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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.
Friday, May 17, 2019
More than $22 million bet . . .
    BALTIMORE – The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and handle on today’s 95th Black-Eyed Susan Day, highlighted by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing LLC’s Point of Honor winning the $250,000, Gr. II race, and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Tenfold winning the Gr. III, $300,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course.

    Total handle on the 14-race Black-Eyed Susan program was $22.281 million, surpassing the previous record of $19.895 million set in 2017 by nearly 20 percent. Attendance was 51,573, surpassing the record of 2017 of 50,339.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7-year-old Stonehedge stakes-winner has been gelded . . .
    BALTIMORE – Two years after picking up his first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 ClearSpan Maryland Sprint, Florida-bred Always Sunshine returns to Pimlico Race Course Saturday in search of a repeat in the six-furlong race, one of eight stakes, four graded, on the undercard of the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes.

    “He’s older, wiser, and who knows, possibly better,” said trainer Ned Allard of the 7-year-old Stonehedge Farm color-bearer, who will be making his first start of 2019 and his first as a gelding. “I’m really looking forward to it. Since he’s been back, he’s been training superbly.”

    With a record of 8-5-4 in 27 starts, Always Sunshine has earned $545,850 with stakes victories in the Tale of the Cat at Saratoga Race Course, the Hockessin at Delaware Park, and the Dave’s Friend at Laurel. In his last four starts of 2018, however, the son of former Stonehedge stallion West Acre managed to hit the board only once, finishing third in the Fall Highweight at Aqueduct, and was given a few months off to relax after being gelded and “learn to be a racehorse,” said Allard.

    Returned to training in March at Delaware Park, Always Sunshine has turned in a string of bullet works under jockey Carol Cedeno, who will have the mount. “They get along extremely well,” said Allard. “All those breezes [most recently a four-furlong move in 48 seconds, the fastest of 30 at the distance on May 11] we’ve never put the gas pedal down.”

    Saturday, Always Sunshine will be facing a field that includes Florida-bred Fellowship, seventh in last year’s Sprint, and Wentz, making his graded stakes debut after two optional claiming victories in as many starts this year. Trained by Ken Decker for Ocala's Jacks or Better Farm, the well-traveled Fellowship, a 6-year-old by Ocala Stud Farm's Awesome of Course, will be cutting back after two starts at a mile, having finished sixth in the Gr. III Hal’s Hope and third in the Gr. III Fred Hooper, both at Gulfstream Park.

    “He’s been on a pretty good work schedule,” said Decker. “There should be a good pace, and he should finish up well. The main thing is to get a good trip.”

    Wentz, named for Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz, will be making his second start for trainer John T. Servis, son of 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer John Servis. The 4-year-old Super Saver colt is three-for-four at six furlongs, including a nose victory in an optional claimer on April 12 at Keeneland for his 28-year-old conditioner.

    “I think he is [growing up], and by adding a shadow roll and blinkers, I think that’s happening,’’ said Servis. “I think he fits well in this race. I feel like he’s improving.”

    Rounding out the field are the multiple stakes-winning Lewisfield, who is 6-3-3 at the distance, including a victory in the Not For Love in March at Laurel and a third in last year’s Sprint; New York Central, who came off an eight-month layoff to win an optional claimer at Laurel followed by a fifth in the Gr. III Commonwealth at Keeneland; Parade of Nations, a 10-time winner in 25 career starts; and Gr. III winner Proforma, most recently third by a length in the 5 ½-furlong King T. Leatherbury Stakes April 20 over Laurel’s turf course.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Likely to be one of the favorites . . .

    BALTIMORE – Gary Barber’s War of Will, seventh in the Kentucky Derby, arrived at Pimlico Race Course at 2:30 this morning to begin preparation for Saturday’s 144th Preakness Stakes, along with two others slated for different races. 

    Winner of the Gr. II Risen Star Stakes and Gr. III LeComte Stakes over the winter at Fair Grounds, War of Will will likely be one of the favorites in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness.

    “They looked like they shipped in really well,” said assistant trainer Kim Carroll. “They left yesterday afternoon [from Kentucky] and it was a pretty easy ship up. We’re excited to be here. The weather is actually quite good for shipping, nice and cool.”

    With Tyler Gaffalione riding in the Derby, War of Will took the brunt of the infamous incident in the stretch, almost clipping the heels of original winner Maximum Security, and dropping back to eighth. He was moved up to seventh after the disqualification of Maximum Security. 

    War of Will, trained by Mark Casse, was accompanied by stablemates Flameaway, entered in Friday’s Gr. III Pimlico Special, and Gio Game, entered in Friday’s Gr. III Allaire DuPont Distaff .

    Two other Preakness starters are expected to arrive today – Market King, third in the Gr. II Rebel Stakes , is expected late this afternoon, and El Camino Real Derby winner Anothertwistafate this evening.  

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Today's winners get $30,465 . . .


 

 

 

 

 
    HALLANDALE BEACH - For the 25th consecutive race day, Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved, bringing the carryover to $1,078,609.89.

    Multiple winning tickets with six winners today returned $30,465. There were two live tickets going into the 11th race and final leg of the Rainbow 6, but both long shots proved to be no factor.

    The sequence began with a $7.40 winner in Nikee Kan in the sixth race, but a great many tickets were knocked out when she was followed by Tresta Kanta ($30.20) in the seventh and Rachel’s Smokin ($36.20) in the eighth.

