News & Barn Notes

Her Smile Debuts for New Connections in Hurricane Bertie

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Her Smile was purchased by Stronach Stables following her third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, and the 4-year-old filly has been training like a million dollars for Sunday’s $150,000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Mucho Macho Man Confirmed for Gulfstream Park Handicap

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Kathy Ritvo set the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 10 as the next start for multiple-stakes winner Mucho Macho Man. Ritvo gave the green light to the one-turn mile handicap after watching the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno breeze four furlongs Friday morning in :48.25 seconds at Gulfstream Park.

Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Starts 2012 Season at Gulfstream Saturday

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Animal Kingdom produced a career moment for trainer Graham Motion when Team Valor International’s colt powered to a 2 ¾-length triumph in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last May.
Although Animal Kingdom will forever be remembered as a Kentucky Derby champion, Motion still has misgivings about the son of Lesroidsesanimaux’s 2011 campaign that was cut short by injury in June.
“I believe he is a special horse that did not get to show how good he was, and I hope he gets that chance this year,” Motion said.
Animal Kingdom will start off his 2012 campaign at Gulfstream Park in Saturday’s fifth race, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance race.

Her Smile Returns in Hurricane Bertie Sunday for New Connections

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old filly Her Smile was last seen under silks finishing a game third behind Musical Romance in the $1 million Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. She’s set to resume her career Sunday as one of the favorites in a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for the $150,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Union Rags Schools for Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags, one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby (G1), schooled in Gulfstream Park’s walking ring Thursday in preparation for the Feb. 26 Fountain of Youth (G2). 

Force Freeze Starts 2012 Campaign in Gulfstream Sprint

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Peter Walder is looking forward to a successful 2012 campaign for Force Freeze, a 7-year-old gelding who developed into an elite sprinter last fall. Yet, this racing season may seem to move a little slow for the trainer of the veteran sprinter that came so excruciatingly close to winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in his 2011 finale.

Force Freeze Returns in Gulfstream Sprint Championship

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Saeed Naser al Romalthi’s 7-year-old gelding Force Freeze, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs last fall, will be the likely favorite in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) going seven furlongs in a field of eight older horses that also includes Rosemary Rausch and David Zell’s 6-year-old gelding Capt. Candyman Can.

Animal Kingdom To Make 2012 Debut Saturday At Gulfstream

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, will make his first start of 2012 at Gulfstream Park on Saturday afternoon. 

Union Rags & Algorithms Lead Cast for Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary Dan Bork has released nominations to five graded stakes to be run over the Feb. 25-26 weekend with highlights including a meeting of leading Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls Union Rags and Algorithms in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and 5-year-old mare Awesome Maria in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3).

Sabrina's Dance Back on Top in Madcap Escapade

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Frank Calabrese’s Sabrina’s Dance avenged a recent allowance loss to Alydarla and became a stakes winner in the process Sunday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $60,000 Madcap Escapade under jockey Jose Lezcano.

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