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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Oldsmar track opens next Wednesday . . .

    OLDSMAR - Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with the opening-day card of the 2019-2020 meeting. Admission is free.

    The track is celebrating its 94th anniversary season with a boatload of activities and promotions planned throughout the 90-day meeting to enhance the equine energy. Oldsmar oval visitors will notice a new face picking the races and providing handicapping information: TVG analyst Matt Carothers, a lifelong fan and racing follower.

    Carothers, TVG’s first on-the-air handicapper in 1999, will present his selections over the Tampa Bay Downs closed-circuit telecast each racing day. Before joining TVG, he worked for three years as the on-track handicapper and TV host at Canterbury Park in Minnesota; at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands in New Jersey; and for New York City OTB, partnering with track announcer Dave Johnson.

    Carothers says he looks for natural speed and value for his buck when handicapping and wagering, and he is eager to offer his angles on profiting from the consistently large Tampa Bay Downs fields.
Bettors should expect Carothers to pay close attention to the track’s exciting new wager: the Ultimate Pick-6, requiring bettors to select the winners of six consecutive races on a single card.

    The minimum Ultimate Pick-6 wager is 20 cents. Because of the wager’s carryover jackpot format, the Ultimate Pick-6 could be a life-changer for one or more bettors. For anyone to collect the jackpot on a given day, they must have the only ticket correctly selecting all six winners. Otherwise, 75 percent of the pari-mutuel pool will be split among those bettors selecting the greatest number of first-place finishers, with the remainder added to the carryover jackpot the next day.

    The Saturday, Nov. 30 program offers fans chances galore to win cash and prizes. In addition to the racing action, the meeting’s first Saturday is “Tampa Bay Sport Day,” with in-the-know fans having an opportunity to win tickets to various professional and college events by correctly answering trivia questions and spinning a prize wheel.

    Tickets will be awarded for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Lightning, the Rays, the Outback Bowl, the Gasparilla Bowl, USF men’s and women’s basketball and the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.

    Nov. 30 also marks the start of the “10 Days of Festivus On-Line Handicapping Contest,” which runs through Dec. 21. There is no charge to enter and the winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, with a second prize of $500. The Festivus contest allows fans and bettors to test their skills against the best Oldsmar oval handicappers from across the nation. Go to www.festivuschallenge.com for rules and to enter.

    The primary focus throughout the winter and spring, as always, will be on the racetrack, where excitement has been building to a fever pitch the last three weeks during morning workouts. A stakes schedule that gets underway on Dec. 7 with a pair of $100,000, 6-furlong races for 2-year-olds will be highlighted by the March 7 Festival Day program, featuring the 40th edition of the Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby prospects at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth. The first four finishers in the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby earn qualifying points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.”

    Also part of the Festival Day program are a pair of big-money graded races on the turf course: the Gr. II, $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes for older fillies and mares and the Gr. III, $200,000 Florida Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

    The track’s three other graded stakes will be contested on Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, Feb. 8: the Gr. III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds, the Gr. III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes for older horses on the turf and the Gr. III, $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes for older fillies and mares on the turf.

    The Sam F. Davis awards points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” to the first four finishers, while that day’s $150,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies awards points on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” to the first four finishers.

    Florida Cup Day is March 29, with six stakes on both dirt and turf offering $110,000 apiece to the owners of registered Florida-bred horses.

    Almost all of the track’s top trainers and jockeys have returned. Heading a powerful training contingent are Gerald Bennett, who has won the last four conditioner titles and five overall; last year’s runner-up, two-time track champion Kathleen O’Connell; third-place finisher Michael Stidham, who is two shy of 2,000 career victories; and 2019 Breeders’ Cup-winning trainers Ignacio Correas IV and H. Graham Motion.

    Leading jockeys set to compete include defending champion Samy Camacho; four-time kingpin Antonio Gallardo; six-time champion Daniel Centeno; and Pablo Morales.

    Tampa Bay Downs races on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with Sundays added to the mix on Dec. 22. There is no racing on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and Easter, April 12. A special Thursday card will be offered on Dec. 26.

    The track is open every day except Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Christmas and Easter for simulcast wagering, no-limits poker action and tournament play in The Silks Poker Room and golf fun and instruction at The Downs Golf Practice Facilit
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Monday, November 18, 2019
Hasn't been hit at Gulfstream West meeting . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 35th consecutive day Sunday at Gulfstream Park West, and the carryover jackpot jumped to $909,175 for the return of live racing on Wednesday.

    First-race post time is 1:20 p.m.

    A total of $196,968 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 Sunday, on top of a carryover of $861,911 from Saturday’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $1,003.66.

    No single bettor has solved the multi-race wager during the Fall Turf Festival meet, which began Oct. 2 and runs through Sunday. The Rainbow 6 was last taken down for a $2.2 jackpot payoff Sept. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

    Wednesday’s Rainbow 6 spans Races 3-8. The sequence includes the return in Race 7 of Bodexpress, fresh off his maiden triumph last month,in a $45,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up going one mile on the main track.

NOTES: Jockey Jairo Rendon rode three winners Sunday, including back-to-back scores on Lavi ($94.60) in Race 2 and Shyza ($8.60) in Race 3. Rendon completed his triple aboard Victor Lounge ($5.80) in Race 7.

Sunday, November 17, 2019
10-race card will feature two $125,000 sprints . . .
    Entries for the OBS Day of Racing will be taken Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the OBS office by racing secretary Jay Friedman and the racing office staff. They may be reached at (352) 237-2154. The 10-race card will be run Tuesday, Nov. 26 with first post time at noon.

     There are two non-wagering races for OBS graduates, restricted to 3-year-olds and upward which have gone through the ring at an OBS sale: the $125,000 OBS Sprint Stakes and $125,000 OBS Filly & Mare Sprint. Both races will be run at six furlongs. Free nominations closed Nov. 12 but supplemental entries may be made at entry time. The condition book and lists of nominees and their past performances may be found on the OBS website at: https://www.obssales.com/2019/09/obs-day-of-racing-november-26-2019.

    Eight pari-mutuel races will be drawn from the condition book which includes races for quarter horse maidens, allowance (NW2 or NW in 2019), and open allowance races at distances of 220, 330 and 440 yards, with purses up to $7,000. The condition book also includes races for 2-year-old thoroughbred maidens and maiden and starter allowance races for thoroughbreds 3-years-old and up. All races for thoroughbreds will be run at six furlongs. 
Thursday, November 14, 2019
$300,000 race set for Dec. 8 . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - No single bettor solved the 20-cent Rainbow 6 for the 31st consecutive racing day Wednesday at Gulfstream Park West, with the carryover jackpot rising to $768,774 for today’s eight-race card. First race post time is 1:20 p.m.

Multiple tickets with all six winners Wednesday were each worth $4,250

  Today’s Rainbow 6 covers Races 3-8 highlighted by a $39,000 optional claimer going a mile on the turf in Race 6 which attracted a field of nine Florida-breds led by 9-5 program favorite Mozzo Bello.

Horses Arriving Wednesday from Mexico for Clasico del Caribe

     Three contenders for the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe were among 14 horses arriving from Mexico Wednesday to compete in the Clasico Internacional del Caribe Sunday, Dec. 8 at Gulfstream Park.

     El Santo, Lopecitos and Thibaut are all expected to run in the 1 1/8-mile Clasico del Caribe for 3-year-olds, the richest of five stakes worth $690,000 in purses on the Clasico Internacional del Caribe program.

    This will be the third consecutive year that Gulfstream has served as host for the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, remaining the only pari-mutuel facility outside Latin America and the Caribbean to host the event since its inception in 1966.

Notes: Jockeys Paco Lopez and Jairo Rendon alternated winning Wednesday’s first four races. Lopez took Race 1 with Frank’s Legacy ($2.80) and Race 3 on Babie Monster ($16.60) while Rendon was first on Itsmyluckyknight ($6) in Race 2 and Captain Ron ($6) in Race 4.

Monday, November 11, 2019
Jackpot passes $727,000 . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 30th consecutive racing day of Gulfstream Park West’s Fall Turf Festival Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $727,235 for Wednesday’s program

    Multiple Rainbow 6 tickets with all six winners Sunday were each worth $167.52


 

            
Monday, November 11, 2019
Journeyman sire has big lead on The Big Beast . . .

    It's been almost a year since Brent and Crystal Fernung announced an intriguing deal concerning their soon-to-be freshman sire, Khozan. It was a simple premise - if the son of Distorted Humor didn't wind up 2019 as Florida's leading sire, the first 25 breeders who sent a mare to him would receive free breedings.

    With an announced stud fee of $4,000 for this year, that would have amounted to a $100,000 hit for the Fernungs' Journeyman Stud. 

    With about a month and a half remaining in the season, it would take a miracle for runner-up The Big Beast to catch Khozan in the money-earnings department. Khozan is on top today with his runners collecting $1,037,820, and TBB is well behind at $564,471. 

    However, in the winners department, TBB had a winner at Gulfstream West yesterday - Quality On Tap - who became his sire's 13th winner, and he's now just one behind. Khozan has also been the leader on that list since day one, and he's sitting at 14 today. But even if TBB caught Khozan before Dec. 31, the money-earnings list will rule. 

    The third and fourth sires on the frosh list with six winners each are Double Diamond's Bahamian Squall and Journeyman's second-stringer, Fury Kapcori.   

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Wednesday winners get $24,744 . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 once again eluded bettors at Gulfstream Park West Wednesday when the multi-race wager went unsolved for the 27th racing day of the Fall Turf Festival.

     A carryover jackpot of $575,659.46 will be up for grabs on today’s program. First-race post time is set for 1:20 p.m.

     Multiple tickets with all six winners Wednesday were each worth $24,744. The Rainbow 6 was solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot payoff Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 racing days.

     There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $1,591.21 heading into today’s program
Monday, November 4, 2019
Sunday winners get $29,224 . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - Racing returns Wednesday at Gulfstream Park and bettors will be welcomed with a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $533,241.

    For the 26th consecutive racing day, there was no single winning ticket on Sunday’s Rainbow 6. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $29,224.

    First-race post time Wednesday is 1:20 p.m. The Rainbow 6 sequence begins with the third race, a maiden claiming event for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs. The sequence also includes two turf races and concludes with a $48,000 maiden special weight event for 2-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot payoff Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days.

    Wednesday’s first race will have a Super Hi 5 carryover of $1,884.04.

    NOTES: LLP Performance Horse LLC’s Zenden, fourth in the Gr. II Tampa Bay Derby and second in the Gr. III Swale last winter, returned from more than six months off to win Sunday’s sixth race, an optional claimer at six furlongs. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Edgard Zayas, Zenden covered the distance in 1:09.59. Zenden defeated Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Frosted Grace. Zenden’s prior start resulted in an eighth-place finish in the Gr. III Lexington in April at Keeneland.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Scores 10th victory in BC Sprint . . .

    William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Mitole made an emphatic case for one or more Eclipse Awards with a sharp score in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint yesterday.

    Cleverly rated off the early pace by Ricardo Santana Jr., he went after front-running fellow OBS graduate Shancelot (March ’18) in the stretch, caught him a furlong from home and beat him to the wire by a length and a quarter. OBS graduate Engage (March ’17) settled for fourth.

    Mitole was consigned to the 2017 April Sale by Grassroots Training & Sales. The 4-year-old colt by Eskendereya was sold for $140,000 after an under tack eighth in :10 seconds flat. Trained by Steve Asmussen, his seventh stakes victory leaves him with a sensational career record of 14-10-2-2 with earnings of $3,104,910. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Mulligan tabs 3 monsters in final BC race . . .
    It should go down as one of the greatest single handicapping feats in the history of thoroughbred racing - maybe THE greatest.

    Mike Mulligan's BetBestBreeze knocked it out of the park in the last of the five Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Friday - the TVG BC Juvenile - not simply nailing the first three finishers, but lighting up the tote board in every category possible.

    The winner was Storm the Court, who had received a BBB rating of 5 at the OBS April under tack show, and was then purchased by Exline-Border Racing for what has since turned out to be a bargain $60,000. The colt paid $93.80 for $2, leading No. 4 BBB-rated Anneau d'Or (28-1) to the wire by a neck and producing a $1 exacta payoff of $488.20. With No. 1 BBB-rated Wrecking Crew finishing third at odds of 39-1, the 50-cent trifecta paid $1,965. 

    In four races, Storm the Court has earned $1,172,951.  

    BBB's success wasn't limited to just the Juvenile. Four Wheel Drive opened the Breeders' Cup segment of Friday's program by winning the Juvenile Turf Sprint. The No. 1-rated BBB choice paid $5 as the only favorite to win in the five BC tests. Another Miracle, who received a 7 rating, finished third at odds of 19-1. 

    The second BC race was the Juvenile Turf, and it was captured by No. 5 BBB-rated Structor, who paid $12.60. He won by three-quarters over No. 1-rated Billy Batts, who was sent off at 55-1, and the $1 exacta came back $259.10.

    As noted here in the past, with 14 BBB horses competing in the five races, there could only be five winners. The BBB's won 60% of the five, with two seconds and two thirds, leading to a monetary bonanza
Friday, November 1, 2019
Big weekend ahead . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - No single bettor solved the 20-cent Rainbow 6 for the 23rd consecutive racing day Thursday at Gulfstream Park West, growing the carryover jackpot to $435,465 for today’s nine-race card. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

    Multiple tickets with all six winners Thursday were each worth $11,408.

    Today’s Rainbow 6 covers Races 4-9 highlighted by a pair of veterans going for their 11th career wins – 7-year-old gelding To Dare in Race 6, a starter optional claimer going one mile, and 6-year-old gelding Big Boy Bruno in Race 8, a Florida-bred allowance sprinting 6 ½ furlongs, both on the main track.

    At Gulfstream Park there will be advance wagering today on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program from Santa Anita, which includes the $6 million Classic, $4 million Turf and $2 million Distaff.

   Gulfstream’s Breeders’ Cup Watch Party will take place Saturday in the Flamingo Room with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs from noon to 8:30 p.m. There will be a $50 lunch buffet from noon to 6 p.m. and live entertainment by Leo Quintero
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Son of Imperialism was bred by Shade Tree Thoroughbreds . . .
    Two-time Tampa Bay Downs stakes-winner Imperial Hint will attempt to score his most significant victory Saturday in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

    The Sprint is the eighth race on the Saturday program, with post time scheduled for 5:36 p.m. Tampa Bay Downs-based trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said 6-year-old Imperial Hint is approaching the 6-furlong race in top form as he attempts to improve on a second-place Sprint finish in 2017 at Del Mar and a third-place effort last year at Churchill Downs.

    The 36th renewal of thoroughbred racing’s year-end championships begins Friday with five races for 2-year-olds. Saturday’s card consists of nine races, with the $6-million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, the 12th race of the day, scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

    Tampa Bay Downs will simulcast both days of Breeders’ Cup action, in addition to racing from tracks across the country. Concession stands will be open throughout both days, as will the Riders Up! pub on the first floor of the Grandstand.

    Friday’s first race from Santa Anita is set for 1:45 p.m. EDT, with the Juvenile Turf Sprint, Friday’s fifth race, kicking off the championship action at 4:12 p.m. Saturday’s first race is at 1:07 p.m. EDT, and the Breeders’ Cup excitement begins at 2:55 p.m. with the fourth race, the Filly and Mare Sprint.

    Imperial Hint, a son of Imperialism who was bred in Florida by Ocala's Shade Tree Thoroughbreds, and is owned by Raymond Mamone, will break from the No. 9 post in the 10-horse field under Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, his regular pilot.

    “You have to have your horse at his best when you run against these kind of horses, and I think that’s where we’re at right now,” Carvajal said after Imperial Hint worked 4 furlongs in 46 seconds Thursday at Monmouth Park under assistant Alejandro Contreras, three days before flying to California. “I think we saw a great horse working out. Every horse that goes into the starting gate in the Breeders’ Cup has a legitimate chance to win, but I don’t fear anybody. Everything points to him running a big race, and I think he deserves to win a Breeders’ Cup race.” 

    Imperial Hint is the co-second choice on the morning line at odds of 4-1, with 4-year-old Mitole listed at 9-5. Imperial Hint defeated Mitole on July 27 in the Gr. I Alfred G. Vanderbilt, setting a Saratoga track record of 1:07.92 for 6 furlongs. He also won the Gr. I Vosburgh on Sept. 28 at Belmont, marking the second consecutive year he has captured both New York stakes fixtures. Imperial Hint is 14-for-23 in his career with earnings of $2,199,155.

    Imperial Hint’s Tampa Bay Downs stakes victories came in 2016 in the Florida Cup Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore in his second lifetime start and in 2018 in the Florida Cup Sprint. The only other Breeders’ Cup Sprint entrant to race at Tampa Bay Downs, 4-year-old Firenze Fire (third in last season’s Florida Cup Zaxby’s Sprint), battled Imperial Hint to the wire in this year’s Vosburgh, finishing second by a nose.

    Carvajal said training on the deep, sandy Tampa Bay Downs surface throughout much of his career has been beneficial to his horse’s development as a hard-nosed competitor and his longevity during an era when few thoroughbreds race beyond age five. “A lot of horses do great up north when they come out of Tampa," Carvajal said. "They get fresh, they get sound and they come back in the summer to win races. The dirt track is unbelievably good, and the turf is like a carpet.”

    Trainer Ignacio Correas IV also subscribes to the philosophy that horses that train at Tampa Bay Downs throughout the winter have a “leg up” on many of their rivals when the Oldsmar oval closes and the action heats up elsewhere. Correas trains 6-year-old Distaff contender Blue Prize, owned by Merriebelle Stable and to be ridden by Joe Bravo. Blue Prize never competed at Tampa Bay Downs, but she made good use of her opportunities training here to hone her skill, confidence and stamina. In her most recent start on Oct. 6, Blue Prize won the Gr. I Spinster at Keeneland for the second consecutive year.

    “She was in Tampa for three years, and there is no doubt it helped her form a lot,” Correas said. “It’s a good, safe surface that is well-maintained, and the weather is usually good. A lot of horses come out of there in very good shape for the big spring and summer races.”

    Two Breeders’ Cup Classic entrants have raced at Tampa Bay Downs. Vino Rosso, a 4-year-old colt owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, finished third in last year’s Gr. III Sam F. Davis and fourth in the Gr. II Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby. The 5-year-old mare Elate, who will challenge males for owners Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm and trainer Bill Mott, finished second in the 2017 Suncoast Stakes. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Vino Rosso and his brother Jose is on Elate.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Advance wagering begins on Friday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH – Fans will be able to watch and wager on the world’s greatest thoroughbreds and jockeys Friday and Saturday when Gulfstream Park plays host to Florida’s finest Breeders’ Cup Watch Party.

    Gulfstream Park West will have live racing Wednesday through Sunday with first post time Friday and Saturday of 12:30 p.m.

    There will be advance wagering Friday on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program which includes the $6 million Classic, $4 million Turf and $2 million Distaff. Saturday’s live races from Gulfstream Park West will include the $75,000 Showing Up and $75,000 Cellars Shiraz.

    Gulfstream’s Breeders’ Cup Watch Party will take place Saturday in the Flamingo Room with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs from noon to 8:30 p.m. There will be a $50 lunch buffet from noon to 6 p.m. and live entertainment by Leo Quintero.

    Reservations available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breeders-cup-watch-party-tickets-78284626425?aff=tsg

    A number of horses who have raced or are based at Gulfstream, Gulfstream Park West or Palm Meadows will be competing in the Breeders’ Cup including Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) winner Bricks and Mortar, Pennsylvania Derby (G1) winner Math Wizard, Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Code of Honor, Smile Sprint (G3) winner Diamond Oops, Gulfstream-based Grade 2 winner Imprimis, FTBOA My Dear Girl winner Two Sixty, and Proud Man and Armed Forces winner Graceful Kitten.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Closing in on $400,000 . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 21st consecutive racing day at Gulfstream Park West Sunday, and the carryover jackpot jumped to $362,757 for the return of live racing on Wednesday.

    First post on the eight-race program is 1 p.m.


    Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $1,206.

    The Rainbow 6 was solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot payoff Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days.

    NOTES: Magic Stables LLC’s Bella Ciao, who finished fourth in last summer’s Gr. I Spinaway, returned from a seven-month layoff to win a seven-furlong allowance race Sunday, getting up in the final yards over Dancie while covering the distance in 1:23.45 . . . Bella Ciao ($8) was one of three winners for leading jockey Leonel Reyes. He also won aboard Stormy Boss ($3.40) in the second and Go Gator Girl Go ($6.20) in the fifth.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Five winners collected Saturday . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - Gulfstream Park West’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover will be $323,261 when racing resumes Sunday with a first race post of 1 p.m.

