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Pletcher Back Atop Gulfstream Standings; Irad Ortiz Jr. Repeats As Leading Rider

After having his streak stopped at an unprecedented 15 consecutive titles last winter, Todd Pletcher ended Gulfstream Park’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet in his familiar perch atop the trainer standings. A winner with one of five starters in four races on Sunday’s 10-race Closing Day program at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track, Pletcher finished with a […]

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Gulfstream Park: Luis Saez Bags Five Winners; Edgar Prado Ties Cordero (Again)

Jockey Luis Saez rode five winners on Thursday’s 10-race card at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., while notching his fourth straight 100-win Championship Meet season in the process. Saez rode his 100th winner in Race 4 aboard Blakey ($5.20) before going on to win four more races. He came right back in Race 5 to […]

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Mike Smith, Irad Ortiz Jr. Appealing Saudi Arabia Whip Suspensions

Jockeys Mike Smith and Irad Ortiz Jr. are appealing the suspensions and fines they received while riding in Saudi Arabia last week for violating rules regulating use of the riding crop. As a result of their appeal, Smith and Ortiz received stays of their suspensions, according to Jon Lees, reporting for, a website Lees […]

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Gulfstream Puts $600,000 Guarantee On Thursday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will offer a guaranteed jackpot pool of $600,000 Thursday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the fourth racing day in a row being hit for a jackpot for $468,945 Feb. 27. Multiple tickets with all six winners Wednesday were each worth $2,534.90. The […]

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Firenze Fire Blows Them Away In General George

Mr Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire made a victorious 2020 debut Saturday at Laurel Park, notching his ninth career stakes victory in the $250,000 General George (G3) at Laurel Park. The General George, a seven-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, co-headlined Saturday’s Sprintfest Winter Carnival program with the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie, a seven-furlong sprint for older […]

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Red-Hot Champion Jockey Irad Ortiz Wins Six Races Sunday At Gulfstream Park

Defending two-time Eclipse Award champion Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode three winners Friday and four winners Saturday, brought home six more winners on Sunday’s 11-race card at Gulfstream Park. “I’m having a great meet so far. I’m so happy right now. I’m enjoying the moment. My agent [Jay Rushing] is doing a great job. I’m […]

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Mischevious Alex Kicks Away For Dominant Swale Victory

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Mischevious Alex put on a show in Saturday’s Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, pulling away from the field to win by seven lengths on the line. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief was sent to post at odds of 9-2, completing seven furlongs over the fast main […]

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Tonalist’s Shape Mantains Perfect Record In Forward Gal, Looks Toward Oaks Trail

Slam Dunk Racing, Legacy Ranch Inc. and Doug Branham’s Tonalist’s Shape got her sophomore season off to a stylish start and kept her perfect record intact with a 3 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park. The 40th running of the seven-furlong Forward Gal for 3-year-old fillies was the first of four […]

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Eclipse Award, Pegasus Win Net Irad Ortiz Jockey Of The Week Award

After receiving his second straight Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey on Thursday night and winning the prestigious $3 Million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Irad Ortiz, Jr. was voted the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for January 21-26. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by […]

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