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Gulfstream News & Notes - March 2

Soaring Empire likely for Gulfstream Park Handicap
Cheyanne Nation Faces Recent Winners in Friday Feature
Lebron One Short of Milestone 1,000 Victories 

Little Mike Leads The Way In Canadian

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A return to Grade 3 company was all it took for Little Mike to find the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle for the second time this year, resulting in a strong front-running victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf.

The 4-year-old gelding, who captured the Ft. Lauderdale (G3) on Jan. 9 with a front-running performance, found the 10-horse field in the Canadian a whole lot more accommodating than his rivals in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 5. 

Soldat On Course For Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Following his dominant two-length victory in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2), Soldat is “happy and in great shape” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday.

The 3-year-old colt by War Front led virtually every step of the way Saturday as the 7-5 betting favorite and finished ahead of Gourmet Dinner and morning-line favorite To Honor and Serve.

“The Florida Derby (G1); Sunday, April 3,” McLaughlin said.  “That’s the race we’ll point for now.” 

Soldat Convincing In Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – When Kiaran McLaughlin shipped his stable to Florida this winter he brought with him a colt that was a proven star on turf. But the lure of the Kentucky Derby is so strong that the New York-based trainer couldn’t resist the urge to give Soldat another chance to prove himself on dirt.

 

After watching Soldat post a convincing gate-to-wire victory in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park Saturday, McLaughlin will have a serious Kentucky Derby contender when his stable ships out of Florida in April. 

Pletcher Puts On The 'Heat' In Davona Dale

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – R Heat Lightning had a troubled trip when finishing fourth in the Forward Gal (G2) in her 2011 debut at Gulfstream Park, but the sub-par performance might have caused some to speculate that the daughter of Trippi’s success last year was merely a result of  possessing a high level of precociousness.

The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old filly dismissed such thoughts Saturday in emphatic fashion while dominating a strong field of eight by 7-1/4 lengths in the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2). 

Gourmet Dinner To Mount Challenge In Fasig-Tipton Fountain Of Youth

By Ed Gray - Photo by Coady Photography

Sebastian Madrid has had a lucrative association with Gourmet Dinner, riding the Steve Standridge-trained colt to four victories in seven starts while earning more than $900,000 in purses for Our Sugar Bear Stable.
Yet, no mount is safe on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Ramon Dominguez, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey of 2010, has been summoned from New York to replace Madrid for Saturday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
 

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