    The Rainbow 6 will begin with the third race, a $50,000 maiden claiming event for 2-year-old fillies on a mile turf course. The sequence will also include a maiden special weight event for state-bred 2-year-old fillies, a $45,000 allowance race at seven furlongs for fillies and mares, and a $35,000 maiden claimer for 2-year-olds at a mile on the turf.

    Multiple tickets with five winners today returned $370.44.
  
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    MIAMI GARDENS - The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park has traditionally been...
    MIAMI GARDENS - The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park has traditionally been well-represented in the Breeders’ Cup, but the year-round program in South Florida will also have a very solid presence at this year’s World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 1-2.

    Based at Gulfstream, Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Math Wizard has been pre-entered in the $6 million Classic; Joe Orseno-trained Imprimis drew into the field for the $1 million Turf Sprint; and Amador Sanchez-trained Graceful Kitten is pre-entered for the $1 million Juvenile Turf.

    Math Wizard, a most fortuitous $25,000 claim during the Championship Meet, has trained at Gulfstream Park during the summer and fall, as has Imprimis, the Silks Run winner during the winter at Gulfstream who shipped to Keeneland to win the Shakertown. Graceful Kitten has won all three of his career starts at Gulfstream, including stakes wins in the Armed Forces and Proud Man Stakes.

    Based at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training center in Palm Beach County, Patrick Biancone-trained Diamond Oops drew into the field for the $2 million Sprint and Mark Casse-trained Two Sixty has been pre-entered in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.

    Diamond Oops, who captured the $250,000 Smile Sprint on the June 29 Summit of Speed card, finished second on dirt in the six-furlong Vanderbilt at Saratoga and on turf in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland in his two most recent starts. Two Sixty captured the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the finale of the Florida Sire Stakes series, at Gulfstream in her most recent start. 

    Bricks and Mortar, the winner of the inaugural $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, and Code of Honor, who captured the Fountain of Youth, are prominent names on the list of horses that competed during Gulfstream Park’s 2018-2019 Championship Meet and have been pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup races.

    Chad Brown-trained Bricks and Mortar will seek his sixth straight win in the $4 million Turf, while Code of Honor will vie for his third Gr. 1 victory in the $6 million Classic.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $250,535 for Thursday’s Card

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 continued to elude bettors Wednesday, going unsolved for the 17th consecutive racing day of the Fall Turf Festival meeting. A Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot of $250,535 will be up for grabs on Thursday’s program.

    Multiple tickets with all six winners Wednesday were each worth $14,682. The Super Hi 5 carryover will be $17,97
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
Ton of winners hit for $1,109 . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS – The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 12th consecutive racing day at Gulfstream Park West Thursday, producing a $150,928 carryover jackpot for today’s program. Tickets with six winners were each worth $2,927.96.

    The Rainbow 6 was solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days.

Double Late Pick 5 Carryover Sparks $1.25 Million in Betting

    A double carryover for the 50-cent Late Pick 5 of $163,572 sparked $1,253,056 in new betting on Thursday’s sequence that spanned Races 4-8. No tickets with all five winners were purchased on Sunday or Monday, creating a strong incentive for value-seeking bettors.

    Tickets with all five winners Thursday were each worth $1,109.80.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Late Pick 5 soars to $163,572 . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - For the second day in a row, there were no tickets with all five winners of the Late Pick 5 at Gulfstream Park West Monday, producing a double carryover of $163,572 for Thursday’s program.  

    There was a carryover of $31,618 when Late Pick 5 betting started Monday, when $206,987 was bet into the multi-race wager that spanned Race 5-9. Tickets will four of five winners were each worth $2,404.
    The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 11th consecutive racing day, producing a $127,086 carryover jackpot for Thursday’s program. Rainbow 6 tickets with five out of six winners were each worth $3,600.86.


    The Rainbow 6 was solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days.

    The Rainbow 6 will span Races 3-8, while the Late Pick 5 will span Races 4-8 on Thursday’s card.
There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $1,109.50 heading into Thursday’s card.

A BOMBER - First-time starter Irish Expectations lit up the tote board in Race 9, paying $142.60 for a $2 win ticket and creating THE double Late Pick 5 carryover for Thursday’s program,. Irish Expectations keyed a 10-11-4 trifecta that returned $52,335.60 for a 50-cent bet.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Monday's jackpot passes $110,000 . . .

    MIAMI GARDENS - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 10th racing day in a row at Gulfstream Park West today, producing a carryover jackpot of $110,111 for Monday’s Columbus Day program. Multiple tickets with five of six winners were each worth $12,869.

    The Rainbow 6 was solved at Gulfstream Park for a $2.2 million jackpot on Sept. 27 after going unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days.

    There will also be a Late Pick 5 carryover of $31,618, as well as a Super Hi-5 carryover of $7,327 for Monday’s card that will get underway at 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hall of Fame rider is 26 wins away from Cordero . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado returned to the saddle Friday at Gulfstream Park West after being sidelined for nearly two months. Although his return was not triumphant, Prado was otherwise pleased to get back in action after recovering from a rib injury sustained in a last-race spill at Gulfstream Park Aug. 16.

    “It’s nice to back,” said Prado, who finished off the board on long shot Hannah Catherine in Race 5. “It took about a month-and-a-half, which is average for that type of injury. My plan is to stay here unless there’s an offer to go somewhere else. You never know.”    

    Prado has one mount today – Barbie’s King in Race 1 – before he ventures to Belmont Park Sunday to ride Paret, a James Lawrence II-trained Australian import who has been stakes-placed in his last three starts in the U.S., in the Point of Entry Stakes.

    Prado ranks ninth all-time among North American riders with 7,031 victories, 26 fewer than No. 8 Angel Cordero Jr. His ride aboard Florida Derby winner Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby is among his numerous high-profile stakes triumphs that include Belmont Stakes wins aboard Birdstone (2004) and Sarava (2002), as well as five Breeders’ Cup victories.

    The Eclipse Award-winning jockey in 2006 was inducted into the Hall of Fame two years later. 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Average reaches $46,000 . . .

    Hip No. 224, a son of Liam’s Map consigned by Select Sales, Agent, went to de Meric Stables, Agent, for $230,000 to top the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 Selected Sale of Yearlings. The gray or roan colt is out of Dad’ssilverpitcher, by Giant’s Causeway, a half-sister to stakes-winner Melodic.

    Hip No. 185, a son of Empire Maker consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, was also sold to de Meric Stables, Agent, for $190,000. The bay colt is out of Sweetest Sound, by Smart Strike, a full sister to graded stakes-placed Saint Vigeur from the family of champion Sweet Catomine.

    Hip No. 103, a chestnut colt by Palace Malice consigned by The Acorn LLC, Agent, was sold to Golden Star Farm for $170,000. He’s out of stakes-placed Like a Queen, by Corinthian.

    Hip No. 223, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by Select Sales, Agent, was purchased by Blue Collar Stable for $140,000. The gray or roan filly is out of Unbridled Quest, by Unbridled’s Song, a half-sister to grade one stakes-placed Aripeka.

    Insignia Bloodstock went to $125,000 for Hip No. 105, a son of Nyquist consigned by Select Sales, Agent. The bay colt is out of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Little Ms Protocol, by El Corredor.

    Hip No. 92, a Bernardini filly consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, was purchased for $120,000 by Patrice Miller, EQB, Inc., Agent. The bay filly is out of J. Quirk, by Unbridled’s Song, from the family of champion and major sire Tiznow.

    Insignia Bloodstock paid $110,000 for Hip No. 188, a bay colt by Runhappy consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent for Highclere. He’s a half-brother to stakes-placed Moms Choice out of Tazarine, by Cat Thief.

    Hip No. 175, a daughter of Liam’s Map consigned by Sequel New York, Agent, was purchased by Patrice Miller, EQB, Inc., Agent, for $105,000. The gray or roan filly, a half-sister to stakes-placed Salute With Honor, is out of stakes-winner  Snow Cone, by Cryptoclearance.

    For the day, 121 horses sold for a total of $5,605,200, compared with 138 yearlings bringing $5,658,000 at the 2018 Selected Sale. The average price was $46,324, up 13% compared with $41,000 last year, while the median price was $35,000, a 25% increase compared with $28,000 in 2018. The buyback percentage was 34.9%; it was 24.3% a year ago. Sixteen horses sold for $100,000 or more compared with nine a year ago.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Son of Dialed In has earned $5.5 million . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - Unraced since finishing third in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 30,  multiple graded stakes-winner Gunnevera is set for a return to training at Gulfstream Park West.

    “Gunnevera will be here Monday,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He had a fracture in his left hind leg, but he’s 100 percent now.” Sano said if all goes well in Gunnevera’s training, the 5-year-old son of Dialed In could make a return to the races in late December at Gulfstream Park. He was sidelined while preparing for a scheduled start in the Aug. 31 Woodward at Saratoga.

    Margoth’s veteran campaigner completed his 2018 campaign with a runner-up finish behind Accelerate in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, This year he finished sixth in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream before venturing to Dubai. He's earned $5.5 million during his 21-race career.

Gemo Prevails over California Chrome’s Half Brother in Maiden Test

    Rodrigo Cunha’s Gemo made good use of his good turn of foot to win Race 5 on Friday’s program at Gulfstream West, prevailing by three-quarters of a length over Fort McHenry, a 2-year-old half-brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chome.

    Gemo ($7.20) opened a clear lead in the backstretch run of the mile maiden special weight race, withstood a three-wide bid by Fort McHenry on the far turn and held off the 7-5 favorite late under Jeffrey Sanchez.

   The Todd Pletcher-trained Fort McHenry, a son of Tapit who sold for $1.1 million at the 2018 Keeneland September sale, was making his second career start and first around two turns. He finished fifth in a seven-furlong off-the-turf race at Saratoga in his debut on Aug. 17.

   “He came running. I think the horse in front kind of stopped and just kind of stayed even and we were able to gain some ground on him,” said jockey Edgard Zayas. “It looks like he’s still a little green. I feel like he has more potential in him; we’ve just got to figure him out. The way speed has been holding didn’t help him a lot, either, but there was a lot of speed at the beginning and I was hoping he’d kick on from there and he kind of evened out.”

    Gemo, a homebred son of Gemologist, was making his third lifetime start after finishing third at Gulfstream going seven furlongs in his first start for trainer Rohan Crichton on Aug. 10.



Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Two $75,000 stakes head Wednesday card . . .
    MIAMI GARDENS - With the conclusion of the Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park Sunday, racing in South Florida will move to Gulfstream Park West on Wednesday for the Fall Turf Festival Meet. Live racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, through Nov. 24.  Racing will also be conducted on Monday, Oct. 14. Post time is scheduled for 1 p.m. daily.

     “The Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West serves as the perfect bridge between our summer season and our Championship Meet,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing, Bill Badgett. “Over the last several weeks we’ve seen more stables ship to South Florida in preparation for the winter racing season and, over the next several weeks, we will begin to see more horsemen from throughout North America shipping in and running at Gulfstream West. We’re looking forward to a strong meet.”

    The stakes schedule will kick off on Nov. 2 with the $75,000 Showing Up, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, and the $75,000 Cellars Shiraz, a one-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

    The Sunshine Millions Preview card is slated for Nov. 9, when nine $75,000 stakes will be run, several serving as early preps for the Sunshine Millions program at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18.

    Half of the eight-race program will be contested on the turf course. The sixth race, a starter optional claiming event, will feature Cash Call Kitten seeking his fourth consecutive victory and sixth win in eight career starts. The seventh race, a $45,000 allowance optional claiming event, attracted a field of seven fillies and mares including the stakes-placed Worth Avenue and 8-5 favorite Bella Tormenta.

    Edgard Zayas, who was atop the Summer Meet jockey standings at Gulfstream, will defend his title at Gulfstream Park West, where he won 47 races last year. Saffie Joseph Jr., who saddled Chance It for a dominating victory in the $400,000 FSS In Reality Saturday, captured the trainer’s title at Gulfstream Park West with 15 winners.

    Live racing will return to Gulfstream Park on Nov. 29 for the 2019-2020 Championship Meet.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Lightner says next test is up in the air . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Chance It’s obvious talent wasn’t in question leading up to Saturday’s $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The prospect of the son of Currency Swap carrying his abundant talent around two turns, though, was a subject of debate leading up to the third leg of the series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated Florida stallions.

    Shooting Star Thoroughbreds rising star demonstrated emphatically that he is much more than just a talented sprinter, dominating nine rivals with a 7 1/4-length triumph in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality, which co-headlined Saturday’s 14-program that featured eight stakes worth $1.325 million, including the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies.

    Chance It gave trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. his second big-money victory in a week, following up Math Wizard’s upset win in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx last Saturday.

    "The other one was unexpected, but this was the important one," Joseph said. “We had unknown questions as far as if he could go the distance, which we thought he could. But, in racing, they have to do it first before you can become a believer. Today he answered all the questions.” Joseph said the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita was “on the radar.”


    Chance It was outsprinted for the early lead by Smash Factor, who was making his first start since to a very comfortable victory in 1:44.26.defeating Saturday’s 1-2 favorite in his June 1 debut at Gulfstream Park. Smash Factor set fractions of 23.66 and 47.78 second for the first half-mile, pressed by Chance It into the far turn. Chance It, who relaxed under Tyler Gaffalione while pressing the pace, moved to the lead on the turn into the homestretch and coasted away to a comfortable victory in 1:44.26.

    “The horse broke good and put himself right where he needed to be and traveled well throughout the race. He had a ton of confidence going around the second turn and I just let him out a little bit and he finished the job,” said Gaffalione, who traveled from Churchill Downs to ride Chance It for the first time. “He got to looking around a little bit down the lane, but then he opened up so much on the field. He’s still a young horse and just keeps improving, all the credit goes to Saffie and his team. They do a fabulous job. It has been a heck of a two weeks for him, so I’m incredibly happy and proud for him.”

    Smash Factor finished second under Jesus Rios, well ahead of third-place finisher Liam’s Lucky Charm.

    Chance It, Gaffalione, and Joseph were greeted in the winner’s circle by 45 members of the Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC syndicate managed by long-time thoroughbred Florida trainer Mary Lightner, who said she wasn’t sure what would be in Chance It’s immediate future.

    “I don’t know," she said. "He’s run five times. Can’t really say yet. I think five races for a 2-year-old is a lot. I know he’s had high Beyer numbers every single time. I think we’ll let him have a little bit of a break and see how he comes out of it.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Summer meeting ends Sunday . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Two days before a mandatory payout has been scheduled, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved for a jackpot payoff of $2,211,783 at Gulfstream Park Friday. The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for 47 consecutive racing days. The winning combination was 5-1-3-9-6-5.

     A mandatory payout for the Rainbow 6, as well as the Late Pick 5 and last-race Super Hi-5, are still scheduled for Sunday, closing day of the Summer Meet. If no one had hit the Rainbow 6 before Sunday, the pool could have been be as high as $10 million.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    The carryover jackpot stood at $1,965,546 at the start of Rainbow 6 wagering Friday, and $307,901 was bet into the pool.

    The Rainbow 6 will start anew on today’s Florida Sire Stakes program. First race post time for the 14-race program featuring eight stakes worth $1.35 million is set for noon.

    The 14-race program will be co-headlined by the $400,000 FSS In Reality in Race 13 and the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl in Race 11. Liam’s Lucky Charm, the $200,000 FSS Affirmed winner, and Chance It, the $100,000 Dr. Fager victor, will clash in the In Reality for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Ceci Valentina, the winner of the $200,000 FSS Susan’s Girl, will seek to double up in the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl for 2-year-old fillies.

    Both stakes will be included in the Rainbow 6 (Races 9-14), Late Pick 5 (Races 10-14) and Late Pick 4 (Races 11-14). There will be pool guarantees for the Late Pick-5 ($100,000) and the Late Pick 4 ($150,000).

    

Thursday, September 26, 2019
In Reality is worth $400,000 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge Farm’s Liam’s Lucky Charm and Shooting Star Thoroughbreds’ Chance It are ready to battle for Florida Sire Stakes supremacy in Saturday’s $400,000 In Reality at Gulfstream Park.

The In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the lucrative series for 2-year-old colts and geldings sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies. A total of eight stakes worth $1.325 million in purses will be contested on the 14-race card.

    There will be a $150,000 guaranteed pool in the Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed pool in the Late Pick 5.

    The Flamingo Room will also play host to the third and final Taste of the Track – Bourbon, Beer & BBQ. Fans can sample hand-selected bourbons, local craft beers and BBQ bites and sliders while watching the races. The event starts at 1 p.m.

     And finally, closing day Sunday will feature mandatory payouts on the 20-cent Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi 5. If no one hits the Rainbow 6 through Saturday, the pool could be as high as $10 million Sunday afternoon.

    Liam’s Lucky Charm, who finished second behind Chance It in the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager on Aug. 3, turned the tables in the $200,000 FSS Affirmed with a narrow decision over Chance It on Aug. 31. The Stonehedge homebred rated in third behind pacesetting Chance It, who was pressed by Absolute Grit along the backstretch run, before making a three-wide move on the far turn to engage the Dr. Fager winner at the top of the stretch. A memorable stretch duel ensued before Liam’s Lucky Charm edged away to win by a head.

    “He showed guts and steadiness. He never quit. He maintained his pace and kept running,” said trainer Ralph Nicks, who saddled Soutache for an In Reality victory in 2017. “Chance It is a very, very good horse that I have the utmost respect for. It’s a shame they’re in the same year, probably.”

The battle for FSS Supremacy will rage around two turns between a pair of colts who will both enter the In Reality with a lack of experience beyond the seven furlongs of the one-turn Affirmed.

    “I think two turns is well within his grasp. I think it will be beneficial to him if anything,” said Nicks, who will also be represented in the In Reality field by Jacks or Better Farm’s Shivaree, a maiden who finished fourth in the Affirmed. “I think he’s been asking for distance. I’ve said that all along. We’ll see what happens Saturday.

  Liam’s Lucky Charm, who finished third in his May 12 debut, graduated by 6 ¾ lengths at five furlongs on June 9. He would go on to finish 3 ¼ lengths behind Chance It in the six-furlong Dr. Fager, in which the son of Khozan was bumped leaving the backstretch and staged a four-wide move on the turn and into the homestretch. Reylu Gutierrez has the return mount aboard Liam’s Lucky Charm. Jeffrey Sanchez has been named on Shivaree.

In defeat in the Affirmed, Chance It registered his third straight 91 Beyer Speed Figure to claim three of the 10 fastest numbers recorded by a 2-year-old in the country this year. “If a horse runs a good Beyer or a good figure once, I’m always questioning it, but to do it repeatedly, that’s legit. He’s no phony. He’s a legit horse,” Joseph said. “I think he has a lot of talent. I’m excited to see him run Saturday.”

    Chance It’s two-turn quest may well hinge on how he breaks in the 1 1/16-mile test, which will have a relatively short run to the first turn. “I believe, on the dirt, you have to break well. The break is important,” Joseph said. “On turf, you have to be patient. On dirt, you have to use a little to get position, after that the race is easier once you break from there.”

    Chance It, who finished second in his debut, turned in a dazzling performance while graduating by 9 ¼ lengths at 5 ½ furlongs on June 9, registering the fastest Beyer Speed Figure in the country at the time. He came right back to score a front-running victory in the Dr. Fager before coming up just short in valiant effort in the Affirmed. Tyler Gaffalione is scheduled to ride Chance It for the first time Saturday.

    Chance It will be double-teamed by a pair of Stonehedge-bred and -owned sons of Khozan. Smash Factor is slated to join Liam’s Lucky Charm in the starting gate. The Michael Yates-trained Smash Factor also owns a decision over Chance It, having scored a 1 ½-length victory over the Joseph trainee in their respective debuts on June 1.

    Smash Factor hasn’t raced since his debut triumph due to ‘baby’ issues, but has trained well preparing for Saturday’s return to action around two turns. Jesus Rios has the return mount.

    Owner Ramiro Rosas Medina and trainer Angel Rodriguez will also be represented by two sons of Khozan in the In Reality, Rebelde and Rosas Way. Rebelde closed from last to finish a distant third in the Affirmed after breaking his maiden by nine lengths on Aug. 2.

    “I think he’s going to enjoy the distance,” Rodriguez said. “He’s an easy horse to ride. You can relax him, save ground, and make a run with him.”

