Gulfstream Park Stakes

Gulfstream: ‘Experiment’ Pays Off As Pletcher Takes Spring Title; Gaffalione Top Jock

It has become commonplace to see Todd Pletcher’s name leading the trainer standings at Gulfstream Park, having captured an unprecedented 14 straight Championship Meet titles since his first in 2004. But when winter turned to spring, Pletcher’s name was still there. The winner of a record seven Eclipse Awards who celebrated his 50th birthday Monday […]

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Gulfstream Park announces $10 million stakes schedule

Gulfstream Park announced today it will offer 61 stakes races (33 graded) worth more than $10.1 million during its 2012-2013 Thoroughbred race meet, highlighted by the 62nd running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on Saturday, March 30. The 1 1/8th-mile Florida Derby will be one of seven stakes races – six of them […]

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Her Smile returns in Hurricane Bertie Stakes

Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile was last seen under silks finishing a game third behind Musical Romance in the $1 million Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. She’s set to resume her career Sunday as one of the favorites in a field of seven fillies and mares […]

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Force Freeze likely favorite in Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship

Saeed Naser al Romalthi’s 7-year-old gelding Force Freeze, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs last fall, will be the likely favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) going seven furlongs in a field of eight older horses that also includes Rosemary Rausch and David Zell’s 6-year-old gelding Capt. Candyman […]

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Algorithms, Union Rags look to square off in Fountain of Youth

Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary Dan Bork has released nominations to five graded stakes to be run over the Feb. 25-26 weekend with highlights including a meeting of leading Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls Union Rags and Algorithms in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and 5-year-old mare […]

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Fountain of Youth trio take spins at Palm Meadows

The top three contenders for the much-anticipated Fountain of Youth Stakes later this month at Gulfstream Park continued their preparations Monday with drills at the Palm Meadows training center in South Florida. Union Rags went five-eighths in 1:03.08 with new rider Julien Leparoux aboard, pleasing trainer Michael Matz who said the son of Dixie Union […]

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Castellano picks Algorithms over Union Rags for Fountain of Youth

Javier Castellano could have it worse as a jockey, choosing between two top Kentucky Derby contenders heading into the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.  But he still faced a difficult call in deciding which horse to ride in the Feb. 26 race. Castellano and his agent, Matt Muzikar, tell the Daily Racing Form […]

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Gulfstream: Deep field of 11 set to go in Donn Handicap

Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s 2011 Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Shackleford and Lori and George Hall’s 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1) hero Ruler On Ice will be the likely favorites in a very deep field of 11 older horses entered for Saturday’s 54th edition of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream […]

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Sacristy, Say a Novena back in the Forward Gal

Peachtree Stable’s 3-year-old filly Sacristy has gone from strength to strength in her four career starts for trainer Wayne Catalano, winning the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) by 1 ¾ lengths at Gulfstream Park last out on New Year’s Day, and will likely be favored to take another step up in the $200,000 Forward Gal […]

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Derby Trail: Hansen heavily favored to wire Holy Bull

Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing’s undefeated 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old Hansen takes his first steps toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown trail as the flashy roan/gray colt launches his 3-year-old campaign in Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) going a mile at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Ramon Dominguez will be back in the […]

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