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Fountain of Youth victor Gunnevera and jockey Javier Castellano
Castellano Hopes Gunnevera Will Be The One That Provides Him With That Elusive KY Derby Win

If Javier Castellano called time today on his riding career there wouldn’t be many boxes left unchecked on his to-do list. Castellano — a winner of four consecutive Eclipse Awards (2013-16), six different Breeders’ Cup races, a plethora of meet titles, 4,600-plus races — recently learned he earned a coveted spot on the ballot for […]

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Practical Joke works inside Shagaf at Palm Meadows
Practical Joke ‘Probable’ For Florida Derby; State Of Honor Confirmed Starter

After a busy Saturday morning with workers galore at the Palm Meadows Training Center, three horses — State of Honor, Talk Logistics and Unbridled Holiday — were given the green light to run in the $1 million Xpressbet.com  Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April 1. Fountain of Youth (G2) runner-up Practical Joke also worked […]

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Gunnevera works at Gulfstream Park West on Mar. 25
Gunnevera ‘Perfect’ In Final Work For Florida Derby

Peacock Racing Stables’ multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze Saturday for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Leonel Reyes replaced regular exercise partner Edgard Zayas, in Dubai riding Sharp Azteca in the Godolphin Mile, for the five-furlong work that went in 1:01.80 over the […]

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Always Dreaming captured an allowance race at Gulfstream March 4
West Point, Siena Farm Buy Into Kentucky Derby Hopeful Always Dreaming

Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds have purchased a minority interest in promising 3-year-old colt Always Dreaming, St. Elias Stable’s Vinnie Viola confirmed March 20. Trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by MeB Racing Stables LLC, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Viola Racing Stables, and St. Elias Stables LLC, the son of Bodemeister is under consideration for […]

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Practical Joke works inside a stablemate at Palm Meadows on March 18
Practical Joke ‘Worked Super’ At Palm Meadows, Will Run In Florida Derby Or Blue Grass

Multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning Practical Joke breezed a half mile at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning with the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park April as a target. “I’ve narrowed it down the either the Florida Derby or the Blue Grass [at Keeneland April 8]. I sort of want to see […]

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Battalion Runner wins an allowance race at Gulfstream Park
Battalion Runner, Always Dreaming Work ‘Very Well’ At Palm Beach Downs

The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and Battalion Runner (Unbridled’s Song), two well-regarded 3-year-olds who impressed in allowance races at the current Gulfstream Park Championship Meet, worked at Palm Beach Downs Saturday for possible engagements in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1. MeB Racing Stables, Viola Racing Stables, and St. Elias Stables’ […]

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Gunnevera wins the Fountain of Youth
‘Very Happy’ Gunnevera Records Easy Five-Furlong Breeze Toward Florida Derby

Peacock Racing’s Gunnevera was sent to the track at Gulfstream Park West Saturday morning for an easy five-furlong workout in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park. The Antonio Sano-trained multiple graded-stakes-winning 3-year-old breezed the five furlongs in 1:04.60. “I’m very happy. The horse is 100 percent,” Sano […]

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Mo Town wins the Remsen
Mo Town Ships To Gulfstream For Work, Florida Derby Still Under Consideration

On an unseasonably chilly morning in South Florida, Grade 2 Remsen winner Mo Town became acquainted for the first time with Gulfstream Park by working six furlongs for a possible start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com G1 Florida Derby April 1.  The Tony Dutrow-trained Mo Town shipped from Payson Park, located about 90 miles north […]

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Florida Derby Charity Golf Tournament Benefits PDJF, TRAC

Players can sign up now for the seventh annual Florida Derby Charity Golf Tournament, to be held Tuesday, March 28 at The Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club The popular tournament, which kicks off Florida Derby Week, will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Florida TRAC (Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care). Registration will take place […]

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Battalion Runner wins an allowance race at Gulfstream Park
Battalion Runner Headed To Florida Derby, Benefits From ‘Added Time Between Races’

St. Elias Stable’s Battalion Runner, a promising 3-year-old who has yet to be tested in stakes company, continued his march to the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) by working six furlongs Saturday at Palm Beach Downs. Under exercise rider Nick Bush, the Todd Pletcher-trained Battalion Runner worked in company with Vees Boy. They were […]

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