  Rosas Way closed from seventh to finish third in a Sept. 6 starter optional claiming allowance won by front-running Man With a Plan. Jose Batista has been named on Rebelde, while Marcos Meneses is scheduled to ride Rosas Way.

Arindel will also be represented by a pair of homebred sons of Brethren. Both Juan Alvarado-trained Genghis and Stanley Gold-trained Poe are coming off impressive maiden special weight victories. Genghis launched his career with three second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish in Chance It’s brilliant maiden victory. He came right back to score by 2 ¾ lengths in his most recent start. Poe finished third in his first two starts before breaking through with a two-length maiden victory Aug. 31. Emisael Jaramillo and Jairo Rendon have the return mounts aboard Genghis and Poe, respectively.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    The announcement that Belmont Park will be the new home of the New York Islanders...

    The announcement that Belmont Park will be the new home of the New York Islanders brings back memories from 51 or 52 years ago for this veteran observer.

    In 1967 or '68, the Islanders were set to announce the building of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale in the center of Nassau County and wanted to make the announcement in the team's program, as opposed to the media. I was working at the Suffolk Sun in Deer Park at the time when sports editor Larry Conroy came to me and told me that Islanders' owner Roy Boe and president Lou Carnesecca (former St. John's University basketball coach) wanted a reporter from our paper to handle the program story. Conroy elected me for the job.

    I met the two in their offices and spent an hour or so gathering all the info, and I wound up announcing the birth of the Coliseum a short time later. At the time, the Islanders were playing at the Commack Arena, a dump of a building which the Long Island Ducks also used as home ice. 

    The Coliseum opened in 1972 located on 63 acres of Mitchel Field, a former Army airfield which also brings back many memories for me. First, during World War II, my father, an Army Captain, was stationed there for a time; second, it is right across the road from my alma mater, Hofstra University, which was Hofstra College in those days; third, it is right up the street from the former site of Roosevelt Raceway, the harness track where I and my buddies learned what wagering on equines was all about; and fourth, it's just a few miles east of Belmont Park, where, with two high school buddies, I watched my first thoroughbred race on a Wednesday during the first week of June in 1957, two days before we became part of the final graduating class from Woodmere High School. 

    You can bet that many of the Islanders' players will be spending many off-the-ice hours enjoying the races at one of the great racetracks in the world. Like I did. 

    The Coliseum gained a great deal of notoriety in the '70s because it also became the home of the (ABA and NBA) New York Nets and their All-World star, Julius Irving. The Islanders played there exclusively from '72 to 2015 and again part-time in 2018 after the building received a major renovation.  

    I'm hurt that the latest owner of the Islanders didn't call and ask me to write the story of the building of the new Coliseum at Belmont Park. I guess nobody told him I wrote the first story five decades ago.    

 

Monday, September 23, 2019
Jackpot hasn't been hit for 45 days . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 45th racing day in a row Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $1,852,653 for Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park. First-race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

    Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $19,507
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The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor cashed a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

     The carryover jackpot stood at $1,763,111 at the start of Rainbow 6 wagering Sunday, and $373,127 was bet into the pool. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $2,481.74 heading into Wednesday’s card

Events, Big Races and Mandatory Payouts Closing Week

    There will be lots of action during closing week of the Summer Meet, which begins with a special eight-race program Wednesday. Saturday will mark the finals of the Florida Sire Stakes featuring the $400,000 In Reality for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for 2-year-old fillies. The Saturday program will also include the $150,000 Wildcat Heir for 3-year-olds and up, as well as five other stakes each worth $75,000.

    The Flamingo Room will also play host Saturday to the third and final Taste of the Track – Bourbon, Beer & BBQ. Fans can sample hand-selected bourbons, local craft beers and BBQ bites and sliders while watching the races. The event starts at 1 p.m. 

    Finally, closing day Sunday will feature mandatory payouts on the 20-cent Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Super Hi 5. If no one hits the Rainbow 6 through Saturday, the pool could reach as high as $10 million for the finale.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Longshots rule . . .
    LAUREL, MD - There will be a $107,353 carryover in the Friday, Sept. 27 Stronach 5 after there were no winning tickets yesterday. 

    There were plenty of longshots in the sequence which kicked off with $27.40 winner Laddie Liam in Laurel Park’s eighth race. It concluded with the 30-1 Seeking The Truth winning Gulfstream’s ninth race and returning $67.40. There was just one winner that paid under $10.

Friday’s Stronach 5 results:

 o   Leg One: Laurel Park, 8th Race – Laddie Liam $27.40

o   Leg Two: Gulfstream Park, 7th Race – Gnarly $11

o   Leg Three: Golden Gate Fields, 4th Race – Passionate Reward $5.40

o   Leg Four: Laurel Park Race, 9th Race – Letmeslidebyyou $19.60

o   Leg Five: Gulfstream Park, 9th Race – Seeking the Truth $67.40

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


 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
He's had vast experience in all facets of the industry . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Stronach Group announced today that Mike Lakow has been appointed Vice President of Racing Operations at Gulfstream Park.

    Lakow brings extensive knowledge and experience to Gulfstream Park in all facets of the industry.  Most recently he served as Racing Secretary for the New York Racing Association at Saratoga Race Course and for all meets at Aqueduct Racetrack. He takes over the position formerly held by Bill Badgett, who has accepted a position with the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

    “I’m thankful to The Stronach Group for offering me the opportunity to return home and join Gulfstream Park, which was my favorite racetrack when I started in the thoroughbred industry,” Lakow said. “Gulfstream has unlimited potential and has so much to offer for the racing fan and horseman year-round.”

    Lakow’s valuable and varied experience includes serving as President and CEO of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, General Manager at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, jockey agent for Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano, and working as a steward in Florida and for the Emirates Racing Authority. He has been a voting member on a number of committees, including Breeders’ Cup Selection, Graded Stakes, North American Ratings and Experimental Weights.

    “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Mike to The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group. “Mike’s expertise in thoroughbred racing and his credibility with horsemen will make Gulfstream’s year-round product even stronger. We’re very fortunate to have someone of Mike’s caliber running Gulfstream’s racing program.”

    Lakow originally served as racing secretary in New York from 1993-2005 and was racing director at Santa Anita Park from 2013-2014.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
13th victory for Starship Jubilee . . .



    Blue Heaven Farm’s Starship Jubilee successfully defended her title in Woodbine’s $253,500, Gr. II Canadian Stakes (G2) on Saturday, taking the lead at the start and never looking back, opening a long lead on the turn and coasting to victory by 4 1/4 lengths. It’s the sixth stakes victory for the multiple graded stakes-winning 6-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Indy Wind. Trained by Kevin Attard, she's now 30-13-4-3 with earnings of $865,670.

    A two-time OBS graduate, Starship Jubilee was sold by The Acorn at the 2014 August Yearling Sale and then consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent, to the 2015 April Sale where she worked an eighth in :10 2/5 at the Under Tack Show. 

    ERJ Racing LLC, Great Friends Stable LLC and Tom Mansor’s Lazy Daisy is two for three and now a graded stakes-winner after dueling for the lead from the start of Saturday’s $200,000, Gr. II Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs, putting away her rival in deep stretch and easing away to win by a length and a quarter.

    The 2-year-old filly by Paynter is another two-time OBS graduate, consigned by First Finds to the 2018 October Yearling Sale before she was purchased for $39,000 by Mr. Mansor out of the Off the Hook consignment at the 2019 April Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Now 3-2-0-0 for trainer Doug O’Neill, Lazy Daisy has earned $174,880. 

    Marianne Stribling, Force Five Racing LLC and Two Rivers Racing Stable LLC’s Phat Man was in no rush in the early going of Sunday’s $75,000 Good Magic Mile Stakes at Monmouth Park, but circled horses on the turn to reach the leaders, took the lead in the stretch and held on gamely to score by a head. It’s the second stakes score for the 5-year-old gelding by Munnings, trained by J. Kent Sweezey, leaving him with a 23-6-6-1 career record and $353,823 in earnings. Consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5
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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Jackpot nearing $1.5 million . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Today’s 12-race program at Gulfstream Park will include a Rainbow 6 carryover of $1,457,629. First race post time is 12:45 p.m.

    For the 40th consecutive racing day, there was no single winning ticket Saturday on the 20-cent wager. Multiple tickets with six winners returned $39,851. The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

   
Today’s sequence begins with the seventh race, a five furlong event for 2-year-olds. The sequence will include three turf races.  There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $3,437.

NOTES: Sanford Bacon’s and Patrick Biancone Racing’s 3-year-old filly Kelsey’s Cross, third in the Gr. III Wonder Again and third in the Saratoga Oaks, returned to Gulfstream Saturday to win a mile turf event in 1:35.05. The daughter of Anthony’s Cross broke her maiden at Gulfstream in May…Manuel J. Melean won his first race in the U.S. when guiding Angelus Warrior to victory in the seventh race. Melean is from Venezuela and is the brother of Manuel A. Melean, who has won six races in the U.S

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Richard the Great returns in style . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot continued to build to life-changing proportions at Gulfstream Park today, when the multi-race wager went unsolved for the 38th consecutive day. The carryover jackpot will stand at $1,294,231 for Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program.

    Multiple tickets with five of six winners were each worth $1,646.88.

    Friday’s sequence will span Races 4-9, including a stakes-quality optional claiming allowance in Race 9. The six-furlong race will be contested by Quijote, the 2018 Sunshine Millions Sprint winner who will make his second start off a layoff; Three Rules, the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes champion who is set to return off a four-month layoff; Harryhee, a hard-hitting stakes-winner who is coming off an optional claiming allowance victory; and six others.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 payoff. The carryover stood at $1,262,470 at the start of wagering and $132,377 was bet into the pool.


     There were no tickets with all five winners of the Late Pick 5, producing a carryover of $32,181 for Friday. The Late Pick 5 will span Races 5-9.

Richard the Great Makes Stellar Return

     Richard the Great, a stakes-winning son of Distorted Humor, returned from a 13-month layoff in top form in Race 4 on today’s program. The graded stakes-placed Arindel Farm homebred hustled to the early lead from the rail, rebuffed a backstretch challenge and drew off in the seven-furlong waiver claiming race by 8 ¾ lengths. Ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the 7-year-old gelding set fractions of :22.94, :45.82 and 1:09.77 on his way to a final clocking of 1:23.83 over a sloppy sealed track.

    Richard the Great paid $4.60 and was not eligible to be claimed while making his return off the long layoff. He had been working sharply for trainer Juan Alvarado at both Arindel Farm in Ocala and Gulfstream in preparation for the race.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
10 races, wagering on 8 . . .



    Live racing returns to the OBS on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

    Two sprint stakes for OBS Sale graduates headline the day. Free nominations to both races close on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The position on the calendar provides horsemen a stakes opportunity before the kickoff of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meeting and the opening of Tampa Bay Downs.

    The two OBS stakes are non-wagering events, but there will be pari-mutuel wagering available on eight additional races. Entries will be taken on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

    The OBS Sprint and the OBS Filly and Mare Sprint are for three-year-olds and upward. Both races will be run over six furlongs, each with a guaranteed purse of $125,000, restricted to OBS graduates.

    The eight pari-mutuel races will feature quarter horse races for 2-year-olds as well as for three years old and upward at distances from 220 yards to 440 yards. Up to four thoroughbred maiden and starter allowance races may be used as substitute races. Purses range from $4,000 to $7,000 with all starters guaranteed a minimum of $200.

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Today's winners get just $238 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot continued to balloon to life-changing proportions at Gulfstream Park today, when the multi-race wager went unsolved for the 37th consecutive day.

    The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will stand at $1,262,470 when live racing resumes on Thursday. Multiple tickets with all six winners today returned $238.22. It was last solved on July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 payoff.

   The carryover jackpot stood at $1,197,666 at the start of wagering, and $270,051 was bet into the multi-race pool.
Friday, September 6, 2019
Spotlighting winners coast to coast . . .

    Mike Mulligan's Betbestbreeze.com website has always seemed to kick it up a few notches on holiday weekends when the elite runners are competing from coast to coast. Labor Day's trio was no exception and they deserve more than a little mention, but not before noting what happened on the following Wednesday, normally a light racing day when many of the major tracks are dark.
 
    BBB had just nine runners on its three-pronged list of first-time starters, other BBB scored horses to consider, and stakes horses. Two of the entries were scratched, leaving seven possibilities. Here's what happened to the seven:

    In the first-timer department, Me and Mr. C made his debut at Delaware Park for Williston's Stonehedge Farm and was sent off at odds of 7-1. This, despite the fact that the colt is a son of leading freshman sire Khozan, who had been hot as a pistol with nine winners and a stakes-winner, six of the winners bred by Stonehedge Farm and five still owned by the farm. Me and Mr. C became No. 10, making a monster run down the lane and winning by two lengths, but if they had gone another furlong, it would have been 15. 
   
    Among the BBB horses to consider, Gotaheadache won at Colonial in her third start and paid $13.80, and Muchmorethanthis won in his second start and paid $5.60.

    In stakes company at Indiana Grand, Corruze was moved up from second place to first after a disqualification and paid $31.40 in the $200,000 Caesar's Stakes, while Amandrea finished second at odds of 8-1 in the $200,000 Indiana Grand Stakes.  

    Back to the weekend: BBB got off to a lukewarm start on Friday before exploding for a million-dollar day on Saturday. On Friday, first-timer Freewheeler, a $430,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-old, won by 5 1/4 lengths at Saratoga despite racing greenly the entire trip. He paid $12. At Woodbine, Bonnie Lee paid $10 after winning by 1 1/2, and at Del Mar, Georgian Road broke his maiden by 5 1/4 and paid $5.20.  

    On Saturday, after scratches there were 42 BBB runners left to compete and at day's end, nine had won, eight finished second, four third and two fourth. The big splash came in the stakes department led by Snapper Sinclair, a $180,000 OBS April product who captured the $750,000 Tourist Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs for his fifth victory, good for a paycheck of $440,640; it raised his career total to more than $1 million.

    Also at Kentucky Downs, 2-year-old Peace Achiever paid $12 after winning the $500,000 Gainesway Farm Juvenile Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths and collecting $294,840. It was his fourth start. 

    There were two good winners at Colonial Downs, too, including a 3 1/4-length score by first-time starter Four Wheel Drive in the $100,000 Rosie's Stakes in which he defeated five last-out winners and earned $60,000. Doc Boy also collected $60,000 for his victory in the $100,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Kitten's Joy Stakes. 

    There were also four second-place stakes finishes: Inspiressa in the Gr. I Del Mar Debutante in just her second start ($60,000); Jais's Solitude (lost by a head) in the Gr. III, $250,000 New Kent County Virginia Derby at Colonial ($50,000); Ask Bailey in the $500,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Kentucky Downs ($95,800); and Fujairah in the $117,500 Sharp Susan Stakes (by 3/4s) at Gulfstream ($19,200).

    The four stakes victories totaled $855,480 in purse earnings, and added to the four seconds ($225,000), BBB's selections collected $1,080,480 in just those eight stakes on Saturday. 

    There were many highlights on Sunday, not the least of which was Big City Bob winning the Sapling at Monmouth Park and paying $54.20, with Mischevious Alex finishing third, three-quarters of a length behind. Arlington Park first-timer Judy's Way romped by 6 1/2 lengths and paid $32.40, Billy Batts finished second by a head in the Del Mar Juvenile, first-timer Media Blitz was second by a nose at 9-1 at Del Mar; and Magical Anna won by four at Timonium and paid $4. At Saratoga, I'llhandalthecash won by two and paid $8.30, combining with My Galina for a $16 exacta. 

    Monday's stakes-winners were Spun to Run ($5) in the $300,000, Gr. III Smarty Jones; Jeltrin ($12.20), by 7 3/4 in the $150,000 Cathryn Sophia; and Engage ($11.20) in the $100,000 Bensalem, all at Parx Racing. Wrecking Crew finished second in the $300,000, Gr. I Del Mar Futurity, and there were five other seconds and thirds in stakes. Among the other winners, at Saratoga, first-timer Gouverneur Morris scored by nine lengths and paid $3.30, and Primal Destiny won at Remington Park and paid $17.40. 

    BBB is cruising along on all cylinders, and handicappers who don't pay attention to the first-timers in particular, are doing themselves a great disservice. 
Friday, September 6, 2019
Rainbow jackpot nearing $1.1 million . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Matalona Thoroughbreds' Stormy Embrace, who captured the Gr. II, $250,000 Princess Rooney on the June 29 Summit of Speed card, is scheduled for a return to action in Saturday’s $100,000 Sheer Drama at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, Stormy Embrace will clash with eight rivals in the seven-furlong race for Florida-bred fillies and mares.

    Stormy Embrace secured a fees-paid berth to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 with her two-length triumph in the Princess Rooney, won by the 5-year-old daughter of Circular Quay by six lengths in 2018.

    Stormy Embrace finished a troubled 11th in the Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs last fall before finishing second by a neck behind Dream Pauline in the Gr. III Sugar Swirl and third behind Dream Pauline in the Gr. III Hurricane Bertie during Gulfstream’s 2018-2019 Championship Meet. She came off a four-month layoff to capture the $100,000 Musical Romance, a seven-furlong test for Florida-breds, by more than 10 lengths while tuning up for her title defense in the Princess Rooney.
Wilmer Garcia has the return mount.

    Todd Pletcher-trained Shanghai Starlet returns to Gulfstream and state-bred competition after finishing off the board in a 5 ½-turf stakes at Monmouth. King of Prussia Stables’ 4-year-old daughter of Shanghai Bobby has won three of five starts over Gulfstream’s main track, including a win in the Panama City last summer. She also won the Sunshine Millions Distaff Preview at Gulfstream West last November. Edgard Zayas, who was aboard for both stakes victories, has the mount Saturday.

    Northwind Thoroughbreds' Ms Meshak enters the Sheer Drama off a going-away 2 3/4-length victory in the July 27 Added Elegance. The Joe Orseno-trained 4-year-old daughter of Shackleford has won five races over the Gulfstream main track and also won a five-furlong turf race in April. Jairo Rendon has the mount.

  ones  Stakes-winners Wildwood’s Beauty and Starcloud are entered in the Sheer Drama, which also attracted stakes-placed last-out winners Heiresall and Amaluna, as well as Weekend Mischief and Bones.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Swells to $1,082,320    

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot grew to $1,082,320 for today’s 2:15 p.m. twilight card when the multi-race wager went unsolved for the 34th consecutive racing day Thursday. Multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $13,252. The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 payoff. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $4,248.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, including the $60,000 James H. Kyle Stakes in Race 5. Multiple stakes-winner Galleon Mast has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up. The 6-year-old son of Mizzen Mast, who has finished in the money in 18 of his 20 starts over the Gulfstream turf, finished a close second in his second start off a seven-month layoff last time out. The David Fawkes-trained gelding will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Purses total more than $11 million for 5 days . . .

    How about a day featuring a 10-race program, purses of $1,310,000, and a jockey colony including Joel Rosario, Florent Geroux, Joe Bravo, Rafael Bejarano, Julien Leparoux, Tyler Gaffalione and Jose Ortiz, among others? Has to be Saratoga, or Del Mar, or Gulfstream, or Belmont, right?

    Wrong on all counts! It would be Thursday's upcoming card at Kentucky Downs, highlighted by the $250,000 Old Friends Stakes, plus a maiden claimer with a purse of $53,000, a starter allowance ($42,000), four maiden specials ($130,000 each), an allowance ($145,100) and two allowance optional claimers ($150,000 each). 

    The meeting in southern Kentucky lasts just five days - it opened last Thursday with a record handle of $8.6 million. After this Thursday, the final three days will be Friday, Saturday and Sept. 12. Average daily purses of upwards of $2.3 million adds up to $11,532,000 for the five days.

    This abbreviated meeting enjoys another unique facet. Each race is limited to 12 starters, but there are 16 entered in six of the races and 14 in the other four. While so many tracks around the country are starving for horses, this day at Kentucky Downs has 32 on the also-eligible lists. 

    And where does the money come from to add up to more than $11 million? For the rest of the year, Kentucky Downs features historical racing. Here's a breakdown of all the purses, and how much of the total is a result of the historical racing program. Maiden claiming - $42,930; starter allowance - $34,020; four maiden specials - $113,100 each; allowance - $124,700; two allowance optional claimers - $129,000 each. That's a total of $912,050.

    Why don't other racing operators without a casino or poker room follow suit? As Yul Brynner might say, "It's a puzzlement." 

    

     

       

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Pegasus and Florida Derby headline 98 stakes program . . .

     HALLANDALE BEACH - The $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, which has become one of sport’s most prestigious and exciting days, and the $1 million Florida Derby, which has produced the winners of 59 Triple Crown events, highlight Gulfstream Park’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet beginning Friday, Nov. 29.

