLC for $300,000. The bay filly, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Monday, is out of Prancing, by Tapit, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Dancing Solo.

    Hip No. 1246, Wicked Pretty, a daughter of Violence consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, went to Karl & Cathi Glassman, Eddie Plesa, Agent, for $280,000. The chestnut filly, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Monday, is a half-sister to stakes-winner Appealing Spring out of Pretty Springs, by Wekiva Springs.

    Hip No. 7, a son of Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by Six K’s Training & Sales LLC, Agent, went to Frank Fletcher Racing Stables for $250,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter last Sunday in :21 flat, is out of Kenny Lane, by Forestry, a half-sister to graded stakes- placed stakes-winner Wasseema.

    Hip No. 286, a daughter of Street Boss whose eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance on Monday, was sold for $230,000 to Steven W. Young, Agent. The chestnut filly, consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, is out of Pride of Place, by A.P. Indy, a full sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Flashing.

    Jonathan Thomas, Agent, went to $225,000 for Hip No. 149, a bay colt by Blame out of Mommo, by Speightstown, from the family of Gr. I stakes-winner Siphonic. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc., (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, his quarter in :20 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Sunday’s Under Tack session.

    E.B., Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. went to $200,000 for Hip No. 2, a son of Not This Time out of stakes-winner Karen’s Silk, by High Cotton. The chestnut colt, who turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 on Sunday, was consigned by Gene Recio, Agent.

    Hip No. 172, a son of Twirling Candy consigned by Cary Frommer LLC, Agent, was sold to Mike McCarty for $200,000. The bay colt, who breezed an eighth on Sunday in :10 1/5, is out of My Curlina, by Belong to Me, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Victory Nor Defeat.

    Hip No. 264, an Irish-bred daughter of Lope de Vega who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 on Monday, went to Gold Mark Farm LLC for $200,000. The bay filly, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is out of Pirate Cove, by Lawman, and is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner High Heeled.

    Hip No. 1235, a son of Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel), Agent, was sold to Clay Scherer, Agent for Flurry Racing Stable LLC, for $200,000. The bay colt, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Sunday, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner J Boys Echo and a half-brother to current 3-year-old Echo Town, winner of three of five starts and second by a head in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn.

    For the day, 133 horses brought a total of $12,166,500 compared with 166 selling for a total of $15,346,000 at last year’s opening session. The average price was $91,477, compared to $92,446 in 2019 while the median price was $50,000, compared with $55,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 30.7%; it was 21.3% last year.