     Racing resumes Thursday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:15 p.m. The first leg of the Rainbow 6 will be the fifth race, a starter optional claimer going a mile on the turf. There are four turf races scheduled as well as a maiden event for fillies and mares at a mile.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Journeyman stallion leads American Pharoah . . .

    Based on two unquestioned factors, it's almost etched in stone that American Pharoah will be the country's leading freshman sire this year. First, he has 162 registered foals. Second, he has been bred to mares worth zillions.

    However, on May 10 of 2019, it is etched in stone that Journeyman Stud's Khozan is the leading sire - as of today. Khozan has two winners and progeny earnings of $90,380. The Triple Crown winner has two winners and progeny earnings of $88,764. Brent and Crystal Fernung can appropriately sing, "No, no, they can't take that away from me."   

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Wager begins with Gulfstream"s 9th . . .

    LAUREL, MD - The Stronach 5, featuring a 12-percent industry-low takeout and a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will feature four turf races Friday afternoon from four tracks.

    Post time for the national pick 5 will be 5:30 p.m. with the ninth race at Gulfstream Park, a 7 ½-furlong turf event. It will then go to Pimlico Race Course, before going to Golden Gate Fields then heading back to Gulfstream Park, and wrapping it up at Santa Anita Park with a one-mile turf event.

    Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:

?   Leg One – Gulfstream Park 9th race (12 entries, 1 1 1/16 miles, turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 PT

?   Leg Two –Pimlico Race Course 9th Race (12 entries, 6 furlongs) 5:40 ET, 2:40 PT

?   Leg Three –Golden Gate Fields (10 entries, one mile, turf) 6 PM ET, 3 PT

?   Leg Four –Gulfstream Park 10th race (14 entries, 7 ½ furlongs turf) 6:07 ET, 3:07 PT

?   Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 6th Race (11 entries, one mile, turf) 6:50 ET, 3:50 PT

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
No winners for 21 days . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Live racing returns to Gulfstream Park with a 10-race program Thursday, May 9 featuring a carryover jackpot of $817,189.50 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6.

     Two long shots were live with a chance to take down the jackpot heading into Sunday’s 10th-race finale, won by Joe Cain ($12.20). A total of $211,274 was bet into the multi-race wager on top of a carryover of $766.496 from Saturday.

     Unsolved for 21 racing days, the Rainbow 6 returned $23,659.04 for multiple tickets with all six winners.

    Thursday’s Rainbow 6 sequence spans Races 5-10. Five races are scheduled for the turf, drawing a total of 55 horses, an average of 11 starters per race.


 

            
Monday, May 6, 2019
Christine offers his insight . . .

    (Bill Christine has been a turf writer for decades, in California (Los Angeles Times), and in Post Time USA, among others. He's one of the most respected in the business, and offered this short insight into the Derby mess.)    

    Different stewards at the track have been screwing up the big race for a long time. In 1968, after Dancer's Image's drug test came back positive on Sunday, they waited until Monday to tell everybody and didn't have a formal announcement, it leaked out. The PR guy at Churchill took the fall and was fired. 

    In 1994, when favored Holy Bull finished far back, trainer Jimmy Croll thought someone had drugged his horse. Yet the stewards did no post-race test on the horse - a beaten favorite in the Derby not tested? Unheard of.

    On Saturday, while making the right call, the stewards erred when they (1) didn't flash the inquiry sign; (2) didn't announce until hours later that there had been two jockey foul claims, not one; and (3) dismissed the most important decision in the history of racing with a 106-word statement and entertained no questions from the media.

    Apart from all this, racing should require that at least one of the three stewards be an ex-jockey. Everywhere. Stewards' panels need representation from at least one person who has been there.

   (Ed. note) - Among the ex-jocks who have been stewards are Don Brumfield (current), Bill Hartack and Darrell McHargue. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Derby winner by dq hasn't crossed finish line first in last 4 . . .

    BALTIMORE – Kentucky Derby winner Country House tops the list of candidates for the 144th Preakness Stakes - the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course - on May 18.

    While trainer Bill Mott was not ready to commit Country House, the Derby champ through the historic disqualification of Maximum Security, to the Preakness this morning, he said that the chestnut colt came out of the race very well and was a Preakness prospect. “Having the Derby winner, you’re pretty much forced to go into the Preakness,” Mott said with a smile while meeting with the media outside his barn at Churchill Downs.

    During a morning phone conversation with Maryland Jockey Club’s President and General Manager, Sal Sinatra, who formally invited Country House to the Preakness, Mott said the decision would be made after he talked with the homebred colt’s owners. Mott said he expected to have an answer in a day or two.

    Maximum Security, who led from wire-to-wire in the Derby but was disqualified for a bumping incident at the quarter pole, is scheduled to be shipped to trainer Jason Servis’ barn at Monmouth Park on Monday. Servis reported this morning that the horse exited the Derby in good order and that a Preakness start had not yet been discussed.

    Ten others are on the early list of prospects for the Preakness: War of Will, who was seventh in the Derby; Bodexpress, who was 13th; Sueno, third-place finisher in the Louisiana Derby; Alwaysmining, winner of the Federico Tesio at Laurel; Anothertwistafate, winner of the El Camino Real Derby; Signalman, third in the Blue Grass; Laughing Fox, winner of the Oaklawn Invitational; Blue Grass winner Owendale; Mr. Money, winner of the Pat Day Mile; and Fountain of Youth runner-up Bourbon War, fourth in the Florida Derby.