    The Championship Meet, which has attracted the world’s top horses, horsemen and jockeys since 1939, will feature 98 stakes races – including 39 graded – for total purses of $28.6 million.

    Along with the Pegasus and Florida Derby, Gulfstream will again be the hub of racing events during the Championship Meet, hosting the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, Claiming Crown, and the 49th annual Eclipse Awards.

    In just three years, the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series has attracted the sport’s biggest stars, including champions Arrogate, Gun Runner and California Chrome, as well as City of Light and international stars Magic Wand, Aerolithe and Kukulkan. In all, Pegasus World Cup Day will feature nine stakes – six graded –with total purses of more than $17 million.

    The $1 million Florida Derby, the country’s leading classic prep race that has produced 44 starters who have gone on to win 59 Triple Crown events, will be held March 28 as part of a Derby Day with seven stakes – four graded – and total stakes purses of $1.950 million. One of those stakes will be the $250,000, Gr. II Gulfstream Park Oaks, the 3-year-old filly counterpart to the Derby.

    The Derby will culminate a rich and diverse stakes schedule for 3-year-old classic contenders beginning Jan. 4 with the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man and continuing Feb. 1 with the $350,000, Gr. II Holy Bull and $150,000, Gr. III Swale, the Feb. 22 $100,000, Gr. III Hutcheson, and Feb. 29, Gr. II $400,000 Fountain of Youth.

    The Holy Bull has produced a number of Gr. 1 winners including Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby winners Always  Dreaming (2018) and Barbaro (2006), 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.

    The Fountain of Youth has produced dozens of graded winners of the past 73 years, including Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby winners Orb, Thunder Gulch, Spectacular Bid and Tim Tam.

    The Gulfstream Park Oaks will be the final race in a lucrative 3-year-old filly series on dirt which begins Jan. 4 with the $75,000 Glitter Woman and continues with the $150,000, Gr. III Forward Gal on Feb. 1 and $200,000, Gr. II Davona Dale on Feb. 29.

    Gulfstream will also offer 3-year-old turf stakes, including the Jan. 4 $100,000 Ginger Brew on Jan. 4, the $100,000, Gr. III Sweetest Chant on Feb.1, the $150,000, Gr. III Herecomesthebride on Feb. 29 and the $125,000 Sanibel Island on March 28.

    The world-class turf course will host a number of major events for 3-year-olds and up beginning in December with the $200,000, Gr. II Fort Lauderdale going 1 1/8 miles on Dec. 14, as well as six stakes scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28. Other graded turf races for 4-year-olds and up include the $200,000, Gr. II Mac Diarmida and $150,000, Gr. III Canadian Turf on Feb. 29, the $100,000, Gr. III Appleton on March 27 and $250,000, Gr. II Pan American on March 28.

    Graded turf stakes for older fillies and mares include the $150,000, Gr. III Suwannee River on Feb. 8, the $150,000, Gr. III Honey Fox and $150,000, Gr. III The Very One on Feb. 29, and the $100,000, Gr. III Orchid on March 28.

    The Clasico Internacional del Caribe, featuring the top horses from Latin America and the Caribbean, returns for the third year on Sunday, Dec. 8. The five stakes, totaling $690,000, will be highlighted by the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe for 3-year-olds.

    For the eighth, Gulfstream will play host to the $1.11 million Claiming Crown on Saturday, Dec. 7. Made up of nine stakes races, the day will be highlighted by the $200,000 Jewel. 


    The $600,000 Sunshine Millions, featuring the leading Florida-breds, will be contested on Saturday, Jan. 18 with the feature being the $200,000 Classic, a race whose past winners include Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, multiple Gr. 1 winner Lava Man, and the popular Best of the Rest.

    The first Saturday of the Championship Meet will feature six stakes for 2-year-olds with purses of $450,000.

Monday, September 2, 2019
Khozan colt wins $200,000 Affirmed . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge Farm’s Liam’s Lucky Charm prevailed by a neck over heavily favored Chance It following a stretch-long battle to win Saturday’s $200,000 Affirmed at Gulfstream Park, providing trainer Ralph Nicks with his third straight success in the second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes.

    “It was a tremendous race, a tremendous battle between two great horses,” said Liam’s Lucky Charm’s jockey, Reylu Gutierrez. “Last time, Chance It beat me pretty well. He had a little switching-leads problems last time. Mr. Nicks’ team does such a splendid job.”


    Nicks previously the Affirmed winner’s circle with Soutache (2017) and Garter and Tie (2018).

    Liam’s Lucky Charm’s hard-fought victory also gave Stonehedge owner Gil Campbell his 11th success in the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by nominated Florida sires.  

    The Affirmed co-headlined Saturday’s 13-race program with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies, won by Amalio Ruiz-Lozano’s Ceci Valentina.

     Chance It was sent to post as the 1-5 favorite on the strength of a 3 ¾-length triumph in the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager on Aug. 3, while Liam’s Lucky Charm left the starting gate as the strong 7-2 second choice after finishing second in the first leg of the series.

    The favorite broke alertly from the starting gate to grab the early lead while pressed on the outside by Absolute Grit. Liam’s Lucky Charm, who had settled in fourth along the backstretch, was asked for some run on the far turn as Chance It slipped away from a tiring Absolute Grit.  Liam’s Lucky Charm responded to pull alongside the favorite leaving the turn into the stretch, setting up a most memorable stretch drive.

    The Stonehedge homebred son of Khozan got the better of the game Chance It at the wire to register his first stakes victory.

    “He was in a good position," Nicks said. "Saffie’s horse kind of got away had it his own way after getting some pace pressure early. We kind of got to him today and it was a battle of the two of them down the lane. Last time we couldn’t close and today we finished together. We were lucky enough to be a head better.”

            Liam’s Lucky Charm ran seven furlongs in 1:23.25, built on fractions of 22.67 and 46.07 seconds for the first half-mile. Chance It and jockey Edgard Zayas finished 17 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Rebelde, another Khozan colt, while coming up just short in the stretch.    



 

           
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Gulfstream is closed for live racing today and tomorrow . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - There will be a $1,042,563 carryover in Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 when live racing resumes Thursday with a 1:15 p.m. first race post. The track will miss the last two days of live racing on the Labor Day weekend to prepare for the hurricane. 

    The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 33rd consecutive racing day Saturday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $11,991. There was one live ticket heading into the 13th and final race, but 80-1 shot Rebelde finished third in the $200,000 Affirmed Stakes.


    Thursday’s sequence will kick off with the fourth race on the nine-race program, a starter optional claimer at a mile with a field of seven. The sequence also has three scheduled turf races and a maiden special weight event for fillies and mares at 5 ½ furlongs.

    Gulfstream will remain open today and Monday for simulcast wagering.




Friday, August 30, 2019
Final races will be on Saturday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park announced today it has cancelled its live racing programs for Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 as Hurricane Dorian approaches the east coast of Florida.

    Gulfstream also announced its entire facility – including the Casino at Gulfstream and The Village at Gulfstream Park – will be closed beginning midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31 until further notice. The track will conduct its live racing program on Saturday, including the $400,000 FTBOA Sire Stakes.

    Horsemen stabled at Gulfstream and its satellite training facility Palm Meadows in Palm Beach County have been told they may stable at whichever facility they feel more comfortable depending on the track of Dorian. “The health and welfare of our employees, our equine athletes and our customers are always our priorities,” said Gulfstream’s Vice President, Bill Badgett. “We are closely monitoring the storm and are in constant contact with our horsemen in Florida.”

    Gulfstream will also be used if needed as a staging area for Florida Power & Light, Hallandale Beach Police and the City of Sunny Isles Police.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Rainbow hasn't been hit for 30 days . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park will kick off the week today with a carryover in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 of $934,782. First race post is 1:15 p.m.

    The Rainbow 6 was last hit on July 6, and has now gone unsolved for 30 consecutive racing days. The sequence will span Races 5-10 and include three races scheduled on the turf. There will also be a $9,111 carryover in the Super Hi 5.


    The card kicks off a racing week that will include Saturday’s Florida Sire Stakes with the $200,000 Affirmed Stakes and $200,000 Susan’s Girl Stakes. Gulfstream will also play host to its second Taste of the Track with Tequila & Tapas featuring Latin-inspired Tapas dishes paired with handcrafted Tequila cocktails
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Won Dr. Fager by 3 1/2 lengths . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It will once again have the opportunity to live up to the hype in Saturday’s $200,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong Affirmed will co-headline the program with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies in the second leg of the series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions.

    Chance It created a buzz on June 29 when he broke his maiden by 9 ¼ lengths under wraps, producing the fastest Beyer Speed Figure (91) for a 2-year-old in the country at the time. The son of Currency Swap offered an impressive encore performance on Aug. 3 with a dominating victory in the $100,000 Dr. Fager, matching the speed figure of his maiden triumph while prevailing by 3 ½ lengths.

    “The margin wasn’t as big, but the number was the same," trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. "It came back with 91 again. He was on the inside and he had to be used a bit. I knew he was legit, but it was nice to see that progression.”

    Chance It, who debuted with a second-place finish in a five-furlong maiden race on June 1, is slated to stretch out from six to seven furlongs in the open division of the series that will conclude with the $400,000 In Reality at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 28.

    “I feel fairly comfortable with him going a mile, a mile and a sixteenth," Joseph said. "They have to do it, but he doesn’t show distance limitations right now. With Currency Swap, you think sprinting, but on his dam’s side, he has Pleasantly Perfect. “He’s a good-looking horse. The only thing you can knock him about is his pedigree. He has no pedigree. But he’s a good-looking horse and when you put him on the track, he wants to achieve. He’s willing. He always wants to do more.”

    Leading rider Edgard Zayas has the return mount aboard Chance It, who is 3/5 in the morning line, and who breezed three furlongs in 37.83 seconds Wednesday morning. 

    Trainer Ralph Nicks entered two horses in the Affirmed in a quest to saddle his third straight winner in the race named for the Florida-bred 1978 Triple Crown winner, with Stonehedge Farm's Liam’s Lucky Charm being the more formidable contender. The son of Khozan finished second behind Chance It in the Dr. Fager after being bumped at the start.

    “He was second best," said Nicks. "Chance It was the better horse that day. I think Liam’s moving forward as we go along. As we stretch out, we’re going to get better." Nicks scored Affirmed victories with Soutache (2017) and Garter and Tie (2018). “I don’t know if seven-eighths is enough to catch the other horse, but on the other hand, he’ll be someone to be dealt with.”

    At five furlongs, Liam’s Lucky Charm finished third in his May 12 debut before breaking his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths on June 9. In the Dr. Fager, he recovered from an early bumping incident to close for second, 10 ¼ lengths clear of third-place finisher Absolute Grit.

    Nicks expects Liam’s Lucky Charm to move even more forward when sent around two turns. “He trains like it and has acted like it all along,” he said. “I think you’ll see him get better as we move along. He’s maturing. He should run a better race Saturday. Is it going to be good enough? I don’t know.” Reylu Gutierrez has the mount.

    Nicks-trained Shivaree, a half-brother to Garter and Tie, will attempt to break his maiden in the Affirmed after finishing third in his second career race last time out. “We won it last year with his brother, who broke his maiden in there. So we’ll try to duplicate the same effort,” Nicks said. “That whole family - I’ve had three of them now - have been slow learners. A bit of ground will help him too. He’s training really well and has been moving forward since his last race.” The Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred colt will be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.

    Arindel’s Genghis enters the Affirmed off a 2 ¾-length victory 0n July 27 in his fourth career start. The homebred son of Brethren had finished second in his first three races, including behind Chance It on June 28 and Positively Awesome, an undefeated half-brother to multiple Gr. 1 winner Jackson Bend, on April 2. Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount aboard the Juan Alvarado-trained colt. Arindel will also be represented by Stanley Gold-trained Plato, another son of Brethren, who finished second last time out in a maiden $35,000 claiming race. Miguel Vasquez has the mount.

    Cathi and Karl Glassman’s Absolute Grit is slated to return in the Affirmed after an eventful trip in the Dr. Fager. The Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained colt, second betting choice in the first leg of the series, was bumped at the start and encountered more bumping leaving the backstretch while racing three wide before coming up short in the stretch. The son of Kantharos broke his maiden at first asking on April 26 before finishing second behind Positively Awesome in the June 30 Kodiak Island Stakes. Cristian Torres has the mount.

    Rounding out the field are Stonestreet Stables' Our Time, a son of Kantharos who was a dead-heat winner in his July 20 debut; Tracy Pinchin’s Northbrook, a son of Going Astray who finished fourth in the Dr. Fager; Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Jettin Out, a son of Adios Charlie who broke his maiden Aug. 17 after finishing second in his first three starts; and Ramiro Rosas-Medina’s Rebelde, a son of Khozan who broke his maiden in his seventh start last time out
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Monday, August 26, 2019
Desert Vixen winner is 3-for-3 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge LLC’s Lenzi’s Lucky Lady, who will likely be favored in Saturday’s $200,000 Susan’s Girl at Gulfstream Park, breezed in 50:80 seconds in a half-mile maintenance workout at Gulfstream West Sunday morning.

    Lenzi’s Lucky Lady is undefeated in three starts, including a 4 ¼-length romp on Aug. 3 in the $100,000 Desert Vixen, first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions.

   The Susan’s Girl, a seven-furlong event for fillies, will co-headline Saturday’s card with the $200,000 Affirmed, the seven-furlong open division in which Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It, winner of the $100,000 Dr. Fager, is likely to be favored.

    Stonehedge LLC’s Marren’s Marvel, who finished a troubled eighth in the Desert Vixen, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.40 at Gulfstream West for O’Connell also in preparation for the Susan’s Girl.

EASY WORK - Sunday morning at Gulfstream, Saffie Joseph Jr. sent multiple graded stakes-placed Math Wizard to the track for an easy three-furlong breeze in 38.75 seconds with Edgard Zayas.

It was the 3-year-old son of Algorithms’ first workout since his sixth-place finish in the Gr. III West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Aug. 3. Math Wizard previously finished fourth in the Gr. II Wood Memorial, second in the Gr. III Ohio Derby and third in the Gr. III Indiana Derby.

    “He had a pretty hard campaign and we felt it was a good time to freshen him up a bit and bring him back in late September," Joseph said. "From what I've seen of him, I'm really happy with where we're at. We'll nominate to the Pennsylvania Derby (at Parx, Sept. 21) and I'd love to make the Oklahoma Derby (Sept. 27) with him at Remington.  He's still eligible for a starter allowance at Gulfstream, so depending on the timing, I'd love to use that race as a prep before putting him back into stakes company.”

Bonus Money Makes Sept. 28 Sire Stakes $1.15 Million Day

    The FTBOA has added $25,000 bonuses to both the Monroe Stakes and Hollywood Beach Stakes to be run on Sept. 28 as part of the finals of the Florida Sire Stakes. With both the Monroe and Hollywood now worth $100,000, the program will have total stakes purses of $1.15 million. The day will be highlighted by the $400,000 In Reality for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for 2-year-old fillies. The $150,000 Wildcat Heir will also be contested.

    “We look forward every summer to the Florida Sire Stakes and working with our great partners at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association,” said Vice President of Racing Bill Badgett. “We expect some great racing this weekend with the second leg of the Sire Stakes featuring the $200,000 Affirmed and $200,000 Susan’s Girl. Our summer program continues to grow with the support of the FTBOA, horsemen from across the country, and our fans.”

    Saturday’s second leg of the Sire Stakes will also be highlighted by Tequila & Tapas, featuring Latin- inspired tapas and handcrafted Tequila cocktails in the Flamingo Room.

Art G Is Back Headed Back to Turf after Benny the Bull Win

    Fresh off an impressive victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Benny the Bull, over Gulfstream Park’s main track, Monarch Stable’s Art G Is Back is slated to return to turf for his next start. “He’s going back to the turf on the 21st [of September},” trainer Ron Spatz said. “That’s what we’ve been aiming for. This race was to keep him busy.”

    The versatile son of Exchange Rate defeated a strong group of older horses to earn his second career stakes victory, closing strongly in the stretch to defeat Royal Squeeze by a neck under Victor Lebron.
Art G Is Back will be back with 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Bear’s Den, a 7 ½-furlong stakes on turf.

    “He’s better on the dirt, but he runs on the turf," Spatz said. He’s fine, but it seems like he gets beat in more photos on the turf. He’s never won on the turf. He’s been right there”

    Art G Is back has won four of six starts on dirt, while he is winless in five starts on turf. However, he finished fourth in the Gr. III Palm Beach and has stakes-placed finishes in all four of his other turf starts.

Friday, August 23, 2019
First post time set for 12:45 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 28th consecutive racing day today at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $827,226 for Saturday’s program.

    First-race post time is set for 12:45 p.m. Silks will open at 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the early 11:35 a.m. first-race post time for Saratoga’s Travers Stakes program. Travers merchandise and betting vouchers will be given away as part of a Spin and Win promotion in Silks. A special buffet will be offered in Ten Palms for $49.99-plus tax.

    There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $2,530.

    Multiple tickets today with six winners were each worth $844.34.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved on July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    Today’s sequence generated a handle of $142,052. The carryover jackpot stood at $793,147 at the start of wagering on the multi-race wager. Saturday’s sequence will span races 7-12, anchored by the $100,000 Benny The Bull, a seven-furlong stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up.

   Flying Pheasant Farm LLC’s Ice Tea, a runaway winner of his last three starts in optional claiming company, has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 12. Trained by Mary Eppler, the 5-year-old gelded son of Adios Charlie came off a 15-month layoff to win a 1 1/16-mile race by 2 ½ lengths on May 31 before shipping to Gulfstream, where he won by five lengths at seven furlongs on July 4 and by 7 ½ lengths at a mile on July 21. Jairo Rendon will ride for the first time Saturday.

    Multiple stakes-winner Mr. Jordan, who has amassed more than $850,000 in earnings, and stakes- winners Hy Riverside and Royal Squeeze, are among a strong group of veteran campaigners assembled for the race 12 feature. Art G Is Back, who defeated older optional claiming allowance rivals by 13 ½ lengths last time out, and Take Command, who captured the Carry Back on the Summit of Speed program, are 3-year-olds set to challenge their elders.
Friday, August 23, 2019
Fury Kapcori filly impresses in debut . . .

    As impressive as Khozan has been for Journeyman Stud with his nine early winners, none of those victories was more eye-catching than the maiden-breaker of High On Gin at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday.

    The filly by Journeyman's other freshman sire, Fury Kapcori, came from sixth place with a huge run on the turn, then made up about five lengths in the final sixteenth with a monster burst to score by 2 1/4. Bred by Deborah Silveira, the filly earned a check for $13,800 and could loom a serious threat in Florida's 2-year-old division for the rest of the year.  

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Dr. Fager winner goes in :46.85 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It has breezed a half-mile in :46.85 seconds under jockey Edgard Zayas at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $200,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes Series on Aug. 31.

    The workout, which was the fastest of 79 recorded at the distance, was the son of Currency Swap’s first since capturing the $100,000 Dr. Fager, the first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series, by 3 ¼ lengths on Aug. 3.

   “It was on the quick side, but, visually, you could tell how easily he did it,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “He has an efficient way of going. Even in the morning when he’s galloping, you’ll have him on the clock and he’ll be clicking 16s [seconds]. He looks like he’s going 19 or 20 – that’s his efficient way of going, that’s what makes him the horse he is.”

    Joseph had planned to work Chance It in company, but when he seemed especially keen to get back on the work tab, the decision was made to allow the long-striding colt to do his own thing. “He went good. It worked out good,” Joseph said.

    Chance It will be asked to stretch out a bit from the six furlongs of the Dr. Fager to the seven furlongs of the Affirmed. “I don’t think it’s going to be a problem," Joseph said. "Obviously, each time you’re doing the unknown, there’s always that doubt, but from what he shows, up to a mile and an eighth I don’t think is going to be any problem."

    Chance It, who finished second in his June 1 debut, bounced back to offer a brilliant 9 ¼-length triumph at Gulfstream on June 29. The Florida-bred colt won the 5 ½-furlong maiden special at Gulfstream in 1:03.95 while being wrapped up in the stretch and earning a 91 Beyer – a figure that was the fastest in the country at the time and one that he matched in the Dr. Fager.
Monday, August 19, 2019
Jackpot passes $763,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 26th consecutive racing day Sunday at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $763,478 for Thursday’s program. Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $20,606.  

