News & Barn Notes

Ritvo Weighs Options For Mucho Macho Man

Trainer Kathy Ritvo said Thursday morning that she would love to keep her Grade 2-placed Mucho Macho Man in South Florida for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2)

But the need to accumulate those prized graded stakes earnings has the conditioner thinking about the Risen Star (G3) at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 19 as Mucho Macho Man’s next start. 

Martin Does Double Duty at Gulfstream Park

By Ed Gray

Clyde Martin won’t bother to offer any riding instructions after saddling Nathan’s H Q for Saturday’s second race at Gulfstream Park, fully confident that the jockey knows as much about the 4-year-old son of Yonaguska as the trainer.

If he did, though, he’d be caught talking to himself
 

Horse For Course Mannington Ready For Gulfstream Sprint Championship

By Brian Skirka

In Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship, run at seven furlongs on the main track, Mannington will again look to make up for a sub-par summer campaign with a successful winter in Florida. 

Tar Heel Mom & Hilda's Passion Meet Again In Hurricane Bertie

By Jack Will

Alex Rankin’s 6-year-old Tar Heel Mom held off Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old filly Hilda’s Passion by neck under the wire to win the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 15, and the two are set for a rematch in Sunday’s $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at 6 ½ furlongs.
 

Solis Back At Gulfstream And Among The Leaders

By Ed Gray

Alex Solis doesn’t even try to hide his delight about his triumphant return to Gulfstream Park this winter.
“It’s crazy and amazing…and fun to come back to Gulfstream Park,” enthused the 46-year-old veteran jockey through a broad smile.
 

Strike It Rich Returns in Friday Allowance Feature

By Jack Will

Waterville Lake Stable’s 4-year-old filly Strike It Rich was on a roll the first half of last season winning three straight, including the Little Silver Stakes and Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park for trainer Christophe Clement. Things didn’t go her way, however, when finishing last of 12 as the favorite in the Lake George Stakes (G2) last out at Saratoga on July 28.
 

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