    Derby runner-up Code of Honor might be considered for the race, trainer Shug McGaughey said. Code of Honor was scheduled to be shipped back to Belmont Park today and McGaughey said he would be talking with owner William Farish about plans for the colt.

    Trainer Bob Baffert, a record-tying seven-time winner of the Preakness, said that he would decide in the next few days whether he will send a horse to run in Maryland’s signature race. Baffert had three Derby starters – Improbable (4th), Game Winner (5th) and Roadster (15th).

    Mott said that Country House will continue training at Churchill Downs and would be shipped to Pimlico during Preakness week. Country House is a chestnut son of 2010 Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky and is co-owned by Maury Shields, her nephew Eugene “Guinness” McFadden and their friends Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth, who run as LNJ Foxwoods. Maury Shields’ late husband, Jerry, bred the colt.

    After a lengthy review following the Derby, the Churchill Downs stewards disqualified Maximum Security and placed him 17th. It was the first time that a horse who reached the wire first in the Derby was disqualified. That moved County House - who had finished second, 1¾ lengths behind Maximum Security - into the top spot, giving Mott the first Derby win of this outstanding career. Mott said it was the correct call and showed the integrity of the sport. “To put this in perspective, it was a difficult decision because it was the Kentucky Derby,” he said. “I don’t think it would have been a difficult decision if it had been the first race on the card.”

    Mott, who was the youngest flat trainer inducted into the Hall of Fame in Saratoga at the age of 45 in 1998, has been on both sides of decisions by stewards.

    “I feel terrible that I have to apologize for winning,” he said. “I really feel terrible for the connections, the owners. I hate to sit there saying something as foolish as ‘I’m sorry I won,’ because I don’t want to give them the wrong impression that I am unhappy about winning because I’m not. I’m thrilled. I’m thrilled with the horse. I’m thrilled with everybody that’s worked with the horse. I think they deserve the win. It’s just such an unusual way to have to go to the winner’s circle and win the Kentucky Derby. This Kentucky Derby will be talked about for a long time. I think it will be probably up there with [Bill] Shoemaker standing up at the sixteenth pole [on Gallant Man in 1957]. It’s just one of those things. It’s not going to go away. We’re going to take the win. We’re going to take it and hopefully Country House comes back and runs big in the future, whatever race it may be.”

    Country House signaled that he belonged on the Triple Crown trail with a second-place finish in the Risen Star Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds. After he was fourth in the Louisiana Derby on March 23, Mott sent him to the Arkansas Derby on April 13. He finished third in that race at Oaklawn Park and earned just enough qualifying points to make it into the Derby field.

    Mott acknowledged returning in the Preakness, two weeks after the Derby victory, is not how he typically spaces races for his horses.

    “Now we’re talking about a horse that has had quite a few races,” he said. “You run back in the Preakness and maybe you hit the board and maybe you don’t. Maybe you win. But it probably compromises his chances a little bit to win the Belmont. That’s just looking at it as a trainer and what would be normal. But the Triple Crown is not a normal situation. It never has been. I don’t think they should space anything out anymore. The challenge of the Triple Crown is that it’s three races close together and it takes a champion - it takes a Justify -to win those kind of things.”

    Alex and JoAnn Leiblong’s Laughing Fox earned an automatic spot in the Preakness Stakes with his rallying neck win in the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational over Night Ops on Saturday. Trainer Steve Asmussen said it was premature to discuss the Preakness until he’d talked with the owners and sees the Union Rags colt in person.

    “He ran a very good race yesterday. I thought he overcame a very strong speed bias,” Asmussen said. “He’s been a deep closer. Watching the races at Oaklawn throughout the day and talking with Darren [assistant Darren Fleming], speed was holding. I thought he overcame and ran a really big race. We’ll see how he comes out of the race. He will come here [to Churchill Downs]. I think his fourth in the Arkansas Derby and Country House being third looks a little more significant today than it did yesterday.”

    Rupp Racing’s Owendale, winner of Keeneland’s Lexington on April 13 is a strong possibility for the Preakness, trainer Brad Cox said. Owendale defeated Preakness candidates Anothertwistafate and Sueno in the 1 1/16-mile Lexington. “He breezed really well,” Cox said of a five-furlong Saturday work in 1:02.80. “A little slow. They broke off slow but he finished up really well, galloped out great and he looked well this morning.”

    Cox said the outcome of the Kentucky Derby is part of the equation. “Good group of horses,” he said. “I feel like this horse, as long as he’s doing well and training well, he can run with that group, just like he did in the Lexington. He didn’t surprise us in the barn, or the rider [Florent Geroux] or anybody who had been dealing with him leading up to the Lexington. The way he was training, we had a lot of confidence in him. If we can get him in that same form, that confidence level going into the Preakness, he’ll be competitive.”

    Mr. Money, winner of the Pat Day Mile Saturday, could also be a possibility for the Preakness while Derby 12th-place finisher By My Standards is not expected to advance to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, said Dennis “Peaches” Geier, assistant to trainer Bret Calhoun.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
OBS grad wins Twin Spires Turf Sprint . . .

    Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC’s 4-year-old World of Trouble went right to the front in the $250,000, Gr. II Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day and never looked back, drawing away in the stretch and scoring by nearly four lengths.