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff. Multiple tickets with six winners Sunday were each worth $20,606.82. Sunday’s sequence generated a Rainbow 6 handle of $211,679. The carryover jackpot stood at $712,697 at the start of wagering on the multi-race wager.

    There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $2,642.40 heading into Thursday’s 1:15 p.m. program.

Grand Journey Prevails in Sunday Turf Feature 

    Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Grand Journey ($7.80) captured his third straight victory in Sunday’s Race 11 feature at, prevailing by a head over multiple stakes winner Galleon Mast in the mile optional claiming allowance on turf.

    The 4-year-old gelded son of Giant’s Causeway sat off a contested early pace under Emisael Jaramillo before making a wide drive though the stretch to catch Galleon Mast, who had cut the corner to take the lead in mid-stretch only to be collared late. Grand Journey, who ran a mile in 1:34.56 over a firm turf course, had made his first four starts in claiming races,

    “He was a journey,” owner/breeder Mandy Pope said.

    Grand Journey, who broke his maiden for a $40,000 claiming price last September, has won three straight optional claiming allowances.

    “It was a journey to get here," trainer Ralph Nicks said. "He’s doing well. He’s putting it all together and is becoming more professional. It was a tough group today and he keeps stepping up.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
BBB selections finish 1-2-3-4 in Skidmore . . .

    Betbestbreeze has a boatload of runners scheduled to compete around the country today, including 10 first-time starters and seven stakes horses, three of the latter going at Saratoga. And Mike Mulligan prepped for the weekend on Friday with a rare accomplishment.

    The 10th race at the Spa was the $100,000 Skidmore Stakes, a black-type race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass. BBB had no less than four horses listed for the race, and amazingly they finished 1-2-3-4. Another Miracle won by 1 3/4 lengths as the second choice and paid $7.10, and Proven Strategies was second at odds of 10-1. The favorite, Montauk Daddy, was third and 20-1 shot Memorable completed the memorable superfecta.

    The $2 exacta paid $54.50, the $2 trifecta $90.48, and the $1 superfecta $235. Earlier on the card, Prairie Fire won the fourth race and paid $7.

    Today should prove to be very interesting.  

 

Friday, August 16, 2019
Raven's Lady wins first U. S. race . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - A carryover jackpot of $654,663 awaits Rainbow 6 bettors on Saturday’s 12:45 p.m. program at Gulfstream Park.

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 24rd consecutive racing day today when multiple tickets were each worth $28,637. The Rainbow was last solved July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    Saturday’s sequence will span Races 7-12. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $1,628 heading into Saturday’s card.

Multiple Group-Stakes Winner Raven’s Lady Wins Feature     

    Raven’s Lady, a two-time group-stakes winner in Europe last year, captured her first victory in the U.S. in today’s Race 8 feature. Owned by D. P. Racing and Medallion Racing, the 5-year-old daughter of Raven’s Pass had been winless in three previous U.S. starts, all graded stakes, before prevailing by 1 ½ lengths in the 7 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares on turf.

    Making her first start for trainer Patrick Biancone, Raven’s Lady was crowded and fanned wide heading into the first turn before settling well off the pace set by stablemate Beachwood Ella, who put up fractions of :23.40 and :47.64 for the first half mile. Raven’s Lady, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Jairo Rendon, rallied leaving the backstretch before making an impressive four-wide sweep to the lead entering the stretch. The English-bred mare asserted her class and drew away to victory.

    “This is a nice filly,” Biancone said. “Next, she will be going to Kentucky Downs for the sprint for fillies and mares [$500,000, Gr. III Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint, Sept. 7].

     Last year, trainer Marco Botti saddled Raven’s Lady for back-to-back victories in the Gr. III Summer Stakes at York and the Gr. II Boldene Peitsche at Baden-Baden.


    Raven’s Lady raced 7 ½ furlongs in 1:30.47 over a good turf course. Zarina, who captured the Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream in July, rallied from last while following the lead of Raven’s Lady to finish second under Leonel Reyes. Midnight Soiree finished third under Albin Jimenez, another length back.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
OBS March sale purchase went for $850,000 . . .

    At Del Mar on Sunday, Hronis Racing LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds and William Sandbrook’s Inspiressa was bet down to even money for her debut in a $61,000 maiden special dash and lived up to her billing. The Florida-bred daughter of The Big Beast, trained by John Sadler, went right to the front and stayed there to the finish, winning under a hand ride by a length and a quarter. At the March Sale, she sped a quarter in :20 4/5 at the under tack Show before she was sold for $850,000 by her breeder, Ocala Stud, where the Big Beast stands.

    Inspiressa became the fourth winner for her freshman sire, who is second in that department behind Khozan among Florida's first-crop stallions.    

Monday, August 12, 2019
Rainbow nearing $600,000 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Antonio Sano cancelled a planned workout for Gunnevera at Gulfstream Park West Sunday morning, ruling out a start in the Aug. 31 Gr. I Woodward at Saratoga.

    Gunnevera, a multiple graded stakes-winner who has earned more than $5 million, had previously missed a planned start in the Aug. 3 Whitney at Saratoga with a bruised foot that had forced the cancellation of a pair of workouts. “His foot is fine. He just hasn’t come back as good as I want,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “The timing isn’t good for the Woodward.”

    The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 remains the ultimate goal for Margoth’s 5-year-old son of Dialed In, who finished second in the race last year at Churchill Downs.

    Briannjenn Racing’s Addilyn ($2.60) brightened Sano’s day when the 2-year-old daughter of Palace Malice graduated by two lengths in a seven-furlong maiden special weight event in Sunday's second race.  The Kentucky-bred filly, who had finished second in her first two career starts while going 4 ½ furlongs and 6 furlongs, dominated her opposition under Edgard Zayas despite veering to the outside in mid-stretch. “She is a good filly. She’s still a little green,” Sano said.

    J & G Stables LLC and Nicholas Vaccarezza’s Shell Shock, a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, finished second behind Addilyn in her debut.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Swells to $596,772 for Thursday

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 22nd consecutive racing day Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $596,772 for Thursday’s card. Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $135.18. The Rainbow was last solved on July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Saturday winners get $5,465 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 21st consecutive racing day at Gulfstream Park Friday, producing a carryover jackpot of $560,067 for Sunday’s 12:45 p.m. program.

    Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $5,465. The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one lucky bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    Today's sequence will span Races 7-12.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Stronach 5 - 3 at Gulfstream, two at Laurel . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Rainbow 6 will offer a $497,629 carryover jackpot for Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 19th consecutive program today, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $2,042.

    Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9.

    Race 7 is a five-furlong optional claiming allowance on the turf; Race 8, a 6 ½-furlong race for $15,000 claimers; and Race 9, a 7 ½-furlong maiden claimer on turf, and all will also be included in the Stronach 5 sequence as the second, fourth and fifth legs, respectively. Race 8 at Laurel Park will kick off the Stronach 5, while Laurel’s Race 9 will be the third leg.

Monday, August 5, 2019
Fanny Olsson hits with Chirping for $6.80 . . .


    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Scandinavian jockey Fanny Olsson moved another step closer to achieving her goal of becoming established in the U.S. Sunday, riding her second winner of the weekend at Gulfstream Park.

    The 26-year-old native of Sweden, who has ridden more than 100 winners in Sweden, Denmark and Norway since embarking on her career in 2016, scored a front-running four-length triumph aboard Jorge Delgado-trained Chirping ($6.80) in Race 3, a 1 1/16-mile race for $6,250 claimers.

    “My dream has always been to ride races here,” Olsson said. “I’m just blessed.”

    Olsson ventured from Sweden to South Florida 10 months ago and worked as an exercise rider at Gulfstream while preparing to graduate to riding in the afternoon. She rode her first race on May 25, but didn't score her first U.S. victory until her fourth mount in Friday’s eighth race, winning by 12 ½ lengths on Delgado-trained Slingin Sammy B.

    “It’s a lot different here," Olsson said. "They ride a lot tighter. The races are much faster. The riders here are really good. I’m just going to have to step up my game.”

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Rising - The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 18th consecutive racing day Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $472,901 for Thursday’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday were each worth $35,083.20.

    There will also be a Late Pick 5 carryover of $38,054. Also, there will be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $18,901. 

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved on July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.
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Sunday, August 4, 2019
Meneses stars on Saturday card . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s afternoon program will feature 12 races with a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $442,830. First race post is 12:45 p.m.

   The Rainbow 6 begins with the seventh race. Two of the races in the sequence will be $50,000 claiming events for 2-year-olds going six furlongs. There are also three races scheduled on the turf.

   Multiple winning tickets on Saturday’s Rainbow 6 returned $3,273. The Rainbow 6 was last solved on July 6, when one bettor hit for a $173,583.90 jackpot payoff.

NOTES - Jockey Marcos Meneses lit up the tote board while riding three winners on Saturday’s card. Meneses won aboard Sidney’s Charisma ($126.60) in the third, High Rolling Dude ($7.60) in the fourth and Ceci Valentina ($14.60) in the sixth . . . Edgard Zayas also had three winners. He rode two for Shooting Star Thoroughbreds – Chance It ($2.40) in the Dr. Fager division of the Sire Stakes and Island Commish ($7.20) in the 13th – along with Eights and Aces ($4.20) in the 11th . . . Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. also had a three-win day highlighted by the Shooting Star winners.
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Wins by 3 1/4 for his syndicate . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It kept the buzz alive Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a dominating 3 ¼ -length victory in the $100,000 Dr. Fager, first leg of the 2019 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series,

    The six-furlong test for 2-year-olds sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, co-headlined the Florida Sire Stakes program with the $100,000 Desert Vixen, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

    Chance It first created the buzz June on 29 when he earned the fastest Beyer Speed Figure (92) of any 2-year-old in the country at the time while breaking his maiden and was sent to post as the 1-5 favorite. The son of Currency Swap broke well from the No. 1 post under Edgard Zayas and was immediately taken on by Man With a Plan, who was ridden hard by Emisael Jaramillo to take a narrow advantage along the backstretch.

    Unable to ease his mount off the inside, Zayas remained patient aboard Chance It while being lapped on by the long-shot pacesetter. Zayas asked his mount for some run leaving the backstretch, and the Florida-bred colt quickly asserted himself to open a lead on the far turn. Liam’s Lucky Charm made a sweeping move on the turn into the homestretch but was no match for Chance It, who drew away to a comfortable victory.

    Liam’s Lucky Charm, the 12-1 third-choice, finished second, 10 ¼ lengths ahead of Absolute Grit, the 5-1 second choice who raced evenly under Christian Torres. Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Chance It ran six furlongs in 1:11.22, a final clocking built on fractions of 22.53 and 45.82 seconds for the first half mile on a sealed ‘good’ track.”

    Chance It was greeted in the winner’s circle by a large contingent from Shooting Star Thoroughbreds, a first-year ownership group managed by longtime trainer Mary Lightner.

     “We had the speed right next to us so we were definitely concerned about that. But we went in thinking if he’s good enough he can overcome these things and he showed today he could,” Lightner said. “Edgard knows the horse really well and he does such a great job and Saffie, nobody could do a better job than Saffie getting him ready.”

     Chance It is out of Vagabon Diva, who had been adopted for $250 and subsequently given away to Ocala breeder Bett Usher. The long-striding colt was purchased privately after a Lightner-trained half-brother broke his maiden in his first start. Despite a modest pedigree, Chance It attracted several offers that were turned down.

     “We have had a little bit of interest, the phone has been ringing a few times, but we’re a racing syndicate and we wanted to do right by all these people,” Lightner said. “It’s hard to get a really good horse. So that’s the direction we decided to go. To keep him and see what we can do in the Sire Stakes.”

    The open division of the Florida Sire Stakes series will continue with the running of the $200,000 Affirmed on Aug. 31 and conclude with the $400,000 In Reality on Sept.28.

    “Mary turned down a lot of money, which is good for me because we get to keep the horse,” Joseph said. “The horse is going to have a bright future.”

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Betbestbreeze is in mid-season form . . .

    In his selections on his Betbestbreeze.com website, Mike Mulligan has pinpointed a great many first-time starters who have blossomed into superior runners in the past couple of seasons. The multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Mitole is one of the best examples.

    Back on Feb. 16, Mike had Shancelot among his selections when the colt was making his career debut at Gulfstream Park. In Mike's 1-9 rating system, with 1 as the best, the son of Shanghai Bobby was rated as a 1 and he sold for $245,000 at the OBS March sale. All Shancelot did that day was win and pay $27.60. 

    The colt didn't start again until June 23, when he showed up at Monmouth Park and made it two in a row, but this time the price was a little different - $2.60. He raced six furlongs in 1:08.43 and received an E speed figure of 108.

    On Sunday, Shancelot continued to excel, winning the Gr. II Amsterdam at Saratoga by no less than 12 1/2 lengths. That type of winning margin is usually reserved for distance races of some kind, not for 6 1/2 furlongs, as in the Amsterdam. His clocking of 1:14.01 was eye-opening - Quality Road's track record is 1:13.74. That translates into about a length and a quarter.

    To add to the mix, BBB pick Nitrous finished second at 5-1, with the exacta paying $27.20.

    But that wasn't the only BBB success on Sunday. There were 25 horses listed on the website, with one scratch. But Mike couldn't get winners in the remaining 24, because there were five races around the country in which he had two runners, and another two races with three runners. 

    Aside from Shancelot, the big bang was contributed by Saratoga first-time starter Heartstrings, who followed up the Amsterdam by winning the 12th race and paying $81.50, leading to all kinds of monster exotic payoffs. Mike also tabbed Fujairah at Gulfstream for $30.20, Dreams Are Made at Ellis Park for $8.60, and Sunflower Girl at Monmouth Park for $3.40. 

    On Monday, Mike followed the Sunday heroics with just two first-timers listed on the sparse racing program. One of them, Bear Creek, won a $30,000 maiden special at Presque Isle Downs and paid $18.20. The other, Mizzen Beau, finished fourth at Ellis at odds of $6.90-1 after experiencing two bumping incidents and still missing second by just a head and a nose.

    The BBB first-timers from the recent 2-year-old sales have come out running. Knowing who they are can prove to be very lucrative.         

Thursday, August 1, 2019
Son of Currency Swap won last by 9 1/4 lengths . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Shooting Star Thoroughbreds rising star, Chance It, a dazzling winner in his most recent start, is scheduled to make his highly-anticipated return to action in Saturday’s $100,000 Dr. Fager division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream.

    The Dr. Fager, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds sired by qualifying stallions standing in Florida, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $100,000 Desert Vixen. First race post time is 12:15 p.m.

    Chance It broke his maiden in his second career start in brilliant fashion on June 29, scoring by 9 ¼ lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special. The son of Currency Swap won under wraps while earning a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, which was the highest of any 2-year-old in the country this year until Dennis’ Moment was credited with a 97 after winning at Ellis Park last Saturday. Genghis, who finished second behind Chance It, returned to graduate by nearly three lengths.

    “Horses that he beat have justified his race,” trainer Saffie Joseph said. “I’m a big believer in ‘it’s who you beat’ and he beat horses that have come back and run good.”

    “This is the kind of horse you dream about when you’re in bed or in the shower," Joseph said. "You dream like getting a horse like him. To see him do it . . . now he has to continue to build on it. If he does the future really looks bright.”

    Chance It was produced by a broodmare who was adopted for $250 before being given away to his breeder, Bett Usher. “Physically, if you look at him, he’s a good-looking horse," Joseph said. "The only way you could knock him is if you look at his pedigree, because he doesn’t have the strongest pedigree. Other than that, physically, he looks like an athlete that could be a very nice horse.”

    After Chance It opened a lot of eyes while dropping as many jaws with his spectacular maiden score, a lot will be expected from the Florida-bred colt when he faces six rivals in the Dr. Fager.

    “It definitely adds pressure, but it’s the pressure you want," Joseph said. "If you could choose, you’d choose this kind of pressure. It doesn’t happen with a slow horse. The talent he has, when you have the kind of talent he has, it also kind of takes the pressure off, because you know he can overcome things when it doesn’t go his way.” Edgard Zayas has the return mount aboard Chance It.

    Trainer Michael Yates holds the distinction of saddling the horse that defeated runner-up Chance It in a maiden special on June 1, but Smash Factor will sit out the Dr. Fager with bucked shins. Yates has entered Stonehedge Farm’s Turn on the Magic, who set a pressured paced and fought back after being headed in the stretch to win his debut by a half-length pn June 9.

    “I expected he would run well," Yates said. "He trained well. He actually showed more speed than I expected, but I wasn’t surprised he ran that way. He kind of worked that way.” Despite winning at first asking, Turn on the Magic will return to action as a gelding.

    “He was a little bit on the nervous side," Yates said. "We gelded him right after the race. He’s been training well since. He breezed well the other day, worked well out of the gate.” Yates won the race last year with Cajun Firecracker. 

    Like Smash Factor, Turn on the Magic is by Journeyman Stud's Khozan, who is the leading first-crop sire in the country with eight winners, and second behind American Pharoah in money earnings, but Saturday's race could change the latter.

    “They’re runners,” Yates said. “I have four. The ones I have - they’re all different shapes - but they act like they want to run on. I think as the races go further, they’ll do well.”

    Diego Gomez has the return mount aboard Turn on the Magic.

    Trainer Ralph Nicks will also saddle a Stonehedge son of Khozan, Liam’s Lucky Charm, who followed up a third-place finish in his debut with a dominating 6 ¾-length triumph on June 9.
Nicks, who saddled Garter and Tie for a victory in last year’s $400,000 In Reality, has named Reylu Gutierrez to ride for the first time.

    Karl and Kathy Glassman’s Absolute Grit brings stakes experience into the Dr. Fager, having finished second behind undefeated Positively Awesome in the June 30 Kodiak Island. The son of Kantharos debuted on April 26 with an off-the-pace triumph at 4 ½ furlongs.

    Leading apprentice jockey Cristian Torres, who won his first stakes aboard Ms Meshak in last Saturday’s Added Elegance Stakes, has the call aboard the Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained colt.

    Jose Pinchin is scheduled to saddle a pair of colts – David Hunt’s Man With a Plan, who finished third in the Kodiak Island, and Tracy Pinchin’s Northbrook, who broke his maiden for a $50,000 claiming price in his third career start. Emisael Jaramillo and Samy Camacho have been named to ride Man With a Plan and Northbrook, respectively.

    Owner/trainer Steve Dwoskin’s One Turn Johnny, who finished third in his recent debut, rounds out the field. Jose Batista has the call.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Veteran trainer has two entrants in $100,000 Desert Vixen . . .

  HALLANDALE BEACH - Stonehedge LLC’s Lenzi’s Lucky Lady is slated to put her undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s $100,000 Desert Vixen division of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Desert Vixen, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies sired by qualifying Florida stallions, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $100,000 Dr. Fager, the six-furlong open division.

    Lenzi’s Lucky Lady prevailed following a race-long duel by a half-length while debuting at Gulfstream June 6. The daughter of With Distinction came right back to capture the June 28 Golden Isles Stakes, in which she rated just off the pace before drawing clear by 5 ¼ lengths.

    “She comes from a great family," trainer Kathleen O'Connell said. "I had the mother, I won stakes with her mother. She has a lot of class.”

    Jairo Rendon has the return mount aboard the homebred filly, whose dam, Blue Eyed Sweetie, was a multiple stakes-winner during her juvenile season.

    O’Connell is also scheduled to saddle Stonehedge Farm’s Marrens Marvel, a homebred daughter of With Distinction. Marren’s Marvel enters the Desert Vixen off a May 11 debut victory.

    “I love her," O'Connell said. "She’s matured. She’s gotten better and better every day.” Reylu Gutierrez is slated to ride Marrens Marvel for the first time Saturday.

    O’Connell, who has saddled 2,098 winners during an enduring career, has enjoyed long-standing success in the Sire Stakes, having saddled the winners of 11 series stakes, visiting the winner’s circle with such stars as Blazing Sword, Ivanavinalot and Well Defined, who all went on to graded stakes success.

    Gary Barber’s Two Sixty looms as a serious contender in the Desert Vixen off her recent debut victory at Gulfstream, in which she shook off pressure and drew away to a four-length victory on July 6. The daughter of Uncaptured, who was purchased for $260,000 at the 2019 OBS March sale, is trained by Mark Casse, who won the 2018 Desert Vixen with Capture Your Dream. Edgard Zayas has the mount.

    Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Ms Big Spring also enters the Desert Vixen off an eye-catching maiden score. The daughter of The Big Beast, who finished third in her debut, romped by 10 ½ lengths in front-running fashion on June 30. Trainer David Fawkes gave the call to Emisael Jaramillo.

