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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Six stakes victories over the holiday . . .
    D. J. Stable’s Renegade Rebel led from gate to wire and held on gamely to capture Saturday’s $150,900 Mazarine Stakes (G3) at Woodbine by a neck. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old daughter of Nyquist, now 5-2-1-1 with $123,074 in earnings for trainer Mark Casse. Consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale, she was purchased for $700,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.

    Ashbrook Farm and Upland Flats Racing’s Red Carpet Ready is two for two and a stakes winner after leading a 1-2-3 OBS Spring sweep of the $200,000 Fern Creek Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. She scored by 3-1/4 lengths over Twirled, with Key of Life checking in third. Consigned by Mayberry Farm, Agent, to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale, the 2-year-old filly by Oscar Performance went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Rusty Arnold, she has earned $191,070. 

A trio of OBS Spring grads posted stakes wins at Aqueduct.

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Acoustic Ave chased front-running fellow OBS graduate Don’t Lose Cruz (April ’22) in Friday’s $97,000 Notebook Stakes, took over after turning for home and held his rival safe to score by half a length. It’s the third straight stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Maclean’s Music, consigned to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale by Sequel Bloodstock, Agent for Chester & Mary Broman, and sold for $200,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 5-4-0-1 for trainer Christophe Clement, he has earned $281,260.

    Colts Neck Stable’s Nothing Better took the lead at the start of Friday’s $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship Stakes, was headed briefly at the top of the stretch, then came again to win by half a length. It’s the second stakes victory for the 5-year-old son of Munnings, purchased for $230,000 out of the Brick City Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5. Trained by Jorge Duarte, Jr., he has compiled an 18-7-2-3 career record and earned $356,317.   

    Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Twin Sports Racing’s Sweetlou’sgotaces picked a good spot to break her maiden, going right to the front in Sunday’s $120,00 Tepin Stakes and never looking back, drawing off to win by four lengths. Raymond Handal trains the 2-year-old filly by Constitution, now 4-1-2-0 with earnings of $104,750. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale and was purchased for $60,000 out of the Off the Hook consignment

    Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’s Sally’s Sassy, rated early in Friday’s $54,400 Golden Gate Debutante Stakes, turned in a strong stretch run and was up late to score by a nose. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old filly by West Coast, now 4-2-0-1 with $87,850 in earnings for trainer Jonathan Wong. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale before she was purchased for $100,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Turf racing returns Thursday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Fawning and Midnight Bella had the distinction of being the first horses to breeze over Gulfstream Park’s new turf course this morning, three days prior to the long-awaited return of turf racing on Thursday’s program.

    Fawning, ridden by veteran jockey Julien Leparoux, and Midnight Bella, guided by former jockey Aaron Gryder, worked a half-mile in company on the outer part of the course. Fawning raced outside Midnight Bella before getting the better of her workmate nearing the wire. The official clocking for the easy breeze was :53.40 seconds.

    “It was very nice. It obviously was great looking, but it felt good to be on it too. The horse got over it very nicely,” Leparoux said. “There’s a nice cushion and when we came back there weren’t very many divots.”

    Gryder, who rode 3,905 winners before stepping away in 2020 and taking a management position with Gulfstream’s parent company I/ST Racing, was equally pleased with the condition of the turf course.
    “They skipped over nicely. There’s a good cushion to it and they weren’t cutting into it much,” said Gryder, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations.

    Joseph, the leading trainer during the current Sunshine Meet after claiming his first Championship Meet title last winter and capturing the spring/summer Royal Palm Meet title, is obviously looking forward to the return of turf racing that came to a halt in June for the construction of the new course that is virtually identical to the one at sister track Santa Anita.

    “Tapeta has been a good filler, but you obviously want to have the turf as an option,” Joseph said. “Fawning worked on it and she’s going to run on it on Sunday. Midnight Bella is going to run next week. Both of them are going to run on the grass, so it was good to get a work on it. It’s a firm turf, but you’re not hearing any noise. Sometimes you hear horses rattle, but this has a good cushion. It’s in great shape.”

 
Friday, November 25, 2022
Greg's family raced at Sunshine Park . . .
    OLDSMAR --trainer Greg Sacco scrolled through his Smartphone to locate a black-and-white win picture taken in 1950 – 15 years before he was born – when Tampa Bay Downs was called Sunshine Park.

    The winner, a horse named Earthquake, was trained by Greg’s father, William J. Sacco, and ridden by Greg’s uncle, John Sacco. Also in the picture is another one of Greg’s uncles, Tony, who owned a luncheonette and gas station back then on the corner of Racetrack Road, just south of the track.


    His father and uncles have passed, but for Greg Sacco, their legacy endures.

    Since arriving here with a string of 25 horses a few weeks before the new meet began, Sacco and his family – wife Kate, son Will and daughter Sydney, a college student – have found time to enjoy many of the sights that have long made the Tampa Bay area (they love downtown Safety Harbor!) such a popular winter destination.

    Yet with the exception of a second-place finish by Psychic Ability in the 2021 Florida Cup Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies, the 57-year-old Sacco has spent recent winters in New York, the mid-Atlantic and south Florida, where it proved profitable to operate his high-profile stable while getting ready to return each summer to his home track, Monmouth Park.

    That’s about to change. Greg Sacco is loving just about everything at Tampa Bay Downs, and with many of his horses about to turn 3, he’s eager to utilize the track and the surroundings to develop them to their utmost ability.

    “They have a great 3-year-old stakes program here, and we think some of our 2-year-olds (who turn 3 on Jan. 1) can be competitive at that level,” said Sacco, who has nominated Pinnacle Racing Team and Madaket Stables’ promising stakes-placed colt Freedom Road to the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes on Dec. 3.

    “This track is outstanding to train on, and the people here can’t be any nicer. We’re the oldest racing family in New Jersey and I still train for Steve Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable (Steve is the son of the late John Brunetti, who owned Red Oak and Hialeah Park). But if everything works out we plan to be here again next year,” Sacco said.

    This is what is known as a whirlwind courtship. In the interest of full disclosure, Sacco made those remarks after his 2-year-old colt, Imagoodfella, won today’s first race under a rail-skimming ride by Angel Arroyo.

    Imagoodfella broke his maiden for owners Monmouth Stud and Phillip Wright. For good measure, Sacco won the sixth race with 3-year-old filly Woods Hole, owned by Winner Circle Stables and ridden by Jose Ferrer (one of three victories for the 58-year-old Ferrer).

    Serious racing fans are well-acquainted with Sacco, who has trained more than 750 winners. He won five graded stakes with Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, including the Grade I Hopeful and the Grade I H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. Sacco also trained Joevia, who finished third in the 2019 Belmont Stakes (won by Sir Winston) after leading into the stretch.

    Will Sacco, his father’s assistant, turned 22 today, celebrating his birthday with a pair of winner’s-circle photos with his dad. Despite his youth, Will is no Johnny-come-lately to the sport, having spent most of his summers around his dad’s Monmouth Park barn growing up.

    “It’s the family business, and I love the sport and the animals themselves,” said Will, who attended the University of Kentucky for a month before he decided to answer the call of the backstretch and come back home.

    Will plans to go out on his own as a trainer when he and his dad agree he is ready. “I knew when I left college about the commitment and the sacrifices you have to make,” Will said. “It’s seven days a week, and you never know when you’ll get a call at 2 a.m. that a horse got cast in his stall or something else went wrong.

    “My mom knows how tough a business it is, and she tried to persuade me to be a doctor or a lawyer – not pressuring me, but reminding me what’s involved. But just being around them, seeing them grow up and go from 2 to 3 and develop into racehorses, is something I love. Our family history goes back to the 1940s, and hopefully I can have a son who will be a fourth-generation horse trainer.”

    As long as that enthusiasm persists on days when his dad doesn’t win two races – and there is every sign it will – the possibility seems high.

    Wanna stuff that stocking? Test your skills in “10 Days of Festivus” contest. Registration for the free “10 Days of Festivus Challenge” Online Handicapping Contest begins Thursday, with the contest getting underway Saturday, Dec. 3 and running through Friday, Dec. 23.


    Here is how the contest works: Each day, players select a horse in both of that day’s “Challenge Races,” with bankroll results determined from a mythical $2 win-place-show (across-the-board) wager. Should a player’s choice not finish in the money, they lose a lifeline, and when you run out of lifelines, your participation ends.

    Players begin the contest with one free lifeline. Two additional lifelines can be purchased for $5 each upon registration, with more lifelines available for purchase on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 (check the contest rules for cost).

    Prizes will be awarded based on the highest final bankroll totals upon conclusion of the contest, with a grand prize of $1,000 and a second-place prize of $500.

    The full rules are available online at www.festivuschallenge.com

    Around the oval. No bettor hit the late Pick-5 today, creating a carryover pool of $38,644 into Saturday. The late Pick-5 will begin with the fifth race.

    Ferrer, as mentioned above, rode three winners today. In addition to his score on Woods Hole, Ferrer won the third race on Justintimeforwine, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Carole Star Stables and trained by Jose H. Delgado. Ferrer added the eighth on Pretty Rachel, a 4-year-old filly owned by Mary T. Self and trained by Scooter Davis.

    Arroyo won two races. Besides tallying on Imagoodfella, he won the fourth race with Shed a Tear, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Angel M. Ubarri and trained by Victor Carrasco, Jr.




Thursday, November 24, 2022
Friendships renewed after long summer . . .

    OLDSMAR - For so many of the horsemen and jockeys who have returned to Tampa Bay Downs, yesterday’s Opening Day card was like a family reunion. Seeing people they haven’t crossed paths with in six or seven months, and often much longer, is a priceless feeling.

    No one really comes here to get rich, although a select few will profit handsomely through equine talent, training and riding skills, determination and the one variable – luck – everyone hopes lands on their shoulder.

    But in addition to the weather, which you can’t help mentioning if you’ve come here from just about any track except Gulfstream, it’s the friendships and the shared responsibility of putting on a great show that fill hearts with hope and a strong reminder of why they entered the sport/business in the first place.

    “Everyone is real nice here. It’s gotten to where racing is real businesslike, but here at Tampa it’s still like a family deal,” said owner-trainer Robert G. Smith, who owns 104-acre Wesfield Farm in Ocala and has 12 stalls on the Oldsmar backside. “We don’t see most of these people all summer, so it’s like coming home for the holidays.

    “Even the people who come to the races, people we’ve gotten to know over the last 10 years, come up and want to know how your horse is doing,” Smith said.

    His operation, while large, is also a family affair. His wife Saronda and sons Drake and Rhett all are actively involved, sharing the good times and working as a team through the dry spells.

    “When you run your horses in the right spots, you can win races and make money here,” said Smith, who trained former 6 ½-furlong track record-holder White Merlot (Drake owned the filly).

    But with everyone chasing the same pot of gold, other benefits to being here are heightened in importance.

    “You look at the job (the track’s maintenance department) does with the dirt course and the turf course, they are both safe and consistent,” Smith said. “They do a heck of a job, and that helps make it a good place to run a horse.”

    Before Antonio Gallardo won five Tampa Bay Downs riding titles, including three in a row from 2014-2016, he struggled to make a name for himself after arriving stateside from Spain, his homeland. Some observers pointed to his 2013 Challenger Stakes victory aboard Flatter This for trainer Kathleen O’Connell as a key turning point for the jockey, but Gallardo knows “belonging” at Tampa Bay Downs extends beyond having the confidence to compete on the track.

    “For me, this is home. This is where my business started to pick up, and it’s where I’m raising my family,” said the 35-year-old Gallardo, whose 2,300-plus career victories include 11 graded stakes. “And a lot of people watch Tampa, so no matter where you go during the summer, they’re going to know you.”

    Gallardo and his wife, Polliana, have also formed lasting relationships with members of the Tampa Bay Downs fan base they richly cherish. “Walking back after a race, I can hear people say my name. It’s a great feeling that they come here to see you,” he said.

    Looking for more insight into what makes this place feel like that well-worn couch your pop falls asleep on every Sunday? Consider the case of owner-trainer Juan Arriagada’s 10-year-old gelding Native Hawk, dismissed by some before today’s third race as too old for the rigors of racing.

    But with jockey Jose Batista keeping the ancient warrior within striking distance of pace-setter Bazoo throughout, Native Hawk did what he has always done best – try. His effort resulted in a head victory, the 19th of his career and his 11th victory in 31 career starts (with six seconds and five thirds) on the Oldsmar dirt.

    “He has that competitive spirit. He likes to win,” said Arriagada, who plans to run Native Hawk two or three more times before retiring him to a nearby farm. “When he wins, he comes back to the barn feeling he’s the best of the best. When he comes out of his stall tomorrow, he’ll be acting powerful because he knows what he did. That old man is pretty amazing.”

    Tampa Bay Downs might not have the restorative powers of the Fountain of Youth, but it’s a great place to slow the inevitable onslaught of time – for trainers, jockeys, fans and horses, all eager to extend the welcome to newbies.

    Around the oval - - The victory aboard Native Hawk was one of two today for Batista, who also won the second race on 3-year-old filly Peppermint Class, a first-time starter, for owner Mastic Beach Racing and trainer Diane Morici.

    Batista recently returned to action at Gulfstream Park after being sidelined almost four months with ankle and heel fractures suffered in a fall at Monmouth. He had four seconds from 15 mounts at Gulfstream, and his agent, Eddie Joe Zambrana, welcomed him back with a crushing bear hug after the victory on Peppermint Class.

    Jesus Castanon also rode two winners. He won the sixth race, the “Happy Thanksgiving” purse, on Cerulean, a 4-year-old filly owned by Tobin Stables and trained by Kerri Raven. Castanon added the eighth race on Remuda, a 3-year-old colt bred and owned by Godolphin and trained by Eoin Harty.

    Nominations released for Inaugural, Sandpiper Stakes. The first two stakes races of the 2022-2023 meet, the Inaugural for 2-year-olds and the Sandpiper Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, have each drawn 21 nominations. The $100,000, 6-furlong events will be run Dec. 3.

    Among the nominations for the 37th running of the Inaugural is Lea Farms, LLC’s colt Super Chow, who won the $200,000 Bowman Mill Stakes on Oct. 29 at Keeneland by 5 lengths in his most recent start. Jorge Delgado trains Super Chow, who finished third in the Grade II Saratoga Special Stakes on Aug. 13.

    Also nominated to the Inaugural are stakes winners Acoustic Ave, owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and trained by Christophe Clement, and the gelding Howgreatisnate, owned by Imaginary Stables and trained by Andrew Simoff, as well as stakes-placed Freedom Road, owned by Pinnacle Racing Team and trained by Gregory Sacco.

    Dorth Vader, a 2-year-old Florida-bred filly who won the Juvenile Fillies Sprint Stakes on Oct. 29 at Gulfstream Park in her most recent start, is among the leading nominees for the 45th Sandpiper. She is owned by her breeder, John Ropes, and trained by Michael Yates.

    Other top Sandpiper nominees include stakes-placed Florida-bred Oh Darlin, owned by Laurie Plesa and trained by her husband, Edward Plesa Jr., and Personal Pursuit, owned by Tracy Farmer and trained by Mark Casse.

    Rare occurrence, indeed. Yesterday’s card marked only the second Opening Day at Tampa Bay Downs this century without a turf race. The 4th and 6th races were switched to the main track due to wet grounds.

    The last time it happened was Dec. 17, 2002 – three days after the originally scheduled Opening Day card was cancelled due to heavy rains, followed by severe flooding. The 11th race was carded for the turf, but the grounds still proved too wet for an attempt.

    The only other Opening Day card without a grass race since the turf course debuted on May 2, 1998 occurred on Dec. 18, 1999, when the only scheduled turf race on the card was switched to the main track due to persistent showers and wet ground.

    Given this history, racing fans can expect plenty of spectacular turf racing this season at the track once known as Sunshine Park.

    Attendance - 2,770; Handle - $180,965. ITW - $97,673. ISW - $2,961,911.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Meet runs through May 6 . . .
    OLDSMAR - Tampa Bay Downs launches its 97th anniversary season of Thoroughbred racing on Wednesday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:38 p.m.

    The 92-day meet runs through May 6, plus the season-ending card that kicks off next year’s Summer Festival of Racing on June 30. Racing will be held each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31, with Sundays added to the mix on Jan. 1. There will also be a Thursday card on Dec. 22.

    Opening Day admission is free, as it is all Wednesdays during the meet. General admission is $3 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with children 12-and-under free when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating and box seats, which are available from ushers on race days, are $5.

    Tampa Bay Downs will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving, as well as Dec. 25 for Christmas and April 9 for Easter.

    In addition to its racing schedule, Tampa Bay Downs will present a full slate of fun events for fans of all ages throughout the meet. The promotional calendar kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 3 with the free-to-enter “10 Days of Festivus” Online Handicapping Contest, which runs through Dec. 23 and awards a first-place prize of $1,000.

    The following Saturday, Dec. 10, Tampa Bay Downs will play host to the “Corgi Races After the Races,” non-wagering canine affairs that delight even the most grizzled of $2 bettors.

    The competition on the racetrack promises to be fast and intense. Last season’s leading trainer, Gerald Bennett, and the top jockey, Samy Camacho, have returned to defend their titles. Bennett, who won 36 races last season, is seeking an unprecedented eighth consecutive uncontested title and ninth overall (Jamie Ness won nine in a row, but shared the title in 2009-2010 with Kathleen O’Connell and in 2010-2011 with Bennett).

    Most of Bennett’s top challengers are back and eager to knock him from his perch, including two-time champion O’Connell, last season’s runner-up with 30 victories; Juan Arriagada, fourth with 23; Anthony Granitz, fifth with 21; Jon Arnett, sixth with 19; and Arnaud Delacour, who tied for seventh with 17.

    Camacho, who rode 85 winners for his third crown in the last four seasons, will also be hard-pressed to stay on top. His main rivals should include 2022-2023 runner-up Pablo Morales, who won his eighth title at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., this year; six-time Oldsmar riding champion Daniel Centeno, who tied for fourth with 42; Hector Rafael Diaz Jr., who also won 42; and five-time champion Antonio Gallardo.

    Another jockey who could share the spotlight is 19-year-old apprentice Madeline “Maddie” Rowland, ninth last season with 34 winners. Newcomers who could make an impact include Angel Arroyo, who has almost 1,300 career victories, and Marcos Meneses.

    Fans will be greeted by a revamped tote board displaying the “Live it up at the Downs!” logo and new seating throughout the Grandstand. The track maintenance department has installed new breakaway PVC rails around the main dirt track and the inside of the turf course, designed to give way in case of a collision with a horse and/or rider and prevent serious injury.

    The track’s stakes schedule (see attached), which consists of 26 races worth $3.46 million in total purse money, gets underway on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a pair of $100,000, 6-furlong sprints: the 37th edition of the Inaugural Stakes for 2-year-olds and the 45th Sandpiper Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Both races have drawn 21 nominations.

    The biggest race of the season is the 43rd edition of the Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday, March 11. The race is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying series, awarding points to the first four finishers toward qualifying for the Run for the Roses on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

    The Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, which is run on the main track at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth, is one of five stakes – four graded – worth a combined $1-million on the Festival Day 43 card, including the Grade II, $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes on the turf, for older fillies and mares; the Grade III, $200,000 Florida Oaks on the turf, for 3-year-old fillies; the Grade III, $100,000 Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes on the main, for horses 4-years-old-and-upward; and the $75,000 Columbia Stakes on the turf, for 3-year-olds.

    The next biggest day of the season is Feb. 11, with four stakes headed by the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds. The Sam F. Davis is the main prep race for the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and is also a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race.

    The remaining two Tampa Bay Downs graded stakes will be contested Feb. 4, both on the turf: the Grade III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes for horses 4-and-upward and the Grade III, $175,000 Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares 4-and-upward.

    Wednesday’s card includes a pair of feature races worth $27,000 apiece. The second race, a 7-furlong maiden special weight contest for fillies and mares 3-and-upward, has attracted six 3-year-olds, with Glen Hill Farm’s Kentucky-bred Wandering accorded 9-5 morning-line status.

    Wandering is trained by Tom Proctor and will be ridden by Jesus Castanon.

    The other co-feature is the eighth race, a 6-furlong allowance/optional claiming race for horses 3-and-upward. Ten are entered, with 5-year-old gelding Expensive Style 5-2 in the morning line. He is owned and trained by Arriagada and will be ridden by Jose Batista.


Sunday, November 20, 2022
$450,000 OBS 2yo wins by 2 1/2 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Lael Stables’ Navy Goat overcame a slow pace by saving ground and employing a strong late kick to capture the $60,000 Juvenile Fillies, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 2-year-old Florida-bred fillies on Tapeta, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    The Juvenile Fillies co-headlined Saturday’s 11-race program with the $60,000 Juvenile, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for Florida-bred 2-year-olds on Tapeta.


     Favored Navy Goat ($5.40), who was purchased for $450,000 out of the OBS April sale, scored by 2 ½ lengths under Samy Camacho while running 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather surface in 1:44,46. Oh Darlin, the 3-1 second betting choice ridden by Kevin Krigger, finished second, a neck ahead of Luck in the Dusk.

    Oh Darlin, who was stretching out around two turns for the first time after graduating by three lengths in a five-furlong maiden test on Tapeta, broke alertly to set a controlled pace around the first turn and along the backstretch. Navy Goat settled near the rear of the closely packed field of seven fillies as Oh Darlin took a narrow lead into the stretch. The Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained pacesetter fought off all challenges to open a clear lead in the stretch, only to fall victim to Navy Goat, who found room and her best stride to overtake the second choice with a rail surge inside the sixteenth pole.

    “She broke a touch slow and there was not much pace, so I thought for a while that she was a little bit in trouble,” trainer Arnaud Delacoeur said. “But he did manage to get her to settle and wait, and she made a big run.”

    Navy Goat, who finished third in her Aug. 20 debut in a five-furlong turf race at Monmouth, graduated in a mile turf event at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 14.

    “I thought she ran very well at Kentucky Downs, but she needed a little bit of time because we shipped there and we were running back quick, so she was not quite ready for the big races in the fall,” Delacoeur said. “But this was a perfect spot, we gave her plenty of time and obviously she likes the track. I’ll have to see what our options are, but I believe that we’ll try her in one of those 3-year-old stakes on the turf at some stage.”

    In the co-featured Juvenile, NBS Stable’s Anamnestic emerged on the outside of a hotly contested stretch drive with a late surge to finish first, only to be disqualified for interference. Palm Beach Racing Partnership’s Dangerous Ride took the safest route to the finish line, surging late along the rail while avoiding the trouble that resulted in the disqualification from first to fifth of Anamnestic.


    Dangerous Ride ($14.40) was awarded his first stakes victory in his fifth consecutive stakes start since winning his debut May 22 at Gulfstream. The son of Lord Nelson saved ground while closely tracking pacesetter Cheerful Charlie along the backstretch and around the turn into the homestretch. Edwin Gonzalez found room along the rail at the top of the stretch and sent the Florida-bred colt inside the tiring Cheerful Charlie. Dangerous Ride caught Big Save for second, but Anamnestic had gotten the jump on him from the outside to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

    The stewards, however, subsequently ruled that Anamnestic had caused considerable stretch trouble, placing the first-place finishes behind the favorite and fourth-place finisher Souper Blessing. Cheerful Charlie was awarded third.

    “It was pretty even at the end. I think he fought at the end. There was a little something going on on the outside. At first, I wondered why he didn’t go out, but he would have ended up in the whole thing so it’s a good thing he saved ground,” Dangerous Ride’s trainer Carlos David said “He decided to stick with the rail and he came up and fought to get second. We’re happy.”

Saffie Joseph Jr.-Trained Maiden 2YO ‘Miles’ the Best 

   Vegso Racing Stable’s Lord Miles made an auspicious and eventful debut in Saturday’s Race 6, a six-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds.

    The homebred son of Curlin, who fell several lengths off the pace when negatively reacting to kickback along the backstretch, regained his focus after jockey Edgard Zayas took him to the outside of horses, launching a stretch drive that overpowered his competition on his way to a going-away win.

    “He’s not the fastest out of the gate, but today he broke sharp and then he got outkicked. Then when the kickback hit him, he didn’t know what to do. Edgard did a good thing getting him to the outside,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “It took him a little time to get going, but at the top of the lane after he got going, he really put the race to bed in a few strides.”

    Lord Miles ($7.40) ran six furlongs in 1:13.02 while scoring by 5 ¾ lengths over runner-up Big Data. There Be Dragons finished another three-quarters of a length back in third. Lord Miles is the first foal out of Lady Esme, a daughter of Majestic Warrior.

    “He’s trained like a good horse, but you have to do it on race day. It was an encouraging debut,” Joseph said. “Our horses tend to improve on a race. Most Curlins don’t really win first time out, so you would think that he’s bred to get better.”

    Joseph expected to take it one step at a time with Lord Miles. “We’ll probably run back in an allowance during the Championship Meet. Then, if he passes that test, we’ll get more ambitious,” he said.

Saturday, November 19, 2022
Four of the winners paid double digits . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park’s 20-cent Rainbow 6 was hit Friday afternoon for $47,591.24.

    The sequence started in Race 4 with a $14.20 winner in Hazardous Humor. The longshot Sixty One won Race 5 and returned $29.80. The final four races were won by Gunesh ($10.60), Septemberten ($5.20), Mr Tito’s ($7.20) and Mr Matuschek ($23.80). 

    Racing continues today with a 12:10 p.m. first race post and two stakes races – the $60,000 Juvenile and $60,000 Juvenile Fillies.
Friday, November 18, 2022
$60,000 event on Tapeta surface . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Eddie Plesa Jr. was impressed enough with how well Oh Darlin had prepared for this year’s OBS April Sale that he decided to take a calculated gamble on her even after she developed a physical issue following her final breeze for the 2-year-olds in training sale.

    The veteran South Florida trainer with 2,467 career wins bought Oh Darlin for his wife, Laurie, with a winning bid of $40,000, knowing the Florida-bred filly would need some time before going into training and embarking on her racing career
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    “It was the kind of issue that I looked at as an opportunity. It was also the kind of issue that I couldn’t buy the horse for somebody else. You can’t buy horses that have issues for other people.” Plesa said. “In my mind I wanted a discounted price and I thought the $40,000 was a discounted price. I think if she didn’t have that issue, she would have brought well into the six figures.”

    Oh Darlin, thus far, has proven to be a solid investment and will make her stakes debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $60,000 Juvenile Fillies, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for 2-year-old Florida-bred fillies on Tapeta. The daughter of Uncaptured is also eligible for a $15,000 purse supplement offered to a Florida Sire Stakes nominated winner. The Juvenile Fillies will co-headline Saturday’s card with the $60,000 Juvenile, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for 2-year-old Florida-breds on Tapeta that will also offer a $15,000 purse supplement for an FSS-nominated winner.

    Oh Darlin, who missed the lucrative 2022 Florida Sire Stakes series, was a little unlucky in her Oct. 7 debut, in which she experienced bumping at the start before a four-wide bid fell just a nose short of catching Hoax, the Todd Pletcher-trained favorite in the 5 ½-furlong dash on Tapeta. In her Oct. 28 return, she closely attended the pace on the inside before making a sweeping move to the lead on the turn and drawing clear by three lengths to graduate in a five-furlong race on Tapeta.


    “It didn’t work out [in her debut] but in the big picture, what has it done? It’s given her another race. It gives her more experience,” Plesa said. Although Oh Darlin has already proven herself on the all-weather surface, she will be making her first start around two turns Saturday.

    “It’s a question mark. I’ve had a number of Uncaptureds and they seem to be better sprinting than they do going around two turns,” Plesa said. “She’s been on the Tapeta, so we know she likes the Tapeta. It’s not a big field numbers-wise. She drew a good [rail] post, so if she’s going to get the two turns, barring the unforeseen, it will be Saturday.”

    Kevin Krigger has the return mount on Oh Darlin, 8-5 in the morning line.


    Lael Stables’ Navy Goat, who graduated on turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 18 in his most recent start, is also slated to make her stakes debut Saturday. The Arnaud Delacoeur-trained daughter of Army Mule was purchased for $450,000 at the OBS April Sale. Navy Goat, who finished a wide third in her Aug. 16 debut at five furlongs over Monmouth Park’s turf course, overcame a bump at the start of the mile race at Kentucky Downs before registering a narrow victory to graduate. Camacho is scheduled to ride Navy Goat for the first time.

    Nova Stable’s Esoteric is set to make her two-turn debut on Tapeta following a pair of promising main-track starts. The daughter of Khozan won at first asking Sept. 23 at Gulfstream following a nine-wide drive under Chantal Sutherland. The Ron Spatz trainee recovered from bumping at the start of her Oct. 29 return to finish third in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint for Florida-breds. Sutherland returns aboard Esoteric, who is eligible for the FSS purse supplement.

    Miracles International Trading Inc.’s Extra Indy, Orlando Barrera’s La Panda, NBS Stable’s Luck in the Dusk, and Patrick Biancone Racing LLC and Amy Dunne’s Luck in Malibu round out the field.


    The Juvenile will bring together a pair of stakes-experienced 2-year-olds in Palm Beach Racing Partnership’s Dangerous Ride and Spencer MacDonald’s Cheerful Charlie.

    Dangerous Ride, a son of Lord Nelson, is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive stakes start Saturday. The Carlos David trainee, who most recently finished second in the Juvenile Sprint for Florida-breds on the main track, debuted with a victory at Gulfstream Park on Tapeta. Edwin Gonzalez has the return mount aboard Dangerous Ride.

   Cheerful Charlie, a son of Adios Charlie who is eligible for the FSS purse supplement, has been stakes-placed in all three of his stakes appearances. The Luis Olivares trainee most recently finished second in an optional claiming allowance on dirt following three straight stakes starts on Tapeta – a third-place finish in the 5 ½-furlong Proud Man, a close second in the mile-and-70-yard Armed Forces and a third-place finish in the five-furlong Hollywood Beach. Jose Morelos is scheduled to ride Cheerful Charlie for the first time.

    Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Blessing, who finished third in the Juvenile Sprint, graduated on Tapeta in his previous start, a six-furlong maiden special weight race in which he closed from well off the pace and drew away to win by 3 ¼ lengths at Presque Isle Downs. Sam Camacho has the return call on Souper Blessing.

    Arindel’s Maximo, a 10-length winner in a mile-and-70-yard maiden special weight race on Tapeta prior to a pair of poor showings in the FSS Affirmed and the Armed Forces, will return as a gelding in the Juvenile, in which he will race without blinkers for the first time. Edgard Zayas has the call on the son of Brethren.

    NBS Stable’s Anamnestic, Roger Lauren’s Tigre, Dan Hurtak’s Captain Anthony and Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Big Save round out the field.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Account involved has been closed . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH -1/ST Racing and Gaming is aware of an irregularity in the betting pool for the Quinella on the first race on Nov. 11 at Gulfstream Park.  The account from which this wager was played has been identified and that account has been closed.  Our team is working with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) and other agencies to investigate the full impact of the manipulation of the pool, which appears to involve offshore betting sites. 

    “Integrity and safety are the two cornerstones of 1/ST’s foundation, and we are continuing to thoroughly review all actions associated with this incident,” said Aidan Butler, CEO of 1/ST Racing and Gaming. “Ensuring the protection of our stakeholders, including the important constituency who wager on our races, is of paramount importance.”

    “TRPB’s Wagering Integrity Unit is assisting the investigation into the betting,” said Curtis Linnell, Executive Vice President of the TRBP.  “There is no indication at this time of malfeasance by any participants in the race itself.” 

    Pari-Mutuel pools are, by their very nature, self-correcting as parties effectively wager against each other with the racing association taking the identical commission percentage on the bets regardless of the odds.  The odds are transparent as they are determined by the amount of money bet on an individual interest or, in the case of exotic wagers, on the combination.  Because of the manipulation, the Quinella wager on the race returned a higher price than it traditionally would have paid.

    The Quinella wager is a marginal bet, generating much smaller pools than straight bets and other exotic wagers, thus it can be easier to manipulate.  Most horseplayers traditionally place an Exacta box bet instead of a Quinella – picking the first two finishers in either order.  Gulfstream Park has removed the Quinella from the betting menu effective immediately.

    The $2 exacta in the race paid $18.60 with the favorite and second choice finishing 1-2, but the quinella paid $42.40. While the exacta pools at Gulfstream are mostly in the over $100,000 range, the quinella pools are usually in the $5,000 to $7,000 range. In this one, the quinella pool was an unheard of $24,280. 