    It was the fourth straight stakes victory for the Gr. I stakes-winning Florida-bred colt by Kantharos, who is trained by Jason Servis. World of Trouble is now 8-2-1 in 12 starts with $1,043,300 in earnings. He's 3-for-3 in 2019 and if not for the length of Stormy Liberal's neck, he would be on a seven-race winning streak. That's the margin he lost by in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. 

    Consigned by Darsan Inc., Agent, he went through the ring at the 2016 OBS August Yearling Sale and was RNA'd for $10,000. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Stallion has 2 winners already . . .

    On Dec. 10, Eric Mitchell wrote on Blood-Horse online that Journeyman Stud is offering a top freshman sire guarantee on Khozan, one of the two frosh sires on the roster at Brent and Crystal Fernung's stud farm.

    "Brent and Crystal Fernung are so confident their stallion Khozan has the quality to be Florida's leading freshman sire next year that they are putting the breeding fees from 25 matings on the line," Mitchell wrote. 

    "In my opinion, Khozan far and away represents the best combination of talent and pedigree of any stallion in Florida," Brent said, "and we're thrilled with the quality of Khozan's first yearlings. Consequently, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is. The first 25 contracts issued to Khozan for the 2019 breeding season come with this guarantee: If Khozan is not Florida's leading first-crop sire in 2019, you don't have to pay the stud fee for your 2020 foal."

    Since Khozan stands for $4,000, we're talking about a potential loss of $100,000. 

    It's only May 4, and Dec. 31 is a long way off, but Khozan already has two winners, and is not only Florida's leading freshman sire, he's second in the country behind American Pharoah. After Solid as a Rock became winner No. 1 at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, Lure Him In followed up with a maiden victory yesterday. Both winners were bred by their owner, Gil and Marilyn Campbell's Stonehedge Farm in Williston. 

    Lure Him In was chased to the wire by Rebelde, another Khozan colt who had finished fourth in his debut a few weeks ago. The trio has accounted for nearly all of the stallion's $82,740 in earnings. American Pharoah isn't that far ahead with $88,764.

    This one promises to be stirring up quite a bit of interest for the next seven-plus months. 

    MISNOMER - Let's get one thing straight on Kentucky Derby morn. Omaha Beach was not the Derby favorite, no matter how many people said so on your TV set. The Derby favorite is the horse whose tote board price is the lowest when the gate springs open later today.

    Omaha Beach was the horse who the track handicapper (Mike Battaglia) guessed the public would make the favorite at post time, but it didn't have to be so.   

     


Friday, May 3, 2019
Beats heavy favorite by 3 lengths . . .

    Solid as a Rock became the second runner by a Florida freshman sire to get a winner, scoring in a $66,050 maiden special at Gulfstream yesterday, one day after The Big Beast registered winner No. 1.  

    Solid as a Rock is a daughter of Journeyman Stud's Khozan, and she went wire-to-wire under Edgard Zayas with 4 1/2 furlongs in a speedy :51.97. The track record is :50.86. She paid $9.60 after winning by three lengths over Bosworthy, who was the heavy favorite at 30 cents to a dollar. The winner's share for owner/breeder Stonehedge Farm is $43,000.  

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ms Headley scores for Wesley Ward . . .

    Ocala Stud Farm's The Big Beast has the honor of winning part one of Florida's Freshman Sire Derby - part one being becoming the sire with the first winner on the frosh list, however small that list might be this year. 

    Wesley Ward, who usually is the nation's leader when it comes to getting early winners, is the trainer of Ms Headley, a filly who broke her maiden in her first start at Churchill Downs yesterday. The filly out of the Trippi mare My Coastie was bred by Lybby and Ronald Gay, and was sent off as the even-money favorite. 

    Ms Headley tracked the early pace in the two path under Irad Ortiz Jr. in the 5-furlong race, reached the front nearing the eighth pole, and drove clear in the final yards to win by two lengths. She was clocked in 59.22 and earned a check for $43,568 out of a possible $100,000. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Doors open at 9 a. m. . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH -  Gulfstream Park will play host to Florida’s largest Kentucky Derby party Saturday, May 4 with dining and drink specials, games, a fashion contest and watching and wagering on the 145th Run for the Roses.

     Gulfstream will offer $12 mint juleps in souvenir Derby glasses throughout the property Saturday. There will also be a horse racing raffle, fashion show, photo booth and cornhole games. The Flamingo Room will offer a $39 plus tax food buffet and $25 unlimited champagne. Ten Palms will have an enhanced buffet with a seafood station, three carving stations plus at least 10 hot items for $75 per person plus tax.

     Gulfstream’s doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. First race post at Churchill Downs is 10:30 a.m. both days. Gulfstream’s first race on Friday is 1 p.m. and Saturday 12:30 a.m. There will be advance wagering on Saturday’s 14-race Derby program on Friday.

     The Derby will have several horses who raced or wintered at Gulfstream including Florida Derby winner Maximum Security, who will attempt to become the 60th Florida Derby starter to win a Triple Crown event and the 25th to win the Kentucky Derby.

     Other horses running in Saturday’s Derby who campaigned at Gulfstream are Fountain of Youth winner Code of Honor and third-place finisher Vekoma, the Todd Pletcher-trained Cutting Humor, who broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park West and finished second in an allowance optional claimer in his 3-year-old debut in January and, Country Home, who won his 3-year-old debut in January for trainer Bill Mott. Florida Derby runner-up Bodexpress will run but only if one of the top 20 contenders scratches before the race.
Monday, April 29, 2019
Zayas rides four winners . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - It’s been 17 racing days since Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 has been solved, resulting in a carryover come Thursday of $674,996. First race post is 1:15 p.m. for the nine-race program.