    Arindel entered Raven and Sonar, both homebred daughters of their own stallion, Brethren, in the Desert Vixen. The Oscar Gonzalez-trained Raven finished second behind Lenzi’s Lucky Lady in the Golden Isles after winning her debut for a $25,000 claiming price. Juan Alvarado-trained Sonar, who broke her maiden on May 11 in her second career start, finished fifth after setting a pressured pace in the Golden Isles. Miguel Vasquez has the mount on Raven, while Rajiv Maragh has the call on Sonar.

    The field is rounded out by All Together Stable and Gary Grant’s Bahamian Girl, who finished third in the Golden Isles; John Liviakis’ Lady Joanna, who is coming off a debut victory for a $12,500 claiming price; and Our Sugar Bear Stable’s Sweetheart Deal, a 7 ½-length winner for a $50,000 tag.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Conceived by Dan Lasater in early 70s . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH – There are 36 years of history to the Florida Sire Stakes.

    And lasting memories.

    There have been champions Holy Bull, Smile, Big Drama, Awesome Feather and Brave Raj rising to national prominence in the series. Three Ring winning the Susan’s Girl before growing into a Gr. 1 winner. There’s popular trainer Bill Kaplan heading to the Breeders’ Cup after sweeping the series with Seacliff. Could anyone deter nationally renowned sports columnist Pete Axthelm from believing Sire Stakes hero What A Cooker would win the 1991 Kentucky Derby?

    Thirty-seven years later, the Florida Sire Stakes – a series of stakes dedicated to registered Florida-bred 2-year-olds by nominated stallions – continue to thrive and inspire hope.

    “A lot of dreams come out of it,” said Terry Meyocks, who was Calder’s racing secretary the first year of the Stallion Stakes in 1982.

    Said Manny Tortora, who retired as Calder’s all-time leading trainer: “Everybody wants to win it.”

    The $1.4 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, formerly the Florida Stallion Stakes when held at Calder Race Course, kicks off Saturday at Gulfstream Park with the runnings of the Dr. Fager for 2-year-old colts and the Desert Vixen for 2-year-old fillies. The six-furlong races each carry a purse of $100,000.

    The series continues Aug. 31 with the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl, a pair of $200,000 races at seven furlongs, and culminates Sept. 28 with the In Reality and My Dear Girl, both to be staged at 1 1/16 miles and each carrying a purse of $400,000. 

    The idea for the three-pronged series was created in the late 1970s when Dan Lasater, the Ocala owner and breeder who led the nation's leading owners' list four years in succession, proposed a stakes program devoted exclusively to showcasing Florida-bred juveniles. The time was ripe,

    In 1978, Affirmed became the first Florida-bred to win the Triple Crown. Florida was established as one of the nation’s top breeding states in terms of foal production. And Calder, which opened in 1971 as South Florida’s “summer track,” was searching for an identity.

    It was a perfect storm and ultimately, Meyocks said, “It put Calder on the map.”

    While Calder couldn’t offer the kind of rich purses necessary to conduct stakes for the nation’s top older horses, its proximity to Ocala turned it into a natural haven for 2-year-olds launching their racing careers. As such, 2-year-olds dominated the South Florida racing scene.

    “Probably 60 to 70 percent of the horses on the grounds were 2-year-olds,” said Meyocks, who served as Calder racing secretary from 1979-93 and is now president of the Jockeys’ Guild. “We had 1,800 horses on the grounds and probably 1,200 of them were 2-year-olds. We ran five or six 2-year-old races a day in the fall. It saved us.”

    Most - though not all - of those 2-year-olds were Florida-breds. A few of the exceptions included eventual Kentucky Derby winners Spend a Buck and Lil E. Tee.

    But in sheer numbers alone, the Florida-breds ruled. And the Sires Stakes program gave horsemen an incentive to participate. “It kept the better 2-year-olds in Florida,” Meyocks said.

    Tortora, for one, went all-in on Florida-breds. “I did it all with Florida-breds,”he said, saddling more than 2,000 winners at Calder, nearly twice the number of the next-closest trainer, and amassing more than $34 million in purses. “All the money I made was with Florida-breds - horses that I either raised on my own, or me and my owners raised, or we bought in the sale.”

    All told, Tortora started 111 horses in the Sire Stakes from 1982-2008. He won the first In Reality (the pinnacle race in the series for colts) with Luv a Libra in 1982. His other standout winners were Boots ’n Jackie in 1992, Mecke in 1994 and Sea Emperor in ’94.

   “The Stallion Stakes is a big thing,” Tortora said. “I won my share of them.”

    The series has turned out to be a launching point for a number of future stars. Among them:

    Smile, who was trained by Frank Gomez and in 1984 became the first horse to sweep all three legs of the series. He would go on to win the Eclipse Award as the nation’s champion sprinter in 1986.

    Holy Bull, who shipped in to win the In Reality for trainer/owner Jimmy Croll in 1993, the year before he was voted the nation’s Horse of the Year.

    Big Drama, who swept the 2008 series for Harold Queen and trainer David Fawkes and went on to be named champion sprinter of 2010.

    “It was not only important to the Calder program,” Meyocks said, “but it was also important to the Florida racing industry. Sales prices jumped, which helped the breeders. It effected so many people.”

    Gulfstream, which took over the summer dates from Calder, has continued the tradition.

    Tortora, who is retired and now lives in Ocala, has fond memories of the Sire Stakes. “I miss all that,” Tortora said. “It’s big.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Rainbow surpasses $356,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s special Wednesday program will have a special bonus with a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $356,444. First race post time is 1:15 p.m.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence begins with the third race, a maiden claiming event for 2-year-olds going 5 ½ furlongs. The sequence also includes an allowance event at a mile on the turf that includes graded stakes- winner Speed Franco and stakes-winners Seismic Jolt and Art G Is Back.

     Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday returned $4,193.74.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one lucky bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.


     Wednesday’s program kicks off a five-day week and the beginning of the $1.4 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Series. Saturday’s feature races will be the $100,000 Dr. Fager for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for 2-year-old fillies.

NOTES: Sound Machine, a 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief owned by e Five Racing, won her career debut Sunday impressively under jockey Edgard Zayas while covering 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.76. Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., Sound Machine brought $500,000 at the Keeneland September Sale of 2018…Leading rider Zayas won two races on the day. Along with Sound Machine ($4) he also won aboard Sleeping Giant ($2.60) in the third…Jockey Miguel A. Vasquez won three times, winning aboard Helping Lisa D ($5.60) in the fourth race, Great Sister Diane ($8.80) in the fifth and Fujairah ($30.20) in the seventh…There was a rare double dead heat in Sunday’s final race. Karenina and Oblio’s Wish finished deadlocked for third while Mi Karlita and Regal Romance wound up in a dead heat for fifth.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Pharoah vs. Khozan at Gulfstream today . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 12th consecutive racing day Saturday, producing a carryover for today’s 11-race program of $321,360. Multiple tickets with all six winners Saturday returned $507.90.

    First race post today is 1:15 p.m. The Rainbow 6 sequence will include two maiden special weight events for 2-year-olds. One of those races, the seventh, for juvenile fillies at 7 ½ furlongs on the turf, will include the racing debut for Liraz, a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who wrested the freshman sire money lead from Khozan yesterday. Khozan had held the lead since May 11. However, Khozan still leads in the winners department with eight, one more than Tapiture and two more than Pharoah. 

    American Pharoah's money lead is slight, $358,171 to $354,157 and that could change today. When Liraz makes her debut in race 7 (she's listed at 5-1 in the morning line), she'll face Carolyn's Smile, a Khozan filly listed at 8-1. Also, Khozan will have Don't Get Khozy going in the 10th race.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one lucky bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

IMPERIAL NOTES - Diamond Oops, winner of the Gr. III Smile Sprint at Gulfstream on June 29, finished second Saturday in the $350,000, Gr. I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga. Trained by Patrick Biancone, Diamond Oops finished four lengths behind the amazing Florida-bred Imperial Hint, and another 3 1/2 ahead of Mitole, the 1/2 favorite. Mitole went into the race on a seven-race winning streak, five in stakes, including the Gr. I Met Mile in his last. 

    Imperial Hint, the 6-year-old son of former Get Away Farm stallion Imperialism, went off as the 5-1 third choice and paid a surprising $13.60. It was the first time he had not been the favorite in this country since he won the General George Stakes at Laurel Park on Feb. 18 of 2017. In that race, he was the 5/2 second choice behind Stallwalkin' Dude, the Florida-bred son of City Place who retired at the end of last year at age nine with a record of 20-12-11 in 65 starts and earnings of $1,741,397.    

    This was Imperial Hint's first start since returning from a trip to Dubai, where he finished third in the Golden Shaheen on March 30. He's now 13-2-3 in 22 lifetime starts with earnings of $2,034,155. 

STILL KISSIN - It seems like decades since Kissin Kris stood in Florida, but he still has a productive 10-year-old gelding racing at Belterra Park in Cincinnati. Kiss Sin George has earnings of $170,475 on a lifetime record of 20-6-10 in 66 starts. This year, he's 2-0-1 in three tries with earnings of $17,450. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep it going.

    Belterra has replaced dilapidated River Downs and judging by its website photos, looks pretty spectacular. It features a casino, and for us old Brooklyn boys, it's very close to the Coney Island Amusement Park. 

       


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Triple Crown winner is only $10,000 behind . . .

    It was back on May 11 that Journeyman Stud's Khozan moved into first place on the North American first-crop sire list. That was 2 1/2 months ago, and the son of Distorted Humor has been on top ever since, waking up today with eight winners and $354,157 in progeny earnings. 

    It's anybody's guess when the Khozan euphoria will end, since the stallion most horsemen assumed would be the league leader on Dec. 31 - American Pharoah with his 162 foals - has moved up to second place with earnings of $344,971, and is only two winners behind.

    Khozan has a chance to remain in the national battle if one or more of his winners show up in the soon-to-begin six races that make up the Florida Sire Stakes. The first two, the Dr. Fager for colts and geldings, and the Desert Vixen for fillies, are set for Aug. 3. Of course, by then American Pharoah may have taken over the lead. 

    Khozan still leads the Florida freshman group by a wide margin, and it's doubtful he can be caught, unless Ocala Stud's The Big Beast gets hot; but he has just two winners thus far.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Closing in on $2.9 million in earnings . . .

    Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Allen Racing LLC’s Midnight Bisou, an OBS graduate, continued her march toward a title with a victory in Saturday’s $147,000, Gr. III Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park.

    The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, trained by Steve Asmussen, is 5-for 5 this year, all in graded stakes company. After saving ground early, she slipped through on the rail in the final furlong and eased away to score by a measured length. That’s her 10th graded stakes victory, and it leaves her with a 10-3-3 career record in 16 starts and $2,870,000 in earnings.

    After breezing an under tack eighth in :10 1/5, she was purchased by Jeffrey Bloom for $80,000 out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 April Sale. 

Monday, July 22, 2019
Breezed in :47.43 at Gulfstream . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC’s Chance It, who produced the fastest Beyer Speed Figure of any 2-year-old in the country this year in his most recent start, breezed a half-mile in :47.43 seconds Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park.

    The son of Currency Swap’s tune-up for the Aug. 3 Dr. Fager, first leg of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series, was the fastest of 49 recorded at the distance. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained colt had previously fired a 47-second bullet workout on July 15.

    “He went very well,” Joseph said. “He came into our barn in great shape. Mary Lightner, who runs the syndicate that owns him, did a great job getting him ready. The first day, he was a little bad behaving, but since then, he’s done everything you’d want from a racehorse. He trains good. He looks good. He runs good.”

     Chance It finished second in his June 1 debut, then bounced back to post a brilliant 9 ¼-length triumph at Gulfstream on June 29. The Florida-bred colt won a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race in 1:03.95 while  being wrapped up in the stretch, earning a 92 Beyer.

    “We always thought he was good. You dream of that, but you have to see it first,” Joseph said. “He showed us talent, and he’s delivered what he’s shown.”

    Gunnevera Returns to Worktab at Gulfstream West - Recovered from a foot bruise that had prevented him from breezing since June 15, Margoth’s Gunnevera returned to the worktab at Gulfstream Park West Sunday morning. The 5-year-old son of Dialed In, who finished third in the $10 million Dubai World Cup March 30 in his most recent start, breezed a half-mile in 48 seconds, the fastest of six recorded at the distance.

    “I’m very happy with my horse,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “Right now, he is 100 percent.” Gunnevera, is being pointed to the Gr. I Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 3, then for a return to action in the Gr. I Woodward at the Spa on Aug. 31.

Monday, July 22, 2019
Sunday winners cash for $781 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the ninth consecutive racing day Sunday, producing a carryover jackpot of $245,975.42 for Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved July 6, when one lucky bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday were each worth $781.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Twilight program set for Friday . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the sixth consecutive racing day today, producing a carryover jackpot of $132,718.44 for Friday’s 2 p.m. twilight program at Gulfstream Park.

    The Rainbow 6 was last solved on July 6, when one lucky bettor hit for a $173,583 jackpot payoff.

    Multiple tickets with all six winners Thursday were each worth $15,918.50.

    The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

    There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $2,203.07 heading into Friday’s card
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Trainer prepped at Northwest Stud and Arindel . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Alfredo Lichoa had always been around horses, from his time as a veterinarian in Venezuela to his years spent as a farm manager and thoroughbred consultant at Northwest Stud and then Arindel Farm in Ocala. But it wasn’t until Saturday that the 56-year-old trainer recorded his first stakes victory when Lady Alida won the $75,000 Treasure Coast at odds of 18-1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                       

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

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

?               Best Entertainment

?               Best Video Poker

?               Best Promotions

?               Best Hosts

?               Best Live Racing

?               Best Grandstand

?               Best VIP Area

?               Best View

?               Best Special Events

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



Tuesday, July 2, 2019
It's his third title in the event . . .
    OLDSMAR, FL. – After Raul Mena rode two winners Sunday to finish the 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Downs meeting in a tie for fifth place with 32 victories – one more than Ademar Santos – it seemed appropriate they would duel to the finish today for the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge title in the two-day Summer Festival of Racing at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Entering the eighth and final race (in which Santos did not have a mount), Mena needed to finish third or better aboard long shot My Computer to capture the title. But after making a bold move into contention on the backstretch of the 1-mile turf event, My Computer flattened out, fading to seventh place.

    That left Santos atop the standings with 80.5 points, 3.5 ahead of Mena. It’s the third Jockeys’ Challenge title for Santos, who also won in 2014 and 2015, earning him a $2,500 bonus in addition to his share of purse money during the event.

    Mena, who rode four winners over two days – one more than Santos – collected a $1,500 bonus, while Keiber Coa, who won the eighth race on 4-year-old gelding Pure Luck, finished in third place with 54 points, earning $1,000.

    Coa and Kevin Mendez each rode two winners during the event. Points were awarded per race on an 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Monday’s card marked the official start of the 2019-2020 meeting, which resumes on Wednesday, Nov. 27. 

    Mena suffered misfortune when his entry in the fifth race, 3-year-old filly Jophiel, misbehaved before the race, forcing her to be scratched by the stewards. Had she run and finished fifth or better, Mena likely would have won the title.

    But any jockey, Mena included, will tell you such occurrences are part and parcel of the sport. And the title is especially meaningful for Santos, who had returned to action on June 19 after being sidelined two months with a broken left collarbone suffered in a spill at Woodbine in Toronto.

    “It’s a good feeling because I came back from my injury and proved I’m the same jockey,” said Santos, a 43-year-old Rio de Janeiro product. “You’re always concerned about people thinking you might be a little scared after an injury, but that’s not the case. I actually think I came back stronger.”

    Santos, who plans to ride this summer at Delaware Park and Woodbine, got off to a quick start Monday by winning two of the first four races, one in a dead-heat. “I got a little lucky and he (Mena) didn’t get the luck,” Santos said. “You need to have the horses under you, and I tried to ride every race the same and give 110 percent on every horse.”

    Santos and the 5-year-old mare Hint of Mary shared the victory in the second race on the turf with 3-year-old filly Mallie Cramp and jockey Gilberto Laiz. Hint of Mary is owned by her breeder, Richard Sherman, and trained by Johnny Collins, while Mallie Cramp is owned by John E. Roberts and trained by Karyn Philipp. Santos also scored in the fourth race on Dorothyfromdublin, a 5-year-old mare owned by Ridenjac Racing and trained by Monte Thomas.

    Santos was quick to credit his wife and agent, Rose Miranda, who handled his bookings during the two-day event. “She contributed maybe 95 percent here to my success,” he said. “I had double calls in some races, and she got me on the right horses.”

    After seemingly being left in the dust following his scratch in the fifth race, Mena rebounded by taking the next two races. He won the sixth on the turf on Zacapa Run, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Saira Rodas Flores and trained by Jacob Palacios Molina, and added the seventh aboard Mancora, a 3-year-old Florida-bred filly owned by GOP Racing Stable and trained by Gerard Ochoa.



Friday, June 28, 2019
Rainbow 6 hit for $3.1 million . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved for a jackpot payoff of $3,151,249 at Gulfstream Park Thursday. The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for 52 consecutive racing days. The winning combination was 4-8-7-3-2-4.

     A total of $347,510 was bet into the Rainbow 6 Thursday, when wagering on the six-race sequence started with a carryover of $2,873,391 from Sunday’s program. The Rainbow 6 will start anew today, spanning Races 4-9.

MILESTONES FOR TRAINER D'ANGELO, JOCKEY MARTINEZ  

    Trainer Jose D’Angelo saddled his first winner in the U.S. at Gulfstream Thursday, when Beach Dreaming ($5.40) put him in the winner’s circle following a 2 ¼-length victory in Race 5. Beach Dreaming, who was ridden by Leonel Reyes, defeated eight $12,500 claimers in his first start since being claimed by owner/trainer D’Angelo. He only had the luxury of the single victory, however, because the son of Treasure Beach was claimed away from him by Barry Rose for the same $12,500.

    “I’m from Venezuela. I was the champion last year,” D’Angelo said. “I’ve been training for five years. My dad [Francisco D’Angelo] was a champion trainer in Venezuela. He’s come to Miami for four years. I decided to come to Miami with my father and start training here.”

    D’Angelo, who currently trains eight horses, finished second with his first two starters in the U.S.  The first runner-up finish came in the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Gulfstream with Venezuela-based Forze Mau in the Copa Velocidad. His first starter since relocating to Gulfstream Park, Cocktail Skirt, finished second by a nose in a $12,500 claiming race on June 8.

    One race earlier on the card, 10-pound apprentice Gaddiel Martinez notched his first career victory in race 4. The 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico guided Respondingtoglobal ($25.20) to a two-length score in the mile race for $10,000 maiden claimers.  Martinez made his first trip to the winner’s circle on his 19th mount in the U.S. after going winless on 96 mounts at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico.

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Sequence begins at 4:49 . . .
    LAUREL, MD – Along with a $100,000 guaranteed pool and industry-low 12-percent takeout, Friday’s Stronach 5 will feature four turf races from Gulfstream Park and Laurel Park.

    The sequence begins at 4:49 p.m. with a one-mile turf event from Laurel with a dozen fillies and mares going to post followed by a 7 ½-furlong turf event for fillies and mares at Gulfstream. After returning to Laurel for a 5 ½-furlong turf event for maiden fillies, the lone dirt race will be contested at Gulfstream at 6 ½ furlongs for 3-year-olds and up with a claiming tag of $50,000. The sequence ends with Gulfstream’s ninth race with a dozen maiden claimers going 7 ½ furlongs on the turf.

     Free Past Performances:

            http://www.laurelpark.com/sites/www.laurelpark.com/files/Stronach_5_June_28.pdf

Friday’s races and sequence

·         Leg One – Laurel Park, 8th Race: (12 entries, one mile, turf) 4:49 ET.

·         Leg Two –Gulfstream Park, 7th Race: (10 entries, 7 ½ furlongs, turf) 5:28 ET.

·         Leg Three –Laurel Park, 10th Race: (11 horses, 5 ½ furlongs, turf) 5:55 ET.

·         Leg Four – Gulfstream Park, 8th Race: (9 entries, 6 ½ furlongs) 6:02 ET.

·         Leg Five –Gulfstream Park, 9th Race: (12 entries, 7 ½ furlongs, turf) 6:34 ET.


 

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.

If a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.


 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Gulfstream carryover nearing $3 million . . .

    Pick 6 players who have the determination and a bankroll to match have a chance for life-changing opportunities today and tomorrow at Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park and Churchill Downs.

    At Belmont today, the Pick 6 carryover stands at $500,311, and that's a regular pool, not a Rainbow.

