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Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Jul 30, 2015

Grande Shores Seeks Rebound in Saturday’s Trinniberg Stakes

American Pharoah ‘Phanfest’ Set for Sunday at Gulfstream Park
Paddy's Flight, East Hall Slated for Mountaineer Stakes
Edgard Zayas On the Mend Following Successful Surgery
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After 15 consecutive races in which he registered an exacta finish, Grande Shores completed the superfecta at Gulfstream Park on July 5, when he finished fourth in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2).
The ultra-consistent 7-year-old drew the outside post position in a field of seven entered in the seven-furlong main-track stakes. The Jacks or Better Farm’s homebred broke last in a field of nine in the Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ Smile before closing steadily to finish fourth behind Favorite Tale, Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Work All Week, and Fountain of Youth victor Wildcat Red.
“He had a chance to run, but he didn’t have enough of a chance to run. He didn’t get to run the whole race, but he was still coming at the end,” said trainer Stanley Gold, whose veteran stakes performer is rated as the 8-5 favorite in the morning line. “There was plenty left in the tank.”
Grande Shores, whose stellar race record is all-the-more remarkable when taken into account the well-documented chronic digestive issues that had threatened his life and still need close monitoring,  has worked twice since the Smile, including a 47.77-second half-mile breeze, the fastest of 62 recorded on July 25.
“Class horses maintain their form. My job is to bring him over there in the best possible shape. I can’t make him better than he is. I could make him worse. Nobody makes them better than they are,” the ever-modest Gold said. “You just have to bring them in the best possible physical condition. You want to come prepared with your A-game.”
The son of Black Mambo, who has finished first or second in 29 of 45 starts, will need to bring his A-Game in the Trinniberg against grades-stakes winners Falling Sky and City of Weston.
Falling Sky, who captured the seven-furlong Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) last year, finished eighth in the Smile in his first start for trainer Marty Wolfson off an 11-month layoff. His recent return to Gulfstream was his first start since finishing third in the Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga last August.
City of Weston, who finished sixth in the Smile, defeated Grand Shores by a neck in the Blue Heron Handicap in April before checking in third behind the Gold-trainee in the Parrot Key on June 6. 
Ledokol, Phish Fan, Casiguapo and Taverni Boy round out the field.
A fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockey’ Fund at Gulfstream Park Saturday will feature a ‘Dunk the Jock’ day-long event. A long list of Gulfstream Park’s jockeys will participate in the fundraiser, which offers fans three throws for a $5 donation to the fund that assists 60 former jockeys whose lives were forever changed due to catastrophic on-track injuries.
The dunk tank will be located next to the Cigar statue near the walking ring.
American Pharoah ‘Phanfest’ Set for Sunday at Gulfstream Park
A celebration of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah’s return to action in Monmouth Park’s $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (G1) will be held Sunday at Gulfstream Park in conjunction with an 11-race live card.
American Pharoah ‘Phans’ can watch and wager on the Haskell Sunday while taking advantage of drawings and giveaways.  Fans who purchase a Handicapper program or Daily Racing Form will receive an American Pharoah-Triple Crown T-shirt while supplies last.
Drawings will begin at 3:15 p.m. with 30 lucky guests winning their choices of Triple Crown collectors’ items. (No purchase necessary to enter).
Doors for Gulfstream’s Silks simulcast facility will open at 10:30 a.m.Sunday to accommodate Monmouth’s early 11:30 a.m. first-race post.
Paddy’s Flight, East Hall Slated for Mountaineer Stakes
Trainer Bill Kaplan is scheduled to saddle a pair of Gulfstream Park-based horses, Paddy’s Flight and East Hall, in stakes at Mountaineer Park on Saturday.
Pinnacle Racing and Stein Racing’s Paddy’s Flight is entered in a field of 12 in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes, while multiple-stakes winner East Hall is slated to face 11 rivals in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Cup Kaplan unveiled Paddy’s Flight at Gulfstream on July 5, when she romped to a six-length victory in the race following Danbury’s debut win.
“She galloped her first race out, absolutely galloped. She’s a horse that can go longer too. She’s very smart; she closes; she’s very trainable. She has the speed to sprint too,” Kaplan said. “She could be a nice filly.”
A $55,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ April sale, the very promising 2-year-old daughter of Paddy O’Prado is Florida-bred but is not eligible for the Florida Sire Stakes program that gets underway at Gulfstream on Aug. 8. 
“She was very laid back in her training. I was worried. I was wondering, ‘Does this girl have any talent?’ If you breeze her by herself, she’ll just gallop along there. But if you put her in company, she’ll stay with anyone you put her in with,” said Kaplan, whose filly is rated third at 5-1 in the morning line. “We never asked her. So in the race, we finally asked her, and she ran a ton.”
Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice’s East Hall captured the Ohio Derby and the Indiana Derby (G2) last year.
Edgard Zayas On the Mend Following Successful Surgery
Jockey Edgard Zayas, who captured the riding titles at Gulfstream’s 2014 summer race meet as well as at the inaugural Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West, is rehabilitating following a successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured left clavicle, according to his agent Tito Fuentes.
“Everything went very well,” Fuentes said. “Right now, we’re still on the same schedule.”
Zayas suffered the injury after being unseated from his mount during the ninth race on July 17 and is expected to be out of competition for four to six weeks. The goal is for the 22-year-old to return to race riding in early September.
“We’re hoping to get him back for the second leg of the [Florida Sire Stakes] on Sept. 5,” Fuentes said. “That’s the plan right now. The surgery was a success, so everything went according to what the doctor said.”
Zayas ranked fourth nationally in wins in 2014 and was tied for the lead in the summer rider standings at
Gulfstream at the time of his injury. He also notably captured the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2) with Favorite Tale on July 5, defeating reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Work All Week. In his third season of racing, he has ridden 591winners for earnings of almost $13 million.

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