News & Barn Notes

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.

Reveron Seeks Second Derby Score at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Reveron isn’t one of the high profile contenders coming into the Florida Derby (G1), especially with early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags heading the field. However, it would be shortsighted to overlook him.

Grace Hall Bids for Redemption in Gulfstream Park Oaks

Michael Dubb and partners’ 3-year-old filly Grace Hall made her season debut in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25 as the 4-to-5 favorite. Despite losing a neck decision to longshot Yara, Grace Hall will very likely be favored again to avenge that defeat in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2).

Awesome Maria Odds-On for Rampart Defense

E. Paul Robsham’s 5-year-old homebred mare Awesome Maria, winner of five straight graded stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher going back to early last year, will be an odds-on favorite to make it six in a row with regular rider John Velazquez aboard in a field of six fillies and mare drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/8 miles race she won last year by eight lengths.

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