    Tomorrow, there are two lucrative Rainbows, the big one of $2,873,391 at Gulfstream and $294,725 at Churchill.

Monday, June 24, 2019
Major event coming up this weekend . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fl - There has never been a shortage of searing heat in South Florida summers. At one time, though, sizzle was lacking. At least when it came to summer racing. No track understood that better at one time than Calder Race Course, which once held the summer dates for decades.

     “It was kind of dead,” said former Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn. “We were isolated. We were racing with what we had. Nobody was shipping in to sweat.”

     While the track enjoyed a strong reputation as a launching pad for future racing stars — from Kentucky Derby winners Spend A Buck and Lil E. Tee to divisional champions Smile and Princess Rooney — it lacked the kind of signature event that would bring it national recognition, one that would turn it into a drawing card for the country’s top horses, trainers and jockeys.

     That all changed in 2000 when Calder launched the “Summit of Speed,” a one-day program devoted exclusively to high-octane sprinters racing for eye-popping purses. It proved to be a stroke of genius, an instant hit that has endured to this day.

     After the Summit of Speed was cancelled in 2014 while racing dates in South Florida were realigned, Gulfstream picked up the five stakes races and will once again host one of Florida’s biggest days of summer racing Saturday featuring the $250,000 Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ Princess Rooney (G2) and $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3).

     “It’s become a big day for us,” said Gulfstream General Manager Bill Badgett. “Our program on Summit of Speed Day has been incredibly strong and the events surrounding it have only grown over the past five years. We’re looking forward to a big day.”

     The Summit of Speed was launched through the collective efforts of three of Calder’s former officials: Dunn, head of marketing Mike Cronin, and its racing secretary, the late Bob Umphrey. Together, they brought national attention and respect to a “little old country track” that went largely unnoticed in the summer.

     “It put us in the limelight,” said David Fawkes, whose horses have enjoyed success in the Summit of Speed.

     Dunn said Calder officials had looked for a summer spark for years, something before the Florida Stallion Stakes (now FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes) in August and before northern trainers began shipping their horses south to spice up the fall and winter racing seasons.

     “I wanted to do something to get a little interest at the beginning of the meet,” Dunn said.

     They tried something called “June Jam,” a one-day program of stakes that met with mild success, but nothing on the grand scale South Florida officials were longing for.

     “We started looking around the country and looked for a category that wasn’t filled,” Dunn said.

     In their quest to create a unique event, they ruled out races restricted to 3-year-olds (the Triple Crown erased that prospect) or turf specialists (the summer rainy season in South Florida made that a gamble). Major races already existed elsewhere for older, handicap horses.

     Ultimately, they settled on sprinters. And to help pull it off, they gambled big, offering $1 million in total purses, an unthinkable amount of money for a track was that was accustomed to carding $50,000 weekend stakes during the summer.

     Cronin came up with the name: Summit of Speed.

     “We had a little bit of an issue initially convincing the local horsemen,” Dunn said. “We were taking all this money that they would have rather seen spread out in $50s and $75s,” Dunn said. “There was a battle, initially. But we convinced them that, ultimately, it would be to their benefit. Ultimately, it would be beneficial to them if we were successful.”

     Recalled Fawkes: “I remember all the grumbling about the out-of-towners coming in for all that purse money. I would go to the HBPA (office) in the morning and some of the guys were disappointed. But, at the same time, it gave us an opportunity.”

     Money alone, though, wasn’t enough to convince national trainers to send their top horses all the way to South Florida — far off the beaten racing path in the summer months — for a crack at riches.

     Because of its deep and tiring racing surface, Calder had to overcome its reputation as a track that put first-time runners — horses not used to such going — at a disadvantage. There was also the formidable obstacle of the shipping expense required to transport horses to Calder from distant points.

     Calder waged an aggressive recruiting effort to convince out-of-town trainers that it was worth the effort. Umphrey and Dunn made pilgramages to California, New York and elsewhere to pitch their plan to horsemen in person. They also offered to pay shipping expenses.

     D. Wayne Lukas was one trainer, among many, who had reservations after being approached.

     “The one thing about it is they were offering big purses,” Lukas said. “They were very appealing. At the time, we didn’t have a lot of pure sprint stakes to choose from. But the heat factor was a little bit of a concern.”

     In the end, Calder succeeded. The horses and jockeys came. And they won. Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day rode two winners for trainer Bernie Flint — Hurricane Bertie and Swept Away — in the inaugural running on July 15, 2000, and the track set a one-day handle record.

     Over time, Lukas, Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, Mark Hennig, Steve Asmussen and Dale Romans — among others — sent sprinters to Calder that landed in the winner’s circle. Day, Jerry Bailey, Mike Smith, Russell Baze, Jorge Chavez, Edgar Prado, Kent Desormeaux and Corey Nakatani were among the host of nationally acclaimed jockeys who flew down to ride.

     Local trainers, despite their initial reservations, also came out ahead. Dunn calculated that, at one time, more than 50 percent of all purse money that was awarded ended up going to horsemen stabled at Calder. This year, more South Florida-based trainers will compete in the Princess Rooney (G2) and Smile (G3) than ever before.

     Summit winners such as Lost in the Fog, Orientate, Benny the Bull and Big Drama went on to capture the year-end Eclipse Award as the nation’s champion sprinter.

     Summit of Speed stakes were accorded Graded-stakes status — the best of the best — and the Princess Rooney has become a ‘Win & You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup event.

     “Nobody, when we started this, would have ever thought there would be a (graded stakes) at Calder in the middle of the summer,” Dunn said. “We got national exposure. Even the first year, it did what we wanted it to do — generate some excitement when there wasn’t any.”

     And that continues 19 years later.


 
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Consolations pay $84,316 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot ballooned to $2,616,516 for Friday’s twilight card when the multi-race wager went unsolved today for the 49th consecutive program. First-race post time for Friday’s nine-race program is set for 2:15 p.m.

    Tickets will all six winners today were each worth $84,316.34. A total of $301,185 was bet into the pool, when wagering on the six-race sequence started with a carryover of $2,544,245 from Sunday’s program.

    There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $7,420.61 heading into Friday’s program.

JARAMILLO CLOSES GAP:

    Emisael Jaramillo rode three winners on the program to climb to within six wins behind leading jockey Edgard Zayas with seven racing days remaining in the Spring Meet. Jaramillo, Venezuela’s all-time leading jockey in wins, scored three straight victories aboard Una Luna ($5.40) in Race 5, Amardine ($4.60) in Race 6 and Hardened ($12.60) in Race 7.

    Zayas notched one victory aboard Slingin Sammy B ($6) in Race
1.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Best sprinters converge for $1 million in purses . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Summit of Speed, Gulfstream’s $1 million day featuring the best sprinters in North America, will also feature some of the fastest and most prestigious automobiles in the world, as well as an exclusive VIP Experience in the elegant Flamingo Room overlooking the track.

    The $14 million Supercar Showcase will feature automobiles from Prestige Imports, including the Pagani and Lamborghini, plus two official NASCAR vehicles from Homestead-Miami Speedway. The automobiles will be parked around Gulfstream’s signature walking ring, north valet, and at the North Tent along the track.           

    The Summit of Speed features five stakes races including the $250,000, Gr. II Princess Rooney, a ‘Win & You’re In’ for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

    Doors open at 10 a.m. The first of 14 races will be 11:30 a.m.

    Along with fast cars and fast horses, Gulfstream will offer guests the Prestige Imports Performance Lounge, an Exclusive VIP Experience in the elegant Flamingo Room overlooking the track, between 2-7 p.m. The Prestige Imports Performance Lounge will include an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations, live music and front-row seats to the races for $95. Prestige guests will also have a VIP parking area and a chance to win a complimentary VIP Suite for up to 10 people with a $500 food and beverage credit.

    The Summit of Speed has hosted a number of champions, including Musical Romance, Orientate, Lost in the Fog, Benny the Bull and Big Drama.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Sells for $900,000 . . .

    Hip No. 748, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, went to OXO Equine LLC for a sale record $900,000 to top the third and final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly, who turned in a quarter in :20 4/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is a full sister to Gr. I stakes-placed Rowayton out of Rosemonde, by Indian Charlie. The price surpassed the previous record of $800,000 for a colt by City Zip in 2016.

    Hip No. 914, a daughter of Ghostzapper consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent for Eric A. Delvalle, was sold to Donato Lanni, Agent for Stetson Racing LLC, for $600,000. The bay filly, whose three eighths on Sunday in :32 3/5 was the sale’s co-fastest at the distance, is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Come Dancing out of graded stakes-winner Tizahit, by Tiznow.

    Nick J. Hines, Agent for Howg/BG Stable/Big Tufff, paid $325,000 for Hip No. 782, a son of Into Mischief consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter in :21 1/5 on Saturday, is out of graded stakes-placed Sea Level Drive, by Malibu Moon, a half-sister to stakes-placed Cascade Rose.

    Hip No. 721, Sunset Kitten, a daughter of Kitten’s Joy consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was sold to Belladonna Racing LLC for $290,000. The dark bay or brown filly, who worked a quarter on Saturday in :21 2/5, is a full sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Real Solution out of Reachfortheheavens, by Pulpit.

    Hip No. 947, a son of Speightstown consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was purchased by David Ingordo for $180,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed a quarter on Sunday in :21 2/5, is a half-brother to Gr. I stakes- winning millionaire and OBS graduate Stephanie’s Kitten out of Unfold the Rose, by Catienus.

    Emerald Sales, Agent, went to $160,000 for Hip No. 869, Dontletsweetfoolya, a bay filly by Stay Thirsty consigned by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables LLC, Agent. Out of Stunning Electra, by Catienus, from the family of  Gr. I stakes-winner Astrious, she breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Sunday.

    Hip No. 724, a daughter of Conveyance consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to Rockingham Ranch for $150,000. The gray or roan filly, who breezed a quarter on Saturday in :20 4/5, is out of stakes- placed Rebecca’s Surprise, by Marino Marini, from the family of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Monica Faye.

    Hip No. 995, Hard Times, a bay colt by Khozan consigned by Journeyman Bloodstock Services, Inc. (Brent & Crystal Fernung), Agent, went to Tommy Fackler, Agent, for $150,000. Out of Wontoo, by Montbrook, from the family of Gr. I winner Elmhurst, he worked an eighth on Sunday in :10 flat.

    Hip No. 1051, a son of Shackleford consigned by Pick View LLC, was sold to EQB, Inc., Patrice Miller, Agent, for $145,000. The bay colt, who breezed a quarter on Sunday in :21 1/5, is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed stakes- winner Safe Trip out of Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest.

    Ben Perkins, Jr., Agent, went to $140,000 for Hip No. 949, a daughter of Khozan consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent.  The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Sunday, is out of Unwooed, by Dixie Union, a half-sister to graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Voice of Destiny.

    Hip No. 865, a son of New Year’s Day consigned by Parrish Farms, Agent, was sold to K.O.I.D. Co., Ltd. for $130,000. The chestnut colt, who worked a quarter in :21 flat on Sunday, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Stormy Embrace out of Stormy Allure, by Stormy Atlantic.

    For the session, 183 horses sold for $7,426,100, compared with 183 selling for $5,824,500 at last year’s third session. The average was $40,580, up 27.5% compared with $31,828 a year ago, while the median price rose 30.8% to $17,000, compared to $13,000 in 2018.  The buyback percentage was 17.2%; it was 22.8% last year.

    Nine older horses sold for $69,200 compared to five bringing a total of $96,500 in 2018.

    For the entire sale, 609 2-year-olds sold for $21,493,300 compared with 530 horses grossing $17,231,000 a year ago. The average was $35,293, up 8.6% compared to $32,511 a year ago, while the median price was $17,000, up 13.3% compared with $15,000 in 2018. The buyback percentage was 19.4%; it was 20.3% last year.

Friday, June 14, 2019
Sales pass $7.3 million . . .

  Hip No. 653, a daughter of Ghostzapper consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Backstretch Farms Inc. for $445,000 to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly, whose eighth in :9 4/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session was co-fastest at the distance, is out of graded stakes-winner Palanka City, by Carson City, a full sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Quick Action.

    Nick J. Hines, Agent, went to $260,000 for Hip No. 672, a gray or roan colt by Graydar consigned by Costanzo Sales, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Saturday. The gray or roan colt is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed Zulfikhar out of stakes-placed Pink Diamond, by Mineshaft.

    Hip No. 572, a son of Uncle Mo consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, went to East Hickman Bloodstock for $255,000. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed an eighth on Friday in :10 flat, is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed Sawyer’s Mill out of Gr. I stakes-placed Modification, by Vindication.

    Hip No. 457, a daughter of More Than Ready consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was sold to Mike Ryan, Agent, for $225,000. The dark bay or brown filly, who worked an eighth in :10 flat on Friday, is out of stakes-winner Knit One Purr Two, by Tale of the Cat, from the family of graded stakes- winner With Distinction.

    McMahon and Hill Bloodstock, Agent, went to $210,000 for Hip No. 438, a son of Tiznow consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent. The bay colt, who turned in a quarter in :21 2/5 on Friday, is out of graded stakes-winner Juanita, by Mineshaft.

    Hip No 437, a son of Tiznow consigned by Twin Oaks Training Center, Agent, was purchased for $200,000 by Calumet Farm. The gray or roan colt, who worked an eighth on Friday in :10 3/5, is out of J. Quirk, by Unbridled’s Song, a half-sister to stakes-placed Srikinglybeautiful.

    Hip No. 634, a daughter of Carpe Diem consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, was sold to Batchelor Family Trust for $200,000. The chestnut filly is a half-sister to newly graded stakes-placed Third Day, third in Keeneland’s Gr. III Ben Ali Sakes on April 13, out of stakes-winner Onebadkitty, by Street Cry (IRE), a full sister to stakes-winner Jaws N’ Paws.

    Larry Zap, Agent for Joseph Ciaglia, Jr., went to $180,000 for Hip No. 609, a dark bay or brown colt by Raison d’Etat whose quarter on Friday in :20 4/5 was the session’s co-fastest. Consigned by Hoppel’s Horse & Cattle Co., Inc., Agent, he’s out of Neith, by Dynaformer, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Lady Chace.

    Hip No. 388, a daughter of Adios Charlie consigned by Ocala Stud, went to Hal Queen for $160,000. The gray or roan filly, whose quarter in :20 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is a half-sister to stakes-placed Angel’s Tune out of Holiday Tune, by Concorde’s Tune, a half- sister to graded stakes-winner R Holiday Mood.

    For the session, 202 horses sold for a total of $7,359,700, compared with 168 selling for a total of $4,765,500 at last year’s second session. The average was $36,434, up 28.4% from $28,366 a year ago, while the median price was $17,500, up 34.6% from $13,000 in 2018.  The buyback percentage was 25.7%; it was 20% last year.

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Consigned by Pick View LLC . . .

    Hip No. 277, a son of Tapit consigned by Pick View LLC, Agent, went to M Racing for $400,000 to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The chestnut colt, a half-brother to multiple Gr. I stakes-winner Verrazano, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is out of Enchanted Rock, by Giant’s Causeway.

    Hip No. 254, a son of Distorted Humor consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Team Casse, Agent, for $290,000. The bay colt, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was the fastest at the distance at Thursday’s Under Tack session, is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Out for a Spin out of Driven, by Forestry.

    Phil & Christine Hatfield paid $280,000 for Hip No. 256, a daughter of Constitution consigned by Potrero Stables. The bay filly, who worked a quarter in :21 flat on Thursday, is a half-sister to stakes- winner Molto Bella out of Gr. I stakes-winning OBS June graduate Dr. Zic, by Milwaukee Brew, the very first horse purchased by Marette Farrell Bloodstock.

    Hip No. 100, a son of Daredevil consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, was sold to Reddam Racing LLC for $245,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose quarter at Wednesday’s Under Tack session in :20 3/5 was the sale’s co-fastest at the distance, is out of Bible, by U S Ranger, from the family of Gr. I stakes-winner Corinthian.

    Hip No. 186, Hospitality, a daughter of Quality Road consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was purchased by Emerald Sales for Tobey L. Morton / John C. Kimmel, for $230,000. The bay filly, who worked an eighth on Wednesday in :10 flat, is a half-sister to stakes-winner Giza Goddess out of Comfort and Joy, by Harlan’s Holiday.

    Hip No. 40, a son of Race Day consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, went to Marc Tacher for $170,000. The gray or roan colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat at Wednesday’s Under Tack session, is out of Annabird, by Flower Alley, a half-sister to Gr. I stakes-placed stakes-winner Achiever’s Legacy.

    For the session, 187 horses grossed $6,119,500, compared with 179 selling for a total of $6,641,100 at last year’s first session. The average was $32,725 compared with $37,101 a year ago, while the median price was $20,000, up from $18,000 in 2018.  The buyback percentage was 28.9%; it was 17.9.% last year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Journeyman stallion leads in Florida, and the country . . .

    A couple of months ago, Journeyman Stud owners Brent and Crystal Fernung predicted - in print -  that Khozan would wind up being Florida's leading freshman sire at the end of this year. If not, the first 25 breeders who sent mares to him during the current breeding season would not have to pay the $4,000 stud fee. At this early juncture of the juvenile season, they Fernungs look pretty safe.

    Not only has Khozan opened up a substantial lead in the limited Florida race, he's also well on top against every frosh sire in the country. A couple of winners over the weekend at Gulfstream have given the son of Distorted Humor five already and nobody else on the list has more than three. As far as the money list is concerned, his $250,460 in progeny earnings dwarfs that of early runner-up Frac Daddy's $106,305, and the $94,879 of third-place American Pharoah, the pre-season favorite based on the outrageous number of registered mares (162) listed next to his name.  

    Khozan, with 73 registered mares, took over the national money lead on May 11, so it's been just over one month. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep it. The Florida title appears to be a slam dunk, unless another sire goes bananas somewhere along the way, like Ocala Stud's The Big Beast (63).  

    NOT SO OBJECTIVE - TVG is supposed to be an objective group, although its coverage of the California tracks is overwhelming most of the time. But there are other areas where there is no excuse for leaning one way or another - everybody should get an equal shot. On Saturday, prior to the Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont, every analyst on the broadcast picked against Midnight Bisou, which is fine. 

    However, after Midnight Bisou won the race, my friend Todd Schrupp threw in that she was a Keeneland Sales graduate. Keeneland, of course, is a major sponsor on TVG, and the analysts have an obligation to mention their sales horses. That's also fine. But that doesn't mean that they should be ignoring the other companies, and in this case, it was a serious blunder. 

    Midnight Bisou was entered by Woodford Thoroughbreds in the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2016 and did not get sold. She was a $19,000 RNA. Woodford sent her back in the 2017 OBS April sale and she was purchased for $80,000 by Jeffrey Bloom, now listed as a co-owner. So to call her a "Keeneland Sales graduate" doesn't do the story justice and gives viewers a distorted picture of her sales background. TVG's obligation should be impartial in that regard. 

    If TVG wants to pump up Keeneland whenever it can in response to advertising dollars, good. But to ignore the other companies in relevant situations such as the one above is wrong. 

    GETTING WORSE - The dire situation of short fields - everywhere - is clearly evident today when checking over the program at Belmont Park. There are five entered in races 1 and 3, race 2 has six, and races 5 and 7 have seven. That's 30 horses for five races. And it doesn't appear to be getting any better - anywhere. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Gulfstream - $2.28 million, Santa Anita - $1.16 million . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - For the 44th consecutive day, Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved, leaving a carryover of $2,288,399 when racing resumes Thursday with a 1:15 p.m. first race post.

    Multiple winning tickets Sunday returned $4,105 on a day when there was $251,125 of new money put into the Rainbow 6. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover Thursday of $3,730.

     Thursday’s sequence kicks off with the fourth race, a $10,000 maiden claimer for fillies and mares going one mile on the main track. Also included will be two one-mile turf events for Florida-bred maidens.

      The opportunity for a major Stronach two-track score is still alive, since Santa Anita's jackpot carryover has reached $1,161,294. 
Monday, June 10, 2019
Strong Belmont week performances . . .

    It's been a while since I checked in on Mike Mulligan's Betbestbreeze.com to see how his rated sales juveniles from the last couple of years have been faring lately. Turns out, Belmont week with all its stakes action around the country, provided the perfect opportunity.