    The Rainbow 6 will begin with the fourth race, a maiden claimer at a mile. Four of the six Rainbow 6 races are scheduled on the turf.

    Multiple winning tickets with six winners Sunday were each worth $962. There were no live tickets going into the final leg.           

    There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover of $2,498.

    NOTE: Jockey Edgard Zayas rode four winners Saturday. He kicked things off winning aboard favored Purple Girl ($3) in the fourth, added the sixth with Myfrancesca ($4.20) and the seventh with Ready to Tango ($2.80), then was placed first in the 11th race aboard Machiavelli ($12.20).

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Four winners pay $16 or more . . .

    LAUREL, MD - Friday’s Stronach 5, which featured four winners paying $16 or more at four tracks, returned $88,869 each to two bettors.

    The sequence started with the 8-1 longshot Umightbeanempress ($18.20) winning the ninth race at Laurel Park and My Point Exactly ($16) winning the second leg, the 10th race at Gulfstream.

    The prices kept coming when Streetlightromance ($40.80) won the fourth leg, the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields, and Bob’s Sniper ($29) won the final leg, the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

    There was $202,036.28 bet into the Stronach 5, which features an industry-low 12-percent takeout and is held every Friday afternoon.

Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence

 ?   Leg One – Laurel Park Race 9th Race – Umightbeanempress, $18.20

?   Leg Two –Gulfstream Park  9th Race – My Point Exactly, $16

?   Leg Three –Gulfstream Park 10th Race – Absolute Grit, $5

?   Leg Four – Golden Gate Fields 5th Race – Streetlightromance, $40.80

?   Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 5th Race – Bob’s Sniper, $29

Friday, April 26, 2019
Thursday's winners received $6,241 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover went unsolved for the 14th consecutive racing day, producing a jackpot carryover jackpot of $484,917 for today’s 10-race program at Gulfstream Park.

    Multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $6,241 Thursday. A total of $178,335 was wagered on the Rainbow 6, when betting started with a $442,121.55 carryover from Sunday’s card.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Colt worked a quarter in 20 4/5 . . .
    Hip No. 898, a gray or roan colt by Liam’s Map consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, was purchased by Robert E. & Lawana Low for $1,200,000 to top the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. Out of Amazement, by Bernardini, a daughter of grade one stakes-winner Wonder Again, he turned in a quarter in :20 4/5 at his Under Tack session

    Hip No. 787, a daughter of Into Mischief consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, went to Phoenix Thoroughbred (III) Ltd. for $750,000. The bay filly, who worked a quarter in :21 1/5, is a half-sister to stakes-placed Divisor out of Unbridled Ridge, by Unbridled’s Song.

    Hip No. 789, a bay colt by Ghostzapper consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent, was purchased by Stetson Racing LLC for $600,000. The half-brother to graded stakes-placed Investissement, who worked an eighth in :9 4/5, is out of graded stakes-placed Underwater, by Theatrical.

    Stonestreet Stables LLC went to $535,000 for Hip No. 856, a son of Street Boss who worked a quarter in :20 4/5. Consigned by Ocala Stud, the dark bay or brown colt is out of Woodland Park, by Bernardini, a daughter of graded stakes-winner Forest Heiress.

    Hip No. 760, a son of Twirling Candy consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, was sold to Sheikh Rashid Humaid Al Noaimi for $500,000. The bay colt, who worked a quarter in :20 4/5, is out of Tough Market, by Suave, a half-sister to stakes-winner Law Enforcement.

    Hip No. 847, a bay filly by Bernardini consigned by Randy Bradshaw, Agent, went to Narvick International for $500,000. The half sister to grade one winner Stormello, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Thursday, is  out of Wilshewed, by Carson City.

    Hip No. 818, a bay colt by Medaglia d’Oro who breezed a quarter in :21 1/5, was purchased for $480,000 by Alistair Roden Bloodstock. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, he’s out of graded stakes -winner Walk Close, by Tapit, a daughter of Gr. I stakes-placed  stakes winner Spring Awakening.

    Hip No. 889, a dark bay or brown filly by Tale of the Cat consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to B S W Bloodstock – Liz Crow, Agent, for $420,000. Out of Allons Danser, by Eskendereya, a half sister to stakes placed Southern Truth, she breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Thursday.

    For the day, 160 horses brought a total of $17,789,000 compared with 180 grossing $16,224,500 at the corresponding session a year ago. The average price was $111,181, up 23.4% from $90,136 in 2018, while the median price was $62,000, up 12.7% from $55,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 24.2%; it was 17% in 2018.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
De Meric Sales is the consignor . . .
    Hip No. 444, a daughter of Quality Road consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was purchased by Narvick International for $1 million to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2019 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The bay filly, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance at Wednesday’s Under Tack session, is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Decelerator out of Paris Rose, by Accelerator, a half-sister to the dam of Pegasus World Cup winner City of Light.

    Hip No. 321, a bay colt by Tiznow consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, who worked a quarter in :21 flat at Tuesday’s Under Tack session, went to Solis / Litt for $600,000. A half-brother to Gr. I stakes- winner Promises Fulfilled, he’s out of graded stakes-placed Marquee Delivery, by Marquetry.