Monday, November 14, 2022
Beats Jesus' Team at a mile . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – David Fawkes Stable Inc.’s Noble Drama (by Gone Astray) rallied from last to catch favored Super Corinto at the finish to win Saturday’s feature at Gulfstream Park, in which multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner Jesus’ Team returned to the races off a 15-month layoff.

    Jesus’s Team, who was sidelined while battling cases of salmonella and laminitis that followed minor surgery to remove an ankle chip, was never a factor while finishing ninth in the mile optional claiming allowance.

    “He’d needed the race. He’s been through a lot,” said trainer Jose D’Angelo, who saddled the son of Tapiture for runner-up finishes in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and a third-place finish in the 2020 Preakness Stakes (G1). “I’m happy with his race.”


    Super Corinto, a Group 1-winning Chilean import making his first start in the U.S. for trainer Amador Sanchez, went to post as the 8-5 favorite and appeared on his way to victory under Hector Berrios after taking the lead at the top of the stretch. Noble Drama, a seven-time stakes winner over the Gulfstream Park main track, made a wide sweep into the stretch and finished powerfully to prevail by a half-length.

    “He’s a nice horse, isn’t he? That’s him. The Silky Sullivan of today,” trainer David Fawkes said. ‘He’s a neat horse.”

    Noble Drama ($26,20), a close relative to Eclipse champion Big Drama and multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner Sheer Drama, ran the mile in 1:35.13 under Emisael Jaramillo.


    Jet Set Racing’s Super Corinto was making his first start since capturing the Group 1 Gran Premio Hipodromo Chile (G1) April 30. Pacesetter Wind of Change held on to finish third.

Bayeh Saddles First Two Winners 

    Edgar Bayeh notched his first training win Saturday, saddling Zilla Management ‘s Joyful Candy ($12.20) for a victory in Race 5, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds running for a $6250 claiming tag.


    “It feels amazing to break the ice at Gulfstream,” the 39-year-old former assistant to Anthony Stabile.

    Joyful Candy benefited from a ground-saving ride behind the pacesetter before slipping through along the rail to win by three lengths under David Boraco. Joyful Candy was the 10th starter saddled by Bayeh, a native of Lebanon who saddled his first horse Sept. 10 at Gulfstream.

    Bayeh came back in the 11th race to notch his second career success with Trinni Summer ($27.80).
Friday, November 11, 2022
Pays $7.80 in debut . . .
     HALLANDALE BEACH - Strike Jak held up post time for today’s Race 5 for a few minutes when she showed little inclination to enter the starting gate for her scheduled debut at Gulfstream Park. After the daughter of Street Boss finally relented and joined the other seven 2-year-old fillies in the gate riderless, she certainly made it worth the wait.

    On the afternoon before he is scheduled to bring stable star Jesus’ Team back to the races following a 15-month layoff, trainer Jose D’Angelo saddled Strike Jak ($7.80) for a narrow front-running victory in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on Tapeta.

    Bred in Kentucky by Godolphin and William Snowden, Strike Jak showed D’Angelo abundant talent while preparing for her debut for ProRacing Stable LLC, but she hasn’t always been on her best behavior.

    “The filly is really nice. The filly is really nice in the mornings. The only problem she has is she can have bad behavior,” D’Angelo said. “This morning, it was hard to put her on the van at Palm Meadows (Training Center). When we started to saddle her, she started to kick and then she didn’t want to go into the starting gate.”

    Strike Jak took her time going into the gate but she rocketed out of the gate to assume the pacesetter’s role under Emisael Jaramillo. After shaking off early pressure to take a clear lead into the stretch, Strike Jak gamely held off favored Vai Bella by a neck.

   “I think she is not yet there at 100 percent, so I think we have a nice horse in the future,” D’Angelo said.

    Jesus’ Team, the multiple Gr. 1 stakes-placed former claimer, will be the center of attention on Saturday’s 11-race program at Gulfstream Park when he returns to action against all odds.

    The 5-year-old son of Tapiture, who underwent minor knee-chip surgery before facing battles against salmonella and laminitis during his long absence, brings imposing credentials into the one-turn mile optional claiming allowance in Race 10. Jesus’ Team finished third in the 2020 Preakness (G1) and second behind Knicks Go in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) before checking in second against behind Knicks Go in the 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).

    Yet, the Jose D’Angelo trainee, who is rated second in the morning line at 3-1, has hardly landed in a ‘soft’ spot in his long-awaited return in the one-turn mile event, for which Collaborate is rated as the 2-1 morning-line favorite.

    Jet Set Racing Stable’s Super Corinto is the most intriguing entrant in the 10-horse field of 3-year-olds and up. The 4-year-old son of Super Saver is scheduled to make his U.S. debut and his first start since winning the Group 1 Gran Premio Hipodromo Chile in his most recent start in April. In his Chile finale, the Amador Sanchez-trained Argentine-bred colt was followed in third place by O’Connor, a Chilean import who scored by six lengths in an Oct. 16 allowance in his U.S. debut for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.


    Chilean-bred O’Connor had defeated Super Corinto by more than seven lengths in their prior meeting in a Group 1 stakes in Chile.

    Graded stakes-winner Sole Volante and multiple stakes-winner Noble Drama are also entered in the Saturday feature.

           
Monday, November 7, 2022
Arabian Knight sold for $2.3 million . . .
    Rosedown Racing Stable’s Champions Dream came around horses to reach contention turning for home in Sunday’s $150,000 Nashua Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, sustained his rally down the stretch and ran by the leaders late to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Justify, now 3-2-0-0 with $160,250 in earnings for trainer Danny Gargan. At the 2022 OBS March Sale, he was purchased for $425,000 out of the Parrish Farms consignment after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5. 

    Sleeping Giant Stables, America’s Pastime Stables and KimDon Racing’s Vacation Dance took the lead at the start of Aqueduct’s $116,400 Atlantic Beach Stakes on Saturday and never looked back en route to victory by a length and a quarter. Fellow OBS graduate Inflation Nation (IRE) (Spring ’22) checked in third. It’s the first stakes victory for the graded stakes placed 2-year-old son of The Lieutenant, trained by John Kimmel, now 3-2-0-1 with earnings of $132,400. Consigned to the 2022 March Sale by James Layden, Agent, he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. 

    Trainer Bob Baffert unveiled Zedan Racing Stables, Inc.’s Arabian Knight on Saturday in a $150,000 seven-furlong maiden special test at Keeneland and the 2-year-old Uncle Mo colt gave nothing a chance. He bounced right to the lead, drew off in the stretch and scored under wraps by 7-1/4 lengths in a rapid 1:21 4/5. The 2022 OBS Spring Sale topper was purchased for $2.3 million out of the Top Line Sales consignment by Gary Young on behalf of Zedan Racing after speeding an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. 
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Reprinted from Paulick Report . . .
    It was special. Truth be told, the roar of the crowd was louder when Flightline returned to the winner's circle than it was when he kicked away to an 8 1/4-length victory in this year's $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic; it was almost like those present needed those minutes to process the performance they'd just witnessed.

    “This is one of the great horses of all-time,” said trainer John Sadler. “Most trainers don't get a horse like this, so I'm just feeling very blessed.”

    The 4-year-old son of Tapit came into the race undefeated, a winner of his five lifetime starts by a combined 62 3/4 lengths. Favored at 2-5, Flightline was still facing the toughest group he'd faced thus far, and Life Is Good gave the favorite no quarter from the get-go, but it just didn't matter.

    Life Is Good led early, but Flightline took command at the head of the lane and was never challenged. Jockey Flavien Prat took a look over his shoulder at the sixteenth pole, and saw no one coming as he and Flightline cruised under the wire and into the history books. The final time for 1 1/4 miles over Keeneland's fast main track was 2:00.05.

    “We were expecting a great run from him,” Prat said. “I thought it was one of the deepest fields, but he was an old pro.”

    At the finish, Flightline was ahead of his closest rival, Olympiad, by 8 1/4 lengths. Taiba got up to finish third, with Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike fourth and Life Is Good fading to fifth.

    Flightline's ownership group met him at the winner's circle: breeder/co-owner Jane Lyon (Summer Wind Farm), Kosta Hronis (Hronis Racing), Terry Finley with his West Point Thoroughbreds partnership group, Anthony Manganaro (Siena Farm), and W.S. Farish, Jr. (Woodford Racing).

    Unfortunately, the race was marred by an injury to the second-favorite Epicenter (6-1), trained by Steve Asmussen. The 3-year-old winner of the Travers was pulled up on the backstretch. Dr. Alan Ruggles, on-call veterinarian for the AAEP, reported that the colt had been fitted with a protective splint on his right front leg for a perceived injury to his fetlock. Epicenter walked into the ambulance under his own power, and was transported to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital.

    Upon further evaluation there by Dr. Larry Bramlage and his counterparts, Epicenter was found to have sustained a repairable displaced condylar fracture to his right forelimb. He was reported to have settled for the night and is to undergo surgery in Sunday morning.

    Life Is Good broke on top, and Irad Ortiz, Jr. guided him out to the center of the track, pushing Flightline wide into the first turn. Prat never panicked, allowing Flightline to track Life Is Good through early fractions of :22.55, :45.47, and 1:09.62. They remained well off the rail down the backstretch, about a length apart, but the leading pair pulled away from the rest of the field by more than 10 lengths.

    (The three-quarter time was originally posted as 1:07.98; the correct fraction, above, was hand-timed due to an outrider hitting the beam too early.)

    Hot Rod Charlie led the second group, with Olympiad, Epicenter, and Taiba in behind. Rich Strike came next, and Happy Saver brought up the rear.

    Though Ortiz again took Life Is Good wide around the far turn, carrying out Flightline to nearly the five-path, Ortiz was already having to ask his mount for more.

    As it turned out, the extra ground proved no challenge for the undefeated colt; Flightline ranged up alongside Life Is Good just as the pair turned for home, and the race was over. Galloping down the Keeneland stretch all alone, Flightline pulled away for the dominating victory.

    “He's just a remarkable, remarkable horse,” Sadler said, emotional. “In the words of Bud Delp, 'He's one of the best horses to ever look through a bridle.' He's just that good.

    “I mean, how do you describe greatness? This is a rare horse. It happens every 20 or 30 years. One of the best American racehorses we've seen in a long, long time. And I'm talking back to Secretariat, Seattle Slew. You go through the list. What I've tried to be is a good steward to him, be fair with him. And if you're good with your horses, they're good with you.”

    Olympiad got up to finish second, while Taiba fended off a late challenge from Rich Strike to finish third. Life Is Good faded to fifth, followed across the line by Hot Rod Charlie and Happy Saver.

    Bred in Kentucky by co-owner Jane Lyon, Flightline is out of the multiple Grade 1-placed Indian Charlie mare Feathered. Lyon purchased the mare for $2,350,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale, and Flightline was sold in the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale for $1,000,000. His record now stands at six wins from six starts for earnings of $4,514,800.

    “To have a horse like Flightline in our lifetime is just unbelievable and great,” Kosta Hronis said. “But, more importantly, Flightline is so blessed to have John Sadler and his team because the patience he had with Flightline and what he did to teach him, he was a fast horse all the time. He was quick and fast. And he wanted to run full blast all the time.

    “John, Juan Leyva, his assistant, and team, they turned this horse into a racehorse. And he's the champion today who he is because of John Sadler.”

    No decision has been made about Flightline's immediate future. The colt will either head to stud Lane's End, or continue to race as a 5-year-old.

    “We'll all get together and discuss it at a later time and decide,” said Hronis. “We'll always do what's best by the horse. I can promise you that. We'll get together and we'll just, even-steven, and just decide together how we want to do this.”

    No matter what they decide, the partners agree: Flightline has taken them on the ride of a lifetime.

    “It was the coolest thing all week to be in town and to be around — like the breakfast and everything,” said Finley. “People, they just had a sparkle in their eye when they talked about Flightline… I've said it, we're all fans at heart. And obviously privileged to be part of this horse. But the fan in all of us, we're like, boy, this is really good for the business.”
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Puerto Rican rider won first U. S. race in 2012 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Jockey Edgard Zayas celebrated his 2,000th career victory in style Friday at Gulfstream Park, rallying Wonder Stables, Madaket Stables and Golconda Stable’s 3-year-old filly Miss You Ella to a popular triumph in the $70,000 Cellars Shiraz. 

    Trained by Sunshine Meet leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., Miss You Ella ($6.60) completed one mile and 70 yards in 1:43.81 over the all-weather Tapeta course to become a stakes-winner for the first time after placing twice previously, including the Sweetest Chant (G3) on Feb. 5. 

    Miss You Ella rated in mid-pack as Frippet led through an opening quarter-mile in :25.72 seconds until Omixochitl took over after a half in :51.95. Zayas tipped outside on the far turn and set his sights on the leader, gaining steadily through the stretch before edging past approaching the wire. 

   “My plan was to try to follow [Omixochitl]. The last time they ran together, she beat her,” Zayas said. “I thought if I had a shot to beat her, I just had to follow her around and see if I could finish it. As soon as she got in the clear, she finished up really strong. She keeps improving every race.” 

    Zayas reached the milestone four months after returning from surgery on his left shoulder that ended his 2021 season last December, the subsequent recovery and rehabilitation keeping him out of action until June 24.

    Miss You Ella was the fifth of six mounts on the day for Zayas, 29, who had run second five times after getting No. 1,999 on Oct. 29, including twice Friday. It was Zayas’ seventh stakes win since coming back, following Lynx in the Florida Sire Stakes Desert Vixen and Susan’s Girl, Turbo in the Juvenile Sprint, Chasing Artie in the Bobby Umphrey Sprint, Blind Spot in the Our Dear Peggy and Clapton in the Gil Campbell Memorial. 

    “It feels amazing,” Zayas said. “It was a little harder than I thought to get the last one, but we were close a few times and hopefully there’s more to come.” 

    Zayas notched a second straight win aboard Bass Stables’ Avow ($3.60), the 4-5 favorite trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, in Race 9 to move into a tie with Leonel Reyes for second in the rider standing with 17 wins, trailing only Miguel Vasquez’s 29. 

    A native of Puerto Rico where he attended jockey school, Zayas ventured directly to South Florida to launch his professional career, making his debut on Oct. 28, 2012 and winning his first race on Nov. 17, 2012 aboard Five Afternoons, both at Calder Race Course, later Gulfstream Park West. 

    He developed a friendship with Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr., who took him under his wing and worked with him daily to develop his riding style during the 2012-2013 Championship Meet. Zayas went on to win 203 races in 2013 including his first Gr. 1 on Starship Truffles in the Princess Rooney Handicap, and became a finalist for the Eclipse Award as champion apprentice.

    Zayas has won more than 200 races in six of his nine full seasons, winning several riding titles in South Florida and earning victory No. 1,000 on Aug. 12, 2017 at Gulfstream on Highborn. He has personal single-season highs of 1,447 starters in 2020, 285 wins in 2014 and $8.44 million in purse earnings in 2021. 

    Among the top horses Zayas has ridden are $5.5 million earner Gunnevera and fellow graded stakes-winners Sharp Azteca, Consumer Credit, C. Zee, Favorite Tale, Isabella Sings, Dearest, Shakhimat, Drain the Clock and Wholebodemeister. 

    Zayas enjoyed a breakout 2020-2021 Championship Meet ranking fifth with 74 wins and nearly $2.8 million in purse earnings, followed by 2021 spring-summer and fall meet titles. Before having surgery, he had 11 wins to start 2021-2022 Championship Meet including victories in the Claiming Crown Tiara on Sugar Fix and Claiming Crown Express on Face of Victory. 

    “Hopefully we keep the support from all the trainers and all the owners and we have a good upcoming winter meet,” Zayas said. “It’s even more special to [get No. 2,000] for Saffie. I’ve won so many races for him and been riding for him for a long time. But, I have to thank everyone for always supporting me for all these years.” 

    During his recovery and rehabilitation, Zayas was able to spend some quality family time with his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Lillian (5) and Lilah (21 months), who celebrated in the winner’s circle after the race. 

    “For them to be here is very special,” Zayas said. “Their support means everything.”

Saturday, November 5, 2022
3 entrants well off the board . . .

    The three Florida-breds who competed in Friday's first day of Breeders' Cup racing at Keeneland all flopped big time.

    In the Netjets Juvenile Fillies, Atomically finished seventh under Luis Saez at odds of 6-1. She earned a check of $20,000.

    In the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Delight finished 10th at odds of 9-1. She earned $10,000. 

    In the Juvenile Turf Sprint, Speed Boat Beach finished ninth at 5-1. He earned $10,000. 

    Disappointing, but there are five more competing today.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
22 will contest racing's biggest two days . . .


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

A pair of OBS graduates are entered in the $1-million Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1)

    R3 Racing LLC’s Sharp Aza Tack won Monmouth’s Tyro Stakes in July and comes in off a second in the Juvenile Sprint Stakes in September at Kentucky Downs. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 2-year-old colt by OBS graduate Sharp Azteca is now 3-2-1-0 has earned $200,200 to date. He was purchased for $100,000 out of the RiceHorse Stable consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard from post nine. 


    Bob Baffert sends out Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Speed Boat Beach, two for two and coming into the race off a victory in Santa Anita’s Speakeasy Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita on October 2nd. Switched to the lawn after setting a track record on the dirt in his debut at Del Mar, the 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Bayern, bred by Richard Heysek at Caperlane Farm, has earned $108,000 to date. He’ll break from post 11 and be ridden by Flavien Prat. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2021 October Yearling Sale, then purchased for $200,000 out of the Really and Truly Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2022 March Sale after speeding an Under Tack eighth in :9 3/5. 

Three OBS graduates are entered in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies (G1)

    Doug O’Neill sends out Omar Aldabbagh, Todd Cady and Ty Leatherman’s Vegas Magic, winner of Del Mar’s Sorrento Stakes (G2) in August and fourth last out in the Del Mar Debutante (G1). She’ll be ridden from post one by Jose Ortiz. The 2-year-old daughter of Good Magic, purchased for $100,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5, comes in with 4-3-0-0 career record and $223,200 in earnings.  

    Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Hidden Brook Farm LLC’s You’re My Girl was second in the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct on October 2nd after breaking her maiden at first asking at Saratoga in September. The 2-year-old daughter of Overanalyze, now 2-1-1-0 for trainer John Terranova, has earned $128,400 to date. She will break from post two and be ridden by John Velazquez.  After speeding an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat at the 2022 OBS June Sale, she was purchased for $130,000 out of the Coastal Equine LLC (Jesse Hoppel) consignment.  

    Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.’s And Tell Me Nolies can stake a claim to an Eclipse Award with a victory, coming into the race off wins in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes (G2) and the Del Mar Debutante (G1). She’ll start from post three and be ridden by Ramon Vazquez. The 2-year-old daughter of Arrogate, consigned by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale, was sold for $230,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Peter Miller, she has compiled a 4-3-0-0 and earned $352,800 to date. 

     Augustin Stable’s Delight is the sole OBS grad in the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after racing her way in with a frontrunning victory in Jessamine Stakes (G2) on October 7th at Keeneland. The 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Mendelssohn is a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2021 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $400,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2022 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, she’s now 4-2-0-2 and earned $211,905. Luis Saez will ride from post nine. 

Two OBS graduates are entered in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)

    Tami Bobo and Lugamo Racing Stable LLC’s Congruent won the Laurel Futurity in his last trip to the post. Trained by Antonio Sano, the 2-year-old colt by Tapit, who will start from post two under Jose Ortiz, is now 4-2-0-1 and has earned $119,240. He breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 prior to being purchased for $350,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale. 

    Reddam Racing LLC’s Wound Up broke his maiden at first asking at Del Mar in August and was fifth in Santa Anita’s Speakeasy Stakes in his last start. Consigned to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale by Woodford Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent, the 2-year-old son of Mendelssohn was sold for $280,000 after speeding a quarter in :20 3/5 at the Under Tack Show. Now 3-1-0-0 with $50,500 in earnings for trainer Mike McCarthy, he’ll break from post seven under Mario Gutierrez. 

The $1-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf has drawn six OBS graduates.

    Jeff Mullins sends out Red Baron’s Barn LLC and Rancho Temescal LLC’s Packs a Wahlop, coming in on the heels of victories in Santa Anita’s $203,000 Zuma Beach Stakes (G3) on October 9th and the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes (G3) in September. The 2-year-old colt by Creative Cause is now 4-3-0-0 with $230,000 in earnings. He was consigned to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale by Envision Equine, Agent, where he was sold for $270,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show. He’ll be ridden by Mike Smith and break from post two.  

    George A. Sharp’s Curly Larry and Mo will start from post three under Francisco Arrieta. It’s the stakes debut for the 2-year-old colt by Mo Town, who broke his maiden in frontrunning style over the Keeneland turf course in his last trip to the post on October 15th. Trained by Caio Caramori, he’s now 4-1-1-0 and earned $66,065. At the 2022 OBS Spring Sale, he worked an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 and was purchased for $75,000 out of the Brick City Thoroughbreds consignment. 

    Trainer Mike Maker sends out Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher and Jason Ash’s Really Good. After breaking his maiden at first asking at Saratoga in July, he comes in off a second in Keeneland’s Bourbon Stakes (G2) on October 9th. After working an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $125,000 out of the Randy Bradshaw consignment. The 2-year-old son of Hard Spun, now 3-1-0-2 with $138,188 in earnings, will break from post seven under Luis Saez. 

    Team Hanley, Richard Schermerhorn, and Paul Braverman’s I’m Very Busy, second in the Pilgrim Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct on October 2nd, will be ridden from post eight under Flavien Prat. Sporting a 2-1-1-0 record for trainer Chad Brown, he has earned $97,750 to date. Consigned by James Layden, Agent, to the 2022 OBS March Sale, the 2-year-old son of Cloud Computing was sold for $135,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. 

    D.J. Stable LLC’s Webslinger will be ridden by Dylan Davis and break from post ten. Mark Casse trains the 2-year-old colt by Constitution, who comes in off a maiden breaking victory in Monmouth’s Nownownow Stakes in September. A two-time OBS graduate, he went through the ring at the 2022 Spring Sale before being purchased for $50,000 out of the Blue River Bloodstock consignment at the June Sale after breezing three eighths in :33 1/5.  

    Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher, Skychai Racing LLC and Angelo Carlesimo’s Gaslight Dancer comes into the race off a second-place finish in Aqueduct’s Futurity Stakes (G3) on October 9th. Trainer Mike Maker signed the ticket for the 2-year-old colt by City of Light, purchased for $260,000 out of the Julie Davies consignment at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Now 3-1-1-0 with $121,116 in earnings, he’ll break from post 14 under Juan Hernandez. 

 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

A trio of OBS grads are entered in the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)


    Michael Dubb and Michael J. Caruso’s Hot Peppers, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, will break from post ten and be ridden by Junior Alvarado. The 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Khozan comes in with a 9-5-2-0 record and has earned $392,950 to date. A winner of Belmont’s Victory Ride Stakes (G3) in July, she was second in Saratoga’s Test (G1) in August and was fourth in the Prioress (G2) at the Spa in her last time out in September. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $16,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2021 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. 


    Trainer Brad Cox sends out Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc. and Ten Strike Racing’s Lady Rocket, second in Aqueduct’s Gallant Bloom Stakes (G2) in her last start. The 5-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat has won or placed in four graded stakes, the most recent victory in the Chicago Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in June. She comes in with a 16-7-4-2 record and $757,088 in earnings. Cox has named Joel Rosario to ride and she’ll start from post 12. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by The Acorn at the 2018 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $420,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. 

    LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing LLC’s Casa Creed is the lone OBS entrant in the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). The six-time stakes winning 6-year-old son of Jimmy Creed scored in back-to-back grade ones this summer, taking Belmont’s Jaipur (G1) in June and Saratoga’s Fourstardave Handicap (G1) in August. Purchased for $15,000 out of the Janie Roper consignment at the 2017 OBS Winter Mixed Sale and trained by Bill Mott, he comes in with a 28-7-4-4 career mark with $1,731,058 in earnings. Luis Saez rides from post 11.

Two OBS graduates will go to the post in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)


    Altamira Racing Stable, Gary Barber, Tom Kagele and Madaket Stables LLC’s C Z Rocket has spent the last few years knocking heads with the best sprinters west of the Mississippi. Coming in off a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2) on October 1st, the 8-year-old multiple graded stakes winning son of City Zip, trained by Peter Miller, has earned $1,612,641 and is now 34-12-5-5. At the 2016 OBS June Sale, he turned in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before he was purchased out of the Stephens Thoroughbred consignment for a then sale record $800,000. He’ll break from post eight and be ridden by Flavien Prat.

    Lea Farms LLC’s Willy Boi, the first Breeders’ Cup starter for trainer Jorge Delgado, comes in off a third-place finish in Saratoga’s Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) after winning Gulfstream’s Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes (G3). The 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Uncaptured will be ridden by Chantal Sutherland and break from post ten. He was sold for $40,000 by breeder Ocala Stud as a two-year-old in training at the 2020 OBS October Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5.  Now 13-6-1-1, he has earned $350,485 to date. 

    Nice Guys Stables’ King Cause carries the OBS banner into the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) after scoring in Aqueduct’s Knickerbocker Stakes (G3) on October 9th in his last start. It was the first graded stakes win for the 7-year-old son of Creative Cause, trained by Mike Maker, now 33-8-4-7 with $601,228 in earnings to date. He turned in a Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 at the 2017 OBS Spring Sale and was purchased out of the Parrish Farms consignment for $200,000 by Dennis O’Neill. Juan Hernandez will ride from post 12. 

    George Krikorian’s War Like Goddess is the lone OBS entrant in the $4-million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Third in the Filly and Mare Turf (G1) in 2021, she’s back with a chance to wrap up an Eclipse Award after three wins and a second in graded stakes this year. A winner over the boys in Aqueduct’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1) in her last start on October 8th, she comes in with a 12-9-1-1 career record and earnings of $1,612,184. Trained by Bill Mott, the 5-year-old daughter of English Channel will break from post two under Joel Rosario. Consigned to the 2019 OBS June Sale by Hemingway Racing and Training Stables, she was sold for $30,000 after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Cabo Spirit wins Twilight Derby . . .
    Kretz Racing’s Cabo Spirit saved ground early in Saturday’s $201,500, Gr. II Twilight Derby at Santa Anita, waited for room to launch his rally in the stretch and was best by half a length at the wire, with fellow OBS graduate Speaking Scout (October ’20) finishing second. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile, trained by George Papaprodromou, now 15-4-3-3 with $438,560 in earnings. Consigned to the 2021 Spring Sale by Eddie Woods, Agent, he was purchased for $575,000 by Gayle Van Leer, Agent, after breezing a quarter in :20 4/5 at the Under Tack Show. 

    Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld’s Freedom Trail is two for two and a stakes-winner after coming around horses in Aqueduct’s $120,000 Awad Stakes on Saturday, taking over inside the final sixteenth and scoring by three quarters of a length. The 2-year-old son of OBS graduate Collected, his sire’s first stakes-winner, was purchased for $150,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2022 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by John Terranova, he has earned $118,250. 


    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles and Patty Searles’ City Man overcame early traffic trouble in Sunday’s $200,000 Mohawk Stakes at Aqueduct, found room inside to reach contention at the head of the stretch, took command a furlong out and drew away to win by 2 1/2 lengths. It’s the second straight stakes victory for the graded stakes-winning 5-year-old son of Mucho Macho Man, sold to Reeves Thoroughbreds for $185,000 by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, at the 2019 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. Trained by Christophe Clement, he’s now 25-8-5-3 and earned $871,800. 


    Patricia’s Hope’s unbeaten Back to Ohio is five for five with four stakes wins after romping to a 7 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Best of Ohio John W. Galbreath Stakes at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Trained by Larry Rivelli, the 2-year-old daughter of Midshipman has earned $245,700. Consigned to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, she was sold for $385,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. 
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Four furlongs in :46.42 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gr. 1 winner White Abarrio sizzled in his return to the work tab Friday at Gulfstream Park for the first time since his fifth-place finish in the Sept. 24 Pennsylvania Derby.

    Regular exercise rider Vicente Gudiel was aboard as White Abarrio breezed four furlongs in :46.42 seconds over a fast main track, ranking first of 55 horses.

    “We gave him a little freshening after the Pennsylvania Derby and today was his first work. He worked very good, obviously,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “It was a little quicker, ideally, than you’d like for the first work back but he did it well enough.

    “He worked super good. I guess because he’s fresh he worked a little faster just because he’s feeling so good in that aspect,” he added. “We’re happy with how he went and how he came out of it.”

    After winning his first two starts and running third in the Kentucky Jockey Club at 2, White Abarrio began his 3-year-old campaign with victories over his home track in the Feb. 5 Holy Bull and April 2 Curlin Florida Derby presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa.

    The Florida Derby earned White Abarrio a shot at the Kentucky Derby, where he ran 16th following a wide trip from Post 15. Runner-up to favored Tawny Port in the Ohio Derby, he wound up seventh behind Cyberknife as the third choice in the Haskell prior to the Pennsylvania Derby, where he was fifth by eight lengths and matched a career-best 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

    “We were very disappointed at Monmouth. It was kind of a throwout race,” Joseph said. “He didn’t win the Pennsylvania Derby but I thought he ran credible. On the figures he ran top numbers … so it was a good confidence builder to get him back.”

    Joseph indicated White Abarrio will make his next start in the Gr. I Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) Dec. 3 at Aqueduct.

    “Our main goal now is to cut him back in distance to the one-turn mile,” he said. “He’ll probably stay on a Thursday or Friday work schedule every week until then.”

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool at will be guaranteed at $50,000 today during an 11-race program highlighted by a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds. First race post time is 12:25 p.m.

    Two horses were live to take down the jackpot heading into Friday’s Race 9 finale, won by Tiz a Giant ($4.20). Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $140.10.



            



            




Thursday, October 27, 2022
Bennett and Dini among early arrivals . . .
 


 

    OLDSMAR – Four Tampa Bay Downs Security Guards stood outside the entrance to the barn area about 10 minutes before 7 this morning, sporting looks of eager anticipation that gave away their thoughts.

    The first shipment of Thoroughbreds for the 2022-2023 meet was en route, and the guards could barely wait to start checking them in and greet the familiar faces of their handlers.

    “I don’t know about you guys,” Heidi Blair said to her co-workers, “but it’s exciting to me because everything is waking up again.”

    Trainer Steven Cahill, who raced at Belterra Park in Ohio this summer, drove up a few minutes later to confirm he would have four horses arriving later today. Cahill made little effort to hide his “kid in a candy store” expression as he contemplated competing at the Oldsmar oval, which is set to celebrate the start of its 97th anniversary season on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

    Cahill said the area’s typical “winter” weather, which has drawn visitors en masse since the heyday of Man o’ War, is only one reason Tampa Bay Downs is so popular. Too many tracks, Cahill believes, emphasize the prospects of casino-gaming windfalls over the spectacle and thrill of horse racing.

    “I love this place,” Cahill said. “I don’t care what day it is – people are out here cheering for the horses.”

    Another 10 minutes passed before Blair and Co. got their first look at some of this season’s cast members, whose ranks will swell dramatically over the next few weeks. Owner-trainer Jim Tsirigotis, Jr. – also the manager of Papa Jim’s Kitchen, which caters to trainers, jockeys and backstretch personnel throughout the meet – delivered his 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Brycens Gold and his 4-year-old filly Lea Me Alone after vanning them down from Delaware Park, then getting some shut-eye at the nearby Innfields Training Center.

    Tsirigotis, who expects to have seven horses stabled here, felt great to be home.

    “We’ll be here as long as there is horse racing in Florida,” Tsirigotis said of himself and his mom Terry, the owner of Papa Jim’s, named after the late family patriarch. “The people, the weather, the atmosphere back here – it’s always good to come back.”

    A couple of larger outfits from Monmouth Park, those of perennial leading Oldsmar trainer Gerald Bennett and Mike Dini, were next to arrive. Bennett assistant Juan Cacho Castro said he expected 22 horses by mid-afternoon, while Dini shipped 19.

    “My wife and our three kids live here, so this is home,” Castro said. “I’ve been coming here 22 years, and it’s not the same anywhere else. You can see how happy the horses are by the way they’re acting. They love this weather and the environment here.”

    “A lot of trainers basically have two seasons – Tampa and where we race the rest of the year,” Dini said. “And this place is very horse-friendly. It has a good racing surface that is probably one of the best in the country, and usually when your horses leave here, they’re going to do good if you put them in the right races.”

    Tampa Bay Downs opens for training on Wednesday, Nov. 2.


