Florida horse racing

Spiced Perfection, Gray Magician, Pink Sands Among Nominees For Pegasus Undercard

The Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series presented by Runhappy has attracted a strong supporting cast for the Jan. 25 program that will offer nine stakes, six graded, worth a total of $4.2 million in purses, at Gulfstream Park. Judging from the nomination lists for the undercard stakes, the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) […]

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Noble Drama Will Try To Live Up To Family Hype In Sunshine Millions Classic

Harold Queen’s Noble Drama couldn’t reasonably be expected to reach the heights of two highly accomplished family members, but the 5-year-old son of Gone Astray has shown more than enough talent to be considered a serious contender in Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park. Out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner […]

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Omaha Beach’s Gulfstream Work Pushed Back As He Battles A ‘Hot Foot’

Omaha Beach’s first work at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup later this month has been postponed, according to a report from Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman. Trainer Richard Mandella said the colt is battling a “hot foot,” and the horse has had his shoe removed to give it a […]

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Tampa Bay Receives Approval To Run Jan. 23 After Rain Cancellation

Tampa Bay Downs will conduct a full card of Thoroughbred racing on Thursday, Jan. 23 after its request to add the date was approved by the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The request was filed after the track’s Dec. 22 program was cancelled due to heavy storms. “We appreciate the state’s action in permitting us […]

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Discover Florida: ‘The Sunshine State Stands Out’ When It Comes To Horses

The following sponsored article is from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner. Florida is currently home to nearly every breed of horse. As far back as the 1500’s, Spanish explorers brought a rare breed of horse to Florida’s shores. The Florida Cracker Horse, as they became known, was a small, […]

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After A Strong 2019, Trainer Stidham Not Scaling Down Just Yet

In recent years, trainer Michael Stidham has talked about scaling back his involvement in racing. He and his partner and main assistant, Hilary Pridham, have no intention of leaving racing entirely, but managing a 100-horse stable doesn’t leave much time for other pursuits. Yet, when a year such as 2019 comes along, the 62-year-old Stidham […]

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More Than A Foot Of Rain Forces Gulfstream To Close For Training, Relocate Some Horses

Gulfstream Park closed its main track for training and moved horses from low-lying barns Monday after 12.80 inches of rain fell overnight across the area. There were no injuries reported to horses, backstretch workers or customers. The main track was expected to reopen for training Tuesday morning. Due to the rain, high tides and a […]

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Tampa Bay’s Challenger Stakes Receives Grade 3 Status

For the first time in track history, Tampa Bay Downs will stage four graded stakes races on a single afternoon when many of the leading Thoroughbreds in training compete on the March 7 Festival Day card. The $100,000, mile-and-a-sixteenth Challenger Stakes for horses 4-years-old-and-upward was upgraded from Listed status to a Grade III event during […]

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Heavenhasmynikki Faces Ms Meshak In Grade 3 Sugar Swirl

The 38th running of the Sugar Swirl (G3) offers the promise of an early clash among several high-speed fillies and mares Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables LLC, Darsan Inc., Bethlehem Stables LLC and David Simons’ A Bit of Both, Averill Racing LLC and Matties Racing’s Lady’s Island, Ron Paolucci Racing LLC’s and Leigh […]

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Report: High Costs May Drive McLaughlin Out Of New York

The Daily Racing Form reports that while trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is preparing to ship his stable south for the winter, he won’t be leaving his usual string behind in New York — and he may not be coming back. David Grening spoke with McLaughlin, who cited rising employee costs and labor board investigations as the […]

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