    Hip No. 453, a son of Speightstown consigned by Scanlon Training & Sales, Agent for Excel Bloodstock (Bruno DeBerdt), was sold to Lael Stable for $585,000. The bay colt, whose eighth on Wednesday in :9 4/5 was the day’s co-fastest, is a full brother to Gr. I stakes-winner Lighthouse Bay out of Pay Lady, by Seeking the Gold.

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners went to $550,000 for Hip No. 368, a son of Palace Malice consigned by Old South Farm LLC, Agent. The dark bay or brown colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Tuesday, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Daddy Justice out of Moon Beamy, by Malibu Moon.

    Hip No. 332, a son of Curlin consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing for $525,000. The chestnut colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 2/5 on Tuesday, is out of
graded stakes-placed Mekong Delta, by Stormy Atlantic, a full sister to champion Leonnatus Anteas.

   For the day, 171 horses sold for $22,360,500, compared to 191 bringing $19,478,500 at the corresponding session a year ago. The average was $130,763, up 28.2% compared with $101,982 in 2018, while the median price was $80,000, up 45% compared to $55,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 21.6%; it was 17.7% in 2018.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
A message from her brothers . . .

    Cynthia McFarland sustained a serious head injury while with her horse on Monday evening, April 15 and was taken to Shands Hospital for life-saving emergency surgery.

    She is now talking and pondering her many responsibilities. We have already seen a miraculous recovery in just a short time.

    Cynthia will be in rehab for quite some time. We are unsure about the extent and time, but we want her to be able to concentrate on healing and not be concerned about the financial issues of daily living. Cynthia is a confident, strong, faithful woman with a kind and giving heart. We are asking her family, friends and community to support her in this very challenging time of recovery. She is a self- employed writer and has no other source of income other than what she generates through her writing and photography.

    While we have no idea of the extent of her future medical bills, we know that they will be substantial and could prove insurmountable. We have estimated her expenses and debt reduction for the next year to be nearly $100,000. We are asking her friends and community to rally around her and bless her with the ability to heal and recover without the immediate burden of finances. We believe and pray that she will return to her love of writing and impacting her friends and colleagues with her amazing skill and talents very soon.

Thank you for your outpouring of love.

Sincerely,

Hugh and Kenn McFarland
Cynthia’s little brothers

From the editor:

   In 1990 or '91, when I was editor of the Florida Horse magazine, Cynthia walked into my office out of the blue one day and said she was an aspiring writer looking for a break. I didn't have anything for her for the upcoming issue of the magazine, but I told her not to give up because I felt I could find something in the near future and to try me again.

    That day came shortly thereafter, and I sent her out to interview a new owner who had just bought a thoroughbred farm north of Ocala. (To my best recollection the owner was Martin Cherry and he purchased the former Somday Farm). Cynthia came through with flying colors and it kicked off a highly-successful career writing for a great many local publications, including the Florida Horse.

    We wish her the best and urge everybody to open their wallets and pocketbooks on her behalf. 

 Bernie 

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Closes in on $400,000 . . .

   The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot went unsolved for the 12th consecutive racing program at Gulfstream Park Saturday, leaving a carryover jackpot of $377,788 for today’s program. Multiple tickets with all six winners Saturday were each worth $13,964.12.

 A total of $224,456 was wagered on the multi-race wager Saturday, when a pool of $323,926 was carried over from Friday’s card.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Three Tampa runners could contest Kentucky Derby . . .
    OLDSMAR - A day after torrential rain and severe lightning caused the cancellation of the last seven races, Antonio Gallardo rode three winners Saturday in front of a sun-splashed crowd of racing fans. Now, they will have to wait until Wednesday, since Tampa Bay Downs is closed today to allow horsemen, employees and patrons to share the Easter holiday with their families. Wednesday’s nine-race card begins at 12:55 p.m.

    Gallardo, the effervescent Spaniard who has won four of the last five Tampa Bay Downs jockey titles, won the third race on hard-knocking Miss Rickles, a 7-year-old mare owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Nick Caruso. Gallardo returned to the winner’s circle in the fourth race on King Daddio, a 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Ca Sal Stables and trained by Kathleen O’Connell.

    Gallardo teamed up with O’Connell again in the sixth race, winning on the turf with 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding Soldat’s Storm. He is owned by O’Connell in partnership with James O’Connor.

    Ronnie Allen Jr. rode two winners on the card. He was aboard 3-year-old Florida-bred gelding Pemaquid Pete in the second race for owner Leonard Rubacha and trainer Teresa Connelly. Allen then won the seventh race on J’s Flashy Halo, a 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by First Dude owned and bred by Janis K. Maitlen and trained by Maria Bowersock.

    On May 4, the Oldsmar oval will present a 12-race card leading to the simulcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. First-race post time will be noon. Patrons will be dressed to the nines in Derby finery, adding to the pageantry and aura of racing’s greatest spectacle, and mint juleps will be sold in commemorative Kentucky Derby glasses which sport the names of each winner from Aristides in 1875 through Justify in 2018.

    Derby Day at the Downs will be enhanced by a pair of $100,000, mile-and-40-yard stakes races for 3-year-olds: the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Silver Charm Florida Sire Stakes for males and the FTBOA Ivanavinalot Florida Sire Stakes for fillies. Both contests are for registered Florida-breds sired by an FTBOA-registered Florida stallion.