Friday, October 21, 2022
First stakes set for Dec. 3 . . . .
    OLDSMAR - Allison De Luca, the Racing Secretary at Tampa Bay Downs, has released the first condition book for the 2022-2023 thoroughbred season, which begins with the Wednesday, Nov. 23 Opening Day card.

    The new condition book runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 24. As she does each season, De Luca bases her books on the makeup of the Oldsmar horse population for the upcoming meet.

    “We expect to have an outstanding offering of dirt and turf races for all levels of horses, from maidens up to stakes horses,” De Luca said. “Our program keeps growing in stature and popularity due to the condition of our racing surfaces and increases in purse money, combined with the outstanding weather.”

    De Luca has also put the finishing touches on the stakes schedule, which is unchanged from last season (except for the actual dates).

    It kicks off Saturday, Dec. 3 with a pair of 6-furlong, main-track juvenile races: the 37th edition of the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes for 2-year-olds and the 45th running of the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

    Tampa Bay Downs again will conduct 26 stakes races worth $3.46-million in purse money. At present, there are seven graded stakes on the schedule. The biggest stakes day of the meet is the March 11 Festival Day program, featuring four graded stakes, including the Gr. II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown candidates. Total stakes purse money that day alone is $1 million.

    The Feb. 11 card, known as Festival Preview Day, includes four stakes races, highlighted by another Kentucky Derby prep: the Gr. III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Both the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby and the Sam F. Davis are contested on the main track at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth.

    Both races are “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying events, awarding points to the first four finishers toward qualifying for a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 6 at Churchill Downs.

    Two $175,000 graded stakes will be run on Feb. 4 at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth on the turf course: the Gr. III Tampa Bay Stakes for horses 4-years-old-and-upward and the Gr. III Endeavour Stakes for fillies and mares 4-and-upward.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
Maryquitecontrary wins $55,000 Opa-Locka Handicap . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - O’Connor, a Group 1-winning multiple-stakes winner in Chile, made an impressive U.S. debut at Gulfstream Park TOday, scoring a six-length victory in a strong 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance.

    Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., the 5-year-old Chilean-bred lagged off a sharp early pace before sweeping to the lead on the turn into the homestretch and drawing clear under Edgard Zayas. O’Connor had been racing at the distances of 1 ¼ miles and 1 3/8 miles in Chile, where he had won the Gran Premio Latino American (G1) and finished second in the Gran Premio Hipodromo Chile (G1) in April in his two most recent starts.

    “It took him a little while to acclimatize when he first came over here, but his last couple works were as good as a horse can work. The horse has unlimited talent,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “I was a little bit concerned this race might be a little short for him, but he got the pace to run into.”

    O’Connor, who gave Zayas his fourth winner of the afternoon, had won nine of his 18 starts in Chile with five runner-up finishes. Joseph expressed high expectations for the son of the Kingmambo stallion Bobom
an.

    “He’s a very nice horse. I would say we would like to go to the Harlan’s Holiday and give him a shot in the Pegasus,” Joseph said. “Obviously, the Harlan’s Holiday is a big steppingstone, but we think he’s that kind of horse. With a lot of the big guns retiring, it makes sense.”

    The $150,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3) is one of five graded stakes on the Dec. 31 program at Gulfstream.

     Fernando Vine Ode’s O’Connor ran 1 1/16 miles Sunday in 1:42.38 as the 9-5 second betting choice in the Race 7 co-feature. Multiple-stakes winner Octane, the 3-2 favorite who closely attended the hot pace by Chilean import Vivir Cn Alegria, held on to finish second, a head in front of graded stakes-winner Sole Volante.

     In Race 10, the $55,000 Opa-Locka Handicap, Rodney Lundock’s Maryquitecontrary captured her fourth victory in five career starts with a thoroughly professional off-the-pace victory.

     The long-striding daughter of First Dude, the only 3-year-old in the field of seven fillies and mares assembled for the seven-furlong overnight handicap, settled off a comfortable early pace set by Quinoa Tifah before launching a four-wide sweep leaving the backstretch, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing clear by two lengths.

     Joe Catanese-trained Maryquitecontrary, the even-money favorite, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.20 under Luca Panici, who was aboard for Poseidon’s Passion’s victory in Saturday’s featured Miami Gardens Handicap. Quinoa Tifah finished second, a neck ahead of third-place finisher Restofthestory.

     Maryquitecontrary won at first asking in a June 11 maiden optional claiming race before finishing second in the Azalea Stakes a month later. She came right back to win an Aug. 19 optional claiming allowance to set up her first stakes victory in the Sheer Drama Sept. 10.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
First Dude filly has won 3 of 4. . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Rodney Lundock’s Maryquitecontrary will look to disrespect her elders yet again in Sunday’s $55,000 Opa-Locka Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

    Fresh off a courageous victory against older fillies and mares in the Sept. 10 Sheer Drama Stakes, the 3-year-old daughter of First Dude will take on seven older rivals in Sunday’s seven-furlong overnight handicap.

    Maryquitecontrary has won three of four career starts, her only loss coming in a second-place finish in the Azalea Stakes behind multiple-stakes winner Last Leaf, who went on to win the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park in her next start.

    The homebred filly rallied from far back to graduate at first asking in a 6 ½-furlong optional claiming maiden race June 11 at Gulfstream, before finishing second in her stakes debut against Last Leaf. Maryquitecontrary came right back to capture a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance for sophomore fillies with a late surge a month later, setting up her return to stakes company against older Florida-breds in the seven-furlong Sheer Drama.

     “She has the mentality to win,” said Luca Panici, who has been aboard for Maryquitecontrary’s three wins the only three times he has ridden her. “She’s been training good. Everything looks good for the weekend. Hopefully, she can run like she did the last time.”

    In the Sheer Drama, the Joe Catanese-trained filly settled in fifth along the backstretch before advancing steadily on the turn into the homestretch and making a successful late kick to overtake multiple stakes-winner Starship Nala by a neck.

   “On the turn, it looked like she didn’t have a chance. She’s a big stride. She doesn’t have a big turn of speed. I imagine it will be the same Sunday,” Panici said. “But she has a good kick in the stretch and the mentality to win.”

    Maryquitecontrary will carry 120 pounds, two fewer than co-highweights Starship Nala and Don’t Get Khozy, a pair of season stakes performers.

    Starship Stables and trainer Steven Dwoskin’s Starship Nala, who has earned more than $388,000 in purses, made what looked like a winning move to the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch before getting caught in the closing strides in the Sheer Drama.

    Elizabeth Dobles-trained Don’t Get Khozy finished third in the Sheer Drama after being shuffled back to last after the start. Sonar, Quinoa Tifah, Restofthestory and Streaking Gray round out the field. 
Friday, October 14, 2022
Double Diamond filly nearing $300,000 mark . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Donald Dizney’s Running Memories, a $20,000 OBS purchase, has hardly been inconvenienced by the reconstruction of the turf course at Gulfstream Park during the spring and summer months, having found the Tapeta surface very much to her liking.

    The 4-year-old daughter of Bahamian Squall is scheduled to seek her third overnight handicap victory in a row on Gulfstream’s Tapeta in Saturday’s Miami Gardens, a 5 ½-furlong test for fillies and mares on the all-weather surface for which she has been assigned highweight of 126 pounds due to her dominance on the ‘other’ infield surface.

    Running Memories, who will concede between eight and 14 pounds to her six rivals, is 3-for-4 on Tapeta overall, her only loss coming in a third-place finish in her all-weather debut during the Championship Meet in which she set a pressured pace before weakening late. The Joe Orseno-trained filly subsequently has captured a 5 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance, the Bay Harbor Islands and the North Miami at five furlongs on Tapeta.

    The Orseno trainee, who captured the five-furlong Golden Beach on turf prior to the Bay Harbor Islands, shipped to Lone Star following the Bay Harbor Islands win for a start in the Chicken Fried, a five-furlong turf stakes in which she got away slowly and raced wide before finishing sixth, beaten by only three lengths. She came off a two-month layoff to narrowly capture the Sept. 11 North Miami.

     “She’s doing really well. The last race came off a two-month layoff from the Texas race, she’s pretty well ready to run this one,” Orseno said.

    Running Memories has been installed at 4-5 in the morning line for the Miami Gardens, in which Jeanne Martin’s Poseidon’s Passion will seek an upset victory after coming up just a neck shy of victory in the North Miami. The Jim Gulick-trained 5-year-old daughter of Poseidon’s Warrior, who captured an optional claiming allowance on Tapeta in her previous start, will carry 118 pounds, eight fewer than Running Memories.    

    “Going 5 ½,  I’m not sure how much that’s going to affect her. Jimmy Gulick’s horse is a pretty nice filly. We just beat her, but I think my filly coming off the Texas race was not quite where she is for this race,” Orseno said. “She kind of needed that one to get her back to where she was.”

    Edgar Perez has the return call on Running Memories, who has run up earnings of $280,180, while Luca Panici will be back aboard Poseidon’s Passion.

    Soto Racing Stable’s Strategy Queen, Past the Wire Racing and Glenn Fagan’s Trevess, Wendell Yates and Ron Brown’s Sequin Lady, ProRacing Stable’s Nikee Kan and Anne-33’s Sammy’s Town round out the field.






Thursday, October 13, 2022
Both sell for $110,000 . . .

    A pair of youngsters by Girvin were each sold for $110,000 to share honors atop the Open session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 October Yearling Sale.

    Hip No. 418, a dark bay or brown colt consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent, went to Champion Equine. He’s out of stakes- placed OBS graduate Absoulute Heaven, by Not For Love, a daughter of stakes-winning OBS graduate Princess Caveat.


    D J Stable purchased Hip No. 610, a bay filly consigned by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales. She’s a half -sister to stakes- winning OBS graduate Little Chesney, out of Liberty Flag, by Kingmambo.

    Hip No. 639, a daughter of OBS graduate Sharp Azteca consigned by Moreau Bloodstock Int’l, Inc., Agent, went to New Day Training Center for $85,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Miss Subtle, by Misremembered, a daughter of graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Subtle Aly.

    Hip No. 304, a daughter of Good Magic consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, was sold for $75,000 to Sean S. Perl Bloodstock. The chestnut filly is out of Rivercane, by Awesome Again, from the family of graded stakes-winner Scott’s Scoundrel.

    Hip No. 663, a son of Awesome Slew consigned by Boutte Sales, Agent, went to Antonio Sano for $70,000. The chestnut colt is out of Selective Memory, by Malibu Moon, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Strong Barows.

    Hip No. 252, a daughter of Yoshida (JPN) consigned by Sweet River Thoroughbreds, Agent, was purchased by Antonio Sano for $65,000. The chestnut filly is out of On Cloud Nine, by Unbridled’s Song, a daughter of graded stakes-winner Statuette.

    RiceHorse, Agent, went to $62,000 for Hip No. 299, a daughter of OBS graduate World of Trouble consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Remington Rose, by Take Charge Indy, a half-sister to stakes-placed Twirl Girl.

    Hip No. 370, a daughter of Girvin consigned by Double Tap Sales, Agent, was purchased for $57,000 by III Beauty’s Thoroughbreds. The gray or roan filly is out of OBS graduate Sweet Dreams Diva, by Rockport Harbor, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Good Morning Diva

    Hip No. 297, a son of OBS graduate Coal Front consigned by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent, went to Julie Davies, Agent, for $55,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Ready Witted, by More Than Ready, from the family of grade one stakes-winner Love and Pride.

    John C. Oxley went to $55,000 for Hip No. 578, a daughter of Mendelssohn consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent. The bay filly is out of J. A. Curlin, by Curlin, a daughter of stakes-winner Victory With Class.

   Hip No. 344, a son of Khozan consigned by Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent, was sold to Mathis Stable for $52,000. The chestnut colt, a half-brother to graded stakes- placed Pedaltothemedal, is out of Something Brewing, by Meadowlake, a half-sister to grade one stakes-winner El Brujo.

    Frank Bertolino paid $50,000 for Hip No. 420, a daughter of Not This Time consigned by Bobby Jones Equine, Agent. The bay filly is out of OBS graduate Ahaya, by Indian Charlie, a half-sister to grade one winner Rail Trip and to the dam of Chop Chop, second by a nose in Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes (G1) on October 7.


    Hip No. 463, a son of Rogueish consigned by Las Palmas Farm, went to Saffie Joseph Jr. for $50,000. The bay colt is out of OBS graduate Born to Jazz, by Student Council, a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Born to Dance.

    For the Open session, 256 yearlings sold for $ 4,367,900, compared with 281 bringing $5,224,500 a year ago. The average price was $17,062, compared with $18,593 in 2021, while the median price was $13,000, compared with the $15,000 figure a year ago. The buyback percentage was 30.2% compared with 16.6% last year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Selected yearlings bring more than $6.1 million . . .

    A colt by Mitole and a filly by the Factor were both purchased by D. J. Stable for $210,000 to share honors at the top of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 Selected Sale of Yearlings.

    Hip No. 122, a son of champion OBS graduate Mitole consigned by Bobby Jones Equine, Agent, is a bay colt out of Eenie Meenie Miney, by Uncle Mo, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Tableaux.

    Hip No. 150, a bay filly by The Factor out of Honey Trap, by Medaglia d’Oro, consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent, is a half-sister to OBS October/March graduate Delight, winner of Keeneland’s Gr. II Jessamine Stakes last week.

    Hip No. 201, a son of Good Magic consigned by Bobby Jones Equine, Agent, was sold to DILLIGAF, for $160,000. The chestnut colt, a half-brother to graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Sarah Sis, is out of Emerald Gal, by Gilded Time.

    CSV went to $155,000 for Hip No. 203, a son of Ghostzapper consigned by K P Sales, Agent for Westbury Stable. The chestnut colt is out of Hannahanna, by Malibu Moon, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Silent Bird.

    Hip No. 100, a son of Awesome Slew consigned by Sue Vacek, Agent, was sold to Champion Equine for $150,000. The bay colt, a half-brother to stakes-placed OBS graduate Reckling, is out of Cash Reserve, by Distorted Humor, a daughter of graded stakes-winner Private Treasure.

    Hip No. 4, a son of OBS graduate Sharp Azteca consigned by Sweet River Thoroughbreds, went to Mathis Stable for $130,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Peppermint Fire, by Sidney’s Candy, from the family of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Madam Fireplace.

    Hip No. 30, a daughter of champion OBS graduate Mitole consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent, was sold to Classic Bloodstock for Gary Anderson for $125,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Sinister Siren, by Empire Maker, a half-sister to stakes-placed Unanimously, from the family of champion OBS graduate Delightful Mary.

    FMQ Stables went to $125,000 for Hip No. 66, a son of Not This Time consigned by Whitman Sales, Agent. A half-brother to graded stakes-placed OBS graduate Scotland, the dark bay or brown colt is out of Varus, by Vicar, a half-sister to stakes- placed Cape Good Hope.

    Hip No. 137, a daughter of Mendelssohn also consigned by Whitman Sales, Agent, was sold to R & E Bloodstock for $115,000. The dark bay or brown filly, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Market Town, is out of Geographic, by Empire Maker, from the family of champion Slew o’ Gold.

    CSV went to $110,000 for Hip No. 144, a daughter of Mendelssohn consigned by Sennebec South Farm. The bay filly is out of Guise, by Exchange Rate, from the family of graded stakes-winner Phoenix Tower.

    Hip No. 131, a son of OBS graduate Coal Front consigned by Kaizen Sales (Richard Kent), Agent for Spendthrift Farm, was purchased for $105,000 by Janice Geeding. The dark bay or brown colt is out of stakes-placed Fairy Star (AUS), by More Than Ready, a half-sister to grade one stakes-placed Lizard Island.

    Hip No. 14, a daughter of OBS graduate Sharp Azteca consigned by Goldencents Thoroughbreds, Agent, was sold to de Meric Sales for $100,000. The dark bay or brown filly is out of Reign Suzanne, by Street Hero, a half-sister to graded stakes- winning champion Academic.

    Hip No. 106, a daughter of Nyquist consigned by Beth Bayer, Agent, was sold for $100,000 to Dew Sweeper II. The chestnut filly is out of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Citizen Advocate, by Proud Citizen, a half-sister to the dam of champion Caledonia Road.

    For the Selected Yearling Sale, 125 horses sold for $6,101,000 compared with 104 yearlings bringing $4,539,000 a year ago. The average price was $48,808, up 34% compared with $43,644 last year, while the median price was $40,000, rising 25% compared with $32,000 in 2021. The buyback percentage was 33.2%; it was 22.4% a year ago.

Monday, October 10, 2022
Rainbow 6 hit . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Fresh off running away with the Royal Palm Meet title, Miguel Vasquez is continuing his dominance during the Sunshine Meet at Gulfstream Park, where the 27-year-old jockey rode four winners on Sunday’s program.

    Vasquez celebrated his fourth consecutive multi-win day Sunday after winning three races in each of the previous three racing days at Gulfstream.


    The Panamanian-born jockey, who claimed his 1,000th victory in the U.S. at Gulfstream on May 5, captured the Royal Palm Meet title with 108 wins, 23 more than his nearest rival, and he has already opened a 10-win lead in the jockey standings six racing days into the Sunshine Meet with 16 winners.


    The Laffit Pincay Jr. Technical Jockey Training Academy graduate, who has been a mainstay of the South Florida industry since 2014, scored aboard Shaq Diesel ($5.80) in Race 3, Marwad ($5.40) in Race 4, Mr. Mac Quhae ($14.60) in Race 6 and Black Bolt Barbie ($7.40) in Race 7.

    Mohammed Moubarak-trained Marwad, who debuted with a victory and finished third in the Bear’s Den at Gulfstream before finishing fifth in the Virginia Derby at Colonial, set a record for 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta with a 1:41.55 clocking for his late-rallying three-quarters of a length victory. (Novgorod the Great ($9.60) and jockey Luca Panici won the featured optional claiming allowance in Race 9 in the track-record time of 55.58 seconds for five furlongs on Tapeta).

     Vasquez rode six winners at Gulfstream on Aug. 15, 2020, one away from the track record for wins on a single program.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Hit 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool was hit for an $87,511 payoff Sunday. The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for just three racing days since the Oct. 1 mandatory payout. The winning combination on a single ticket was 1-4-8-7-6-4.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Bucchero gelding finishes 2nd . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Julio Garriga’s No Name Dude made a name for himself Saturday at Gulfstream Park, achieving stakes-winner status in the $65,000 Hollywood Beach.

    The Big Beast gelding made a significant move forward from a maiden special weight race victory on dirt three weeks earlier to capture the five-furlong sprint stakes for 2-year-olds while making his first start on Tapeta.

    “We checked his mare and he had one sister who won on the grass, so I said to the owner, ‘Why don’t we run in the stakes,” trainer Jose D’Angelo said. “He ran very good on it.”

    No Name Dude ($24.40) settled in third behind a contested pace set by dueling Face Abarrio and Wide West, both maiden winners on the all-weather surface in their respective debuts, along the backstretch and on the far turn. Jockey Sonny Leon eased No Name Dude off the rail before making a three-wide sweep on the turn into the homestretch and passing the pacesetters nearing mid-stretch. The homebred gelding continued on to prevail by a half-length over the late-charging Takecareofbusiness, a son of Pleasant Acres' successful freshman Bucchero and his third stakes horse. Multiple stakes-placed Cheerful Charlie finished a nose back in third.


    “The horse is very fast but is still very immature mentally,” D’Angelo said. “I think this race was good for him because he didn’t get a great start and he made a nice move around the horses. I think he has good future, especially running five furlongs, 5 ½-furlongs. He wants to sprint.”

    No Name Dude, who ran five furlongs in :56.67 seconds, finished third in his debut at six furlongs on dirt before graduating at the same distance with a front-running performance.


Saturday, October 8, 2022
$400,000 October yearling scores by 5 . . .

    Augustin Stable’s Delight earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with a powerful victory in Friday’s $320,463, Gr. II Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland. The 2-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Mendelssohn took the lead at the start and never looked back, drawing away in the stretch to a five-length victory.

    It’s her first stakes win for trainer Jonathan Thomas, giving Delight a 4-2-0-2 career record with earnings of $211,905. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by Stuart Morris, Agent, at the 2021 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $400,000 out of the Paul Sharp consignment at the 2022 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. 

Friday, October 7, 2022
Having his best season ever - by far . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Forced to make a career decision last spring due to the closure of Arlington International, Edgar Perez opted to return to South Florida, where he had first ridden without much success shortly after venturing from Venezuela in 2009.

    The 42-year-old journeyman, who eventually found a welcoming and comfortable home on the Chicago circuit until this year, has reason to celebrate his move to Gulfstream Park, where he is enjoying the most successful season of his career.

    “I’m very very happy. The first time at Gulfstream I didn’t do much. Then, I went to Delaware and Chicago,” Perez said. “I came back to Gulfstream and I am thankful for the opportunities. I’m very happy here. I like the weather; I like Miami; I like the track; I like the Tapeta.”

    During his first full-time meeting at Gulfstream Park in years, Perez finished third in the jockey’s standings behind South Florida mainstays Miguel Vasquez and Leonel Reyes in both wins and purses-won while riding the winners of 75 races and more than $2.4 million in purses during the recently concluded Royal Palm Meet.

    “It was a good meeting for me with 75 wins,” said Perez, who enjoyed a five-win day on June 24. “Everything is good for me. I’m happy.”

    Perez had even greater reason to celebrate his return to Gulfstream Saturday on the second day of the Sunshine Meet when he rode Atomically to an upset victory over heavily favored Lynx in Saturday’s $400,000 My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the 2022 Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-old fillies sired by accredited Florida stallions.

   The Jose Pinchin-trained daughter of Girvin, who had previously finished third in her debut and graduated by seven lengths prior to making her first start in the lucrative FSS series Saturday, made a sweeping move to the lead on the turn into the stretch under Perez and drew away by 6 ¾ lengths over Lynx, who had dominated the first two legs of the series in the $100,000 Desert Vixen and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl.

    “She’s a very nice filly. The first time, she wasn’t ready. The second time, she ran big. Saturday, she won easy going long,” said Perez, whose 2022 purses-won total soared to more than $2.8 million -- $720,000 more than his previous career high achieved in 2018 - with nearly three months to go.

    Agent Rene Douglas has been able to book mounts for Perez for a wide range of trainers at Gulfstream, where the resurgent jockey notched stakes victories aboard Armando De La Cerda-trained California Frolic (English Channel, Not Surprising), Elizabeth Dobles-trained Don’t Get Khozy (Surfside), Fausto Gutierrez-trained Omixochitl, and Michael Maker-trained Me and Mr. C (Mr. Steele) during the Royal Palm Meet.

    Perez has been named to ride Fernando Abreu-trained Boris in Saturday’s Hollywood Beach, a five-furlong test for 2-year-olds on Tapeta.

    Perez has ridden 902 winners since departing Venezuela, where he was the regular rider for trainer Gustavo Delgado’s superstar, Bambera, a winner of nine Group 1 stakes, including the 2009 Classico del Caribe at Puerto Rico’s Camarero Race Track.

 

 

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Maiden specials will increase by $24,000 to $84,000 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park announced a significant purse increases for maiden special weight and allowance races for the 2022-2023 Championship Meet, which will get under way Dec. 26, as well as substantial purse increases for the same conditions during the current Sunshine Meet from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. 

    Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will once again feature Pegasus World Cup Day with the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), $1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), and $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G3), as well as the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1 and $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) March 4. 

    Maiden special weight purses will total $84,000 (including $14,000 from FTHA-FOA) beginning opening day of the Championship Meet Dec. 26 – an increase of $24,000. Allowance races will total $86,000-$88,000 (including $14,000 from FTHA-FOA) – an increase of $25,000. 

    The Sunshine Meet’s December calendar will see maiden special weight purses total $70,000 ($10,000 from FTHA-FOA) and allowance purses total between $71,000-$73,000 ($10,000 from FTHA-FOA). Increases will be $10,000. 



December will also mark the start of racing on Gulfstream’s new turf course, which has been enhanced with new drainage and irrigation systems.

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Denies Lynx a series sweep . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Jose Pinchin and Michael Bernard’s Atomically foiled Lynx’s bid to sweep the 2022 fillies division of the Florida Sires Stakes Saturday at Gulfstream, drawing away to a dominating 6 ¾-length victory in the $400,000 My Dear Girl.

    The My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final for the fillies division of the series for juveniles sired by accredited Florida stallions, co-headlined Saturday’s Sire Stakes program with the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile finale for the colts and geldings division.

    Arindel’s Lynx had devastated her competition in the stretch run of all three of her previous starts, closing strongly to win her debut before trouncing her rivals in the first two legs of the FSS series, the $100,000 Desert Vixen at six furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs. Yet, it was Atomically ($7.60) who was the stronger filly in the stretch Saturday while scoring her first stakes victory in her first start in this year’s series.

    The daughter of hugely successful first-crop sire Girvin debuted with a third-place finish on Aug. 22 before graduating by seven lengths in a seven-furlong maiden special weight race on Sept. 2. Atomically was racing around two turns for the first time and broke from the No. 9 post position for her stakes debut.

    “She was training so good. And her numbers were so good. Her numbers were way above everybody else in the race,” said Pinchin, whose wife Tracy and Bernard bred Atomically. “We weren’t overly concerned about [the post]. The only thing we were concerned about was whether she was seasoned enough, because she only had two runs.”

    Lynx got away from the gate cleanly from her No. 2 post but was shuffled back to fifth on the first turn, as Dreaming In Style sprinted for the lead with Time Passage, Dorth Vader and Cajun Tease in pursuit. Atomically advanced along the backstretch on the outside of horses under Edgar Perez to enter contention following a half-mile in :47.90 seconds.

    Atomically swept to the lead on the far turn while Lynx got clear to make her run. Although Lynx made a solid run into the stretch, the 4-5 favorite was no match for the Pinchin trainee, who lengthened her advantage to the wire.

    “I thought I was in a perfect position and at the half-mile pole I had a lot of horse,” Perez said. “I asked her to run and she went.”

     Pinchin had previous success in the series, saddling Three Rules for a sweep of the 2016 colts and geldings division.

    Atomically ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.35. Lynx held second under Edgard Zayas, 4 ¼ lengths clear of Dorth Vader.

    Scandalous Act (2013) was the last filly to sweep her division of the FSS series. Champion Awesome Feather (2010), Aclassysassylassy (2004) and Nancy’s Glitter (1997) had previously accomplished the feat.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Could return in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - CSLR Racing Partners Awesome Strong  distinguished himself as the 10th horse to sweep the colts and geldings division of the Florida Sire Stakes series at Gulfstream Park, notching a testing victory in the $400,000 In Reality.

    The In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile final for the colts and geldings division of the series for juveniles sired by accredited Florida stallions, co-headlined the Florida Sire Stakes program with the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile finale for the fillies division in which Atomically foiled Lynx’s bid to sweep the fillies division two races earlier.

    “I feel like I’m on Cloud 9,” trainer Jorge Delgado said. “I’m happy to join the names of the trainers that swept the series, knowing how hard it is to do. Earlier on the card, the filly that was the favorite, lost. Things can happen and another horse can come in and beat you.”


    Awesome Strong was sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in a field of 12 after dominating the first two legs of the FSS series, the $100,000 Dr. Fager at six furlongs and the $200,000 Affirmed at seven furlongs. The son of Ocala Stud Farm freshman sire Awesome Slew was somewhat slow away from the starting gate from his No. 8 post and was forced to race wide on the first turn while sandwiched between horses. Apocalypso showed the way along the backstretch, setting fractions of :22.56 and :46 seconds for the first half mile while chased by Diamond Cool, Commandant and Turbo with Awesome Strong starting to advance on the far outside.

    Awesome Strong made a sweeping move on the far turn to engage Apocalypso into the homestretch before sprinting clear at the top of the stretch under Miguel Vasquez. Apocalypse dropped back as 70-1 shot Tigre made a strong bid along the rail, but Awesome Strong held gamely to prevail by 1 ½ lengths.

    “I wasn’t happy with the post position, but you can’t change that. He overcame that. Miguel did a fantastic job. The horse always shows up and comes through,” Delgado said. “The horse lost some ground on the first turn and had to race wide. The whole race he had to race wide. He overcame that and still had something left to win the race.”         

    Awesome Strong ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.58 with his fourth victory without defeat while pulling off the series sweep.

    Smile was the first to sweep the colts and geldings division of the FSS series in 1984. Naked Greed (1991), Seacliff (1995), Sir Oscar (2003), Express Tour (2000), Big Drama (2008), Jackson Bend (2009), Fort Loudon (2011) and Three Rules (2016) have also swept the series.


    “He proved he can rate,” Vasquez said. “I wanted to get him closer to the back and let him make his run.”

    Tigre, who had finished third in the Armed Forces on Tapeta only seven days earlier, finished 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Knox.

    Awesome Strong debuted impressively on May 6 at Gulfstream, breaking free of traffic on the turn to score by six lengths, completing 4 ½ furlongs in a swift :51.62 seconds. CSLR Ranch Partners’ Bill Childs and son Alex Childs took notice and proceeded to purchase him for $500,000, agreeing to the steep price tag knowing that the son of Awesome Slew was eligible for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes series.

    Awesome Strong came back to dominate the Aug. 5 Dr. Fager. Away from the gate alertly, he set a solid pace along the backstretch and far turn before drawing clear in the stretch by 4 ¾ lengths in the six-furlong first leg of the series. He became eligible for his series sweep in the Sept 3 Affirmed at seven furlongs with a three-lengths victory after closely stalking the pace and drawing clear in the stretch.

    Saturday’s sweep has left open the possibility of Awesome Strong returning in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland.

    “We talked about if he can do it here, possibly we go to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland and run there,” Alex Childs said. “We don’t want to strain on him. But if he can come back good, we may give it a shot.”
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Carryover stands at $410,520 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Today's Florida Sire Stakes program will feature a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool at Gulfstream Park. 

    The multi-race wager went unsolved on Friday for the 20th consecutive day following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout. Heading into today’s program, the Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot pool stood at $410,520. The jackpot pool is
 g. expected to grow to $1.5 million following the betting.

    On mandatory-payout days, the entire Rainbow 6 jackpot pool is paid out to the bettor or bettors with the most winners in the six-race sequence. The carryover jackpot is usually 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 usually goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. 

    Saturday’s Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 6-11, featuring the $100,000 Gil Campbell Memorial in Race 7, the $400,000 My Dear Girl in Race 8 and the $400,000 In Reality in Race 10. 

    Jorge Delgado-trained Awesome Strong will bid to sweep the colts and geldings division of the Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited Florida stallions in the 1 1/16-mile In Reality. The Undefeated son of Awesome Slew, who is rated at 7-5 in the morning line, produced dominating victories in the first two legs of the FSS series, the $100,000 Dr. Fager at six furlongs and the $200,000 Affirmed at seven furlongs.
 

    Carlos David-trained Lynx will also seek a sweep for the fillies division in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl after scoring impressive victories in the first two legs of fillies division, the $100,000 Desert Vixen at six furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs. 

    Both Awesome Strong and Lynx should prove to be popular ‘singles’ in Rainbow 6 wagering. However, the fields for both divisions have come up strong. 

    The connections of Arindel’s Turbo, runner-up to Awesome Strong in the first two legs, are hoping the son of Brethren will step forward with the stretch-out around two turns.  Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained will be represented by a pair of promising 2-year-olds in Apocalypso, who rallied from last to finish third following a bumping start in the Affirmed, and Arindel’s Knox, who finished fourth in the Dr. Fager. 

    Lynx, 8-5 in the morning line for the My Dear Girl, will be challenged by Ralph Nicks-trained Guardian Angel, a full-sister to 2014 In Reality winner Sing Praises who finished second in the Susan’s Girl. Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will be represented by a pair of promising fillies: Time Passage, a half-sister to last year’s My Dear Girl winner Outfoxed; and Dreaming In Style, a very impressive debut winner last time out. 


    Michael Yates-trained Dean Delivers is 8-5 in the morning line for the Gil Campbell Memorial, a mile handicap for Florida-bred 3-year-olds that will offer a $50,000 bonus purse money for FSS-eligible entrants. David-trained Gatsby is expected to be well-backed by Rainbow 6 bettors after being rated second in the morning-line at 9-5. Arindel’s son of Brethren is coming off a strong optional claiming allowance win under returning Chantal Sutherland, who is 2-for-2 aboard the winner of the Sunshine Sprint during the Championship Meet. 

