News & Barn Notes

A Trip to Kentucky Pending on Outcome of Florida Derby

As the field of nine enters the gate on Saturday for the $1 Million Florida Derby (G1), owners Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence will have their hopes of running the first Saturday in May riding on a dark bay colt named News Pending.

Another Good one for Byrne in Take Charge indy

By Leona Velazquez

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Pat Byrne is no stranger to good horses or the national spotlight.
In 1997, the affable native of England conditioned Breeders’ Cup-winning juveniles Countess Diana and Favorite Trick, who would become the first 2-year-old since Secretariat to earn Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Byrne saddled Awesome Again to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
Byrne is back in the spotlight in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy. A victory in the 1 1/8-mile event would be his first stakes victory since Sorcerer’s Stone won the 2005 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3).
 

Union Rags is Living Proof that Dreams Really Do Come True

Owner/Breeder is Living the Dream with Florida Derby favorite

Wilkes Seeks Answers in Florida Derby with Neck 'n Neck

By Leona Velazquez

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ian Wilkes is hoping that Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park will help his late-developing colt Neck ‘n Neck take a step closer to the 2012 Triple Crown races.
 

Aqsaam to Seek Cover in Orchid

By Ed Gray

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Undefeated Aqsaam pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the Gulfstream Park meeting on Jan. 29 when she captured her third straight victory without a loss.
 

Castellano Looking Ahead to El Padrino in Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Javier Castellano could not be blamed for thinking about what might have been. But Gulfstream’s leading rider – the man who set a record earlier this meet for most wins by a Gulfstream jockey and also won his 3,000 career race - prefers to look ahead, especially to his ride aboard Risen Star (G2) winner El Padrino, the 2-1 second choice in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1).
 

Special Florida Derby Night School! Tonight Beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Join Gulfstream Park handicappers Ron Nicoletti and Jessica Pacheco along with Joe Kristufek and Jill Byrne for a special Florida Derby edition of Night School tonight at 8:30 p.m. 

Florida Derby Day Undercard Set

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Barbara Hunter’s highly-consistent 6-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Keertana will likely go off favored to defeat eight rival fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Tom Proctor in the 51st edition of the 1 ½ miles turf course fixture.
 

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