    Meanwhile, runners who have competed at Tampa Bay Downs are likely to occupy three of the 20 available positions in the Run for the Roses starting gate. That trio includes Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus; Live Oak Stud's Win Win Win, who won the Pasco Stakes on Jan. 19 and finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby; and Spinoff, who posted a dominant allowance/optional claiming victory on Feb. 22.



Sunday, April 21, 2019
Wonder Gadot sold for $325,000 . . .

    Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot has been named Canada’s Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old female after winning the Queens Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, the first two legs of Canada’s Triple Crown, against males. She also placed in four graded stakes, including a second-place finish in the Gr. I Kentucky Oaks.

    To date, Wonder Gadot has compiled a record of 18-5-5-4 for trainer Mark Casse, and earned $1,524,861. The now 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was purchased for $325,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2017 April Sale after turning in an under tack eighth in :10 2/5.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Jackpot rises to $264,489 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will offer a carryover jackpot of $264,489 when live racing resumes at Gulfstream Park Thursday.

   The multi-race wager went unsolved for a ninth consecutive day Sunday, when multiple tickets with all six winners were each worth $3,937.

   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 $3,432.05.

          
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Pleasant Acres stallion also named champion older horse . . .
    Multiple Gr. II winner Bucchero, the richest Indiana-bred with career earnings of $947,936, was named the state's Horse of the Year and champion older horse at the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual award banquet.

    The 7-year-old son of Kantharos competed at five tracks last year, including a trip to Royal Ascot for the Gr. I Kings Stand Stakes. Bucchero won the Gr. II Woodford Stakes, finished second in the Gr. II Shakertown Stakes and third in the Gr. III Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes en route to earning $224,620 for the year. 

    Racing for Ironhorse Racing Stable, Bucchero retired with a record of 11-6-3 in 31 starts. He has entered stud at Pleasant Acres Stallions with a fee of $5,000.
Monday, April 15, 2019
10 winners include Mitole and Midnight Bisou . . .

    With all the Kentucky Derby preps and sales dominating the headlines in the last five or six weeks, I have been remiss in keeping up with Mike Mulligan's BetBestBreeze selections. So, with the OBS April sale coming up next week, what follows is a synopsis of how Mike fared over the weekend.

    In case you've forgotten, Mike watches every horse at every under tack show at every 2-year-old sale in the country. He then gives the runners a rating from 1 to 9, with 1 being the best of the best, and so on down the line. There are three categories listed each day - first-time starters, horses who have already started, and stakes horses, if any. Mike's 1 through 9 determinations are made before the sale begins for the benefit of the 2-year-old buyers. 

    Here's what transpired on Saturday:

    BetBestBreeze tabbed six winners, four seconds and five thirds. The seconds and thirds are listed for handicappers who wager on exactas, trifectas and supers, etc.

    Winners: Newly Minted ($19.60), a first-timer who won by 5 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct and was a $110,000 OBS April purchase; Nueva York ($7.10), won by 2 1/2 at Aqueduct; Pyron ($7), won by 2 3/4 at Oaklawn Park and is 2-for-2; Outlaw X. ($2.80), won by 2 at Evangeline in his 2nd start; Midnight Fantasy ($6.20), won the $75,000 Austintown Sprint Stakes at Mahoning Valley by 5 and is 4-1-1 in 6 starts with earnings of $205,760. She has won three black-type races by a combined total of 18 1/4 lengths. Mitole ($2.80), won the $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Stakes at Oaklawn by 2 3/4. He's 6-2-1 in 9 starts with earnings of $701,510, and was a $140,000 OBS April 2-year-old. 

    Among the other first-timers: Wonder In finished 3rd at 20-1 at Gulfstream; One Eighty, 2nd by 1/2 length at Santa Anita at 4/5, and a $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old; Company Store, 2nd by 1 at Gulfstream at 3-1; Doll, 3rd at 2-1 at Aqueduct. Also, Mason Dixon was 3rd at 16-1 at Oaklawn, River God was 2nd at Santa Anita at 7/2, Sugar Bolt was 3rd at 16-1 at Gulfstream, Lost in Limbo was 2nd at Oaklawn at 11-1; and Air Boss was 3rd at 5-1 at Santa Anita.  

    On Sunday:

    BetBestBreeze tabbed four winners a second and a third. The piece de resistance was Midnight Bisou ($3.80), who won the Gr. I Apple Blossom at Oaklawn, her third graded win in a row. She's an awesome 8-3-3 in 14 starts with earnings of $2,405,000. The other three listed below won by a combined total of 21 lengths.

    Mucho Amor ($6.40), a $260,000 OBS March purchase, won by 4 lengths at Golden Gate Fields; Fort Worth ($2.50, $500,000 OBS March), won by 6 3/4 at Aqueduct; Lucid Dream ($6), won by 10 1/4 at Laurel Park. In addition, Talker lost by half a nose at Laurel at 7/2; Sapori Girl was 3rd at Santa Anita at 9-1. 

    Pretty impressive stuff and Mulligan will get down to serious business again at today's first under tack show. 

Friday, April 12, 2019
Positively Awesome is a Jacks or Better homebred . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Positively Awesome, a 2-year-old half-brother to multiple Gr. 1 stakes-winning Jackson Bend, made a positive impression while capturing his debut in today’s fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred son of Awesome of Course showed the kind of grit and determination in the 4 ½-furlong race that helped Jackson Bend amass more than $1.8 million in earnings from 2009 to 2014.