    The Rainbow 6 sequence kicks off with a $10,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards on Tapeta in Race 6 that figures to be a ‘spread leg’ for Rainbow 6 bettors. Poco Charlie and Fly the W were both claimed last time out and will return for solid off-the-claim trainers. 

 A mile optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up in Race 9 follows the Campbell and My Dear Girl. Joseph-trained Picking Up Pennies and Ron Spatz-trained Assertiko are coming off optional claiming victories that should garner them support from many bettors. 


    Following the In Reality, an $8,000 claiming race for fillies at a mile and 70 yards on Tapeta in Race 11 will complete the Rainbow 6 sequence. Gilberto Zerpa-trained Rubysa will try to break through at 2-1 in the morning line in a competitive field of 12 after back-to-back second-place finishes. 
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Gatsby in for Arindel . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gatsby pulled off a gutsy debut victory over heavily favored Golden Pal at Gulfstream Park on April 11, 2020. His three-quarters of a length triumph in a 4 ½-furlongs maiden special weight race is being viewed more and more as a significant upset as Golden Pal continues to rattle off graded-stakes victories, including the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

    Carlos David-trained Gatsby has gone on to prove that his stunning debut victory wasn’t a complete fluke, establishing himself as a stakes-winner who can routinely stand up to tough competition in South Florida. The 4-year-old homebred son of Brethren will be among the top contenders in Saturday’s $100,000 Gil Campbell Memorial.

    The mile handicap for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up, which offers an additional $50,000 for Florida Sire Stakes eligible entrants, will be a supporting feature on Saturday’s program that will be co-headlined by the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the final legs of the 2022 Florida Sire Stakes series. Undefeated Lynx will represent Arindel and David in her attempt to sweep the 2022 FSS series for fillies in the My Dear Girl.

    Gatsby is a 4-year-old full brother to Octane, who captured the seven-furlong Affirmed and the 1 1/16-mile In Reality during last year’s FSS action. The Gil Campbell Memorial, in which Gatsby will carry highweight of 123 pounds, will require him to race beyond seven furlongs for the first time.


    “I think he’ll get the distance. He’s Octane’s full brother. They’re both pretty similar,” Arindel’s Brian Cohen said. “It might be that seven furlongs is his distance and a mile is a little too far, but he’s doing really well. I think he should get the mile, and Chantal knows him.”

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland will seek to remain undefeated aboard Gatsby Saturday, having visited the winner’s circle both times she has ridden him dating back to Sept. 9, 2021.

    “Chantal rides him well,” Cohen said. “He doesn’t want the lead. He wants a target. Dean Delivers drew outside of us, but it would be nice if he could get to the outside of Deal Delivers and stalk him.”

    Gatsby is rated second in the morning line at 9-5 behind 8-5 favorite Dean Delivers, a 3-year-old who is coming off a pair of sharp optional claiming allowance victories.

            “What I like about Gatsby is that now that he’s late in his 4-year-old year, he’s become more rateable,” David said. “Chantal Sutherland understands the horse and knows how to relax him. She knows how to get the best out of him.”

    Gatsby and Sutherland were reunited for a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance Sept. 4 just five days shy of a year since they had last teamed for a victory. Sutherland closely tracked the pace aboard Gatsby, who kicked in through the stretch to score by a neck.

     Gatsby, who captured the Sunshine Sprint Stakes during the Championship Meet, will be joined in the Gil Campbell Memorial field by Clapton, an Arindel 3-year-old homebred son of Brethren who finished third in the Carry Back stakes at Gulfstream before finishing off-the-board last time out in the Smarty Jones (G3) at Parx.

   Edgard Zayas has the call aboard Clapton.

     Stonehedge Farm’s Dean Delivers finished second in the Swale (G3), a half-length behind My Prankster, during the Championship Meet. The Michael Yates-trained 3-year-old gelded son of Cajun Breeze defeated older rivals two starts back by 5 ¼ lengths while running six furlongs in a swift 1:09.39.

     Miguel Vasquez has the call aboard Dean Delivers, who will also seek to win beyond seven-furlongs for the first time while receiving four pounds from Gatsby.

     Harold Queen and trainer David Fawkes’ Noble Drama, a 7-year-old gelding with nearly $750,000 in earnings, won back-to-back overnight handicaps at the one-turn mile distance last year before gong on hiatus. The son of Gone Astray, who is out of a half-sister to champion Big Drama and a full sister to multiple Gra.1 winner Sheer Drama, has finished fourth in his first two starts this year.

    “This will be his third race, which should be his best race, and it’s his best distance – a flat mile going one-turn,” Fawkes said. Noble Drama, who has been assigned 122 pounds, is a seven-time stakes-inner thus far during his five seasons of competition.

    “He’s been a wonderful horse and he’s great to have around the barn. He’s a cool horse. He’s good to deal with. Anyone can gallop him,” Fawkes said. “You don’t even know he’s in the barn. He’s quiet. He’s just the nicest horse.”

   Emisael Jaramillo has the call aboard Noble Drama.

 Jacks or Better Farm Inc.’s Shivaree, a four-time stakes-winner who finished second behind Tiz the Law in the 2020 Florida Derby; William and Corinne Heiligbrodt and Spendthrift LLC’s Cattin, a stakes-winning son of Neolithic; Glassman Racing LLC’s Klugman, who followed up a third-place finish in the Not Surprising Stakes with a 7 ¼-length optional claiming allowance win at a mile; and Ricardo De Anda’s Sociallongdistance, a one-time winner in five career starts; round out the field. 

    All entrants in the Gil Campbell Memorial with the exception of Klugman are eligible for the $50,000 Florida Sire Stakes bonus, which will be distributed on a 70%-20%-10% basis.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
$13.6 million on the line . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The $3 million, Gr. I Pegasus World Cup Invitational, $1 million, Gr. I Curlin Florida Derby, and $400,000, Gr. II Fountain of Youth will headline the three most prestigious racing days during the 2022-2023 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park.

     A total of 60 stakes, including 35 graded events, will be contested for $13.6 million in purses during the world-class winter meet that will get under way on Dec. 26 and run through April 2. Gulfstream’s stakes schedule will include 31 stakes races across the new turf course.


      The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, a 1 1/8-mile event for 4-year-olds and up, will be renewed on a program with six graded stakes on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Pegasus, won last year by Life Is Good over defending champion and 2021 Horse of the Year Knicks Go, will be supported by the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for 4-year-olds and up on turf, and the $500,000, Gr. III Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf Invitational, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for older fillies and mares. 

      The Pegasus World Cup race day card will also include the $200,000 Inside Information (G2), a seven-furlong race for older fillies and mares, the $200,000 W. L. McKnight (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf race for 4-year-olds and up, the $150,000 La Prevoyante (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf event for older fillies and mares, the $150,000 Fred Hooper (G3), a mile stakes for older horses, and the $100,000 Carousel Club, a mile-and-70-yard overnight handicap for 4-year-olds and up on Tapeta.

     The Pegasus World Cup has attracted participants, fans and media from around the world and has made racing history in front of celebrities Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Gene Simmons, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Olivia Culpo, Vanessa Hudgens, Vin Diesel, Ashley Simpson and Nicole Scherzinger, to name just a few. In addition to the excitement on the track, Pegasus World Cup guests have enjoyed post-race performances by Lil’ Kim, Ja Rule, Mase, El Debarge and DJ Cassidy (2022), Nelly and T-Pain (2020), Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson (2019), Post Malone (2018) and Thomas Rhett (2017). 

     “This year’s Championship Meet will continue Gulfstream’s tradition of hosting many of the top horses, horsemen and women, jockeys from around the world, and some of the sport’s most spectacular events,” said Aidan Butler, 1/ST RACING. “With races like the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth and Gulfstream Park Oaks – along with the opening of Gulfstream’s new world-class turf course – we believe this winter season will be one of the sport’s most anticipated and popular meets.”

     The Curlin Florida Derby, a tradition-rich 1 1/8-mile Triple Crown prep for 3-year-olds, will be renewed on an April 1 program with 10 stakes, including six graded, and featuring the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The $200,000 Pan American (G2), a 1 ½-mile turf stakes for older horses, the $150,000 Orchid (G3), a 1 ½-mile turf event for older fillies and mares, the $150,000 Ghostzapper (G3), a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses, and the $150,000 Appleton (G3), a mile turf stakes for older horses, will also be renewed on Florida Derby Day. Other stakes on Florida Derby are the $150,000 Sand Springs, $100,000 Sir Shackleton, $100,000 Cutler Bay, and $100,000 Sanibel Island. 

     In the 71 runnings of the Florida Derby, 45 starters have gone on to win 58 Triple Crown events. There have been 24 Kentucky Derby winners, 18 Preakness Stakes winners and 16 Belmont winners. 

     The Florida Derby will conclude Gulfstream’s Road to the Triple Crown, which will kick off with the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man (mile) Jan. 1, followed by the $250,000 Holy Bull [(G3), 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 4, and the $400,000 Fountain of Youth [(G2), 1 1/16 miles on March 4. 

     The Holy Bull will headline one of five ‘Super Saturday’ cards, supported by the $125,000 Claiborne Swale (G3), a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds, the $125,000 Forward Gal (G3), a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, the $175,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and the $100,000, and the $175.000 Sweetest Chant (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.  

    The Fountain of Youth will be featured among nine stakes, eight graded, that will be renewed on the March 4 card. The $200,000 Davona Dale, a mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies,  the $200,000 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile (G2), a mile stakes for older horses, the $200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2), a 1 3/8-mile turf stakes for older horses, the $150,000 The Very One (G3), a 1 3/8-mil the $150,000 Canadian Turf, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for older horses, the $200,000 Herecomesthebride (G3), a mile turf stakes for 3-ear-old fillies, the $150,000 Honey Fox (G3) at a mile on the turf, and the $200,000 Palm Beach, a mile event for 3-year-olds, will be supporting races on the Fountain of Youth card. 

     The $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2), a 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up, will be the headliner on the Championship Meet’s first ‘Super Saturday’ card with six graded stakes December 31. The $150,000 Harlan’s Holiday, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old and up, the $125,000 Mr. Prospector (G3), a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, the $125,000 Sugar Swirl (G3), a six-furlong dash for fillies and mares, the $125,000 Rampart (G3), a mile event for fillies and mares, and the $125,000 Suwannee River (G3), a mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, will also be renewed on the program.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Daughter of Brethren is unbeaten in 3 starts . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Arindel’s Lynx is scheduled to put her undefeated record on the line in Saturday’s $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park while looking to pull off a sweep of the fillies division of the 2022 Florida Sire Stakes series.

    The My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile fillies finale of the Florida Sire Stakes series for juveniles sired by accredited Florida stallions, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile FSS final for colts and geldings in which CSLR Racing Partners’ Awesome Slew will also seek a sweep of his division.

    Carlos David-trained Lynx has pounced on her competition in the stretch in all three career starts, closing strongly to win her debut before dominating her rivals in the first two legs of the FSS series, the $100,000 Desert Vixen at six furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at seven furlongs.

    Lynx, 8-5 in the morning line in a field of 10 fillies, drew Post 2 for her FSS sweep bid.

    “We’ve never had the opportunity to sweep the sire stakes,” said Brian Cohen, stable manager for Arindel, whose Octane captured the final two legs of the 2021 FSS colts and geldings series after missing the first leg. “This is the leg she’s meant for. She wants to go this distance. I think it sets up well – there’s so much speed in the race. We’re looking forward to it.”

    The colts and geldings and fillies divisions have not been swept in the same year since the series’ inception in 1982.

     Lynx debuted May 19 in a five-furlong maiden special weight race against open company, in which she overcame traffic to score by 1 ¾ lengths going away. The daughter of Brethren got away from the starting gate slowly after a bumping incident in the Desert Vixen but recovered nicely to score by 1 ¼ lengths. There were no anxious moments in the Susan’s Girl, in which she stalked the early pace before drawing clear by four lengths.

     Cohen expects her Brethren bloodlines will aid Lynx in her attempt to successfully stretch out to 1 1/16 miles.

     “Most of them want to go a little further than the 4 ½-5 [furlong] early races. The family has been really good,” Cohen said. “She’s shown from the beginning she wanted to go further. She’s got a lot of heart.”

    Edgard Zayas, who has been aboard for her victories in the first two legs, has been awarded the return mount.

     Scandalous Act (2013) was the last filly to sweep her division of the FSS series. Eclipse winner Awesome Feather (2010), Aclassysassylassy (2004) and Nancy’s Glitter (1997) had previously accomplished the feat.

    Jacks or Better Farm’s Guardian Angel enters the My Dear Girl as a two-start maiden but is coming off a second-place finish behind Lynx in the Susan’s Girl, in which she overcame bumping at the start to take the lead in the stretch, only to fall victim to Lynx’s strong late surge. The Ralph Nicks-trained daughter of Jess’s Dream finished third in her July 29 debut.

    “We’re still asking a lot of her in the third start of her career going two turns, but you only have one chance at $400,000,” Nicks said. “She ran a good seven-eighths. She’s by Jess’s Dream, so she should carry it the two turns.”

    Guardian Angel is a half-sister to Sing Praises, who captured the 2014 In Reality at 1 1/16 miles, as well as the six-furlong Dr. Fager. She is also a half-sister to Spirit Wind, a multiple-stakes winner who finished second behind champion Ce Ce in the seven-furlong, Gr. II Princess Rooney July 2 at Gulfstream Park.

    She’s done well. You always would like more time with these young horses,” Nicks said “She got started late, but she’s doing well. Hopefully, she handles it fine.”

    Edwin Gonzalez has the return mount aboard Guardian Angel.

    Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will seek his 11th Florida Sire Stakes success with a pair of fillies in the My Dear Girl – Laurie Plesa and Glassman Racing’s Time Passage and Richard Pletan’s Dreaming in Style.

    Time Passage, an impressive maiden winner in her second career start, finished fourth in the Susan’s Girl after attending the pace into the stretch. The daughter of Tunwoo, a half-sister to 2021 Susan’s Girl and My Dear Girl winner Outfoxed, will be equipped with blinkers for the first time.

    “I was somewhat disappointed in her last race," Plesa said. "She had a couple of little excuses, Maybe, a couple of little excuses and the addition of blinkers will have her run a true race. She’s worked well with the blinkers. She has a little bit more experience than the other filly. It’s hard to separate them.”

    Dreaming in Style enters the My Dear Girl off an impressive 3 ½-length debut victory at five furlongs Sept. 9.

     “Under normal circumstances, you take a horse that’s run only one time and breaks its maiden impressively, you run it back in an allowance race. What do you have to lose?” Plesa said. “The filly ran a big race and she galloped out really strongly in that race.”

    Kevin Krigger has the mount on Dreaming in Style, who is rated at 8-1 in the morning line, while Paco Lopez is scheduled to ride Time Passage, rated third at 6-1, for the first time.


    Trainer Jose Pinchin and Michael Bernard’s Atomically, coming off a dazzling seven-length front-running maiden score going seven furlongs, is rated second at 4-1 in the morning line. The homebred daughter of Girvin had previously finished third behind Time Passage in her debut. Edgar Perez has the return mount.


    Stonehedge Farm's Cajun Tease, who set the pace before finishing third in the Susan’s Girl, will seek to carry her speed around two turns for the first time. The Michael Yates-trained daughter of Cajun Breeze had previously graduated at first asking.

    Leading rider Miguel Vasquez is scheduled to ride Cajun Tease for the first time.

    Harold Lerner, AWC Stables and Magdalena Racing and Nehoc Stables’ High Fashion Lady, who finished off the board in the Susan’s Girl, enters the My Dear Girl as the only filly to win around two turns. The Kenny McPeek-trained daughter of Awesome Slew had previously broken her maiden at a mile at Colonial Downs.

    Chantal Sutherland has the call on High Fashion Lady.

    John Ropes’ Dorth Vader, who graduated against Florida-breds in her second career start last time out; Gelfenstein Farm’s Marvelous Lady, a two-race maiden trained by leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., and Fihn Holdings Inc.’s Sherlyn Go Go, privately purchased and turned over to trainer Michael Maker after finishing second behind High Fashion Lady in her debut at Colonial; round out the field.
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Hasn't been a sweep since Three Rules in 2016 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - CSLR Racing Partners’ Awesome Strong and Arindel’s homebred Lynx will attempt to achieve rare sweeps Saturday of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    The undefeated Awesome Strong, a 2-year-old colt by Awesome Slew, is favored in the $400,000 In Reality and unbeaten Lynx, a 2-year-old daughter of Brethren, is favored in the $400,000 My Dear Girl.


    Awesome Strong would become the first colt to sweep the three-race open division series since Three Rules in 2016, while Lynx would be the first filly to sweep the series since Scandalous Act in 2013. While there have been 13 horses that have sweeps of their division, the feat has never been achieved in the filly and open divisions in the same year.

   Awesome Strong, who won the $100,000 Dr. Fager by 4 ¾ lengths and the $200,000 Affirmed by three lengths, is expected to be heavily favored in the $400,000 In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile FFS finale that has drawn a field of 12 colts and geldings.


    The son of Awesome Slew, who debuted at Gulfstream with a six-length victory May 22, will be challenged by Juan Alvarado-trained Turbo, who finished second in both the Dr. Fager and Affirmed, and Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Apocalypso, who closed from 11th to check in third in the Affirmed.

    Awesome Strong drew Post 8; Turbo will break from Post 6; Apocalypso drew the rail.

    Lynx, who captured the $100,000 Desert Vixen by 1 ¼ lengths and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl by 4 ¾ lengths, headlines a field of 10 fillies in the $400,000 My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile FSS finale for fillies.

    The homebred who debuted with a 1 ¾-length triumph at Gulfstream on May 19 will face Ralph Nicks-trained Guardian Angel, the Susan’s Girl runner-up, Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained Time Passage, a half-sister to 2021 My Dear Girl winner Outfoxed, and Dreaming in Style, a daughter of Girvin who graduated in style by 3 ½ lengths on Sept. 9.

    Lynx drew Post 2, one stall inside Guardian Angel. Time Passage will break from Post 6.

    The Florida Sire Stakes series has produced five Eclipse Award winners – Smile (1984 Sprinter), Not Surprising (1995 Sprinter), Big Drama (2010 Sprinter), Brave Raj (1986 Juvenile Filly) and Awesome Feather (2010 Juvenile Filly).

 $400,000 In Reality - 2-Year-Old Colts - 1 1/16 miles

1. Apocalypso

Edgard Zayas

Saffie Joseph Jr.

6-1


2. Knox

Leonel Reyes

Saffie Joseph Jr

8-1


3. Belts ‘n Brooks

Edgar Perez

Ralph Nicks

30-1


4. Diamond Cool

Romero Maragh

Patrick Biancone

30-1


5. Commandant

Luca Panici

David Braddy

15-1


6. Turbo

Edwin Gonzalez

Juan Alvarado

4-1


7. Rockin Roller

Kevin Krigger

Eddie Plesa Jr.

20-1


8. Awesome Strong

Miguel Vasquez

Jorge Delgado

7-5


9. Tigre

Jason Huayas

Roger Laurin

15-1


10. Fifty One Fifty

Jose Morelos

Luis Ramirez

20-1


11. Cajun Hope

Emisael Jaramillo
 
Michael Yates

30-1


12. Hard to Handle

Paco Lopez

David Fawkes

8-1


 $400,000 My Dear Girl - 2-Year-Old Fillies - 1 1/16 miles

 

1. High Fashion Lady

Ken McPeek

Chantal Sutherland

20-1


2. Lynx

Edgard Zayas

Carlos David

8-5


3. Guardian Angel

Edwin Gonzalez

Ralph Nicks

10-1


4. Dreaming in Style

Kevin Krigger

Eddie Plesa Jr.

8-1


5. Dorth Vadar

Marcos Meneses

Michael Yates

12-1


6. Time Passage

Paco Lopez

Eddie Plesa Jr.

6-1


7. Marvelous Lady

Emisael Jaramillo

Saffie Joseph Jr.

15-1


8. Cajun Tease

Miguel Vasquez

Michael Yates

8-1


9. Atomically

Edgar Perez

Jose Pinchin

4-1


10. Sherlyn Go Go

Leonel Reyes

Michael Maker

20-1

Friday, September 23, 2022
Lure Him In has taken to the Tapeta . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Back from his working summer vacation in California, David Berman, Jeffrey Lambert, and Robert Fetkin’s Lure Him In is scheduled to return to Gulfstream Park’s familiar Tapeta course for Saturday’s $55,000 Pembroke Park. 

    The Bob Hess-trained 5-year-old gelding, a most impressive winner on the all-weather surface during the Championship Meet, will clash with six talented rivals in the 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up. 

    Lure Him In demonstrated an affinity for Gulfstream’s Tapeta surface with a dominating 2 ½-length victory in the Jan. 27 Sunshine Turf that was taken off the turf and transferred to the all-weather surface. 

    “I loved the way he got over it that day. I thought that was one of his better if not best race,” trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. 

    Lure Him In ran twice more on turf before heading to California, where he finished sixth in the All American over Golden Gate Fields’ all-weather track before running twice over Del Mar’s turf, including a close-up second in an optional claiming allowance last time out. 

    “I thought he would run better at Golden Gate, not that he ran poorly, but I think he especially likes the Tapeta at Gulfstream Park,” Hess said. 

    Lure Him In has been assigned highweight of 123 pounds, between one and nine pounds more than his rivals. He is rated second at 3-1 in the morning line, along with graded-stakes winner Sole Volante, behind Lamplighter Jack, who is 2-1. 


    “We’re excited for that spot,” Hess said. “He arrived by plane [Wednesday] night. He ate everything and we’ll give him some light training [Friday] and we’ll hope to get the ‘W’ Saturday.” 

    Leading rider Miguel Vasquez has the call on Lure Him In. 

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante, a stakes-winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to make his debut on Tapeta in the Pembroke Park while coming off a five-month layoff.  

    “I don’t know if he’ll like it or not, but it gives him an opportunity for a comeback race,” trainer Patrick Biancone said. 

    Sole Volante, who won the Pulpit on Gulfstream’s turf course and Sam F. Davis (G3) on Tampa’s main track before running in the 2020 Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby, was turned out after finishing fifth in the April 22 Elkhorn over Keeneland’s turf course. 

    “We sent him to the farm for three months to relax and a well-deserved vacation because he hasn’t had a vacation since he was a 2-year-old,” Biancone said.  “We’re hoping to have him well for the end of this year.” 

    Although Biancone isn’t sure how the 5-year-old son of Karakontie will handle the Tapeta surface, he is looking forward to getting him back in action. 

    “He’s training better than ever. The break has done him a lot of good. He’s got a good spirit; he’s happy,” Biancone said. “This race is the first step for, hopefully, a fruitful winter. It’s not easy to come back running against horses that have been running every three weeks. The key in this race is to bring him back to competition.” 

    Romero Maragh is scheduled to ride Sole Volante for the first time Saturday. 

    Melvin Simonovich’s Lamplighter Jack will return to the Gulfstream Tapeta course, over which had won four races in a row quite impressively prior to fifth-place finish on turf in an allowance at Kentucky Downs. 

    “It was a little disappointing because the horse was really sharp and doing well,” trainer Joe Orseno said. “The fractions on the front-end were just too fast. No way, the horse could sustain that run. It was just a different race. He only got beat four lengths and he was trying to the end. 

    Prior to shipping to Kentucky, the 4-year-old gelding was a front-running winner in his four Tapeta victories, winning by a combined 13 lengths. 

    “He took to that surface, although he likes grass also,” Orseno said. “He sure likes it here.” 

    Edgar Perez, who has been aboard for his four Tapeta wins and his loss on turf at Kentucky Downs, has the return mount on Lamplighter Jack. 

    Sonata Stable’s Calibrator, trainer Dan Hurtak’s Mamba Laker, Victory Racing Partner’s Kahiko, and Ivette Perez Chambless’ Journeyman round out the field. 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Magic on Tap is a graded SW . . .

    MORRISTON - Florida-based Pleasant Acres Stallions has announced the arrival of the graded stakes-winning son of Tapit – Magic on Tap – for the 2023 breeding season with a $5,000 fee. There are a limited number of lifetime breed rights available.

    “Helen and I, and the entire team at Pleasant Acres Stallions, are thrilled to have Magic on Tap begin his stallion career at our farm,” said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. “This is an absolute win for Florida breeders! Magic on Tap is of the same cross as Constitution and Essential Quality – who stand for $85,000 and $75,000 in Kentucky.”

    After breaking his maiden in his first race going 6.5 furlongs, Magic on Tap went on to capture the Gr. II Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita Park last year where he beat Gr.1 winner Eight Rings for a two-length victory. Magic on Tap’s tactical speed excelled - he posted four triple-digit E Speed Figures.

    Magic on Tap was purchased in utero for $2.5 million by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine. Lyon has owned and/or bred a stable full of impressive racehorses and broodmares, including multiple Gr. 1 winner McKinzie, Gr. 1 winner Chasing Yesterday and Gr. 1 winner Flightline. Flightline (Tapit / Feathered, by Indian Charlie) was bred by and partially owned by Summer Wind Equine and is currently considered the “World’s Best Racehorse” with a rating of 139 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

    Summer Wind Equine owns Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman / Exclusive Rosette, by Ecliptical) – the dam of American Pharoah. Lyon retains partial ownership of Magic on Tap and Summer Wind Equine is committed to supporting this young stallion’s exciting new breeding career! The arrival of Magic on Tap to Pleasant Acres Stallions was brokered by Stallion Company of Lexington and the Lifetime Breeding Rights arrangements will be handled by Director of Stallion Services Christine Jones at 352-804-6618.

    Magic on Tap hails from an impressive generational female line of accomplished racehorses. His first dam, Aubby K (Street Sense / Lilly Capote, by Capote) had nine starts with four victories and two thirds, winning the $300,000 Gr. 1 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs and the $150,000 Gr. II Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She was purchased in 2015 by Summer Wind Equine for $2.5 million – in foal to Tapit – carrying Magic on Tap. She has produced four foals – three starters and two winners – a GSW and a GSP.

    His second dam, Lilly Capote (Capote / London Lil, by London Company) is also a GSW – having won the $150,000 Gr. III Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs, the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and the black-type Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland. She has had great success as a broodmare with seven starters and six winners and progeny earnings in excess of $1 million.

    Magic on Tap’s third dam, London Lil (London Company / Lil’s Day, by Misty Day) is a GSW (Gr. III La Prevoyante Handicap) along with multiple additional stakes wins. She is the dam of eight winners, including a GSW and a BTW.
Magic on Tap’s sire, Tapit (Pulpit / Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) is America’s most dominant sire of his time. Standing at Gainesway in Kentucky for $185,000 in 2022, he has emerged as one of the most influential and breed-shaping stallions of the past half-century. Tapit is #1 on the Lifetime Sires by Progeny Earnings in North America with nearly $160,000,000, 890 winners, 143 BTWs (11.9%), 92 GSWs and 28 G1Ws.

    Magic on Tap joins Amira’s Prince, Bellavia, Bucchero, Curlin’s Honor, Gone Astray, Gunnevera, Leinster, Long On Value, Neolithic, No Never No More, Rushie, and Sweetontheladies, at the 220-acre farm located just northwest of Ocala.

Monday, September 19, 2022
Hidden Warrior pays $13.80 . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gustavo Guevara broke through with his first victory in the U. S. Sunday with his first stateside starter, when Hidden Warrior rallied to win Race 4 at Gulfstream Park.

  A native of Venezuela, Guevara most recently trained in Panama before venturing to South Florida in July.

    “Thanks to God and my family,” said an emotional Guevara, who was joined by his wife, Carla, and their daughters, Valeria and Natalia, in the Gulfstream winner’s circle.

    The 47-year-old trainer, who estimated that he had saddled 200 winners in Venezuela and Panama, currently trains six horses at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

    Guevara claimed Hidden Warrior ($13.80) for $12,000 out of an Aug. 6 maiden special weight race, in which the 3-year-old son of Khozan faded to sixth after contesting the pace into the stretch. Sunday, Hidden Warrior stalked the early pace before kicking strongly through the stretch to graduate by 2 ¼ lengths under Romero Maragh.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $450,000 Friday. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 16 days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.

Sunday, September 18, 2022
8/5 favorite wins Our Dear Peggy Stakes . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - C2 Racing Stables LLC and Stefania Farms LLC’s Blind Spot was expected by the bettors to handle both Tapeta and two turns for the first time in Saturday’s $65,000 Our Dear Peggy, and they were right.

    The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained 8-5 favorite in a field of 10 juvenile fillies, who was coming off an impressive 2 ½-length front-running maiden-breaking victory on dirt, was the beneficiary of a well-judged ride by Edgard Zayas to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

    “Two turns or Tapeta, she’d never done either. She worked on Ocala on synthetic but that doesn’t meet she’s going to like it. They were unknown circumstances and she handled them well,” Joseph said. “Thank God, we were able to win a stake for Stefania and C2 Racing. They’ve been good to us.”

    Blind Spot raced a few lengths behind a contested pace by around the first turn and on the backstretch, where Vai Via showed the way under Sonny Leon while closely pursued by Stephanie’s Charm and Blind Spot. Stefanie’s Charm, who was coming off an impressive maiden score around two turns on the all-weather surface, was six-wide on the first turn and was rank along the backstretch but was still able to take the lead into the stretch. However, Blind Spot loomed boldly to her outside after advancing on the turn into the homestretch and would prove too much for Stefanie’s Charm and jockey Inoel Beato.

    “I think that Stefanie’s Charm is a decent horse. I think today’s her best race for Blind Spot,” Joseph said.

    Blind Spot, a $125,000 daughter of Cross Traffic, ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.21 after stalking fractions of :24.73 and :49.69 seconds for the first half-mile. Stefanie’s Charm finished a half-length ahead of Vai Via.

    While Blind Spot handled Tapeta Saturday, her future may be on turf.


    “Definitely turf will be coming into consideration. She has a sibling that’s pretty good on the turf,” Joseph said. “I think from here, we’ll go to the turf, most likely.”

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $450,000 on today’s program at. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 15 days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Gelding hasn't won in more than 5 years . . .

    The big question surrounding Gone Astray Kiss is, "Are you losing money for the year when your horse has run 10 times through Sept. 15 while earning $6,468?"

    Only Anthony Foglia knows for sure. 

    Foglia is the owner and trainer of the 8-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding by Gone Astray. He's been both since mid-2020 - before that he was only the trainer. When Gone Astray Kiss closed out the 2019 campaign at Mahoning Valley on Dec. 2, 2019 he was owned by Jeff Zook and trained by Foglia. When he made his return at Monmouth Park on July 7 of 2020, Foglia was listed as both. It is not known if Foglia forked over any money for the gelding or if Zook gave him away to make room for a horse who might bring in some cash.

    After his last start this month, Gone Astray Kiss sports a lifetime record of 2-2-12 in 80 tries. He's earned $125,434. But, in his 10 starts of 2022, he has a pair of fifths, three sixths, four sevenths and an eighth. Foglia is lucky that his Monmouth races include paydays for those also-ran finishes.

    GAK hasn't won a race since May 13 of 2017, which comes to five years and four months ago. That was his best year of seven - two victories, a second and two thirds in 17 starts, earnings of $38,065. 

    Does Foglia just love this horse and doesn't want to see him retire? Does he think GAK can still win a race? Or even finish in the money? Time will tell - GAK should be ready to go again, he hasn't run since Sept. 4. 

    One last question! Who are the people who keep betting on him?

      

Monday, September 12, 2022
4th victory for West Newton . . .
    BALTIMORE - Two days after Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 following a 70-year reign, a horse she bred in England won Saturday’s second race at Pimlico Race Course.

    West Newton, a 6-year-old gelding ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Richard Hendriks, rallied from sixth to win by a half-length while covering a firm 1 1/8-mile turf course in 1:52.12.

    West Newton, out of the mare Queen’s Prize, also bred by the late monarch, had been competing over hurdles. It was his fourth career win in 19 starts.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Bahamian Squall filly was a $20,000 OBS purchase . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Stall applications for the 2022-2023 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park, featuring the Gr. I Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Gr. I Pegasus World Cup Turf, the Gr. I Florida Derby, and three Gr. IIs, theFountain of Youth, Gulfstream Park Oaks and Gulfstream Park Mile – and a new turf course – are due Saturday, Sept. 24.

   The Championship Meet will begin Monday, Dec. 26.

