News & Barn Notes

Force Freeze Brilliant in Gulfstream Sprint Championship

Saeed Naser al Romaithi’s 7-year-old gelding Force Freeze was simply brilliant winning Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (G2) by 3 ¾ lengths in his first start since finishing a game second by a neck behind Amazombie in the $1.5 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Kentucky Derby Hero Animal Kingdom Rules at Gulfstream Park

By Ed Gray Photo Credit: Coglianese Photos

Trainer Graham Motion stood in the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle after the fifth race Saturday, trying to collect his thoughts through a rush of emotions triggered by Animal Kingdom’s triumphant return to action.

Gulfstream News & Notes: 2.18.12

By Jack Will

Csaba to Get Big Test in Fountain of Youth
Groupie Doll Drills for Sabin Next Saturday

Fasig-Tipton to Sponsor Gulfstream's Fountain of Youth

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park proudly announced today Fasig-Tipton, North American’s oldest Thoroughbred auction firm, will sponsor the Feb. 26 $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2). 

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.

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