    Trained by Ralph Nicks, Positively Awesome was rated in fourth off a blazing early pace set by Cajun Casanova, who sped the first quarter of a mile in 21.18 seconds under Diego Gomez. Edgard Zayas asked Positively Awesome for some run on the  far turn and the Florida-bred colt gave it to him. As Cajun Casanova tired at the top of the stretch, Genghis took over the lead under Emisael Jaramillo, only to be engaged by Positively Awesome to his outside approaching the eighth pole. Positively Awesome, the even-money favorite in a field of eight juveniles, continued on to register a half-length victory.

    “He broke really good but the other horse broke super sharp and was faster than him," Zayas said. "I just let him catch a breath. If he didn’t win, I wanted to give him a good experience out of the race, so I just let him sit off the pace. Little by little, I tipped him out and coming into the stretch, he kicked on really good. He was pretty impressive.”

     Arindel’s Genghis, a homebred son of Brethren, finished second as the 4-1 third choice, 5 ¾ lengths ahead of Cajun Casanova. Wesley Ward-trained Zanno, the 3-1 second choice, finished sixth.

    Positively Awesome ran 4 ½ furlongs in 51.20 seconds to stamp himself as a serious prospect for the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida. The three-leg series, which will be contested for $1.4 million in purses, will kick off Aug. 3 with the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies, both at six furlongs. The $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies, both at seven furlongs, will follow Aug. 31. The $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles, will conclude the FSS series Sept. 28.

    Jackson Bend swept the series in 2009 during a career that included Gr. 1 victories in the 2011 Forego  and the 2012 Carter. Positively Awesome and Jackson Bend are out of the Tabasco Cat-sired Sexy Stockings, who also produced Grande Shores, a multiple-stakes winner with earnings in excess of $650,000.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Reiterate and Marva deadlocked at wire . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The juvenile racing season at Gulfstream Park was kicked off with a dead-heat for win in today’s fourth race, in which Mark Casse-trained Reiterate and Wesley Ward-trained Marva shared the glory in their respective career debuts in the 4 ½-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies.

    Marva, the 3-5 favorite, broke on top under Eduardo Nunez and set the pace into the stretch, only to receive a late challenge by Reiterate, who saved ground along the backstretch and far turn before responding to the urging of jockey Nik Juarez. Marva held gamely but was caught at the finish line by Reiterate.

    Reiterate and Marva ran the 4 ½ furlongs in 52.17 seconds. Sonar rallied late under Emisael Jaramillo to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths back. Owned by Gabe Ginsberg, Reiterate is a Florida-bred daughter of Competitive Edge who brought $45,000 at the 2018 OBS October sale.

    “When they sent her from the training center in Ocala, they said they had pretty high hopes for her,” said Casse’s assistant trainer, Nick Tomlinson. “Since they sent her to me, she’s never done anything wrong. She’s got a great mind on her. She’s very, very classy. Hopefully, she has a bright future.”

    Also bred and owned by Ward, Marva is a daughter of Iqbaal. “She’s a homebred. I own the sire,” Ward said. “We got lucky. I’ll take lucky any day.”

 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Rainbow jackpot tops $108,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The juvenile racing season kicks off at Gulfstream Park Thursday, when eight fillies are scheduled to contest a $65,000 maiden special weight dash at 4 ½ furlongs..

    Marva, a daughter of Iqbaal, is likely to vie for favoritism on the strength of trainer Wesley Ward’s celebrated prowess with juveniles and a sharp three-furlong breeze from the gate in 35.80 seconds at Gulfstream on West April 6,

    Reiterate, a daughter of Competitive Edge trained by Mark Casse; Sonar, an Arindel homebred trained by Juan Alvarado; and Majudie, a daughter of He’s Had Enough trained by Patrick Biancone; are among the entrants in the first race of the year for 2-year-olds that is carded as Race 4. First-race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.


    A second juvenile race, an open $65,000 maiden special weight sprint at 4 ½ furlongs, will follow on Friday’s card as Race 5.

    Jacks or Better Farm’s Positively Awesome, a homebred son of Awesome of Course-Sexing Stockings, is expected to attract a lot of attention from the bettors, being a half-brother to multiple Gr. 1 stakes-winner Jackson Bend ($1.8 million), who swept the 2009 Florida Sire Stakes Series, and Grande Shores ($665k). Positively Awesome is trained by Ralph Nicks
.

    Ward-trained Zanno, a son of Verrazano, is also prominent among the eight colts (and an also-eligible) in the field. Zanno is out of Heaven’s Touch, a daughter of Montbrook who was saddled by Ward for a debut victory at Gulfstream in March of 2014.

    Juveniles will be prominent throughout the Spring/Summer Meet and will take center stage during the tradition-rich FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida. The three-leg series, which will be contested for $1.4 million in purses, will kick off Aug. 3 with the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen, both at six furlongs. The $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, both at seven furlongs, will follow on Aug. 31. The $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles, will conclude the series on Sept. 28.

    Freshman Florida sires include Bahamian Squall, The Big Beast, Amira’s Prince, Chitu, Khozan, Young Bryan and Fury Kapcori.


Rainbow 6 Jackpot Stands at $108,937   

          The 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover stands at $108,937.34 for Thursday’s program, as the multi-race wager went unsolved for a fifth consecutive day Sunday.

            Thursday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, kicked off by the first race of the year for 2-year-olds, followed by four turf races with full fields and a mile event on the main trac
k.