Running Memories Back on Track in North Miami         

    Donald Dizney’s Running Memories returned to winning form with a speedy and gutsy victory in the $55,000 North Miami Handicap. The winner of back-to-back handicaps on turf and Tapeta at Gulfstream before venturing to Lone Star, where she finished a troubled fifth in the Chicken Fried Stakes on turf, Running Memories made a victorious return in the five-furlong overnight handicap for fillies and mares on Tapeta.

    The Joe Orseno-trained Bahamian Squall 4-year-old filly pressed the pace set by archival Miss Auramet past swift fractions of :21.21 and :44.39 seconds for the first half-mile. The 6-5 favorite sped past a tiring Miss Auramet to open up a clear lead in mid-stretch, only to be met with a strong outside challenge by Poseidon’s Passion inside the 16th-pole. Running Memories dug deep to hold off the challenge by a neck.

    “She was doing so well and we really want to win a stake with her so we took her to Texas," Orseno said. "She bruised her foot in that race and didn’t get the chance to run her race, and a horse took her position away. She just didn’t get a chance to run. It’s a shame. From there she went to the farm for a week and came back to me, and we got her ready.”

    Running Memories ran five furlongs in :56.51 seconds to capture her eighth race in 16 career starts while winning her third race in four starts over the all-weather surface. Poseidon’s Passion was 3 ¾ lengths clear of third-place finisher Quinoa Tifah.

    “My filly is probably about 80 percent what she was before she left for Texas. This will put her back to 100 percent,” said Orseno, who will be on the lookout for a turf or Tapeta stakes for Running Memories’ next start.
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Owned by Ocalan Rod Lundock . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Rodney Lundock’s Maryquitecontrary, the only 3-year-old in a field of highly experienced fillies and mares, captured Saturday’s $65,000 Sheer Drama at Gulfstream Park.

    The daughter of First Dude raced on the outside while stalking the early pace contested by Restofthestory and Frankly My Dear past fractions of :23.04 and :45.89 seconds for the first half mile of the seven-furlong stakes for Florida-breds. Corey took over the lead on the turn into the stretch, and was quickly joined on her outside by Starship Nala with Maryquitecontrary looming further outside.


     Starship Nala opened up a clear lead in mid-stretch, but the long-striding 3-year-old surged inside the 16th-pole to get to the finish line first by a neck. Favored at 9-5 on the basis of two victories and a second-place finish behind multiple stakes- winner Last Leaf in the Azalea Stakes, Maryquitecontrary ran seven furlongs in 1:23.42 under Luca Panici.

    “I wanted to stay clear, because every time I’ve ridden her, she was clear. She needed time to get herself together on the turn because she has such a long stride,” Panici said. “She has a good brain because at the end when she has a target she goes after it.”

    Starship Nala finished second under Jesus Rios, 3 ¼ lengths ahead of a late-rallying Don’t Get Khozy and Edgar Perez.


    The Joe Catanese-trained Maryquitecontrary was the new face in the field, in which six horses were exiting the Aug. 16 Surfside Handicap won by Don’t Get Khozy, followed by Restofthestory, Corey and Race Day Speed.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $300,000 on today’s program. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m. The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 12 days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 4-9, headlined by the $55,000 North Miami, a five-furlong overnight handicap for fillies and mares on Tapeta, in Race 8.

 

Saturday, September 10, 2022
Dizney filly loves the Tapeta surface . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - When last seen in action at Gulfstream Park, Donald R. Dizney’s Running Memories dominated the Bay Harbor Islands Handicap by 3 ¾ lengths over the Tapeta racing surface.

    After a disappointing trip out of town, the Joe Orseno-trained 4-year-old filly is scheduled to step back onto the all-weather surface Sunday in the $55,000 North Miami.

    Running Memories is scheduled to carry 125 pounds while sharing co-highweight honors with Miss Auramet in the five-furlong overnight handicap for fillies and mares.

    Following back-to-back victories over Miss Auramet on Tapeta and turf, the daughter of Bahamian Squall was shipped to Lone Star Park to run in the July 16 Chicken Fried Stakes, a five-furlong turf test in which she finished fifth as the 6-5 favorite after being forced to race five wide.

    “The van ride out there took a little toll on her," trainer Joe Orseno said. "It was pretty hot. She handled all of that OK, though. She got over it. Going into the paddock, she was feeling good and touting us like she never did before. I was expecting a big race. When she broke, she was in a little bit of a tangle and when she went up to them, a horse came over and took her path away. She doesn’t usually let that happen. She came out of the race with a bit of a foot bruise, and I think that played a major part in her not being at the top of her game in the race.”

    Running Memories was sent to Double Diamond for evaluation and returned to Orseno’s barn at Gulfstream.

    “She’s had a great breeze over the Tapeta. If she didn’t breeze well, I might have waited, but she’s ready,” Orseno said.

    A five-time winner on turf, Running Memories is 2-for-3 on Tapeta.

    “She’s turf or Tapeta, for sure. I think she runs equally well on turf as she runs on Tapeta. I do believe she likes this Tapeta a lot,” Orseno said.

    Prior to winning on Tapeta in her most recent Gulfstream start, Running Memories defeated Miss Auramet by 1 ¾ lengths in the Golden Beach Handicap on turf, while receiving five pounds from the Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained multiple stakes-winner. Dizney purchased Running Memories for $20,000 at the 2020 OBS July sale out of the McKathan Bros. consignment. She's compiled a record of 7-2-1 in 15 starts in the familiar Double Diamond colors, and has earned $246,480. 

    “They’re two nice fillies. Eddie’s filly is a quality, quality filly. When she’s on her game she’s very tough, as we are,” Orseno said. “It should be a great rematch.”

    Edgar Perez has the call on Running Memories.

    David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Miss Auramet followed up her two runner-up finishes behind Running Memories with a sharp 2 ¾-length victory in the Biscayne Park Handicap at five-furlongs on the all-weather surface.

    Kevin Krigger has the return call aboard the daughter of Uncaptured, who has amassed earnings of more than $625,000.


    Diamond 100 Racing Club and Amy Dunne’s Diamond Wow is scheduled to seek a return to her impressive juvenile form today while receiving nine pounds from the co-highweights. The Patrick Biancone Jr.-trained 3-year-old filly won her first two career starts at Gulfstream before finishing a close second over Keeneland’s turf course in the Gr. II Jessamine. Sidelined by a minor injury, the daughter of Looking At Lucky has finished fourth in the Feb. 5 Gr. II Forward Gal on dirt and sixth in the May 7 Honey Ryder on turf. 
Romero Maragh has the call.

    Jeanne Martin’s Poseidon’s Passion, an optional claiming allowance winner after finishing second behind Miss Auramet in the Biscayne Park; Carlo D’Amato’s Six Feet Apart, who is scheduled to make his first start for trainer Jose D’Angelo after winning a turf sprint at Woodbine; Arindel’s Quinoa Tifah, Prostar 10 Stables and The Four Horsemen’s War of Ages, and Anne-33’s Sammy’s Town round out the field.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Moves into third in trainers' standings with 27 victories

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Jose D’Angelo stepped up the pace of his already successful Royal Palm Meet Sunday at Gulfstream Park, saddling the winners of the first three races on the program.

    Marc Tacher’s Sonata Stable is the owner of all three winners: Candenza ($3.60) in Race 1, Peter D. ($4) in Race 2 and Carabinero ($3.80) in Race 3.

    D’Angelo moved into third in the trainer’s standings with 27 victories while upping his 2022 win-total to 129.

    “I knew from the entries that we would have three very good chances today,” said D’Angelo, who has also enjoyed success at Saratoga, Monmouth and Penn National during the summer months.

    Jesus’ Team, who put D’Angelo on the map as an up-and-coming trainer while finishing third in the 2020 Preakness Stakes, second in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and second in the 2021 Pegasus World Cup, was sidelined a year ago and has battled back from bouts with salmonella and laminitis.

    “He’s doing very well. He went to the gate (Saturday) and worked very good,” Delgado said. “I think he needs three or four more breezes for me to see where I am with him.”

    Sonny Leon, who moved his tack to Gulfstream Park from the Ohio circuit after winning the Kentucky Derby aboard Rich Strike, rode the winners of the first two races Sunday, while Emisael Jaramillo was aboard for D’Angelo’s third winner of the day.

    It was Jaramillo’s first visit to the winner’s circle since returning Friday from a two-month hiatus while recovering from multiple injuries in a July 8 spill.

    “I’m happy to be back riding again – this is my profession,” said Jaramillo, who went on to score aboard Kaeko ($5.60) in Race 7. “It’s a risky profession, but when you are healthy and you ride good horses for good trainers, this is the best profession in the world.”

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $250,000 on Friday’s program. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 10 racing days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Awesome Strong won the Dr. Fager by 4 3/4 lengths . . .

    The Affirmed, the seven-furlong second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series, will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl, a seven-furlong sprint for fillies in the lucrative series for 2-year-old offspring of accredited stallions standing in Florida.

    “He’s been impressive. He surprises me every day with his training. He is a very smart horse,” trainer Jorge Delgado said. “He’s ready for a race. It’s hard for me to keep him settled because he wants to do so much every day. Thank God, we don’t have any more breezes before the race. My job is just to keep him happy.”

    Awesome Strong offered an attention-grabbing debut May 6 at Gulfstream Park, breaking free of traffic on the turn to score going away by six lengths, completing 4 ½ furlongs in a swift 51.62 seconds. CSLR Ranch Partners’ Bill Childs and son Alex Childs were so impressed with the performance that they proceeded to purchase him for $500,000, agreeing to the steep price tag knowing that the son of Awesome Slew was eligible for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes series.


    They were hardly stricken by buyer’s remorse when Awesome Strong came back to dominate Florida-sired rivals Aug. 5 in the $100,000 Dr. Fager at Gulfstream. Away from the gate alertly, he set a solid pace along the backstretch and far turn before drawing clear in the stretch by 4 ¾ lengths under returning rider Miguel Vasquez in the six-furlong first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. Although it was his first start for his new owners, it was his second start for trainer Jorge Delgado.

     The owners were new in the game. They didn’t know many people in the game, so they said, ‘Let’s just call the trainer who trained the horse and see if he wants to train the horse.’ I said, ‘Of course, I want to train the horse,’” Delgado recalled. “I was very sad when the owners sold the horse but very happy when the new owners said I was going to keep training the horse.”

    Awesome Strong didn’t exactly take Delgado by surprise with the sensational start of his career.


    “My exercise riders who have been with me from the beginning loved him. They said, ‘He’s smart. He’s very professional in his training,” Delgado said. “Every time he breezed, he showed a lot of talent, so the first time he ran, we were expecting big things out of him.”

    Vasquez, Gulfstream’s leading rider who has been aboard for both victories, has the return mount aboard Awesome Strong.

     Arindel’s Turbo, who finished a clear second behind Awesome Strong in the Dr. Fager, is scheduled to return in the Affirmed. The son of Brethren had previously captured his June 19 debut by 2 ¾ lengths over a next-out winner.

    Arindel will also be represented by Maximo, another homebred son of Brethren who graduated by 10 ½ lengths in a two-turn race on Tapeta.

    Edwin Gonzalez has the call on Turbo, whom he rode in his debut victory, while Emisael Jaramillo is scheduled to ride Maximo.

    Stonehedge LLC’s This Run’s for You will seek to rebound from an off-the-board finish as the favorite in the Dr. Fager. The Kathleen O’Connell trainee attended the pace into the stretch before fading to seventh in the first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes just 11 days after producing a brilliant debut performance. The gelded son of Khozan scored a front-running 11-length victory in a six-furlong maiden special weight race for state-breds.

    Edgar Perez will return aboard the Stonehedge LLC homebred.

     Gary Barber and D J Stable LLC’s Bouncer, a son of Adios Charlie who was purchased for $190,000 in June at the OBS horses of racing age sale, enters the Affirmed off an impressive debut victory Aug. 20. Trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse, Bouncer rated off the pace before making a three-wide sweep into the stretch and edging away to a one-length victory in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race for Florida-breds
Sonny Leon has the return call.

    Magic Cap Stables’ Apocalypso is also scheduled to make his stakes debut in his second start Saturday. The son of red-hot freshman sire Girvin debuted in a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight race for Florida-breds, in which he raced four-wide before taking the lead on the turn into the homestretch and resisting late pressure to prevail by a neck.

    Edgard Zayas will be back aboard the Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained colt.

    William Churly and Shadowbrook Farm Inc.’s Cajun Hope will be a popular upset pick for many trip handicappers after performing gamely in the face of adversity in his last three starts. The Michael Yates-trained son of Cajun Breeze most recently hit the gate at the start of the Dr. Fager and raced extremely wide but ran gamely in the stretch to get up for a third-place finish behind Awesome Strong and Turbo.

    Marcos Meneses has the return mount board Cajun Hope, who previously graduated in a six-furlong open maiden special weight race despite bobbling at the start.

    Champion Equine LLC’s Commandant will attempt to rebound from sixth-place finish in the Dr. Fager that followed an impressive debut victory in which the son of Girvin surged in the stretch to prevail over Cajun Hope after racing eight-wide into the stretch.

    Luca Panici has the mount on the David Braddy trainee, who was purchased for $300,000 at the OBS April sale.

    Corinne and William Heiligbrodt’s Undalay, Robyn Kaiser’s Ensign Skip and Granpollo Stable’s Gran Slash round out
the field.

    The Affirmed will be followed Oct. 1 by the $400,000 In Reality.

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Morning line set for Florida Sire races . . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - St. George Stable’s Mounsieur Coco cavorted over Gulfstream Park’s Tapeta Course Saturday while capturing the $65,000 Proud Man Stakes, providing trainer Fausto Gutierrez with a lot of hope for the future of the 2-year-old son of Bolt d’Oro.

    “I think we need to go north and try to get to the Breeders’ Cup,” Gutierrez said. “I want to go to the turf.”

    Mounsieur Coco stalked pacesetter J R’s Pride during fractions of :21.95 and :45.84 seconds before drawing away to win impressively by 4 ½ lengths under Miguel Vasquez, completing 5 ½ furlongs on the all-weather surface in 1:04.16. The 1-2 favorite, who had finished fourth on dirt after a troubled start in his July 16 debut, graduated by 6 ½ lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on Tapeta with the addition of blinkers just eight days prior to Sunday’s stakes victory.

    “He was the best of the 2-year-olds we had. He had very good workouts. He is a very consistent horse,” Gutierrez said. “The first race, he was surprised at the start without blinkers. Now the horse has experience. He relaxed very nice.”

  Mounsieur Coco’s stablemate, Mariachi Crush, closed late to finish second, a head in front of Cheerful Charlie.

    Gutierrez reported that Letruska, St. George Stable's 2021 champion older female, exited her third-place finish in Saturday’s Personal Ensign at Saratoga in good order. The 6-year-old daughter of Super Saver made her first start in the U. S. at Gulfstream, beating the boys in the 2019 Copa Invitational del Caribe at 1 ¼ miles.

    Magic Cap Stable’s Twelve Volt Man provided leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. with his third victory on today’s card while denying Gutierrez a sweep of the co-features by edging favored Chocolate Bar by a half-length in the $55,000 Miami Shores.

    Twelve Volt Man ($15.20) settled in mid-pack for the first half-mile of the 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap before entering contention with a wide sweep on the turn into the homestretch. He caught Chocolate Bar, the 8-5 favorite who had saved ground closely stalking the pace before taking the lead at the top of the stretch.

    Twelve Volt Man, who ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.15 under Edwin Gonzalez, was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Ghostzapper on the Curlin Florida Derby undercard on April 2. Chocolate Bar finished 3 ¾ lengths ahead of I’m a G Six.

Florida Sire Stakes Morning Lines (To be run Saturday, Sept. 3):

$200,000 Affirmed - 7 furlongs

Post     horse                            jockey              odds

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1          Undalay                      Reyes              30-1

2          Ensign Skip                 Prado               30-1

3          Apocalypso                 Zayas               8-1

4          Cajun Hope                 Meneses          12-1


5          Awesome Strong        Vasquez          5-2

6          Bouncer                       Leon                9-2

7          Gran Slash                  Morelos           15-1

8          This Run’s For You    Perez               4-1

9          Commandant               Panici              12-1

10        Maximo                       Jaramillo          10-1

11        Turbo                           Gonzalez         6-1 
                                        

$200,000 Susan’s Girl - 7 furlongs:

Post     horse                            jockey              odds

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1          My Cajun Lady           Vasquez          5-1

2          Shiloh                          Perez               10-1

3          Cajun Tease                 Morelos           4-1

4          Lynx                            Zayas               5-2


5          Girl Bye                      Leon                15-1

6          Guardian Angel          Gonzalez         10-1

7          Time Passage              Krigger            7-2

8          High Fashion Lady     Sutherland      6-1


                      

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Sequence guaranteed at $175,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $175,000 today at Gulfstream Park, where the $65,000 Proud Man and the $55,000 Miami Shores will be included in the sequence (Races 5-10) for the multi-race wager.

    Trainer Fausto Gutierrez will be well-represented in both the Proud Man, a 5 ½-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds on Tapeta carded as Race 6, and the Miami Shores, a 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up carded as Race 9.


    St. George Stable LLC’s Mounsieur Coco and Mariachi Crush are both second-out graduates on Gulfstream’s Tapeta course. Mounsieur Coco, a son of Bolt d’Oro who had a troubled trip while finishing fourth in his debut on dirt, ran five-furlongs on Tapeta in 57 1/5 seconds while graduating by 6 ½ lengths under Miguel Vasquez last time out.

    Mariachi Crush took to the Tapeta surface in a big way while graduating on July 24. The son of Cross Traffic, who finished off the board in his career debut over the main track at Keeneland in April, stalked the early pace in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race before kicking in and drawing away by 3 ¾ lengths without the need of much encouragement from Edgard Zayas.

    Palm Beach Racing Partnership’s Dangerous Ride, who registered a debut victory in May on Tapeta, returns to the all-weather surface after a very troubled trip on turf in Monmouth’s Tyro Stakes.


    D Coldest, J R’s Pride and Cheerful Charlie, all coming off maiden victories, round out the Proud Man field.

    St. George Stable' Chocolate Bar is 5-2 in the morning line in a deep field of 11 assembled for the Miami Shores. The 5-year-old son of Cairo Prince, who was claimed out of a dominating victory in a $50,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs in June, won at first asking for Gutierrez on July 24 at Gulfstream, drawing away by 2 ¼ lengths to win a mile optional claiming allowance under Edgar Perez.

    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Andie Biancone’s Sole Volante, who ran in the 2020 Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby after a victory in the Sam F. Davis and a second-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, will try to regroup in the Miami Shores. The Patrick Biancone trainee is winless since defeating Jesus’ Team in an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream.

    Multiple stakes-winners Girolamo’s Attack, Red Current and Noble Drama are also entered in the Miami Shores.

    The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for six days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Officiating goes in $1 million Charles Town Classic . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. will seek to continue the success of Gulfstream Park shippers in out-of-town stakes Friday night, when he will be represented by Officiating in the $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) and Stellar Ride in the $500,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3),

    Vegso Racing Stable’s Officiating certainly has the tougher challenge in the 1 1/8-mile Classic, in which Art Collector will defend his title as the 6-5 favorite. The Joseph trainee, who won the Mr. Prospector (G3) during Gulfstream’s Championship Meet, has taken his show on the road with success, capturing the six-furlong Tom Fool (G3) at Aqueduct and the 1 1/8-mile Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows.

    “He’s obviously going to run against much better horses this time, but he’s in good order and we’re hopeful he’ll put up another good showing,” Joseph said. “Stretching out last time at a mile and an eighth, he got the distance. This has been the target since then.”

    Hall of Famer Javier Castellano has the call aboard the 4-year-old son of Blame, who is listed at 8-1 in the morning line.

    Sonata Stable’s Stellar Ride, who is listed at 8-1 for the seven-furlong Oaks, is coming off a third-place finish behind next-out winners Last Leaf and Maryquitecontrary in the seven-furlong Azalea at Gulfstream July 16. Last Leaf came back to win the Aug. 14 Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park on the same card that Gulfstream-based Steal Sunshine won the Ellis Park Derby.

    “She never stays in the bridle. You always have to ask her. Last time, she lost position again but she stayed on and finished third to the filly that won at Ellis and the other filly that won an allowance the other day,” Joseph said. “I’d love her on the lead. If she can’t be on the lead but is in the first two, she’s a filly that will keep going. That’s why we wanted to stretch her out – seven furlongs there is two turns. We felt that track configuration would help her.”

    Arnaldo Bocachica has the call aboard the daughter of Klimt in the Charles Town Oaks, in which Society, fourth in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) last time out, is rated as the 3-1 morning-line favorite.

    Joseph-trained Skippylongstocking, who won the West Virginia Derby (G3) after finishing third in the Belmont Stakes (G1) is gearing up for a start in the Sept. 24 Pennsylvania Derby (G1). White Abarrio, the winner of this year’s $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream, is listed as possible.

    “White Abarrio is back working. He’ll work every week with no target. The Pennsylvania Derby is obviously there, but we won’t decide until we get a few more works into him,” Joseph said. “Skippylongstocking is going to the Pennsylvania Derby. White Abarrio is possible, but he’s going to tell us.”

Friday’s ’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $125,000 for Friday’s program - the multi-race wager has gone unsolved for four days since the Aug. 13 mandatory payout.

    Friday’s Happy Hour program gets underway at 2:55 p.m.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022
GoFundMe growing . . .

    Former jockey and long-time Ocala breeder and pinhooker Rudy Delguidice suffered a catastrophic injury in a spill at Classic Mile on July 2. Following is the initial report by Bruno DeBerdt:  

   Our good friend and fellow horseman Rudy Delguidice was seriously injured in a riding accident last weekend. He will require intensive care once released from the hospital, and we are seeking support to assist in offsetting the high cost of his rehabilitation.

    As you all know, Rudy is one of the most accomplished hands-on horseman in the Ocala area and his love for the horses is clearly shown in how horses respond to him. Rudy has touched us all in one way or another with his genuine smile and is a true mentor and teacher to anyone wanting to work in the horse industry.

    Rudy is a strong individual but will require our support to get him back to work continuing doing what he loves best - working with horses
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    Your donations will be used to help cover the rehabilitation costs and are managed by RED Excel (Kristen Brew Browing). Any and all support is much appreciated.

 (The GoFundMe effort has already produced more than $119,000 . . . much more is needed. Go to GoFundMe - Rudy DelGuidice - online to make a donation).

Friday, August 19, 2022
Jellybean makes stakes debut . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Arindel’s Jellybean is scheduled to make her stakes debut in Saturday’s $65,000 Sharp Susan at Gulfstream Park, seeking to become the third offspring of Star Recruit from as many foals to become a stakes-winner.

    The 2-year-old daughter of Brethren, a full sister to Gatsby and Octane, enters the 5 ½-furlong race for juvenile fillies on Tapeta coming off a gritty maiden score over the all-weather track May 26. Gatsby, a $307,000 earner who finished second in last Saturday’s Benny the Bull, and Octane, a $416,000 earner who won two legs of last year’s Florida Sire Stakes, have been main-track performers.

    Jellybean finished off the board following a wide trip in a 4 ½-furlong maiden special weight race on dirt April 21 before returning on Tapeta to graduate in a five-furlong maiden special weight event.

    “First time we ran her it was 4 ½. She was a little green, but she came out of the gate really good. I felt like she was in a good spot but she got caught wide on the turn, and going that short, if you lose the momentum, it’s over,” trainer Carlos David said. “After that race, she really evolved. She learned really quick. I told the owner that I think she’ll like the Tapeta.”

    Jellybean pressed the pace between horses before prevailing by a half-length in her Tapeta debut.

    “I was really confident going into the race. She ran great that day,” said David, who also trains Gatsby and Octane.

    Jellybean was freshened at Arindel Farm before returning to David’s Palm Meadows’ stable with the Sharp Susan always being the goal.


    “I feel like she’s put on a little weight. She’s still pretty small, but she has a big heart,” David said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a win with her.”


    Edgard Zayas is scheduled to ride Jellybean for the first time in the Sharp Susan, which is carded as Race 4 on a 12-race program.

    Westlake Racing Stable’s Showgirl Lynne B. will enter the Sharp Susan off a debut victory on Tapeta July 22. The Bob Hess Jr.-trained daughter of Constitution pressed the pace three-wide before scoring by a length in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race under David Lopez, who has the return mount.

    Lea Farms' Gemma’s Curls brings stakes experience into the Sharp Susan, having finished second in the Aug. 6 Florida Sire Stakes Desert Vixen. The Jorge Delgado-trained daughter of Bucchero set the pace into the stretch in the six-furlong stakes for Florida-sired fillies before settling for second behind Arindel’s Lynx.


    Chantal Sutherland, who rode Gemma’s Curls to a five-length victory over $25,000 maiden claiming company in her debut, returns to the irons Saturday.

    Colony Pine Farm’s Fast Kimmie is slated to clash with Jellybean a second time after finishing second behind the Arindel homebred in her debut. The Javier Gonzalez-trained daughter of Oscar Performance graduated on Tapeta in her second start before finishing seventh in the Colleen Stakes on turf at Monmouth last time out.

    Romero Maragh is scheduled to ride Fast Kimmie for the first time.

    Vicente Stella Stables' Le Boiana, who graduated for a $25,000 claiming price last time out, and Marilyn Duncan’s Gratia round out the field.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $50,000 for today’s 2:55 p.m. Happy Hour program on the second racing day since last Saturday’s mandatory payout. The sequence will span Races 4-9, including three maiden special weight races.

          
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
18 bettors split the pot . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - There were 18 tickets with all six winners in Gulfstream mandatory Rainbow 6 payout Saturday, with each ticket returning $72,766.

The Rainbow 6 started with 8-1 shots winning the first two legs of the sequence. The winning horses were:

Race 6: Small Reason $19.40
Race 7: Tigre $19.20
Race 8: Ghostinyou $7.80
Race 9: Celestial Graze $17.80
Race 10: Pudding $5.40
Race 11: Frenchmen Street $12.40

There was a $311,588 carryover and $1,247,813 of new money wagered.

Pudding Wins the Benny the Bull

    Smile Sprint (G3) runner-up Pudding drove past a game Gatsby in the stretch to win Saturday’s $65,000 Benny the Bull, covering seven furlongs in 1:24.22.


    Owned by trainer Elizabeth Dobles and Imaginary Stable and ridden by Leonel Reyes, Pudding was rated off a :22.26 and :44.90 set by King Cab before moving three-wide entering the stretch and driving by Gatsby. Pudding, a 7-year-old daughter of Two Step Salsa, has won 10 of 36 starts and is 12-4-2-4 at Gulfstream.

Monday, August 15, 2022
Two 2-year-old stakes at Del Mar included . . .

    Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman’s Havnameltdown is two for two and a graded stakes-winner after setting the pace in Sunday’s $202,500, Gr. III Best Pal Stakes, turning back a bid from fellow OBS graduate Agency (March ’22) after turning for home and beating him to the wire by 2 1/2 lengths.

    After winning his first two starts for trainer Bob Baffert, he has earned $168,000. The 2-year-old Florida-bred colt by Uncaptured is a two-time OBS graduate, sold first by Beth Bayer, Agent, at the 2021 October Yearling Sale and then purchased for $200,000 out of the Blas Perez Stables consignment at the 2022 Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack in :9 4/5. 

    Omar Aldabbagh, Todd Cady and Ty Leatherman’s unbeaten Vegas Magic, ignored at 14-1 in the $200,500, Gr. II Sorrento Stakes on Saturday, saved ground early, came out for the drive, caught the leaders a sixteenth out and was best by a length and a quarter. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 2-year-old daughter of Good Magic, purchased for $100,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5. Trained by Doug O’Neill, she’s now three for three and has earned $205,200. 

    Monarch Stables’ Last Leaf scored her third straight stakes victory in the $100,000 Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park on Sunday. The 3-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Not This Time came around horses to reach contention turning for home then eased away in the stretch to win by a length and three quarters. Trained by Ron Spatz, she has compiled five stakes wins, a 15-7-1-2 career record and earned $332,647. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Sharon Biamonte, Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $23,500 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale. 

    Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher, Three Diamonds Farm and Mike Maker’s Top Recruit was on the pace from the start of Sunday’s $124,250 Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes, battled to the wire and was best by a head. Fellow OBS graduate Roman Giant (March ’22) checked in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old colt by Midshipman, purchased for $170,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Trained by Mike Maker, he’s now 3-2-0-1 and earned $155,840. 

    Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Back to Ohio ran past pacesetting fellow OBS graduate Lady Lottie (January ’21) at the head of the stretch of Saturday’s $100,000 Best of Ohio Stakes at Thistledown and beat her to the wire by 5 1/2 lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 2-year-old daughter of Midshipman, now 3-2-1-0 with $94,200 in earnings for trainer Larry Rivelli. Consigned to the 2022 OBS Spring Sale by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, she was sold for $385,000 after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. 

    Colts Neck Stables' Nothing Better pressed the pace in Sunday’s $102,000 Rainbow Heir Stakes at Monmouth Park, took the lead turning for home and eased away late to score by two lengths. It’s the first stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Munnings, trained by Jorge Duarte Jr., now 15-5-1-3 with $211,817 in earnings. At the 2019 OBS Spring Sale, he was purchased for $230,000 out of the Brick City Thoroughbreds consignment after an Under Tack eighth in:10 1/5.

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Gulfstream pot could be $2 million . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be held Saturday at Gulfstream Park, where the pool is expected to be approximately $2 million if not hit Friday.

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $425,000 for Friday’s Happy Hour program. First-race post is set for 2:55 p.m. The Rainbow 6 will begin with Race 4, a five-furlong starter optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up on the Tapeta, and end with Race 9, an allowance optional claimer for fillies and mares at a mile and 70 yards on the Tapeta.


    Friday’s sequence also includes a $50,000 maiden claiming event at six-furlongs for 2-year-olds that drew a field of 11.

    The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for 13 days since a lucky bettor hit the jackpot for a $118,521 payoff on July 8. The Rainbow 6 jackpot is 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.


Saturday’s $65,000 Benny the Bull Draws 8

    Saturday’s featured event, the $65,000 Benny the Bull at six furlongs on the main track, drew a competitive field of eight, many of them running recently behind the Gr. 1-placed Willy Boi, who won the Gr. III Smile Sprint and Big Drama before finishing third two weeks ago in the Gr. I Vanderbilt at Saratoga.

    The field includes 2020 Florida Derby and Swale runner-up Shivaree, Pudding and Absolute Grit, second and third, respectively, in the Smile Sprint, and King Cab, second in the Big Drama. Also entered is this year’s Swale runner-up Dean Delivers, last year’s Gallant Bob third-place finisher Real Talk, and stakes-winner Gatsby.

    The Benny the Bull will be part of Gulfstream’s mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6.
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Lynx captures $100,000 Desert Vixen . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Lynx lagged behind a contested pace during the early going of Saturday’s $100,000 Desert Vixen before pouncing on her tiring rivals in the stretch to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths in the first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series at Gulfstream Park.

    The six-furlong Desert Vixen co-headlined Saturday’s program with the $100,000 Dr. Fager, the six-furlong open division, while kicking off the 2022 series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida.


    Lynx, an Arindel home-bred daughter of Brethren, returned $8.40 and covered the six furlongs in 1:12.53.

    “First of all, I’m really grateful to have Arindel on my side. They’ve been great. I think [Brethren] is one of the top Florida-bred stallions right now. I got a hang of training them,” said winning trainer Carlos David, who saddled Arindel’s Octane to victories in the $200,000 Affirmed and $400,000 In Reality during the 2021 Florida Sire Stakes series.

    Lynx, who overcame traffic to capture her May 19 debut by 1 ¾ lengths, raced in sixth along the backstretch and around the far turn, taking kickback from the heated competition in front of her. Go Lil Lady raced head-to-head with Girl Bye while vying for pacesetting honors with Gemma’s Curls in close pursuit.

    Gemma’s Curls made a three-wide sweep under Luca Panici to take the lead turning for home and open a clear lead in mid-stretch, only to shorten stride in deep stretch. Meanwhile, Lynx kicked in with an outside drive under Edgard Zayas to pass the tiring leader and win going away.

    “I think it worked out the way we wanted,” Zayas said. “Before the race, Carlos told me, ‘There is plenty of speed. Don’t rush out of there. Let the speed kill each other and when you’re ready to make a move, go to the outside and make one move.’ That’s what we did. She was there for us.”


    Gemma’s Curls, a daughter of Bucchero, held second, 2 ¾ lengths ahead of late-running Trust Me, a daughter of Big Beast who finished second behind Lynx in her debut before graduating impressively June 17. Lynx ran six furlongs in 1:12.53 after racing far back during the first half-mile run in 45.93 seconds.

