Florida horse racing

Longtime Florida Trainer Rene Mendez Dies At 84

Former Florida-based trainer Rene E. Mendez passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Daytona Beach, FL. He was 84 years old. Mendez, a Cuban-born jockey in the 1950s, later was an exercise rider for a number of East Coast trainers in the 1960s before becoming a trainer himself in 1975. With his wife Janet Mendez […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover Up To $497K For Friday Twilight Card

The Rainbow 6 will offer a $497,629.11 carryover jackpot for Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program at Gulfstream Park. The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the 19th consecutive program Thursday, when multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $2.042.34. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with […]

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Gulfstream Park Championship Meet: September Deadline Set For Stall Applications

Stall applications for Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet, which begins Saturday, Nov. 30 are due by Friday, Sept. 6. Stall applications can be found at: http://www.gulfstreampark.com/docs/default-source/stall-application/winter-stall-application.pdf?sfvrsn=6 Gulfstream’s Championship Meet will play host to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series (G1), $1 million Florida Derby (G1), $1.1 million Claiming Crown, $400,000 Fountain of Youth […]

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Trainer Jorge Delgado Living Out His Dream As A Trainer At Gulfstream

Born into Thoroughbred racing, Jorge Delgado always wanted to be a trainer. He just never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle in his native Venezuela. After attending a two-year school for training and then saddling just one starter in his homeland, Delgado set out to make his way in the […]

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Summit Of Speed Returns At Gulfstream, Features Breeders’ Cup ‘Win And You’re In’

There has never been a shortage of searing heat in South Florida summers. At one time, though, sizzle was lacking. At least when it came to summer racing. No track understood that better at one time than Calder Race Course, which once held the summer dates for decades.  “It was kind of dead,” said former […]

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Memorial For J.J. Crupi Set For June 10 At OBS

A Celebration of Life for noted horseman James “J.J.” Crupi is scheduled for Monday, June 10th at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company auditorium, 1701 S.W. 60th Avenue, Ocala FL, 34474 at 4:30 p.m. James “J.J.” Crupi, who passed away on Thursday, May 23rd at the age of 79, enjoyed a long, distinguished career in the […]

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Liza Jane Stakes Kicks Off Twilight Racing Season At Gulfstream Park

Just Ain’t Right will have the opportunity in Friday’s $75,000 Liza Jane at Gulfstream Park to prove his new owners were right in purchasing the daughter of Yes It’s True after her most recent start. Just Ain’t Right, who won two of three career starts for seven-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, was purchased for […]

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Jockey And Grandfather Of Six: Gary Bain Still In The Saddle In South Florida

Being a jockey isn’t a long-term profession for very many riders, as struggles with weight and injuries take their toll after a couple of decades. South Florida rider Gary Bain doesn’t seem to have gotten that memo, however. At age 66, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes the grandfather of six is still going–and winning. Bain […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Pool Likely To Reach $1 Million For Thursday

Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 is expected to top $1 million Thursday as the 20-cent wager will have a carryover of $817,189.50. Entering Thursday’s 10-race program, the Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 21 consecutive racing days. The Rainbow 6 kicks off Thursday with the fifth race, a 7 ½ furlong turf event for fillies and mares. […]

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After Hanging Out His Shingle, Trainer Sweezey Always ‘Aiming Higher’

By mid-afternoon Monday, less than 24 hours after winning Sunday’s seventh race with his 6-year-old Florida-bred mare, Imperial Sea, Kent Sweezey was on the road to Lexington, Ky., looking to add key pieces to his barn from the offerings at the Keeneland April Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age. Traveling long […]

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