News & Barn Notes

Battula Rides First Career Winner

By Ed Gray

Aparna Battula arrived at Gulfstream Park Sunday with more than a hunch that it would be a special day in her riding career.
“I knew I was going to win,” said the 23-year-old apprentice jockey after guiding River North to victory by a nose in the third race.

It's Never To Late Claims Victory In Sunshine State

By Ed Gray

 It didn’t look like Ed Moore made a wise $10,000 claim at Delaware Park last July when trainer Julio Cartagena entered It’s Never to Late for a $7,500 claiming price in his first start. 

Dialed In Leads Four From Florida Derby Moving On To Kentucky Derby

Dialed In’s stunning last-to-first rally to win the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) last Sunday sent Pool Three Kentucky Derby Future wagering fans to the windows shortly before they closed that evening and made him the 5-to-1 second choice behind Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo at 3-to-1 with The Field third choice.

Life At Ten Returns In Sunday Allowance

By Jack Will

Trainer Todd Pletcher had indicated that DeBartolo Stable’s 6-year-old mare Life At Ten might make her season debut in next weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park, but has found another option closer to her winter home at Palm Meadows, entered in Sunday’s $80,100 optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Coffee Boy Bids To Improve On Last Start In Sunshine State

By Jack Will

While D’Funnybone will likely be a solid choice in Saturday’s $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Gary Barber’s Coffee Boy beat him in their only previous meeting last summer in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2). Not only does Coffee Boy enter the Sunshine State with a race under his belt, D’Funnybone makes his first start since last summer at Saratoga.

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