    “I didn’t want her to be that far back,” David said. “When she broke out of the gate she got in a little trouble and it cost us a little, a couple lengths, but she finished up so good. I’m really excited about the next couple races. I got to give it to Zayas. He came to Palm Meadows to breeze her to get to know her a little bit because Paco [Lopez] rode her the first time.”

    The Florida Sire Stakes series for fillies will continue on Sept. 3 with the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies at seven furlongs and on Oct. 1 with the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

     “I think she’s going to love seven furlongs. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. I look forward to that,” Zayas said. “She was getting all the kickback and she didn’t mind it at all. She was very professional on that end. That’s why I think she’ll love the seven furlongs. She won’t be as far back. She’ll be closer before she makes her move.”
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Awesome Slew colt sold for $500,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Awesome Strong paid immediate dividends for CSLR Ranch Partners Saturday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $100,000 Dr. Fager in his first start since being privately purchased for $500,000.

    The six-furlong Dr. Fager co-headlined Saturday’s program with the $100,000 Desert Vixen, a six-furlong stakes for fillies, while kicking off the Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida. 


    Awesome Strong, who was sold after capturing his May 9 debut by six lengths while running 4 ½ furlongs in 51 3/5 seconds, was in complete control from the very start of the Dr. Fager, setting an uncontested pace and drawing away to a commanding 4 ¾-length victory.

    “I’m pleased he fulfilled my expectations,” trainer Jorge Delgado said. “When you have a long layoff, you have a lot of doubts in your mind, but thank God he brought his ‘A’ Game. I’m happy with the outcome.”


    Delgado, who saddled the son of Awesome Slew for his debut score, was retained by the new owners following the sale and prepared Awesome Strong for the Dr. Fager while trying not to focus on the high price tag.

    “I try to put that away from my mind and not have that pressure,” Delgado said. “I know it was big money. I’m trying to build my stable, and $500,000 is good money for any horse, I’m happy for them. They’re new in the game. They want to invest in the game. They’re off to a good start.”

     CSLR Ranch Partners is headed by Bill Childs and his son Alex.

    “My dad and I got a couple quarter horses and a thoroughbred, but this horse is kind of a different animal than we usual have,” Alex Childs said. “There’s about 10, 12 people in the group.”

    Awesome Slew, the 5-2 second choice, ran six furlongs in 1:11 under Miguel Vasquez after setting fractions of :22:05 and :45.13 seconds for the first half-mile.

    “He broke very well. The plan wasn’t to go to the front,” Vasquez said. “The plan was to stalk the pace, but he took the lead immediately.”

    Turbo, who chased the pacesetter while saving ground under Edgard Zayas, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of late-rallying Cajun Hope. This Run’s for You, the 2-1 favorite, tired to fifth after stalking the early pace.

    The Florida Sire Stakes series will continue on Sept. 3 with the $200,000 Affirmed at seven furlongs and on Oct. 1 with the $400,000 In Reality at 1 1/16 miles.

    “From the beginning, we’ve felt like he’s going to be a long-distance horse,” Delgado said.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Florida Sire Stakes begins Saturday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Trainer Jorge Delgado holds a ‘strong’ hand for Saturday’s $100,000 Dr. Fager Division of the 2022 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series at Gulfstream Park.

    Delgado entered Heehaw Racing’s Zelenskyy Strong and CSLR Ranch Partners’ Awesome Strong Wednesday for the first leg of the lucrative series for 2-year-old offspring of accredited stallions standing in Florida. The Dr. Fager, which drew a field of 10 will co-headline Saturday’s program with the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies.


    Zelenskyy Strong, a son of Uncaptured who debuted with a 10 ¾-length victory April 22 before finishing fifth in the June 9 Tremont at Belmont Park for trainer Peter Walder, is scheduled to make his first official start for Delgado. However, horse and trainer are hardly strangers.

    “I trained him for his first race, but two weeks before the race they made a change to Peter Walder,” said Delgado, who welcomed Zelenskyy Strong back to his stable for the Florida Sire Stakes. “I’m very familiar with him.”

    After winning his 4 ½-furlong debut with authority from gate to wire, Zelenskyy Strong chased the early pace while racing wide before tiring in the Tremont.

    “He ran against tough competition and didn’t run that bad. I think he’s good enough to perform well in the Sire Stakes,” Delgado said.

    Awesome Strong will make his second start for Delgado and his first start for CSLR Ranch Partners, who privately purchased the son of Awesome Slew following his impressive debut victory May 6 at Gulfstream.

    “We didn’t have a race for him here, but we didn’t want to ship. In the middle of this, he was sold, and the new owner decided to stay with me,” Delgado said. “I’m really looking forward to running him.”

    After breaking from the rail post position, Awesome Strong was caught in traffic on the far turn before finding room leaving the turn into the homestretch, where he kicked in to draw away by six lengths.

    “He was very impressive. Every week he’s been doing better and better,” Delgado said. “I’ve been working him in company with different horses and he’s been dominating them.”

    Miguel Vasquez is scheduled to ride Awesome Strong, while Ailsa Morrison is named to ride Zelenskyy Strong.

    Stonehedge LLC’s This Run’s for You, an impressive debut winner July 23, is scheduled to make a quick turnaround for the Dr. Fager.

   “It’s unfortunate timing, but he came out of the race good and he’s doing good,” trainer Kathleen O’Connell said. “We can give him another break after this.”

    “He comes from a very good family and the owners are very patient as far as letting them develop, I was very happy with the way everything came together,” O’Connell said. “I was really proud of him because it wasn’t an easy maiden special weight race.”

    Stonehedge LLC’s Malcoms On the Run, a three-race maiden, has also been entered in the Dr. Fager. “He’s had three horrendous races where he’s been the victim of circumstances,” O’Connell said.

    The homebred son of Khozan finished second in his June 3 debut following a trip in which he raced extremely wide. He followed up with a third-place finish in which he lost by less than a length after being bumped at the top of the stretch. In his most recent start July 10, he settled for third after contesting the pace three-wide.


    Edgar Perez will ride This Run’s for You, while Jesus Rios will be aboard Malcoms On the Run.

     Arindel will also be represented by a pair of horses in the Dr. Fager, both homebred sons of Brethren coming off debut victories – Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Knox and Juan Alvarado-trained Turbo.

     Knox prevailed by 1 ½ lengths over Malcoms On the Run after stalking the early pace and driving to victor along the inside. Turbo, a half-brother to multiple-stakes winner Bernie the Maestro and a full-brother to multiple stakes winner Richard the Great, graduated June 25 by 2 ½ lengths after stalking the early pace.

     Sonny Leon has the call aboard Knox, while Edgard Zayas has the mount on Turbo.

     William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Undalay is scheduled to make his first start for trainer Ralph Nicks Saturday. The son of Uncaptured, who was formerly trained by Steve Asmussen, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the July 9 Prairie Meadows Juvenile. The Florida-bred colt previously graduated at Churchill Downs in his third career start a month earlier. Leonel Reyes has the call on Undalay.

     Champion Equine LLC’s Commandant, a $300,000 purchase at the OBS April sale, enters the Dr. Fager off an impressive debut victory June 25, in which he made an eight-wide rally from eighth to graduate by a half-length. Trainer David Braddy named Luca Panici to ride Commandant.

     William Churly and Shadowbrook Farm Inc.’s Cajun Hope, who finished second behind Commandant following a late rally, will enter the Dr. Fager off a 3 ¾-length maiden victory in his fourth career start. Marcos Meneses has the call aboard the Michel Yates trainee.

    “He’s had some experience and I think he’s coming into this race the right way,” Yates said. “He’s got some races under his belt, and that’s pretty important."


    Yates saddled homebred Cajun’s Magic for a Dr. Fager victory last year.

    William Law Jr.’s Awesome Flay, who graduated for a $25,000 claiming price in his fifth career start last time out, rounds out the field. Romero Maragh has the mount on the Sandra Slivka trainee.

            The Florida Sire Stakes series will continue on Sept. 3 with the $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies at seven furlongs and on Oct. 1 with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
3 more grads score at Monmouth Park and Gulfstream . . .

    KHK Racing’s Shahama pressed the pace in the early going of Sunday’s $245,000, Gr. III Monmouth Oaks, took command at the head of the stretch and drew away to score by 2 1/2 lengths. Fellow OBS graduate Shotgun Hottie (April ’21) closed to finish second. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings, consigned to the 2021 OBS April Sale by Eddie Woods, and purchased for $425,000 after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. The half-sister to champion Lookin At Lucky, now trained by Todd Pletcher, has compiled a 7-5-1-0 record and earned $435,984.

    R3 Racing LLC’s Sharp Aza Tack is two-for-two and a stakes-winner after an effortless 7 1/4-length frontrunning victory in Saturday’s $102,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park, with fellow OBS graduate Bart’s Dream (March ’22) checking in third. Shipped east by trainer Doug O’Neill after breaking his maiden at Santa Anita in June, the 2-year-old colt by OBS graduate Sharp Azteca has earned $100,200. He was purchased for $100,000 out of the RiceHorse Stable consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat at the Under Tack Show.  

    Granpollo Stable’s Grand David tried stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Bear’s Den Stakes at Gulfstream, pressed the pace, took over in the stretch and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths, with fellow OBS graduate California Frolic (April ’21) rallying for second. It’s the third straight win for the 3-year-old colt by Tapiture, trained by Victor Barboza Jr., now 10-3-2-2 with $129,510 in earnings. He was sold for $70,000 by Golden Rock Thoroughbreds, Agent for Global Thoroughbreds, at the 2021 OBS April Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 flat. 

Sunday, July 31, 2022
Five Cajun Breezes in Desert Vixen and Dr. Fager . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The Royal Palm Meet at Gulfstream Park heats up this week with the lucrative FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes getting underway Saturday, as well as a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool scheduled for Sunday.

    The annual Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds sire by accredited stallions standing in Florida will be kicked off by the $100,000 Desert Vixen Division for fillies and the $100,000 Dr. Fager. Both races will be contested at six furlongs. The series will continue Sept. 3 with the $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies at seven furlongs and on Oct. 1 with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

    Four daughters of Cajun Breeze are expected to run in the Desert Vixen, three trained by Michael Yates – Shadybrook Farm’s Girl Bye and Go Lil Lady and Stonehedge Farm’s Cajun Tease. Girl Bye finished third in the Astoria at Belmont Park on June 9 after debuting at Gulfstream with a 6 ½-length victory. Stonehedge’s Val’s Gal, the other daughter of Cajun Breeze, will be saddled by Ralph Nicks.

    Yates will also attempt to win back-to-back runnings of the Dr. Fager with a son of Cajun Breeze with homebred Cajun Hope, a recent maiden winner. He saddled Cajun’s Magic for a victory in last year’s Dr. Fager.

    This Run’s for You, a dazzling 11-length debut winner last week, is an exciting prospect for Stonehedge and trainer Kathleen O’Connell for the Dr. Fager.

    Arindel will be represented by two homebred sons of Brethren who were most impressive winning their debuts – Knox and Turbo. Arindel won the last two legs of last year’s series with Octane.

    Saturday’s action will include the first Taste of the Track, featuring Burgers and Brews in Ten Palms overlooking the  track.

    Saturday’s program will be followed by a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 jackpot pool. Through Sunday, the multi-race wager has gone unsolved for 11 racing days since a lucky bettor hit the jackpot for a $118,521 payoff on Friday, July 8.

    The Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $350,000 for live racing which resumes on Friday with a nine-race Happy Hour program that gets underway at 2:55 p.m.


Sunday, July 31, 2022
Wins MSW by 6 1/2 lengths . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Prior to Race 3 on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park, all eyes were on Prudencio, the debuting half-brother to Letruska. Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Point quickly grabbed the attention away from the 2021 older female champion’s little brother, however, with an eye-catching 6 ½-length romp in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds.

     The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained son of Dialed In, who was also making his career debut, took an early lead along the backstretch, chased by Prudencio in third. X Y Point ($5.80) set fractions of 22.51 and 45.45 seconds for the first half-mile to lead by open lengths into the stretch, where he drew away under Edgard Zayas.

     “He’s awesome. Every he’s been doing in the mornings has been amazing. He’s been my favorite baby,” Zayas said. “I told Saffie the first day I got on him, this horse has a lot, a lot of class.”


            X Y Point is a half-brother to Malagacy, who launched his career at Gulfstream with back-to-back victories for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher before capturing the 2017 Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn.

    Prudencio, the 5-1 third being choice ridden by Edgar Perez, chased the winner to advance to a never-threatening second in the stretch but had to settle for third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Companuevo, the even-money favorite who finished well under Miguel Vasquez.

    X Y Point ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.26 while dominating his six opponents and giving Joseph his first of five winners on Saturday’s card..

    “It was a short field but it looked like there was a lot of quality,” Zayas said. “I said, ‘If someone is going to beat him, they’re going to have to run really, really fast. He’s proven to be a nice one.”

    Zayas, who had been sidelined six months after undergoing shoulder surgery before returning to action, and his fellow jockeys at Gulfstream, participated in Saturday’s fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

    “I think it’s really important to support those jockeys who have gotten into bad accidents. The bills keep coming and they can’t work,” said Zayas, who rode three winners Saturday. “I think it’s important that everyone helps out the permanently disabled jockeys.

    In Saturday’s Race 8, a 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight event for fillies and mares, Joseph-trained Three Witches debuted with a very impressive off-the-pace victory under Leonel Reyes. e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief ($17), who ran the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.50, is a half-brother to multiple graded-stakes winner Kid Cruz who brought a $350,000 winning bid at the 2020 Keeneland September sale.


    Joseph, who was at Saratoga to saddle Ny Traffic for a start in the Vanderbilt, notched a four-win day at Gulfstream.




Thursday, July 28, 2022
Rainbow jackpot guaranteed at $200,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Pro Racing’s Father Glado had shown such promise in his early training that trainer Jose D’Angelo dared to dream that the 3-year-old son of Declaration of War might have the stuff of a Kentucky Derby prospect.

    Father Glado graduated in his second career start last December at a mile on Gulfstream’s Tapeta course before closing to finish a close third in the Dania Beach at a mile on turf a month later. However, any fanciful Derby dreams D’Angelo may have entertained were extinguished when the Kentucky-bred colt exited a fourth-place finish in the Feb. 5 Kitten’s Joy with bone bruising.

    “I was seriously thinking of trying him to make the Derby because his workouts were very, very good, and with his blood, he could be very good on dirt too,” D’Angelo said.

    Father Glado, who is out of a Giant’s Causeway mare, was turned out for 60 days before returning to training and making his return to action in a July 3 allowance, in which he raced evenly to finish fifth. He is scheduled to return to stakes competition in Saturday’s $75,000 Bear’s Den, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds on Gulfstream’s Tapeta.

    “I think he needed that last race to be fit for this race,” D’Angelo said. “I expect him to run a much better race than he did in his last race off the layoff.”

    Father Glado didn’t make it to Churchill Downs for the first Saturday in May, but he will be ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon Saturday.

    Stakes-winning Treasure King finished one spot behind Father Glado in the July 3 allowance at 6-5 favoritism following a performance that still has trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. scratching his head.

    “We can’t find a reason for it. He traveled pretty good and then got his momentum stopped a bit and after that, he just spit the bit,” Joseph said.

    Mathis Stable’s Treasure King started his career with back-to-back wins, graduating on Tapeta in February before capturing Tampa Bay’s Sophomore on turf a month later. The son of Treasure Beach finished an unlucky second in the June 11 Not Surprising on Tapeta, before baffling his connections with his never-threatening performance last time out. Edgard Zayas has the return mount aboard Treasure King.


    The Bear’s Den drew a well-balanced field of 10 3-year-olds, including Julian De Mora Jr.’s California Frolic, who will see his third straight stakes victory Saturday. The Armando De La Cerda-trained son of California Chrome followed up a victory on turf in the English Channel with a triumph over Treasure King in the Not Surprising on Tapeta last time out. Edgar Perez has the return call Saturday.

    Granpollo Stable’s Grand David, Euro Stable’s Always Gambling and Soldi Stable LLC and Ohana Racing LLC’s Space Runner, who finished 1-2-3, respectively, while finishing ahead of Father Glado and Treasure King July 3, are scheduled to return in the Bear’s Den.

    Rancho Alegre’s K. C. Chief, Rachid Racing LLC’s Marwad, and Amy E. Dunne’s Reddington, are also entered in the Bear’s Den.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $200,000 when racing resumes Friday.

    First race post Friday is 2:55 p.m. The Rainbow 6 will begin with Race 4, a maiden special weight event for 2-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs. The 12-horse field includes Defended, a daughter of Khozan who finished second in her debut July 1 and first-time starters including St. George Stable LLC’s Penumbras Maker, C2 Racing Stable LLC’s Blind Spot, and Lugamo Racing Stable LLC’s Gavinera. The Rainbow 6 sequence ends with two 1 1/16-mile claiming events on the Tapeta.


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Monday, July 25, 2022
Eddie Woods consignor of both . . .
    Hronis Racing’s Heywood Beach stalked the leader from the start of Del Mar’s $125,500, Gr. III Cougar II Stakes, took over at the head of the stretch and went on to win by a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 5-year-old son of Speightstown, trained by John Sadler, now 18-4-2-3 with earnings of $289,251. At the 2019 OBS June Sale, he was purchased for $180,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment after breezing a quarter in :21 2/5 at the Under Tack show. 

    Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable, Steven Schoenfeld and Smart Choice Stable’s Sweet Harmony is two for two and a stakes-winner after pressing the pace in the $104,000 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park, taking command a furlong from home and scoring by a length and three quarters over fellow OBS graduate Alternate Rock (March ’22, October ’21). The 2-year-old daughter of Bayern is a two-time OBS graduate, sold by Camelot Acres Racing and Sales, Agent, at the 2021 October Yearling Sale and then purchased for $135,000 out of the Eddie Woods consignment at the 2022 March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5. Trained by John Terranova, she has earned $94,500.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Lasts through Sept. 3 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park will offer the best of both worlds with live racing and a handicapping tournament featuring races from Saratoga beginning Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Bettors playing the $2,500 Six Pix will be asked to select the winners of the last three races at Gulfstream and the last three races at Saratoga each Saturday. Those selecting the most winners will share in the $2,500 prize. The contest will run each Saturday with the top 50 players competing in a $5,000 tournament Labor Day weekend.


    XB Rewards members are eligible for one entry each week. Anyone who is not an XB Rewards member can sign up for free in Silks.

    All entries must be turned in each week to the Rewards Desk at Silks. The deadline Saturday is 4:40 p.m.
Monday, July 18, 2022
Mo Strike wins Gr. III Sanford by 3 1/2 lengths . . .
    Nasser Bin Omairah’s Mo Strike is two for two and a graded stakes-winner after taking Saratoga’s Gr. III Sanford Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old colt by Uncle Mo, trained by Brad Cox, pressed the pace, battled between horses down the stretch and drew away in the final sixteenth. Purchased for $325,000 out of the Gene Recio consignment at the 2022 OBS Spring Sales after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat, he has earned $165,710. 

    Monarch Stable’s Last Leaf came around horses on the turn in Saturday’s $75,000 Azalea Stakes at Gulfstream, took the lead at the head of the stretch then drew away in the lane to score by 3 1/2 lengths, with fellow OBS Stellar Ride (April ’21) checking in third. It’s the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Not This Time, trained by Ron Spatz, now 14-6-1-2 with $273,472 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold by Sharon Biamonte, Agent, at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale and then purchased for $23,500 out of the Kaizen Sales consignment at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale.  

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Benbang took the lead at the start of Monmouth’s $102,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes on Saturday and refused to yield, turning back a challenge in deep stretch and scoring by a length. It’s the first stakes victory for the 3-year-old filly by Shanghai Bobby, purchased for $65,000 out of the Niall Brennan Stables consignment at the 2021 OBS June Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat. Now 6-3-1-0 for trainer Jonathan Thomas, she has earned $169,750. 

    Chris S. Aulds’ High Limit Room angled off the rail to go after the leaders turning for home in Lone Star’s $150,000 Grand Prairie Turf Sprint Stakes, battled down the stretch and was up in the final yards to score by a head. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Kantharos, trained by Jose M. Camejo, now 12-5-2-4 with $274,508 in earnings. After speeding an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5, he was purchased for $90,000 out of the Golden Rock Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2020 OBS March Sale. 


    Vicki McGowan and John Mentz’s unbeaten Brewhouse led from start to finish and captured the $60,000 Frances Genter Stakes at Canterbury Park by a neck. In front at every point of call in both of her starts, the 3-year-old daughter of Tapiture, trained by McLean Robertson, is two for two and has earned $57,000. Consigned by Pick View LLC, Agent, to the 2021 OBS Spring Sale, she was sold for $40,000 after working a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. 
Sunday, July 17, 2022
City Man's earnings up to $653,050 . . .
    Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles and Patty Searles’ City Man relaxed off the pace in the early going of the $175,000, Gr. III Forbidden Apple Stakes, circled horses on the turn, rallied down the stretch to take charge a sixteenth out and eased away late to score by 2 3/4 lengths. It’s the first graded stakes win for the 5-year-old son of Mucho Macho Man, trained by Christophe Clement, now 22-6-4-3 with earnings of $653,050. Consigned to the 2019 OBS Spring Sale by Off the Hook LLC, Agent, he was sold to Reeves Thoroughbreds for $185,000 after breezing an eighth in :10 1/5 at the under tack show.

    Augustin Stable’s Empress Tigress is two for two and a stakes-winner after opening daylight in the stretch of the $150,000 Coronation Cup and holding off a late rally to score by half a length. The 3-year-old daughter of Classic Empire was purchased by Donato Lanni, Agent, for $410,000 out of the Golden Rock Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :20 2/5. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, she has earned $115,243.
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Wins $75,000 event by 3 1/2 lengths . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Monarch Stable’s Last Leaf added another page to her growing resume Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a dominating 3 ½-length victory in the $75,000 Azalea.

    The Azalea, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies, headlined Saturday’s 11-race program that also featured the $55,000 Hallandale Beach, a mile-and-70-yard overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up on Tapeta.

    Last Leaf established herself as a multiple stakes-winner on both turf and dirt with a thoroughly professional performance, in which leading jockey Miguel Vasquez rated her a few lengths behind the early pace before sweeping into the stretch and drawing away.

     Poiema, the 3-2 favorite on the strength of a dazzling front-running optional claim claiming allowance victory last time out, set a comfortable early pace under Edgar Perez, setting fractions of :23.04 and :45.26 seconds for a half-mile with Maryquitecontrary and Stellar Ride in close pursuit. After monitoring the pace in fifth, Vasquez asked Last Leaf for her run, and the daughter of Not This Time responded with an eye-catching outside move to challenge Poiema at the top of the stretch. The tiring favorite was no match for the Ron Spatz-trained Last Leaf, who went on to score with authority.


    “It was a perfect race for her,” Spatz said. “We all went into the race a little concerned about Poiema’s monster race last time, but I loved the post position. She got to sit just off it and she inhaled them.”


    Last Leaf, the second betting choice at 9-5, ran seven furlongs in 1:23.02. Maryquitecontrary, a First Dude filly, held second, a neck ahead of Stellar Ride.

    Last Leaf beat the boys on turf last fall in the Hollywood Beach at Gulfstream, where she also captured the Melody of Colors on turf March 26. The Kentucky-bred filly came into the Azalea off a sharp 3 ½-length triumph in the June 18 Game Face on dirt.

    “She's small but mighty,” Spatz said.

Saffie Joseph Jr. Saddles Hallandale Beach Trifecta

    Daniel Alonso’s Novo Sol made a three-wide sweep on the far turn on his way to a hard-fought victory over stablemates Calibrator and Renaisance Frolic in the Hallandale Beach. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. saddled the first three finishers in the mile-and-70-yard overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up on Tapeta.

    Novo Sol, the 8-5 second betting choice ridden by Junior Alvarado, finished two lengths ahead of Calibrator, the 6-5 favorite who set the pace under Edgar Zayas. Renaisance Frolic closed to finish third, another three-quarters of a length back.

    Novo Sol, a 5-year-old Group 1 stakes-placed son of Agnes Gold, had finished third in the Gr. III Pan American on turf at Gulfstream before finishing off the board in graded stakes appearances at Pimlico and Belmont in his two most recent outings. Novo Sol ran a mile and 70 yards on the all-weather surface in 1:42.88.
Friday, July 15, 2022
Sonny Leon will ride in Hallandale Beach full-time . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Sonny Leon came directly to Gulfstream Park from Venezuela in 2015 hoping to follow in the successful footsteps of fellow countrymen Javier Castellano, Junior Alvarado, Leonel Reyes, Emisael Jaramillo and many others.

    He rode his first U.S. winner, Burning Time, on June 25, 2015 on his fourth mount after arriving at Gulfstream, but he ended up relocating to Ohio and Northern Kentucky in December of 2015 after winning just four races from 71 starters in South Florida in relative obscurity.

    Leon will return to riding full time at Gulfstream on Saturday’s program. This time, the 32-year-old journeyman brings with him the special cachet of being a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey. Rich Strike, an 80-1 shot whose only prior success came in a $30,000 maiden claiming race, carried him to a most unlikely victory on May 7 at Churchill Downs. Leon’s brilliantly executed ride, in which he only left the rail to go around tiring horses, was the difference between victory and defeat.

    Leon, who has won multiple riding titles on the Ohio circuit since leaving Gulfstream, is expected to be given considerably more opportunities to prove himself at the Hallandale Beach racetrack this time around. On Saturday’s program, he's named on six horses, two trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse, two trained by Michael Maker, and one each trained by Jose D’Angelo and David Braddy.

    Leon will get his first day back starting in Race 1, a five-furlong $35,000 maiden claimer for 2-year-olds on Tapeta in which he’ll ride Carlin Clan, a Casse-trained first-time starter by Mendelssohn. He returns in Race 4, a five-furlong $12,500 claiming race on Tapeta for fillies and mares, aboard D’Angelo-trained She’s Classy.  After riding Maker-trained Over Calendared in a $12,500 maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta in Race 5, Leon will ride Braddy-trained Easy Come Easy Go in the $75,000 Azalea, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies. He’ll close out his day riding Casse-trained first-time starter Luka Grazis in Race 7, a six-furlong maiden special weight event for 2-year-olds, and Maker-trained Nepoti in Race 9, a six-furlong maiden optional claiming race for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up.
Monday, July 11, 2022
Grads score from coast to coast . . .

    From New York and Florida in the east, through Ohio, Indiana and Iowa in the Midwest and out west to California, OBS graduates posted weekend stakes victories from coast to coast.

    Michael Dubb and Michael J. Caruso’s Hot Peppers fought a three-way battle for the lead in Saturday’s $145,500, Gr. III Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park, took charge in the stretch and held off a late challenge to score by three quarters of a length. It’s the second straight stakes victory for the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly by Khozan, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, now 7-5-1-0 with $277,950 in earnings. A two-time OBS graduate, she was sold at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $16,000 out of the De Meric Sales consignment at the 2021 June Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5.

    Flurry Racing Stables’ Interstatedaydream scored her second straight graded stakes win in the $200,000, Gr. III Indiana Oaks on Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis. The 3-year-old Gr. I stakes-placed daughter of Classic Empire pressed the pace, took the lead, was headed by another rival, regained the lead in the stretch and drew away to a 2 1/4-length victory. Purchased for $175,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5, she’s now 6-4-1-1 for trainer Brad Cox, and has earned $468,825.

    HRH Prince Sultan Bin Mishal Al Saud’s High Connection tracked the early lead in Saturday’s $125,000 Las Alamitos Derby, took the lead on the outside after turning for home and eased away late to win by a length and three quarters. Fellow OBS graduate Win the Day (April ’21) settled for third. It’s the first stakes victory for the lightly-raced 3-year-old graded stakes-placed colt by Connect, trained by Bob Baffert, now 4-2-2-0 with earnings of $149,000. After breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat at the 2021 OBS March Sale, he was purchased by Narvick International for $290,000 out of the Sequel Bloodstock consignment.

OBS grads picked up a pair of stakes wins at Prairie Meadows.

    Bradley Thoroughbreds, Cambron Equine, Zane Carruth and Brady Carruth’s Jilted Bride was rated off the pace in the $100,000 Iowa Distaff Stakes, circled horses to reach contention on the turn and was up in the final yards to score by a head. It’s the first stakes score for the 5-year-old graded stakes-placed Florida-bred mare by Wicked Strong, a two-time OBS graduate. After going through the ring at the 2018 October Selected Yearling Sale, she was purchased out of the de Meric Sales consignment for $150,000 after working n Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5. Trained by Steve Asmussen, she’s now 19-5-6-7 and has earned $470,922. 

    William L. Heiligbrodt, Corrine Heiligbrodt, Madaket Stables and Spendthrift Farm’ s Macron, rated in the early going of the $100,000 Iowa Sprint Stakes, moved to challenge for the lead on the turn, took command a furlong from home and drew away to a 2 3/4-length victory, with fellow OBS graduate Oil Money (June ‘18, October ’17) checking in third. It’s the first stakes win for the 4-year-old son of Frosted, also trained by Asmussen, now 13-4-4-1 with $340,973 in earnings. Consigned to the 2020 OBS March Sale by S B M Training and Sales, Agent, he went through the ring after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.
 

    Omar Aldabbagh, Todd Todd and Ty Leatherman’s Vegas Magic is 2-for-2 and a stakes-winner after closing with a rush in deep stretch to get up in the final jump and take the $76,800 Everett S. Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton by a nose. The 2-year-old daughter of Good Magic, trained by Doug O’Neill, has earned $85,200. She was purchased for $100,000 out of the Wavertree Stables consignment at the 2022 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5.
 

    Jason DaCosta and Calypso Stable’s unbeaten Lady Lottie got the ball rolling on Friday at Belterra Park with a wire-to- wire victory in the $75,000 Jim Morgan Memorial Tah Dah Stakes, holding off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Back to Ohio (April ’22) by a neck. Two for two for trainer Jason Dacosta, she has earned $65,340. The 2-year-old daughter of Tamarkuz was purchased for $5,500 out of the Thoroughstock consignment at the 2021 OBS Winter Mixed Sale.

Saturday, July 9, 2022
Steal Sunshine roars past tiring front-runners . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - After a respectable sixth in the April 2 Curlin Florida Derby at 1 1/8-miles, Steal Sunshine successfully cut back to seven furlongs today at Gulfstream Park, rallying from last to score an upset victory in the $75,000 Carry Back, reminiscent of the racing style of the Hall of Fame Florida-bred who the race is named after.

    Owned by Carrie Brogden and Little Red Feather Racing, Steal Sunshine followed up a strong late-closing starter allowance victory at a mile last time out with an even more impressive eye-catching stretch surge in the seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds.

    The Bobby DiBona-trained son of Constitution took complete advantage of a blistering early pace set by King Cab, who set fractions of :21.79 and :43.84 seconds for the first half-mile with Octane, and Cattin and Reddington in hot pursuit. Last by several lengths along the backstretch and far turn under a patient Lionel Reyes, Steal Sunshine quickly caught up to the field entering the turn with a wide sweep into the stretch, where his fresh legs carried him past his tiring rivals to a 2 ¼-length victory.


    “I took a shot running him in the Florida Derby," DiBona said. "He ran very respectable and put on a good show against some of the better horses. We’ve been thinking in the barn, ‘Long, long, he’ll run all day.’ I know that but he’s been compromised by slow fractions at times. Today, I said, ‘They’re going to be smoking. Maybe this is what he’s been waiting for – something to run at.’ He showed it today.”

    Steal Sunshine ran seven furlongs in 1:22.77 to capture his first stakes race and his third victory in eight starts. He was so far back early even his No. 2 ‘chicklet’ wasn’t visible on the TV screen.


    “I saw the fractions, but I needed to see his head stick into the screen somewhere," DiBona said. "Then, I saw him on the screen on the move and then he angled out. I looked up and saw 43-and-change, and I said, ‘Oh, yeah, he’s coming." He destroyed the field today.”

Strike Hard finished second, a half-length ahead of Clapton.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed 

    The multi-race wager went unsolved on the first day after a lucky bettor hit the jackpot for a $118,521 payoff.

    Sunday’s Rainbow sequence will span Races 4-9, featuring a contentious 1 1/16-mile optional claiming starter allowance on Tapeta. Kathleen O’Connell’s all-weather specialist Uno Tiger will seek to regain his winning form. The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno was riding a three-race winning streak on Tapeta before stepping up to stakes company last time out and finishing a close third in the Soldier’s Dancer.

