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Swiss Skydiver Leads All The Way To Win Gulfstream Park Oaks

Peter J. Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, facing graded-stakes company for the second straight race, was left alone on the lead through moderate early fractions and had plenty left to spurt away late for a front-running 3 1/4-length upset triumph in Saturday’s $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2). The 50th running of the 1 1/16-mile Oaks for […]

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Paco Lopez Ties Gulfstream Record With Seven Winners On Saturday

Cara Oliver’s Hear My Prayer sprinted to the lead and kept on going, shaking off Foolish Humor early and turning away Compensate late to earn her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Melody of Colors by 1 ½ lengths, giving jockey Paco Lopez his fifth of a record-equaling seven victories on Saturday’s 12-race program […]

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Joseph: Chance It ‘As Good As Any Horse In’ Tampa Bay Derby

Chance It, who scratched from last Saturday’s Grade II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream because of a poor post position, bids to become the first Florida-bred winner of the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby in nine years Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The 3-year-old colt is the only Florida-bred in […]

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Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 Has $400,000 Guaranteed Jackpot On Thursday

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $400,000 Thursday after going unsolved to kick off Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) week Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. One horse, 70-1 long shot Bellas Fella, was live to take down the jackpot heading into Wednesday’s 10th-race finale, won in front-running fashion by Friendly Fella ($9.80). […]

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Heavy Favorite Alms Delivers Fourth Straight Victory In Shantel Lanerie Memorial

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-5 favorite against five sophomore filly rivals in the $60,000 Shantel Lanerie Memorial, Godolphin LLC’s Alms did not disappoint her many backers, proving much the best in the one mile grass race over a course labeled as good. Off alertly, the daughter of City Zip sat comfortably behind early leaders […]

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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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