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Former Claimer Island Commish Makes The Grade In Kitten’s Joy

Matthew Schera’s Island Commish, returning to stakes company for the first time since last summer off back-to-back wins to end his juvenile campaign, kicked off the new year by becoming a graded-stakes winner in Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The eighth running of the 7 ½-furlong Kitten’s Joy was its first since […]

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Commentary: ‘Uncalled For’ Jockeys’ Actions At Gulfstream ‘A Bad Look’ For Racing

Saturday’s final race at Gulfstream Park caused a bit of social media uproar, based on the actions of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. The elder Ortiz brother, riding Carom, appeared to box in along the rail Paco Lopez on Shazier near the quarter pole, enabling his younger brother, Jose Ortiz, […]

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Pink Sands Circles Field In Rampart

Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen’s Pink Sands rallied from last to score her first graded-stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapit claimed her third victory in four starts over the Gulfstream Park track in the one-turn mile stakes for fillies […]

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Paco Lopez’ Six Stakes Wins Net Him Back-To-Back Jockey Of The Week Titles

With six stakes wins over the weekend at Gulfstream Park, Paco Lopez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for December 2-8, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North […]

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‘Dream Come True’: 45-1 Longshot The Brother Slew Wins Clasico Del Caribe For Venezuela

The Brother Slew, a 45-1 long shot ridden by Paco Lopez, prevented a sweep by Mexico of the five Clasico Internacional del Caribe stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday while scoring an upset victory for Venezuela in the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe. “This is the best thing that ever happened in my life,” owner/trainer Paul Valery […]

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Gulfstream’s Claiming Crown Program Sets All-Time Handle Record Of $13.846 Million

The 21st running of the Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream Park set an all-time handle record of $13.846 million. The previous record handle on the Claiming Crown was $13.612 million set last year at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s 11-race program was highlighted by Leitone’s victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel and four stakes wins by […]

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Succesful Trip To Del Mar Nets Paco Lopez Jockey Of The Week Title

With more stakes wins than any other North American jockey last week, Paco Lopez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for November 25 – December 1, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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Mo Forza Proves Deserving Favorite In Hollywood Derby

OG Boss and Bardy Farm’s homebred Mo Forza continued to roll in Southern California, scoring his third consecutive victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Under the guidance of jockey Paco Lopez, the Peter Miller-trained colt had to battle the length of the stretch with Neptune’s Storm but was able to prevail by three-quarters of […]

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$8,000 Claim Zuzanna Springs The Upset In Red Carpet Handicap

Claimed for $8,000 in September of 2018, Zuzanna, the longest shot in the field of older fillies and mares at 23-1, climaxed her rise to prominence with a surprise victory in the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap at the marathon distance of a mile and three-eighths on the grass Saturday at Del Mar. Providing jockey […]

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Alms Kicks Clear In Jimmy Durante Stakes

Godolphin’s Alms, a solidly-backed second choice at 5-2, made it three-for-three in her brief career with a convincing triumph in the Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes for two-year-old fillies Saturday at Del Mar. Alms, piloted by Paco Lopez, wore down the 24-1 pacesetting longshot Laura’s Light in the upper stretch and drew off to […]

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