    For a quick refresher, Mike attends every 2-year-old sale in the country and evaluates what he sees during the under tack sessions. He rates the juveniles on a scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being the best, and of the approximately 3,000 who work for prospective buyers at OBS, South Florida, Maryland, Kentucky, California, etc., only about 25 percent receive one of Mike's preferred ratings. After watching the works, and evaluating each horse, Mike somehow gathers all the information and miraculously has his ratings out in book form in time for the opening sales session. I don't know how he does it.  

    Mike's ratings are listed on Betbestbreeze.com each day in three categories - First-time starters, other BBB scored horses in the entries, and stakes horses. Naturally, at this juncture, while we wait for a new batch from the recent 2-year-old sales, the number of first-time starters is very sparse, and the category 2 horses have pretty much shown what they're made of. What makes the selections stand out is the overwhelming success of the rated horses in stakes competition, and the past weekend's results are eye-opening.  

    It began on Thursday, when Significant Form won the Gr. III Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont Park, and Taylor's Spirit the $65,000 Panther Stakes at Prairie Meadows. Significant Form (a 3 rating) was a $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling, then a $575,000 OBS April 2-year-old. She's a three-time stakes-winner after just nine starts, and won the Gr. III Miss Grillo as a maiden in her second career start. 

    Taylor's Spirit (a 1 rating) was an $80,000 OBS April product and this was her fifth stakes victory. She's 6-2-1 in 11 starts overall with earnings of $230,730.

    On Friday, Fore Left (6 rating) was much the best in Belmont's first 2-year-old stakes, the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont, winning by 4 1/2 lengths. He had won his debut at Santa Anita clocked in :51.58 for the 4 1/2 furlongs, just three-fifths off the track record. The Twirling Candy colt has earned $126,000 in his two tries and OBS March buyers missed the boat - he was a $145,000 RNA. 

    An earlier highlight on Friday came in Belmont's first race when first-timer Double Orb (6 rated) won and paid $27.80. Coupled with Ahead of Plan (rated 1), the exacta paid $70.

    Saturday turned out to be a very special day for three special BBB runners at Belmont Park. First, Majid won the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes, then Midnight Bisou won the $700,000 Ogden Phipps, followed by Mitole's sharp score in the fabled Met Mile, with its purse of $1.2 million.

    Majid (rated 9) was a $295,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old. After finishing fifth twice last year, he has now run off four victories in a row this season and has earned $171,805.

    Midnight Bisou (rated 8) was a bargain $80,000 OBS April product. She is 4-for-4 this year, has won five of her last six, and is 9-3-3 in 15 starts lifetime, with earnings of $2,780,000. She's won four Gr. I's, three Gr. II's and two Gr. III's and broke her maiden in the Gr. II Santa Ynez Stakes. 

    Mitole (rated 6) won one of the biggest tests in racing in the Gr. I Met Mile. The $140,000 OBS April 2-year-old has won seven straight and is 8-2-1 in 11 starts lifetime with earnings of $1,642,910. He won the Met by three-quarters of a length over 8/5 favorite McKinzie, clocked in 1:32.75 for the mile; the track record is 1:32.24. 

    Other Saturday highlights: First-timer Glamour Gal (8) won at Arlington Park and paid $28.20; Nitrous (1) came from last place to finish second by a neck at Belmont in the $400,000, Gr. I  Woody Stephens Stakes at odds of 17-1; Jeltrin (4), the Davona Dale winner at $105, finished third at 46-1 in Belmont's Gr. I Acorn; Lady Grace (2) was third at odds of 20-1 in the $100,000 William D. Graham Memorial at Woodbine; and Factorofwon (6) was second in the $75,000 Unbridled Elaine Stakes at Monmouth Park. 

    Also: Gold Standard (3), a $1.2 million Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old, broke his maiden by 7 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs; and Miss That Kat (6) looked like she was being pulled out of the race after half a mile and amazingly recovered and came back to win by a neck at Santa Anita.  

    Finally, on Sunday, Art G Is Back (3) won the $75,000 Thirty Fish Stakes at Gulfstream; Mucho Amor (1) finished second by a neck in the $50,000 Kent Stakes at Emerald Downs; first-timer Robin'sblinddeal (8) won at Gulfstream and paid $10.60; first-timer Alphalfa (5) finished second by a head at Belmont at odds of 8-1; and The Sinner Is You (3) won at Belmont and paid $7 - with 11-1 Prince Halo (5) second, the exacta paid $80. 

    Pretty impressive four-day span for BBB.
 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Carryover surpasses $2.1 million . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - A 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot of $2,146,645 will only add to the excitement Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where a 12-race live program will be run in conjunction with Florida’s best Belmont Stakes watch party.The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot went unsolved for the 42nd consecutive racing day today, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $706.

    Saturday’s first-race post time is set for 12:35 p.m. First post for Belmont’s 13-race program with eight Gr.1 stakes is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. Silks, Gulfstream’s simulcast facility, will open at 10:30 a.m.  Gulfstream will offer a watch party in Ten Palms and souvenir glasses featuring the Belmont Jewel for $12 throughout the property.

    A total of $202,606 was bet into the Rainbow 6, when wagering on the six-race sequence started with a carryover of $2,095,629 from Thursday’s program.

    Saturday’s sequence will span Races 7-12, highlighted by the $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up carded as Race 10.

Itsmyluckycharm Returns to Winning Form 

    Her streak of five straight first-place finishes broken in the Honey Ryder last time out, Itsmyluckycharm returned to winning form at Friday, romping to a six-length triumph in the $75,000 Portofino Bay Stakes.

    Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. for his wife, Laurie, Itsmyluckycharm received a ground-saving trip under Albin Jimenez to prevail over five rivals in the seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies that was transferred from the turf course to the sloppy main track. “She sat pretty good for me. When I saw the horse in front of me going out, I saw a big hole, so I said, ‘Why not?’ Jimenez said. “She was just waiting for me to ask her.”

    Itsmyluckycharm, the 6-5 favorite, settled a few lengths off pacesetter Jolie Bay, who was pressed by Sweet Hitch Hiker and stalked on the outside by Devious Charm. Jolie Bay showed the way into the stretch while drifting to the outside, providing Itsmyluckycharm more than enough room to launch her winning drive. Devious Charm edged Sweet Hitch Hiker for second.

    The versatile Itsmyluckycharm, a daughter of the Plesa-trained Itsmyluckyday, registered her sixth career victory and third on a dirt surface while running seven furlongs in 1:23.25. Prior to the Honey Ryder, she won four straight races before finishing first and being disqualified for interference.

Thursday, June 6, 2019
First post is 12:35 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park will play host to Florida’s biggest and best Belmont Stakes Watch Party Saturday with food and drink specials, music, raffles, games and more.

    First race post at Gulfstream is 12:35 p.m. Belmont Park’s first race post will be 11:35 a.m.

    Silks will open at Gulfstream at 10:30 a.m.  Advance wagering will be available Friday at Gulfstream on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes program.

    The $1.5 million Belmont Stakes is expected to attract as many as a dozen starters, including Preakness winner War of Will, ridden by South Florida native Tyler Gaffalione.

    Gulfstream’s Flamingo Room, located on the third floor overlooking the track, will offer racegoers a Watch Party for $35+tax which includes food stations, horse racing raffle, casino free play, DJ, games and more. For an additional $25 partygoers will have bottomless bubbly.

    Fans will be able to purchase the popular Belmont Jewel in a Souvenir glass for $12 throughout the property. The Belmont Jewel is a refreshing mix of bourbon, lemonade and pomegranate juice.

    In Ten Palms Restaurant, also overlooking Gulfstream’s track, patrons will be offered a $59 buffet with a grilled carving station featuring roasted prime rib, roasted turkey and honey glazed ham, a hot food station with roasted chicken and vegetables and Seafood Cioppino, and crispy shrimp and calamari and crab, potato, Caesar and spring mix sala
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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Consigned by Ciaran Dunne . . .



Hip No. 100, a son of Daredevil consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, breezed a quarter in :20 3/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at the first session of the Under Tack Show for Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 June Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Bible, by U S Ranger, from the family of grade one stakes winner Corinthian.

Hip No. 199, a chestnut filly by City Zip consigned by Mark White, Agent, turned in the session’s fastest eighth, stopping the timer in :9 4/5. She’s out of Court Appeal, by Candy Ride (ARG), a half sister to grade one stakes winner Mani Bhavan.

Two horses worked quarters in :20 4/5.

Hip No. 46, My Little Rose, a chestnut filly by Field Commission consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds, Agent, is out of Arabian Rose, by Saint Anddan, from the family of champion Star de Naskra.

Hip No. 172, Ladies Luv Munny, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is a chestnut filly by Can the Man out of Circle the World, by Munnings, from the family of grade one winner Circular Quay.
There were three quarters in :21 flat.

Hip No. 82, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is a bay filly by Majesticperfection out of Beautiful Greeley, by Mr. Greeley, a half sister to stakes placed Srikinglybeautiful from the family of horse of the year Tiznow.

Hip No. 183, Mighty Fast, a dark bay or brown colt by Flat Out consigned by Azpurua Stables, Agent, is a half brother to stakes placed Provincial out of Colonial Review, by Pleasant Colony, a full sister to graded stakes winner Dance Colony.

Hip No. 192, a bay colt by Competitive Edge consigned by Brick City Thoroughbreds, is a half brother to graded stakes winner Globetrotter out of Cool Slew, by Seattle Slew.
Four horses worked quarters in :21 1/5.

Hip No. 26, consigned by Team Work Racing Corp., Agent, is a chestnut filly by Biondetti out of All Thrill, by Gulf Storm, from the family of millionaire graded stakes winning OBS graduate Duke of Mischief.

Hip No. 50, a dark bay or brown colt by Uncaptured consigned by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables LLC, Agent, is out of Arrumosis, by Hold Me Back, from the family of stakes winner Dancing Dreams.

Hip No. 116, a bay colt Lemon Drop Kid consigned by Whitman Sales LLC, Agent, is out of Bourbonstateofmind, by Street Sense, a half sister to grade one stakes placed Ginger Pop.

Hip No. 204, Maclean’s Legacy, a chestnut colt by Maclean’s Music consigned by Race Ready Sales (Michael Caraman), Agent, is a half brother to graded stakes placed Great Point out of Crafty Queen, by Crafty Prospector.
There were nine eighths in :10 flat.

Hip No. 37, Lil Bro, a dark bay or brown colt by Fury Kapcori consigned by Craig L. Wheeler, Agent, is a half brother to graded stakes winner Areyoutalkintome out of Andrea Gail, by Storm Bird.

Hip No. 40, a gray or roan colt by Race Day consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is out of Annabird, by Flower Alley, a half sister to grade one stakes placed stakes winner Achiever’s Legacy.

Hip No. 45, a bay filly by Carpe Diem consigned by Eddie Woods, is a half sister to stakes placed Aquamarine out of April True, by Yes It’s True.

Hip No. 56, consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, is a bay filly by Super Ninety Nine out of Atlantic Tide, by Stormy Atlantic, a daughter of stakes winning OBS graduate Scapade.

Hip No. 101, a chestnut filly by Fast Anna consigned by Craig L. Wheeler, Agent, is a half sister to stakes placed Big Bobby Brown out of Big Brown Kitty, by Big Brown, a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Flashy Ways.

Hip No. 153, consigned by Kings Equine, Agent, is a dark bay or brown colt by Bernardini out of Causeway Lady, by Giant’s Causeway, a daughter of millionaire graded stakes winner Mystic Lady.

Hip No. 170, a dark bay or brown filly by Commissioner consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, is out of Chosen Road, by Quality Road, a half sister to graded stakes winner Lemon Maid.

Hip No. 186, Hospitality, a bay filly by Quality Road consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is a half sister to stakes winner Giza Goddess out of Comfort and Joy, by Harlan’s Holiday.

Hip No. 210, a chestnut colt by Competitive Edge consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent, is a half brother to stakes placed OBS graduate Crystal Rosario out of Crystal Image, by Halo’s Image, a full sister to graded stakes placed OBS graduate Izzie’s Halo.

Hip No. 77, a dark bay or brown colt by Global Response consigned by Victory Stable, Agent, breezed the day’s fastest three eighths, clocked in :34 flat. He’s out of stakes winner Bay Street Gal, by Marco Bay, from the family of grade one stakes winning millionaire OBS graduate Midnight Bisou.

Hip No. 71, a chestnut filly by Verrazano consigned by 30-30 Ranch worked a half mile, timed in :47 flat. She’s out of stakes winner Barbette, by High Yield, a half sister to graded stakes winner Diamond On the Run.

Monday, June 3, 2019
Pick 6 set to surpass $2 million . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot for Wednesday’s program at Gulfstream Park ballooned to $1,977,432.89 Sunday when the multi-race wager went unsolved for the 39th consecutive day.

    Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $13,578. A total of $375,446 was wagered into the Rainbow 6, when wagering on the six-race sequence started with a carryover of $1,887,346 from Saturday’s program.

    First-race post time for the special eight-race program Wednesday is set for 1:15 p.m. The Rainbow 6 sequence will begin with the third race.

    There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $3,143.

    STILL IN THE LEAD - Journeyman Stud's Khozan has now spent 34 days on top of the nation's freshman sire list, and he's currently nearly $49,000 ahead of runner-up Frac Daddy. American Pharoah is another $11,000-plus behind in third. 

Friday, May 31, 2019
American Pharoah drops back behind Frac Daddy . . .

    On May 10, Journeyman Stud's Khozan took over the early freshman sire lead in the U. S., with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah second. It has been 21 days since, and Khozan is still in front with progeny earnings of  $118,080 and two winners. The son of  Distorted Humor has 73 registered foals.

    However, American Pharoah, who will be difficult to beat since he has 162 foals, is no longer second. That place has been taken over by Frac Daddy, who has just 31 foals, and current earnings of $104,325. The trio are among six stallions with two winners

    Florida's current runner-up to Khozan is Double Diamond Farm's Bahamian Squall, with one winner and earnings of $50,600. He's ninth on the U. S. list. 

LOTS OF $$$$ ON THE LINE - Gulfstream Park's ballooning Rainbow 6 jackpot will start out with more than $1.7 million in the carryover pool today, but Santa Anita's is also life-changing at $869,976. 

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
More than $1.6 million up for grabs Thursday . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - A life-changing 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot of $1,649,859 will be up for grabs on Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 35nd consecutive day Monday, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $2,800.

    A total of $358,845 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 Monday, when wagering on the six-race sequence started with a carryover of $1,563,761 from Sunday’s card.
Monday, May 27, 2019
At 9, he wins $75,000 Crystal River for 17th victory . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Pay Any Price continued to defy the aging process today at Gulfstream Park while registering a front-running victory in the $75,000 Crystal River Stakes.

    The 9-year-old gelding scored his 14th victory in 20 starts over the Gulfstream turf course while successfully defending his title in the five-furlong turf dash, a prep for the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint on the June 29 Summit of Speed program.

     Pay Any Price, who achieved the 2018 Crystal River/Umphrey double, is the world record-holder for five-eighths of a mile on the grass, having captured the 2017 Silks Run at Gulfstream in 53.61 seconds.

     Ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the son of Wildcat Heir broke on top and quickly assumed pacesetting honors, chased by Shoshone Brave and Singandcryindubai along the backstretch and around the far turn. After setting fractions of :22.02 and :44.01 seconds for the half mile, the 3-5 betting choice shook off his early challengers at the top of the stretch and went on to post a half-length victory while withstanding a late stretch bid by Mr. French. Diamond Oops closed to finish third, another three-quarters of a length behind.

     Georgina Baxter-trained Pay Any Price ran five furlongs over a firm course in :55.35 seconds to collect his eighth stakes victory and 17th overall in 28 starts.

      “He’s a one-of-a-kind horse,” co-owner Rich Averill said. “He’s awesome. Words can’t describe how good an animal he’s been to us and our partnership. We’re all friends. We were all friends before we owned the horse. It’s just so special.”
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Saturday winners receive $14,799 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 32nd consecutive racing day today at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot of $1,485,921 for Sunday’s 11-race program. Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $14,799. 

    A total of $370,097 was wagered into the pool today, after wagering on the multi-race bet started with a carryover of $1,397,124.69 from Friday’s card.

    Sunday’s sequence will span Races 6-11, including the $75,000 Opening Lead, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up headlined by Cautious Giant, a multiple stakes-winner who will seek his third straight victory.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
4 tracks, 3 grass races . . .
    LAUREL, MD – Today’s Stronach 5, featuring a 12-percent takeout and a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will be highlighted by turf races from Gulfstream Park, Pimlico Race Course and Santa Anita Park.

    Post time for the national pick 5 will be 5 p.m.  The Stronach 5 will also feature six-furlong events on the main track from Golden Gate Fields and Gulfstream.

    The sequence kicks off with a six-furlong claiming race from Gulfstream. The Stronach 5 then takes to the turf with a five-furlong event at Pimlico and a 7 ½-furlong event for maiden claimers at Gulfstream. After a six-furlong event from Golden Gate Fields, The wager concludes with a field of eight allowance optional claimers going 1 1/8th miles on the turf at Santa Anita.

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

 ?   Leg One – Gulfstream’s 8th Race – (8 entries, six furlongs) 5 ET, 2 PT

?   Leg Two – Pimlico’s 9th Race – (12 entries, five furlongs, turf) 5:25 ET, 2:25 PT

?   Leg Three – Gulfstream’s 9th Race – (12 entries, 7 ½ furlongs, turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 PT

?   Leg Four – Golden Gate’s 5th Race – (8 entries, 6 furlongs) 5:55 ET, 2:55 PT

?   Leg Five – Santa Anita’s 6th Race – (8 entries, 1 1/8th miles, turf) 6:41 ET, 3:41 PT

     The minimum wager on the wager is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.
Monday, May 20, 2019
Havre de Grace colt breaks maiden . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s Thursday program will have a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $1,292,010. The Rainbow 6 will kick off Thursday with the fourth race, a maiden claiming event at 6 ½ furlongs. First race post is 1:15 p.m.

    The Rainbow 6 has gone 29 race days without being solved with a single winning ticket. Multiple tickets with all six winners Sunday returned $12,127, with Happy Hat, a 25-1 shot, winning the final leg.

    There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $1,795.

Third Time the Charm for Regally-Bred River Front 

    River Front, a 4-year-old colt by War Front out of Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, won Sunday’s sixth race, a mile special weight event, by a neck in 1:37.44. Owned and bred by Whisper Hill Farm and trained by Ralph Nicks, River Front responded when headed down the stretch under jockey Edgard Zayas. The colt raced in June of last year before returning in April and finishing second.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
131,256 show up despite no Derby winner . . .

    BALTIMORE - The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653. That topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256.

   War of Will, one of the protagonists who was moved up to seventh in the Kentucky Derby after a troubled trip, carried jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Mark Casse to their first victories in a Triple Crown event. The race went without Maximum Security, who won the Derby only to be disqualified and placed 17th, and Country House, the original runner-up who was elevated to first. 

    The 14-race card was also highlighted by Catholic Boy winning $250,000 Dixie, Lexitonian winning the $200,000 Chick Lang and Mitchell Road winning the $150,000 Gallorette.

    “The 144th Preakness Stakes surpassed our expectations thanks to the horsemen and fans who came to celebrate this grand Maryland tradition,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President. “It makes for an unforgettable day of entertainment when you combine the world’s top performers with the best thoroughbred horses and jockeys at one of the most celebrated sporting events. The Preakness is second to none.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Journeyman Stud stallion at $116,580 . . .

    On May 10, Khozan celebrated day one as America's leading freshman sire, a position he's not likely to hold since American Pharoah has 162 registered foals and a star-studded book of mares. But, Brent and Crystal Fernung at Journeyman Stud are allowed to smile at the circumstances, especially since it's been nine days and Khozan is still on top.

    As of today, both stallions have two winners, but Khozan's progeny earnings - $116,580 - top Pharoah's $88,764 by $27,816. 

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Yesterday's winners received $612 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved for the 27th consecutive day Friday at Gulfstream Park, growing the carryover jackpot to $1,160,216.98 for today’s 12-race program. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

    No horses were live heading into Friday’s 11th race finale to take down the multi-race wager, which saw a total of $178,966 bet on top of a $1,117,274 carryover from Thursday’s card. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $612.


    The Rainbow 6 sequence spans races 7-12 and includes the $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3 and up going seven furlongs in Race 10, which drew a field of eight led by Stormy Embrace, 9/5 in the morning line.

     Winner of the Princess Rooney last summer at Gulfstream, the Kathleen O’Connell trainee was second by a neck in the Sugar Swirl and third in the Hurricane Bertie, the latter Jan. 26, in her last two starts. She drew Post 7 at topweight of 124 pounds, including jockey Wilmer Garcia.