    Uno Tiger is slated to clash with Joe Orseno-trained Lamplighter Jack, who is riding a three-race winning streak of his own on Tapeta.

Thursday, July 7, 2022
Brethren colt has been out for 9 months . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Octane has been away from the races for nine months, but the manner in which the Arindel homebred gelding dominated the 2021 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series has been hard to forget.

    The Carlos David-trained 3-year-old son of Brethren is scheduled for a long-awaited return to action Saturday in the $75,000 Carry Back at Gulfstream Park, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds. It will be his first start since his dominating victory in the $400,000 FSS In Reality last September.

    “He had a great year," David said. "He gave us much joy. We gave him some time off. He was kind of on the small side, so we wanted to give him some time off and let him grow and see what he can do as a 3-year-old. He’s grown. He’s bigger. He’s smarter. He’s done everything right. His last workout was a few days ago and it was awesome. This race has been in our sights for his return.”

    Octane set the pace in his June 18, 2021 debut before settling for second behind subsequent multiple-stakes winner Lightening Larry, who most recently won the Gr. III Chick Lang on the Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico.

    “He was green. He was still trying to figure it out, and after that race he was a different horse,” David said.


    The David trainee came right back to capture a five-furlong maiden special weight race a month later before scoring a front-running victory in the $200,000 Affirmed, the seven-furlong second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series
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    Octane successfully stretched out around two turns in the In Reality, the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the Florida Sire Stakes series in which he encountered bumping at the start and stiff pace pressure before drawing away in the stretch.

  “He’s versatile. I think seven-eighths is perfect for him coming back,” David said.

    Arindel will also be represented in the Carry Back by Clapton, a homebred son of Brethren. The Juan Alvarado-trained colt finished off the board in the Curlin Florida Derby on March 26 before capturing an optional claiming allowance on June 11.

    Emisael Jaramillo has the return mount aboard Octane, while Edgar Zayas has been named to ride Clapton.


     Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. is also represented by two horses in the Carry Back field – David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s King Cab and Glassman Racing LLC’s Klugman. King Cab, a gelded son of Noble Bird, was an easy front-running winner in the seven-furlong Sophomore Stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs three starts back.

    “He kind of ran them off their feet the first part and they couldn’t catch him,” Plesa said.

    King Cab has finished second behind older horses in his two most recent starts at Gulfstream. Last time out, he set the pace before having to settle for second in the Big Drama for Florida-breds behind Willy Boi, who came right back to win last Saturday’s Gr. III Smile Sprint.

    King Cab overcame a slow break to capture his Aug. 6 debut going away but finished far behind Octane in the FSS Affirmed in his second race following another slow start. The gelding was sent to the sidelines for five months and came back to register a front-running optional claiming allowance by more than seven lengths. Although he failed to carry his speed in his first and only attempt around two turns a month later, he rebounded with his front-running score at Tampa Bay Downs.

    “He’s a horse that’s got a lot of speed," Plesa said. "He’s still learning how to run. I’m working with him to try to get him to relax a little bit more. He’s had problems switching leads down the lane. He’s never learned to switch leads down the lane. I’m hopeful he might. He switches leads in the morning.”

    Klugman, who won two of his first four career starts in front-running fashion, is coming off a third-place finish in his Tapeta debut in the June 11 Not Surprising.

    “He’s a horse that’s an up and comer. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him,” Plesa said. “I ran him in the stake on the [all-weather] and he didn’t like it. He finished third but someone had to finish third, that’s how I look at it.”

    Prior to his stakes placing, the son of Practical Joke scored a four-length victory in a seven-furlong optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream.

    Kevin Krigger is scheduled to ride King Cab for the first time Saturday, while Edgar Perez has been named on Klugman.


    Miracle’s International Trading's Strike Hard is the most battle-tested entrant in the Carry Back. The son of Flashback has won three starts in 10-race career, in which he has run in three graded stakes, including the Curlin Florida Derby. After finishing seventh in Gulfstream’s premier Triple Crown prep, Strike Hard captured a mile optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream and finished fifth in the Texas Derby at Lone Star Park.

    Junior Alvarado has the call aboard the Matthew Williams trainee.

    William and Corinne Heiligbrodt and Spendthrift Farm’s Cattin enters the Carry Back off a mile starter allowance victory that followed a third-place finish behind King Cab in the Sophomore at Tampa. The Ralph Nicks-trained son of Neolithic finished fourth and third behind Octane in the Affirmed and In Reality, respectively, before closing out his juvenile campaign with a victory in the six-furlong Inaugural at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Miguel Vasquez is scheduled to ride Cattin for the first time.

    Amy E. Dunne’s Reddington, who graduated by 10 ½ lengths in his fifth career start last time out; and Carrie Brogden and Little Red Feather Racing’s Steel Sunshine, a starter allowance winner in his most recent start; round out the field.

    Racing resumes Friday with a 2:55 p.m. first race post and a $125,000 gross jackpot carryover in the Rainbow 6.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Midnight Stroll captures Delaware Oaks . . .
    Lea Farm’s Willy Boi led a 1-2-3 OBS sweep of Saturday’s $150,000, Gr. III Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream, taking command after turning for home, opening daylight in the stretch and scoring by a length over Pudding (August ’16, January ’16), with Absolute Grit (March ‘19) checking in third. That’s three stakes wins for the 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Uncaptured, sold for $40,000 by breeder Ocala Stud as a 2-year-old in training at the 2020 OBS October Sale after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 1/5. Now 12-6-1-0 for trainer Jorge Delgado, he has earned $308,485 to date. 

    OBS grads posted at pair of stakes wins on Saturday at Delaware Park.

    Harrell Ventures Main Event went right to the front in the $200,000, III Gr. Kent Stakes and was never headed, coasting home to victory by a length and a half. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, trained by George Weaver, now 7-3-1-0 with $246,333 in earnings. Consigned by Ocala Stud, Agent, to the 2021 OBS Spring sale, he was purchased for $130,000 by Steven W. Young, Agent, after turning in an Under Tack quarter in :21 3/5. 

    Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable and Steven Schoenfeld’s Midnight Stroll moved to contention on the turn in the $295,000 Delaware Oaks, took charge a furlong out and held off a late run by fellow OBS graduate Shotgun Hottie (April ’21) to win by a head. That’s two stakes wins for the lightly raced 3-year-old daughter of Not This Time, a two-time OBS graduate. She went through the ring at the 2020 Winter Mixed Sale before she was purchased for $225,000 out of the Abbie Road Farm consignment at the 2020 October Selected Yearling Sale. Trained by John Terranova, she’s now 6-3-0-0 and has earned $238,225. 

    Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Hoity Toity moved into contention on the backstretch after being forced wide on the first turn in Woodbine’s $150,000, Gr. III Selene Stakes, split horses to take the lead in the stretch and was best by three quarters at the wire. It’s the first stakes win for the 3-year-old filly by Uncle Mo, trained by Mark Casse, now 5-3-0-0 with $144,835 in earnings. She was purchased by Live Oak for $550,000 out of the Pike Racing consignment at the 2021 OBS March Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5. 
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Defeats Spirit Wind by more than 6 lengths . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Bo Hirsch’s Ce Ce made an emphatic title defense in Saturday’s $300,000, Gr. II Princess Rooney Invitational at Gulfstream Park while earning another fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in the Fall.

    The Princess Rooney, a seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ event for fillies and mares named in tribute to the 1984 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and champion older mare, headlined Saturday’s Summit of Speed program that also featured the $100,000, Gr. III Smile Sprint, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up.

    The Michael McCarthy-trained daughter of Elusive Quality captured the Princess Rooney by 3 ¼ lengths last year before going on to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Del Mar to clinch to the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter.

    “I just don’t have enough superlatives and good things to say about her,” said McCarthy, who watched the Princess Rooney in his Southern California living room before heading to Santa Anita. “She’s very special.”


    Ce Ce’s encore performance may well have topped her first visit to Gulfstream Park, scoring by 6 ½ lengths as the 2-5 favorite.


    The 6-year-old mare rated in fourth along the backstretch as Make Mischief set the pace along the backstretch after breaking alertly from her No. 6 post position just outside Ce Ce. Gulfstream-based Spirit Wind closely tracked the pacesetter along the backstretch and on the far turn before challenging Make Mischief on the turn into the homestretch and taking over the lead. Meanwhile, Ce Ce responded when asked for her run by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, sweeping three wide into the stretch and drawing clear with a commanding outside drive.

    “I got kind of lucky the outside horse cleared us and I just stocked the leaders. I didn’t want to stay too far back today. I wanted to be close to the pace,” Espinoza said. “I didn’t want them to sneak away from me, but at the three-eighths I asked her to go and she went on.”


    Ce Ce ran seven furlongs in 1:22.20 to collect her 10th career victory and pushing her career earnings over $2.275 million.

     “I told Victor to just bounce on out of there. I wasn’t sure what the filly outside of us was going to do. When she ended up catching a flyer out of there, Victor was content to just let her go and sit outside the speed,” McCarthy said. “She did what I expected her to do. Obviously, it’s never convenient when you ship all the way across the country, but it’s a racetrack that she’s fond of. The spacing of the race was great.”

    Ralph Nicks-trained Spirit Wind, a 3-year-old Bahamian Squall filly who had won her three starts this year at Gulfstream  by a combined 23 lengths, finishes second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Make Mischief.

    For McCarthy, Ce Ce’s triumph continued his good fortune at Gulfstream Park, where he saddled City of Light for a victory in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational in 2019. The former Todd Pletcher assistant reported that plans for Ce Ce’s next start are undecided.

    “We’ll play it by ear, but we might follow the same program we followed last year,” said McCarthy, whose champion mare went on last year to run in the Gr. I Ballerina at Saratoga, and the Gr. II Chillingsworth at Santa Anita before rolling to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Friday, July 1, 2022
Ademar Santos Takes Jockeys' Challenge . . .
    OLDSMAR - The first race on the official first day of the 2022-2023 Tampa Bay Downs racing season unveiled a first-time starter who might have a bunch of firsts in her future.

    April Mist, a 3-year-old filly owned by Anthony Lenci and Chad Stewart and trained by Stewart, unleashed a powerful kick on the turn for home and drew off to an 11 ½-length victory in the 5-furlong, $16,000 maiden claiming turf sprint. She toured the distance under jockey Ademar Santos in :55.33 seconds, 1.36 seconds off the course record.

    April Mist is a Louisiana-bred daughter of Catalina Red, a Gr. II winner Stewart trained to three stakes victories at Tampa Bay Downs from 2014-2016. Stewart and Lenci, who owned Catalina Red, purchased April Mist for $5,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

    “We wanted to buy some Catalina Red (offspring), and she looks just like him,” Stewart said of the flashy chestnut, who is out of stakes winner Divine Lorretta. “She ran really fast. … I’m sure we’re going to get some phone calls about her. It’s exciting watching her win and remembering the stakes races (Catalina Red) won. It’s pretty cool.”

    April Mist’s romp provided Santos with the impetus to win the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge for a record fourth time in the 10-year history of the two-day Summer Festival of Racing. Thursday’s card was the official final day of the 2021-2022 meet, with today’s action (for record-keeping purposes) kicking off 2022-2023.

    Santos’s winning total of 64 points was one more than Skyler Spanabel and Marcos Meneses, who shared second. Santos collected $2,500, with Spanabel and Meneses each earning $1,250.

    April Mist was Santos’s only winner during the two days ((he had four seconds), and he was forced to skip his assignment for today’s final race on Drill’s Valentine to catch a flight to Toronto to be able to ride Ironstone in Saturday’s Gr. III Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

    Spanabel needed a third-place finish or better in the final race on Beauty Genius to win outright, but finished fifth. Meneses could have tied Santos by winning the race on 30-1 shot Simonela, but could only manage second to Chick’s Shadow.

    That was one of two victories on the day for Jose Alonso, who tied Meneses for most victories over the two days with three apiece. And with both winning twice today, they will sit atop the standings when the meet “resumes” on Nov. 23.
Friday, July 1, 2022
She has 46 points in aiming for $5,000 challenge prize . . .
    OLDSMAR - Skyler Spanabel returned to Tampa Bay Downs for the two-day Summer Festival of Racing with an eye on the future.

    “My main trainers wanted me to come back, and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to keep building my business,” said Spanabel, who has competed at Delaware Park and a few other mid-Atlantic tracks since the Oldsmar meet concluded on May 7. “Guys like Robert (G. Smith), Peter (Wasiluk, Jr.) and James Gulick – I want to ride for them here again next season.”


    Spanabel rode one winner today, her 23rd of the season (for record-keeping purposes, today’s action counted as the final day of the 2021-2022 campaign, while Friday’s card counts as the first day of the 2022-2023 meet). She finishes in 14th place for the meet.


    “For her to come in here and win (23 races), that says a lot because the jockey colony is so competitive,” Smith said. “Next year, everyone is going to know who she is
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    Spanabel won Thusday’s fifth race, a 5-furlong dash on the turf, on Talkin Tipsy, a 3-year-old Florida-bred filly bred, owned (in partnership) and trained by Gulick. Spanabel also posted a second and two thirds to take the lead in the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge standings with 46 points.

    The Jockeys’ Challenge winner collects $2,500, with the second-place finisher earning $1,500 and third taking home an extra $1,000. Spanabel is named on four horses today. Three-time Jockeys’ Challenge winner Ademar Santos, who is second with 27 points, and Marcos Meneses (tied for third with Jose Alonso with 25 points), are both named to ride all eight races.

    Points are awarded on an 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale based on each jockey’s finish in a race, so Santos and Meneses have decent shots to make things tight by this afternoon.  

    For the 22-year-old Spanabel, being in the thick of the fight is what matters.

    “Riding here today, it feels like I never left,” she said. “I’m trying to give everybody I ride for the best I can. They’re trying to make money and I’m trying to make money, and in the end you do your best and what happens, happens.”

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Action set for 2 days . . .
    OLDSMAR - Thoroughbred action returns to Tampa Bay Downs on today and Friday as the track plays host to its 10th annual, two-day Summer Festival of Racing.

    A pair of eight-race programs are scheduled, including six each day on the turf course, weather permitting. Post time for the first today is 11:58 a.m., followed by an 11:55 a.m. start Friday.


    Admission is free. Riders will compete over the two days in the $5,000 Jockeys’ Challenge, a total-points event with 8 points awarded for a victory, 7 for a second, 6 for third, etc. The winning jockey collects $2,500, with $1,500 to the runner-up and $1,000 to third.

    Three-time Tampa Bay Downs champion jockey Samy Camacho, who earned career victory No. 1,000 last month at Monmouth Park, will ride today’s Summer Festival card before returning to the New Jersey track for Friday’s action. Ademar Santos is named to ride 12 horses over the two days. Camacho (2016, 2017 and 2021) and Santos (2014, 2015 and 2019) are both three-time Jockeys’ Challenge champions.

    The Summer Festival of Racing originated in 2013 as a means to give Tampa Bay Downs greater control over summer simulcast revenue. For record-keeping purposes, today’s card counts as the final day of the 2021-2022 meet, with Friday’s races comprising the first day of 2022-2023. Tampa Bay Downs plans to then resume its 97th anniversary season on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

    The Metro Deli, located on the first floor of the Grandstand, will be open both days for pizza and sandwiches, while the concession stand at the north end of the Grandstand offers chicken tenders, French fries and other luncheon items. The Riders Up! bar on the first floor of the Grandstand is the place to enjoy a cool libation and a “front-row” view of the finish line.
Monday, June 27, 2022
3 more SW over the weekend . . .

    Frank Fletcher Racing Operations and Ten Strike Racing’s Lady Rocket went right to the lead in Saturday’s $200,000, Gr. III Chicago Stakes at Churchill Downs and never looked back en route to a 2 3/4-length victory.

    That’s two graded stakes wins for the 5-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, trained by Brad Cox, now 14-7-3-2 with $699,588 in earnings. The two-time OBS graduate was sold by The Acorn at the 2018 October Selected Yearling Sale and then purchased for $420,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment at the 2019 Spring Sale after turning in an Under Tack eighth in :10 flat.

    Three Diamonds Farm’s Army Wife pressed the pace in Thistledown’s $250,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes, took over turning for home and held on gamely for a three-quarter length victory. Fellow OBS graduate She’s Pure Silver (June ’21) settled for third. It’s the third stakes victory for the 4-year-old graded stakes-winning daughter of Declaration of War, consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales to the 2020 OBS Spring Sale, where she breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 1/5 before she was sold for $190,000. Now 14-5-1-5 for trainer Mike Maker, she has earned $786,272. 

    Belladonna Racing’s Bout Time tried stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $108,000 Goldwood Stakes at Monmouth Park, swung out for the drive after saving ground on the turn, ran past the leaders inside the eighth pole and scored by 2 1/4 lengths. It’s the second straight win for the 4-year-old daughter of Not This Time, trained by Cherie DeVaux, now 5-3-1-0 with earnings of $171,488. She was purchased for $200,000 out of the Harris Training Center consignment at the 2020 OBS Spring Sale after breezing an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5.

Sunday, June 26, 2022
Tiz No Clown rebounds after DQ, aims for Maryland Million . . .

    LAUREL, MD – Champion Maryland jockey Sheldon Russell is nearing a return to the races more than nine months after being hurt in a pre-race spill at Laurel Park.

     “He’s doing great,” Russell’s agent Marty Leonard said. “He’s been getting back on horses for a couple weeks now and feeling good. He’s really close to returning to riding.”


     The 34-year-old Russell was originally hurt last Sept. 9 when 2-year-old Maryland-bred filly Little Bit of That got spooked and reared heading to the track before what was to be her career debut. Russell was thrown and landed on his right foot, toes-first, and was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury, involving both the bones and ligaments in the middle part of his foot. Russell underwent successful surgery to repair the injury and, following a long recovery and rehab, began getting on horses again in April but was back on the sidelines after breaking his collarbone during morning training.

    “He was probably about a week away from returning when that happened, so it was another minor setback,” Leonard said. “It was about an eight to 10-week injury.”

    Russell is married to Brittany Russell, leading trainer this year during Laurel’s spring stand as well as the subsequent Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course. Ironically, it was Little Bit of That’s victory on Mother’s Day, May 8, that clinched the mom-of-two’s first meet championship.

    At the time of his injury last fall, Russell led all jockeys in Maryland in purses earned and was second in wins. He has won more than 1,500 races and $43 million in purses since 2007, overcoming several injuries during his career.

    “He’s gone through this a few times. He’s resilient and relentless, he really is,” Leonard said. “We’re just going day by day and we’re going to let him tell us when he’s ready to go. When he’s ready to go, I’m sure we’ll have a horse to get on.”

Tiz No Clown All Business in Maiden Triumph

    Experience and a familiarity with the racing surface proved to be a winning combination for Tiz No Clown, who graduated in style with a 2 ½-length maiden special weight triumph, and became the first winner for Pleasant Acres Stallioons' freshman sire No Never No More.  

    Owned and trained by Charles Town-based William Earl Atkins, Tiz No Clown ($9.80) won the six-furlong maiden special weight in :59.29 seconds over a fast main track with Yomar Ortiz aboard for the first time. The win came six weeks after the colt finished first by 1 ¼ lengths in a 4 ½-furlong maiden claiming event May on 12 at Pimlico Race Course, but was taken down and placed third for coming over from his outside post position out of the starting gate.

    “He got it back today, in a maiden special weight,” Atkins said. “That was a good deal.”

    Tiz No Clown broke sharply and raced alongside Ice Cold Frosty in the early stages before getting away to a clear lead leaving the backstretch. Tall Order, favored at 6-5, moved into a challenging position around the far turn but Tiz No Clown straightened for home in command and opened up through the lane. Ice Cold Frosty held second over Lacey Gaudet-trained stablemate Quincy Cafe, with Tall Order fourth.

    Bred in Maryland by Stephen Smith and Denise Jones, Tiz No Clown was the only horse in the field of six that had raced previously. After the last start, Atkins decided to regularly make the 90-minute trip from West Virginia to Maryland to further his education.

    “I’ve been bringing him here and working him every week and I’ve been working him at home. We live in Charles Town and we trailered him in here to work him over this surface, and I said, ‘OK, now he’s ready to go,’” Atkins said. “The first time I ran him here he wasn’t sure of the dirt and he was climbing real bad, so he did no good. The second time I ran him was when I ran him at Pimlico, and the dirt there is more like it is at Charles Town where he trains, and he won, but they set him down, I said what we needed to do was trailer him over to Laurel and work him over the surface and let him get used to it. So, that’s what we did. It worked out perfect.”

    In addition to regular gallops, Tiz No Clown had one timed breeze at Laurel prior to his breakthrough win, a three-furlong move in 36.80 seconds on June 15 which ranked second of 15 horses on the day. “He’s fast and the thing about it is, this horse can go all day. When I train him down here, this horse can go two laps at Laurel and comes back and doesn’t even break a sweat. He can go a mile, mile and a sixteenth; there isn’t a distance this horse can’t go,” Atkins said. “I sure do like him a lot. He’s so easy. When we ship in, he’s so quiet he never does anything wrong. Nothing. And he’s still a colt, too.”

    The 37th Jim McKay Maryland Million on Oct. 22 at Laurel is a late-season goal for Tiz No Clown. “He’s Maryland Million nominated, so that’s where he’ll go,” Atkins said. “Now I can give him a little break because he won. It’ll be a little while before they write an allowance race for 2-year-olds, so I’ll just give him a break for a couple of months and just play with him and then bring him back.”

Friday, June 24, 2022
Zayas has been out for 6 months . . .

    HALLANDALE BEACH - Edgard Zayas had spent quality time with his family during his six months on the sidelines, and wife Ashley and daughters Lilah (18 months) and Lillian (5) were the first to greet the 28-year-old jockey following his first race back at Gulfstream Park this afternoon.

     Following surgery on his left shoulder and a lengthy rehabilitation period, Zayas had three mounts on the program, including Flag Woman, who set the pace before fading to fifth in Race 3.

    “It feels good, getting back after six months,” Zayas said.  “The shoulder felt great, no problem at all. I was hoping for better results but I’m happy to be back.”


    Zayas also rode Don’t Get Khozy, who finished fifth in Race 7, and Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Li Li Bear, who checked in eighth in Race 8.

    Zayas has ridden 1930 winners since venturing to South Florida to launch his career in late 2012, benefitting from early mentoring from Hall of Famers Angel Cordero and Edgar Prado. He was an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey in 2013 after riding more than 200 winners and notching a Grade 1 victory aboard Starship Truffles in the Princess Rooney at Calder. Zayas, who has gone on to ride more than 200 winners in six of nine complete years of his career, while winning numerous riding titles at Gulfstream and Gulfstream Park West.

Perez Rides Five Winners 

    Edgar Perez continued a very solid Royal Palm Meet today, riding five winners on the 10-race program. Perez rode three straight winners – Alternate Rock ($9) in Race 3, Great Uncle ($5.40) in Race 4 and Laniakea Storm ($6.40) in Race 5 – before scoring back-to-back aboard Dignified ($41.60) in Race 8 and Sequin Lady ($6) in Race 9.

    “It’s been a great day, unbelievable,” Perez said.

    The Venezuela native, who had been a fixture on the Chicago circuit for years after riding his first U.S. race in South Florida in 2009, switched his tack to Gulfstream this spring and summer due to the closure of Arlington Park.

     “I’m thankful for the opportunities. My agent [Rene Douglas] told me I will do good here,” Perez said. “I like it here. I like the Tapeta, everything.” Three of Perez’s victories were on the all-weather surface.

    In Race 7, a seven-furlong starter allowance for fillies, jockey Franklin Gonzalez Jr. notched his first U.S. victory aboard Awesome Annmarie ($19.20). The Venezuela native had been winless in 32 races since making his U.S. debut April 28 at Gulfstream.

Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed       

    The Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $200,000 Saturday. The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for five racing days following a June 11 mandatory payout.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 7-12, including the $75,000 Powder Break, a mile-and-70-yard stakes for fillies and mares on Tapeta, in Race 10.  David Fawkes-trained Grand Ave Girl, who captured the Monroe Stakes on turf last time out, is rated at 7-5 in morning line.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Surgery kept him out for more than 6 months . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Edgard Zayas was riding a wave of momentum into the 2021-2022 Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park last December when he had to make a tough decision.

     The 28-year-old South Florida-based jockey, who had enjoyed a breakout 2020-2021 Championship Meet that was followed by Spring/Summer and Fall Meet titles, opted to undergo shoulder surgery that would sideline him for the remainder of Gulfstream’s winter session.

    “It was really, really frustrating, because I was expecting to have a really good Championship Meet, and it started out amazing,” said Zayas, Gulfstream’s most dominant rider for the past several years. “It was really frustrating watching horses that I was riding regularly win. It was like, ‘That could have been me.’”

    Six months after undergoing shoulder surgery on his left shoulder, the Rio Grande, Puerto Rico native will return to action Friday, and is scheduled to ride in three races on the 10-race Happy Hour program that will get under way at 2:55 p.m.

    “I’m extremely hungry, to be honest,” Zayas said. “For this meet, it’s a little late, but I’m just going try to pick up some nice babies and build up my business again and get prepared for the winter.”

    Zayas, who has been galloping and breezing horses for the past few weeks, could have put off the inevitable surgery and continued riding last winter, but he is confident he made the right decision and is happy that his shoulder issues are behind him.

    “It was an injury that happened in the middle of last year. It was dislocated. Towards the end of the year, it dislocated again. I went and got it checked out and I decided to get surgery on it,” Zayas said.

    “It took a lot longer than I thought it would. The doctor didn’t think it was that bad until he went in and saw it was a little worse than we thought,” he added.

    During recovery and rehabilitation, Zayas got to spend some quality family time with his wife, Ashley, and daughters, Lillian (5) and Lilah (18 months).

    “To be honest I really enjoyed it, but it got to the point where I was ready to get back to work. At the beginning it was a little nice, but after a couple of weeks, it was frustrating,” he said.

    Zayas has ridden 1930 winners since venturing to South Florida to launch his career in late 2012, benefitting from early mentoring from Hall of Famers Angel Cordero and Edgar Prado. He was an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding apprentice jockey in 2013 after riding more than 200 winners and notching a Gr. 1 victory aboard Starship Truffles in the Princess Rooney at Calder.

    Zayas, who has gone on to ride more than 200 winners in six of nine complete years of his career, is named to ride Ralph Nicks-trained first-time starter Flag Woman in Race 3, Antonio Sano-trained Don’t Get Khozy in Race 7, and Saffie Joseph Jr-trained Li Li Bear in Race 8.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
3-year-old filly has won two stakes on the grass . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Monarch Stables Inc.’s Last Leaf returned to the main track and the 3-year-old filly division today to capture the $75,000 Game Face Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    The Ron Spatz-trained daughter of Not This Time ($10.80), who finished fifth against the boys in the Roar Stakes on turf last time out, pressed the pace, shook off a stretch challenge from favored stablemate Freedom Speaks and drew away to a 3 ½-length victory under Miguel Vasquez.

    Last Leaf, a two-time stakes-winner on turf who defeated males in last year’s Hollywood Beach, captured her first stakes on dirt in the Game Face. Reitman Stables' Freedom Speaks, the 6-5 favorite who captured her recent debut very impressively on Tapeta, got away from the starting gate a bit slowly before advancing into contention at the top of the stretch. The daughter of American Freedom settled for second under Emisael Jaramillo, a half-length ahead of Rapturous, the early trailer who closed mildly in the stretch under Luca Panici.

    “Going in, I thought Last Leaf got a perfect [outside] post position for her. She likes to be out there and not get a lot of dirt in her face. The other filly didn’t get a very good trip. She got off a little slow, got shut off and bumped. Everything happened and she still ran a good race,” Spatz said.

    Last Leaf, who finished third in the Gr. III Forward Gal on dirt during the Championship Meet, ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.78. “Last Leaf is a great little horse. She’s small and she’s got a big heart,” Spatz said.

    In the $60,000 Coral Gables, Kenneth Ramsey’s Ramsey Solution drove to the lead down the stretch to win under Leonel Reyes while covering a 1 1/16-mile Tapeta course in 1:43.43. Eamonn was second and the pacesetter Calibrator was third. Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr. Ramsey Solution was making his first start in 11 months since finishing second by a neck in July in the Baltimore-Washington Turf Cup at Laurel Park.

 Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed                

    The Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 Sunday. The multi-race wager went unsolved today for the third day following last Saturday’s mandatory payout.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Laurel ambulance joins moving efforts . . .

    LAUREL, MD – Having its own independent ambulance service, considered a rarity among U.S. thoroughbred racetracks, enabled the Maryland Jockey Club to quickly and effectively respond to a call for help from its elderly community.

    The MJC was among several companies that answered a request sent out by the Maryland State Office of Commercial Ambulances Licensing & Regulation in the early morning hours of June 14 following an explosion and resulting fire at the Larkin Chase Center senior care facility in Bowie, Md.


    Located about 35 minutes southeast of Laurel Park, where live racing is currently being conducted during a 37-day summer meet that began June 3, the Larkin Chase Center had 112 displaced residents that needed to be moved from an emergency holding area located in a city gymnasium across the street from the facility.

    Ryan Allen, a licensed paramedic and the MJC’s Director of Health & Safety, and MJC emergency medical technician Tony Posinski staffed the ambulance that was dispatched and ultimately able to move three individuals to nearby facilities.

     “Most tracks contract with AMR [American Medical Response] to provide ambulance service for them. We don’t contract with anybody. We run our own in-house ambulances. We own it, I operate it, and we’re registered with the state. We comply with all of the exact same rules as the commercial ambulance companies,” Allen said. “This call came out, and we had an ambulance available.”

    Allen said eight commercial ambulance companies from around the state, including the MJC, responded to the call.

    “The initial response was to get the residents out of that building, because they didn’t know how bad the damage to the building was,” Allen said. “It was really easy to move the residents into that gymnasium and hold them there, but obviously they can’t stay there very long. The call came out at about 7 a. m. and we had a unit there at about 10:30, which was pretty standard with all the responding units.”

    The MJC has an ambulance on the track during each of its live race days, which run Fridays through Sundays during the ongoing summer meet. The next live program is Friday, June 17.

    In his eighth year with the MJC, Allen said that Maryland is somewhat unique in that its ambulances are not regulated by the Department of Health as in most states, but report to a distinct governing body, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.


    “The idea was that we had the resources, we had the availability, and it was really fortunate that we were able to help get those people out and get them re-housed within about five hours,” he said. “We were able to provide some relief to them and their loved ones. We explained we were there to take care of them, get them re-housed to a temporary situation and get them safe and comfortable. I’m very glad that we were able to help them out with that. It was really easy for the MJC to be able to do it.”

Monday, June 13, 2022
New jackpot pool begins Friday . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 jackpot pool yielded multiple $62,565 payoffs Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

    The multi-race wager had gone unsolved for 24 days, producing a carryover jackpot pool of $604,101 heading into Sunday’s mandatory payout, which generated $2,903,565 in handle on the Rainbow 6.


    The Rainbow 6 sequence spanned Races 9-14 on a 14-race program. The winning numbers were 2-7-7-3-2-12.

It will will start anew with a $50,000 gross jackpot pool guarantee on Friday’s 10-race program with a first-race post time set for 2:55 p.m.
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Plane problems - Joseph misses Skippylongstocking's Belmont third . . .

     HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. made an unexpected visit to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle Saturday.

    Not that Sister Lou Ann was a surprise winner of the $75,000 Martha Washington, but her trainer had planned on being at Belmont Park to saddle Skippylongstocking for a start in the Belmont Stakes. After experiencing flight delays and eventually a cancellation, Joseph decided to remain in South Florida to carry out his saddling duties at Gulfstream.

    The winner’s circle ceremony at Gulfstream turned out to be a memorable and emotional one following the Ken and Sarah Ramsey home-bred’s front-running victory in the mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf. Sister Lou Ann’s first stakes victory came less than two weeks after Sarah Ramsey’s passing.


    “To win for Mr. Ramsey after Mrs. Ramsey passed away, this is for her. This is a special win,” said Joseph, approximately two hours before the Belmont Stakes was scheduled to go to post. “Mr. Ramsey, the one thing he wants to do is to make sure to run as Ken and Sarah Ramsey, he told me. He was adamant about that happening. He wants to make sure to keep the tradition going on.

    Sister Lou Ann, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Leonel Reyes, went right to the front to set the pace before shaking off a mild challenge by Saturday Night Gal on the turn into the homestretch and drawing clear by 1 ¼ lengths. The daughter of Frosted ran the about 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:48.60 over a ‘good’ turf.

    Saturday’s victory was the first stakes success for Sister Lou Ann, who was making her first start since finishing a close second in the Wait a While Stakes at Gulfstream Dec. 3. Saturday Nite Girl held second, a neck in front of Jan’s Girl. The Joseph-trained Miss You Ella finished fourth after a troubled trip.

    In the co-featured $75,000 Not Surprising, Julian De Mora Jr.’s California Frolic, who captured the English Channel on turf on May 7, came right back to win on Gulfstream’s Tapeta course.

    The 3-year-old son of California Chrome, who has won three of four starts since being claimed for $50,000, raced from well off the early pace before making moving to the lead at the top of the stretch and holding off Treasure King by a neck. California Frolic ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.59 under Edgar Perez. Joseph-trained Treasure King finished second, 5 ¼ lengths ahead of Klugman.

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Toddchero much the best in debut . . .
    It was just a matter of time. After Honey Red and Yvonne’s Miss both finished second in their career debuts, it appeared likely that Pleasant Acres Stallions' Bucchero’s first winner couldn’t be far behind. And it happened yesterday at Lone Star Park.

    Toddchero, a $77,000 OBS April 2-year-old bred by GDS Stable and purchased by Mark Norman, went wire-to-wire in his first try with Lane Luzzi in the irons, and the only surprise may have been his price. He had sped three furlongs in a bullet :34.84 breezing from the gate, best of 31 runners at Lone Star on May 22, so his $7.40 mutuel seems to be quite generous.

    Bucchero’s milestone winner passed the furlong markers in :22.56 and :45.65 en route to a 3 1/2-length victory over 2-1 favorite BWP Spirit, with the third-place finisher another 16 lengths behind. Toddchero was clocked in :58.62 for the five furlongs and collected a check for $19,740, raising Bucchero’s early progeny earnings to $35,140.
Friday, June 10, 2022
Unbeaten 2-year-old filly wins Astoria by 5 1/4 lengths . . .

    Ocala Stud Farm's Girvin has given Florida's freshman sires their first stakes-winner - Devious Dame - who followed up her sensational debut with a convincing victory yesterday in the $150,000 Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park. 

    The 2-year-old filly bred by Ocala Stud, Joe O'Farrell 3rd, David O'Farrell et al, and trained by Norm Casse, came from off the pace in the 5 1/2-furlong race, looped the field on the turn, and powered past the pace-setter in mid-stretch. The $240,000 OBS March purchase by owner John Oxley drew off by 5 1/4 lengths and was eased at the end by rider Joel Rosario, paying $2.90.

    Devious Dame earned a check for $82,500, and added to the $35,560 she collected for her 5-furlong maiden-breaker at Churchill Downs, which she won by 5 1/2 lengths, she now has a bank account of $118,060. The budding star has received Equibase 'E' speed figures of 87 and 86. 

    Of 39 first-year sires who have had at least one runner thus far, Girvin is in third place with $126,120 in the till.  

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Three-day gross surpasses $27 million . . .

    Hip No. 1087, a son of Curlin consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was sold to Gus King for $370,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The chestnut colt, who breezed a quarter in :21 3/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes placed Distracting, by Distorted Humor, a half sister to grade one stakes winner Streaming.

    Hip No. 983, a daughter of Collected consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Sequel Bloodstock, Agent, for $260,000. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is out of Hottalabamba, by Into Mischief, a daughter of graded stakes placed So Long Sonoma.

    Hip No, 795, a daughter of Irish War Cry consigned by Thorostock LLC, Agent, whose eighth in :9 4/5 was the fastest work at of the sale the distance at Friday’s Under Tack session, went to Jebel Ali Stable for $250,000. The dark bay or brown filly is a half sister to stakes placed Jamaican Don out of D D Renegade, by Medalist, from the family of grade one stakes winner Lite Light.

    Hip No. 994, a son of Pioneerof the Nile who breezed a quarter in :21 2/5 on Saturday, went to MyRacehorse for $250,000. Consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, the bay colt is out of graded stakes winner I’m a Looker by Henny Hughes, from the family of grade one stakes winner Dortmund.

    Justin Casse, Agent, went to $250,000 for Hip No. 1090, a daughter of American Freedom consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent. The dark bay or brown filly, who breezed an eighth in:10 1/5 on Saturday, is out of Honey Ride, by Candy Ride (ARG), a daughter of grade one stakes winner Tarlow.

    Hip No. 970, a daughter of Ghostzapper consigned by All Dreams Equine, Agent, was sold to Shepherd Equine Advisors, Agent for Larry Hirsch, for $240,000. The dark bay or brown filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Saturday, is out of High Authority, by Uncle Mo, a half sister to graded stakes winning OBS graduate Adios Charlie.

    Hip No. 1109, a daughter of Practical Joke consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, was sold to Scott & Evan Dilworth LLC for $230,000. The dark bay or brown filly, whose Under Tack quarter in :20 4/5 was Saturday’s co-fastest, is a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Forewarned out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Fortune Play, by Five Star Day.

    Randy Bradshaw paid $210,000 for Hip No. 972, a son of Accelerate consigned by Pike Racing, Agent. The chestnut colt, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is out of History Supreme, by Speightstown, a daughter of graded stakes placed Bahama Bound.

    Hip No. 783, a daughter of Bee Jersey consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, was sold to NBS Stable / John Ballantyne for $200,000. The chestnut filly, whose quarter in :20 4/5 was co-fastest at the distance on Friday, is out of graded stakes placed Dance Secretary (IRE), by Danehill Dancer, a half sister to champion Perfect Soul (IRE).

    Frank Alosa, Agent for Gentry Farm, went to $200,000 for Hip No. 947, a son of Girvin consigned by Dynasty Thoroughbreds. The dark bay or brown colt, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance at Saturday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes placed Grinch, by Salt Lake, from the family of stakes winner Miss Missile.

    Hip No. 984, a daughter of Good Magic consigned by New Horizon Farm, Inc., Agent, was sold to Peter Miller, Agent, for $200,000. The bay filly is a half sister to grade one stakes placed Thirteen Squared out of graded stakes winner House of Fortune, by Free House.

    For the session, 206 two-year-olds sold for a total of $9,594,900, compared with 166 grossing $8,397,450 at last year’s third session. The average was $46,577, compared with $50,587 a year ago, while the median price was $25,000, identical to 2021.  The buyback percentage was 20.5%; it was 16.2% last year.

    Five older horses sold for $85,000, averaging $17,000 with a $13,000 median price.


    For the entire sale, 658 two-year-olds sold for a record $27,082,500, compared with 567 bringing 2021’s old mark of $24,626,450,  The average was $41,159, compared to 2021’s $43,433, while the median price was a sale record $25,000 compared with $20,000 in 2021. The buyback percentage was 18.3%; it was 16.9% last year.

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Agent Donato Lanni takes top two sellers . . .

    Hip No. 525, a daughter of Uncle Mo consigned by Omar Ramirez Bloodstock, Agent, went to Donato Lanni, Agent, for $725,000 to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat at Wednesday’s Under Tack session, is out of Ultralight Beam, by Giant’s Causeway, a half-sister to graded stakes-winner His Race to Win.

    Donato Lanni, Agent, went to $625,000 for Hip No. 560, a daughter of Flatter consigned by Julie Davies LLC, Agent, who worked Wednesday’s fastest eighth, clocked in :9 4/5. The gray or roan filly is out of Wicked Ride, by Candy Ride (ARG), a half-sister to Gr. I stakes-winning OBS graduate Wickedly Perfect

    Hip No. 544, a son of Munnings consigned by Dark Star Thoroughbreds (Stori Atchison) was purchased by Benjamin Gase for $300,000. The chestnut colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Wednesday, is a half-brother to graded stakes-winner Great Island out of Voyage, by Rahy.

    Hip 695, a son of More Than Ready consigned by Kings Equine, Agent for Spendthrift Farm, was sold to Lane’s End Racing for $250,000. The dark bay or brown colt, whose Under Tack eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance on Thursday, is out of Brandy, by Unbridled’s Song, a daughter of stakes-winner Alienated.

    Chris Coleman paid $230,000 for Hip No. 519, a daughter of Mshawish consigned by Blas Perez Stables, Agent. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Wednesday, is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed OBS grad  Skippylongstocking, entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, as well as graded stakes-placed stakes-winning OBS graduate Moonlite Strike, out of Twinkling, by War Chant.

    Hip 655, Luke the Legend, a son of Ride On Curlin consigned by Crystal Eclipse Stable, was purchased by Big Sky Racing for $230,000. The chestnut colt, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance on Thursday, is out of Awesome Sunrize, by Awesome Again, a half-sister to graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Stubbins.

    Hip No. 541, a daughter of Hit It a Bomb consigned by Woodside Ranch, Agent, was sold to Sarah Kelly for $200,000. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 flat on Wednesday, is out of Voided Contract, by Zensational, from the family of champion Smarty Jones.

    Hip No. 613, a daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to D. J. Stable LLC for $185,000. The gray or roan filly, who breezed an eighth on Thursday in :10 2/5, is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Copper Bullet out of Allegory, by Unbridled’s Song.

    Hip No. 473, a daughter of Empire Maker consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, was sold to David Ingordo, Agent, for $160,000. The gray or roan filly, who turned in an Under Tack quarter in :21 2/5 on Wednesday, is out of Tapital Gang, by Tapit, a daughter of graded stakes-winner Yearly Report.

    Hip No. 550, a son of Tapiture consigned by CM Thoroughbreds, went to Mike Pender, Agent, for $150,000. The chestnut gelding, second in a maiden dash at Gulfstream prior to the sale, is out of War Angel, by Declaration of War, from the family of graded stakes-winner Slew of Pearls.

    For the session, 217 horses grossed $9,414,000, compared with 205 selling for a total of $8,472,600 at last year’s second session. The average was $43,382 compared with $41,330 a year ago, while the median price was $25,000, compared to $17,000 in 2021.  The buyback percentage was 19.9%; it was 16.3% last year.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Niall Brennan Stables consignor of $290,000 filly . . .

    Hip No. 191, a daughter of Bolt d’Oro consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, was sold to Greg & Caroline Bentley for $290,000 to top the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance at Tuesday’s Under Tack session, is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed Top of Mind out of stakes-winner Over the Edge, by Thunder Gulch.

    Marette Farrell, Agent for Exline-Border Racing LLC, paid $240,000 for Hip No. 331, a daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by All Dreams Equine, Agent. The bay filly, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 on Tuesday, is out of Seaside Escape, by Bernardini, a full sister to Gr. I stakes-winner Cavorting.


    Hip No. 116, a daughter of Adios Charlie consigned by Ocala Stud, went to Champion Equine LLC for $235,000. The bay filly, whose quarter in :21 flat was fastest at the distance at Monday’s Under Tack session, is out of stakes- placed Miss Melinda, by Malibu Moon, a daughter of graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Black Escort.


    Hip No. 54, a son of Nyquist consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, was sold to Mike Maker for $220,000. The bay colt, who turned in an Under Tack eighth on Monday in :10 1/5, is out of graded stakes-winner Livin Lovin, by Birdstone.


    Hip No. 236, a daughter of Liam’s Map consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, was sold to Patrice Miller, EQB Inc, Agent, for $160,000. The bay filly, who breezed an Under Tack eighth in :10 2/5 on Tuesday, is out of Pretty U, by Pomeroy, a full sister to graded stakes-winning OBS graduate Pomeroys Pistol.


    Clay Scherer, Agent, went to $150,000 for Hip No. 123, a daughter of Redesdale consigned by Omar Ramirez Bloodstock, Agent. The chestnut filly, who breezed a quarter in :21 1/5 at the Under Tack Show on Monday, is out of Miz Midtown, by Exchange Rate, a daughter of stakes-winner Midtown Miss.


    Hip 217, Picchero, a daughter of Bucchero consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds, was sold for $150,000 to Cherie DeVaux, Agent. The chestnut filly, whose eighth on Tuesday in :10 flat was the session’s co-fastest, is out of Pick the Double, by Double Honor, from the family of graded stakes-winner Accredit.


    Hip No. 130, a daughter of Bayern consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, was purchased for $140,000 by Ryan Zabrowski. The dark bay or brown filly, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at Monday’s Under Tack session, is a half-sister to graded stakes-placed stakes-winner Bishop’s Pond out of stakes-winner More for Me, by More Than Ready.


    Mike Akers, Agent, went to $140,000 for Hip No. 246, a daughter of Square Eddie consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent. The bay filly, whose Under Tack eighth in :10 flat on Tuesday was the session’s co-fastest, is a full sister to stakes-placed Square Peggy out of Puff Pastry, by Momentum.


    For the session, 184 horses grossed $7,107,500, compared with 196 selling for a total of $7,756,400 at last year’s first session. The average was $38,628 compared with $39,573 a year ago, while the median price was $25,500 compared to $20,000 in 2021.  The buyback percentage was 33%; it was 18.3% last year.

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Resumes

    HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Today’s live racing card at Gulfstream Park has been canceled due to heavy rains from a tropical storm system making its way across South Florida. Ditto for Sunday's program.

    A tropical storm warning remained in effect early this morning by the National Weather Service. The Gulfstream Park facility will remain open for simulcast and casino wagering. 

    Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday with a 1:05 post time and a $700,000 guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot. 

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Highlights fifth session . . .

    Hip No, 795, a daughter of Irish War Cry consigned by Thorostock LLC, Agent, breezed an eighth in :9 4/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at the fifth session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The dark bay or brown filly is a half sister to stakes placed Jamaican Don out of D D Renegade, by Medalist, from the family of grade one stakes winner Lite Light.

Three horses shared honors for the session’s fastest quarter, clocked in :20 4/5.

    Hip No. 783, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is a chestnut filly by Bee Jersey out of graded stakes placed Dance Secretary (IRE), by Danehill Dancer, a half sister to champion Perfect Soul (IRE)

    Hip No. 823, a dark bay or brown filly by Uncaptured consigned by Tom McCrocklin, Agent, is out of E Built This City, by City Zip, a half sister to stakes placed Anyriderill Do.

    Hip No. 860, consigned by RiceHorse Stable (Brandon & Ali Rice), is a dark bay or brown colt by Outwork out of Fade to Black, by Street Cry (IRE), from the family of champion OBS graduate Kitten’s Joy.

    Hip No. 792, a son of Good Magic consigned by Bold Arrow Thoroughbreds breezed three eighths in :33 3/5. The bay colt is out of Dark Before Dawn, by Ghostzapper, a half sister to stakes winner Dashing Debby.

Five horses turned in eighths in :10 flat.

    Hip 759, Goodmornincaptain, a bay colt by Army Mule consigned by McKathan Bros. Sales, Agent, is a half brother to stakes winner Jurojin out of Copelan County, by Gibson County.

    Hip 789, a chestnut filly by Rainbow Heir consigned by Randy Miles, Agent, is a half sister to stakes placed Distinction Bird out of Dare I Dream, by OBS graduate  Delaware Township.

    Hip 811, also consigned by Randy Miles, Agent, is a dark bay or brown colt by Mo Town out of Dixie Babe, by Dixie Union, a daughter of stakes winner Bluegrass Sara.

    Hip 843, a chestnut filly by Bustin Stones consigned by Silvestre Chavez Thoroughbreds, Agent, is out of E. Queen, by E Dubai, from the family of graded stakes winner Kingpost.

    Hip 861, consigned by Marcial Galan, Agent, is a dark bay or brown colt by Mark Valeski out of Faith Proof, by Idiot Proof, a half sister to stakes winner Centerofattention.

    Hip No. 768, a son of Tiznow consigned by GOP Racing Stable Corp., Agent, turned in the only quarter in :21 flat. The bay colt is out of Country Drive, by Shirocco (GER), a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Bodecream.

A pair of youngsters breezed quarters in :21 1/5.


    Hip No. 762, a gray or roan colt by Get Stormy consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, is a half brother to stakes placed Talkthetalk out of Cosmic Energy, by Unbridled Energy.

    Hip No. 874, a bay filly by Palace consigned by Silvestre Chavez Thoroughbreds, Agent, is a half sister to graded stakes placed Surf and Turf out of First in Time, by Broken Vow, from the family of grade one stakes winner Changeintheweather,

Two horses turned in quarters in :21 2/5.

    Hip No. 753, consigned by McKathan Bros. Sales, Agent, is a gray or roan colt by Munnings out of Compulsion, by Pioneeruarters in :21 1/5.of the Nile, a half sister to stakes winner Justin Squared.

    Hip No. 882, a dark bay or brown colt by Street Sense consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is a half brother to graded stakes winning OBS graduate The Tabulator out of Fly to the Stars, by Giant’s Causeway.

Friday, June 3, 2022
3 share honors with 21-flat quarters . . .

    Hip No. 634, a son of Constitution consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, Inc., Agent, worked three-eighths in :33 1/5 to post the fastest work at the distance at the fourth session of the Under Tack Show for Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The bay colt is out of Arana, by Hard Spun, from the family of graded stakes winner Clearing.

Three horses shared honors for the session’s fastest quarter, stopping the timer in :21 flat.

Hip No. 573, a dark bay or brown colt by Bal a Bali (BRZ) consigned by Cruzin’ Thoroughbreds, Agent, is out of Winged Fury, by War Chant, a daughter of champion Fiji (GB).

Hip No. 685, also consigned by Cruzin’ Thoroughbreds, Agent, is a bay colt by Blame out of graded stakes placed stakes winner Bling On the Music, by Too Much Bling.

Hip No. 741, Major Deal, consigned by Galvan Brothers Equine, is a bay gelding by Klimt out of Christiansted, by Artie Schiller, from the family of graded stakes winner Mad Flatter.

A trio of youngsters breezed quarters in :21 2/5.

Hip No. 687, consigned by Britton Peak, Agent, is a bay colt by Blame out of stakes placed Blithely, by Exchange Rate, a half sister to graded stakes winner Merry Meadow.

Hip No. 702, a bay filly by Uncaptured consigned by Ocala Stud, is a full sister to stakes placed Bet On Mookie out of Brown Glaze, by War Front, from the family of graded stakes placed stakes winning OBS graduate Lucky Livi.

Hip No. 724, consigned by GOP Racing Stable Corp., is a bay colt by Lord Nelson out of Cash Is Queen, by Unbridled’s Song, a half sister to graded stakes winner Name Changer.

Twelve horses tied for the session’s fastest eighth, clocked in :10 flat.

Hip 599, Magnified, consigned by Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds, is a chestnut colt by Tunwoo out of Adios Ashley, by Adios Charlie, a daughter of stakes winner Ashley River.

Hip 606, Canela de Oro, a gray or roan filly by Majestic City consigned by Golden Noguez, Agent, is out of Agustina de Aragon, by Political Force, from the family of champion Leroidesanimaux (BRZ).

Hip 618, a dark bay or brown colt by Connect consigned by Champions of the Future, is out of champion Along Came Polly (SAF), by Judpot, from the family of champion Young Rake.

Hip 624, consigned by Goldencents Thoroughbreds, a dark bay or brown filly by Tapwrit, is out of Ammalu, by Boston Harbor, a half sister to graded stakes winner Sapphire N’ Silk.

Hip 652, a bay filly by Always Dreaming consigned by A Rebel Colt Consignment, is out of stakes winner Away We Go, by Tizway, from the family of grade one stakes winner Ogygian.

Hip 655, Luke the Legend, a chestnut colt by Ride On Curlin consigned by Crystal Eclipse Stable, is out of Awesome Sunrize, by Awesome Again, a half sister to graded stakes winning OBS graduate Stubbins.

Hip 670, consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is a dark bay or brown filly by Munnings out of Beautiful Princess, by Giant’s Causeway, from the family of graded stakes winner Forest Music.

Hip 695, consigned by Kings Equine, Agent for Spendthrift Farm LLC, is a dark bay or brown colt by More Than Ready out of Brandy, by Unbridled’s Song, a daughter of stakes winner Alienated.

Hip 700, an Irish-bred bay colt by Caravaggio consigned by Top Line Sales LLC, Agent, is out of stakes placed Brioniya, by Pivotal, a daughter of graded stakes placed stakes winner Bahia Breeze.

Hip 706, consigned by Marcial Galan, Agent, is a chestnut colt by First Samurai out of stakes placed Button Girl, by Mizzen Mast, a half sister to graded stakes winner Coracle.

Hip 713, a bay colt by Quality Road consigned by Centofanti Thoroughbreds, Agent, is out of graded stakes winner Call Pat, by Lawyer Ron.

Hip 715, consigned by GOP Racing Stable Corp, is a dark bay or brown colt by West Coast out of Canadian River, by Smart Strike, a half sister to graded stakes winner Montgomery’s Arch.

Friday, June 3, 2022
6-year-old has earned more than $580,000 . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa’s Miss Auramet will be ready to run in Sunday’s $60,000 Bay Harbor Islands at Gulfstream Park, rain or shine.

    Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. will have no worries if the five-furlong overnight handicap for fillies and mares on turf is transferred to the Tapeta surface due to rain that is forecast for South Florida this weekend. The 6-year-old daughter of Uncaptured has handled all surfaces during a 30-race career that includes 11 victories and 10 runner-up finishes and earnings of more than $580,000.

    “It doesn’t matter what she runs on, to be honest with you,” Plesa said. “She’s been an overachiever, no question about that. She’s the kind of horse you want in your barn.”

    Miss Auramet, who is a multiple stakes-winner on turf and a stakes-winner on dirt, has run over Gulfstream’s newly-installed Tapeta course once. Coming off a front-running victory in the $100,000 Lady’s Turf Sprint a month earlier, she set the pace only to finish second in the Captiva Island that was transferred to the all-weather surface.

    Miss Auramet, who finished second after setting the pace in the May 8 Golden Beach Handicap on turf last time out, will carry high weight of 124 pounds, including Emisael Jaramillo.

    ProRacing Stable LLC and partners’ Headline Hunter, who defeated Miss Auramet in the Captiva Island by 2 ¼ lengths after pressing the pace outside of the favorite, will return in the Bay Harbor Islands following a subsequent subpar showing at Keeneland. The son of Tapizar was no factor while finishing 12th behind multiple Gr. 1 stakes-winning Campanelle in the April 16 Giant’s Causeway. Edgar Perez has the mount aboard Headline Hunter.

    e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Palomita, who finished third in Golden Beach, is scheduled to join Miss Auramet in the starting gate again Sunday, making her second start off a five-month layoff. Poseidon’s Passion, Mon Petit Chou and Fulminate round out the field.

Rainbow 6 Pool Guaranteed 

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $700,000 for today’s program. The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for 20 days since a lucky bettor hit for a $182,098 payoff April 28.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 3-8 on the card, featuring a highly competitive 6 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance in Race 6. Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained Girolamo’s Attack, who finished fourth in the Jan. 29 Gr. III Fred Hooper and fifth in the April 2 Sir Shackleton in his last two starts, is the morning-line favorite at 5-2. Rasharn Creque-trained Senor Jobim, and Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained Thinkaboutit, a pair of recent optional claiming allowance winners, are also entered.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Early Voting Highlights meeting - Toledo grabs riding title . . .
    BALTIMORE – Thoroughbred racing in Maryland will resume Friday when Laurel Park opens for its summer meet.

    Pimlico Race Course wrapped up its 2022 meet Monday with Jevian Toledo winning the riding title and Brittany Russell and Richard Sillaman sharing the training title.


    The highlight of the Pimlico Meet was Preakness 147, won by Klaravich Stable’s Early Voting. Preakness weekend also included Interstatedaydream’s victory in the Gr. II Black-Eyed Susan, Set Piece winning the Gr. II Dinner Party, and Ethereal Road winning the Sir Barton for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

    Toledo won his ninth career riding title in Maryland but first at Pimlico, while Russell became the first female to win more than one meet title in Maryland. She earned her first championship at Laurel’s 2022 spring stand to join Karen Patty (1992 Pimlico spring), Mary Eppler (2016 Laurel fall) and Linda Rice (T-1st, 2017 Laurel winter) as other women to be meet-leading trainers.


    There were mandatory payouts on the last day of the Pimlico meet. Five of six winners in the Rainbow 6 returned $2,197 while the Late Pick 5 returned $11,127.

    Racing resumes Friday at Laurel Park with a nine-race program - five scheduled on the turf - beginning at 12:40 p.m. The featured eighth race, a 5 ½ furlong allowance event on the main track for fillies and mares with a $48,000 purse, drew a field of seven including Belladora and Wicked Hot.

    Belladora, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Shackleford, returns off a 10-month layoff for trainer Michael Trombetta, while Wicked Hot, a 4-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Mosler, returns for trainer Graham Motion off a year layoff after winning two of her first three starts. The field also includes Miss Marley, making her second start off a layoff for Michael Matz, and Long Distance Love, who goes out first time off a claim for Claudio Gonzalez.


    The Laurel summer meet runs through Sunday, Aug. 21.
Monday, May 30, 2022
Aboard half-sister to Rombauer . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Jockey Leonel Reyes rode his 500th winner in the U.S. in style Sunday, guiding Republique, a half-sister to 2021 Preakness (G1) winner Rombauer, to a thoroughly professional triumph in the Race 9 feature at Gulfstream Park.

    “Thank God and all the owners who have helped me,” Reyes said. “I’m so happy. I had records in Venezuela but 500 in the U.S. makes me proud.”


    John and Jane Fradkin’s Republique, who graduated in her debut over Gulfstream’s Tapeta surface at 5 ½ furlongs April 14, came right back to win around two turns on the all-weather surface Sunday. The homebred daughter of Strong Mandate pressed the pace before taking over on the turn into the homestretch and going on to score by a length.

    “She’s a good filly. She got good position and when I asked her, she ran strong to the end,” Reyes said.


    Trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., Republic ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:41.35.

    The 35-year-old journeyman, a two-time national champion in Venezuela, ventured to the U.S. in 2016 and has established himself as a year-round force in Gulfstream Park’s jockey colony.


    Reyes, who scored his first victory in the U.S. aboard Virgen Morena March 23, 2016, was a nine-time titlist at National Racetrack Valencia. He rode more than 1400 winners in Venezuela before relocating to South Florida.
Monday, May 30, 2022
Consigned by Ocala Stud . . .

    Hip No. 116, a daughter of Adios Charlie consigned by Ocala Stud, worked a quarter in :21 flat to post the fastest work at the distance at the opening session of the Under Tack Show for Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2022 June Sale of Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. The bay filly is out of stakes-placed Miss Melinda, by Malibu Moon, a daughter of graded stakes- placed stakes-winner Black Escort.

Nine horses shared honors for the fastest eighth, stopping the timer in :10 flat.

    Hip 2, Gambito, a bay colt by Astern (AUS) consigned by Fast Horses, Agent, is a half brother to champion La Poetesa out of grade one stakes winner La Dalila (CHI), by Milt’s Overture.   

    Hip 9, a dark bay or brown colt by Army Mule consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is out of Lady Halite, by Medaglia d’Oro, from the family of graded stakes winning OBS graduate Buffalo Man.

    Hip 23, consigned by Shooting Star Sales LLC, is a chestnut colt by Bucchero out of Law of Attraction, by Soldat, from the family of graded stakes winner Native Bombshell.

    Hip 36, a bay colt by Astern (AUS) consigned by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, Agent, is out of Lexi Tap, by Pleasant Tap, a half sister to graded stakes winner Irish Jasper.

    Hip 37, consigned by Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent, is a dark bay or brown filly by Girvin out of Libbyris, by Algorithms, a half sister to champion Roy H.

     Hip 82, a dark bay or brown filly by Candy Ride (ARG) consigned by de Meric Sales, Agent, is out of Malhama, by Tiznow, from the family of champion Paradise Creek.

    Hip 112, consigned by Centofanti Thoroughbreds, Agent, is a bay filly by Into Mischief out of stakes winner Miss Hollywood, by Malibu Moon, a daughter of grade one winner Hollywood Story.

    Hip 130 a dark bay or brown filly by Bayern consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent, is a half sister to graded stakes placed stakes winner Bishop’s Pond out of stakes winner More for Me, by More Than Ready.

    Hip 164, Roll On Big Joe, consigned by Gayle Woods, Agent, is a colt by Prospective out of Nina’s Gift, by Victory Gallop, from the family of grade one stakes winner Norway Boy.

There were two quarters in :21 1/5.

    Hip No. 123, consigned by Omar Ramirez Bloodstock, Agent, is a chestnut filly by Redesdale out of Miz Midtown, by Exchange Rate, a daughter of stakes winner Midtown Miss.

    Hip No. 124, a gray or roan colt by Cinco Charlie consigned by L. G., Agent, is out of Mlle. Minuit, by Midnight Lute, from the family of graded stakes winner Yestday’s Kisses.

Three horses were clocked in :21 2/5.

    Hip No. 137, consigned by Davis Breaking and Training, Inc., Agent, is a gray or roan filly by Cross Traffic out of Mo Wicked, by Uncle Mo, from the family of grade one stakes winner Wickedly Perfect.

    Hip No. 141, a bay colt by Jimmy Creed consigned by Goldencents Thoroughbreds, is out of Ms Giavonna, by Medaglia d’Oro, from the family of grade one winner Pampered Princess.

    Hip No. 167, a bay colt by Always Dreaming consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, Agent, is a half brother to graded stakes winner Major General out of No Mo Lemons, by Uncle Mo.

Sunday, May 29, 2022
8yo gelding hasn't won since 2017 . . .

    One of the most bizarre stories in racing takes another step forward today in the first race at Monmouth Park.

    The culprit is Gone Astray Kiss, an 8-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding by Pleasant Acres' stallion Gone Astray. What makes him so intriguing is that Gone Astray Kiss has raced 71 times, compiling an oh-no record of 2-2-12, with earnings of $119,716. His two victories came in the same season - at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 8 of 2017 and May 13 of 2017 at Monmouth Park. He paid $6.80 in the Tampa race competing for $16,000, and $20.20 at Monmouth competing for $7,500. 

    Gone Astray Kiss is now owned and trained by Anthony Foglia, who may just be having a good time with him. The last time Gone Astray Kiss finished in the top 3 was a third-place finish on July 3 of last year at Monmouth - he was 38-1 that day. It's possible there are bettors who want to own a souvenir ticket in case the gelding becomes a record-holder of some kind somewhere down the line.

    GAK took a six-month vacation, returning at Monmouth on May 8 - amazingly - in a $75,000 allowance race. He finished eighth by 17 1/2 lengths at odds of 53-1. It appeared Foglia was just trying to get a race in him, thus the class he faced. However, he's in another $75,000 allowance today, and is 30-1 in the morning line. If the souvenir hunters don't show up to bet a few bucks, GAK could go off at 100-1. 

     

 

 

Sunday, May 29, 2022
It's been 18 days since $182,098 payoff . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $650,000 for today’s program at Gulfstream Park. The multi-race wager went unsolved Saturday for the 18th day since a lucky bettor hit for a $182,098 payoff April 28.

    The Rainbow 6 sequence will span Races 5-10 with the featured ninth race, a mile and 70-yard contest on the Tapeta, featuring a field of eight including Republique, a half-sister to 2021 Preakness winner Rombauer. A 3-year-old daughter of Strong Mandate, Republique won first time out April 14 for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. The competition includes stablemate Running Legacy, third in the Gr. II Gulfstream Park Oaks last time out, and Love Her Lots, third last time on the turf in the Honey Fox.

    The sequence will begin with a 1 1/16-mile turf event for $16,000 claimers featuring a field of 11, and will close with another 1 1/16-mile turf event for $16,000 maidens.
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Military Drill wins in a photo . . .
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Samantha Dobles celebrated her first success as a trainer after saddling Military Drill for the narrowest of victories in Race 5 on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

    “It’s nice to win. I’ve saddled winners for other people, but it’s more rewarding to win with a horse you do everything with,” the 33-year-old trainer said.

    Military Drill ($11.40), who was Dobles’ 11th starter, prevailed by a nose in a long photo-finish and had to survive a stewards’ review of a foul claim before becoming the official winner of the five-furlong claiming race on Tapeta.


    Dobles grew up in a racing family in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where her mother is an outrider and her father is an exercise rider. Her sister, Elizabeth, has been a successful trainer at Gulfstream Park for the past several years.

    “I came down from Finger Lakes and worked as an assistant for my sister,” Samantha Dobles said. “We just have this horse, and we claimed another horse today. We’re just starting out little.”