News & Barn Notes

Mucho Macho Man Makes 2012 Debut Saturday in Classic

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – As Mucho Macho Man headed to post at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 for the first time in more than five months, trainer Kathy Ritvo was about to learn just how much the Triple Crown campaign had taken out of the Florida-bred colt.
Only one of three horses to compete in all three spring classics – Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness victor Shackleford being the others – Mucho Macho Man had given his trainer every indication that he was ready to make a fresh start. However, the aftereffects of the Triple Crown can often go undetected until a return to action.
 The rigors of the Triple Crown, though, would prove to be no match for the resilient strapping son of Macho Uno, who came up with a dazzling performance to raise hopes for another productive campaign in 2012, starting with next Saturday’s $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic.

Fuller Family Hopes To Score in Florida Sunshine Millions

By Leona Velazquez

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Peter Fuller’s homebred Trip for A.J. has earned the 88-year-old owner much success with her ten trips to the winners circle from 26 starts.  But when the 5-year-old mare enters the gate on Saturday in the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf, her trip could give Mr. Fuller a priceless reward. The daughter of Trippi will be ridden on Saturday by his daughter.

Seventeen Graded Stakes Winners in Florida Sunshine Millions

By Jack Will & Ed Gray

Seventeen Graded Stakes Winners in Florida Sunshine Millions
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'Awesome' Record On The Line In Saturday's Millions

By Leona Velazquez

That’s the word trainer Chad Brown uses to describe the condition of Awesome Feather since her victory Nov. 26 in the Gazelle (G1) at Aqueduct. It’s also the word to describe the 4-year-old filly’s record.
When Awesome Feather makes her 2012 debut Saturday in the $300,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff, she’ll do so with a perfect record – undefeated in all eight of her lifetime starts, seven coming in stakes.

Dayatthespa on Firm Footing in Sweetest Chant Stakes

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Dayatthespa was on firm footing in Saturday’s $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park Sunday, helping her to rebound from an off-the-board finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G2) in her 2011 finale with a 1 ¾ -length victory in the turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Gulfstream, Santa Anita to Offer $250,000 Guaranteed Luck Pick-6

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park will celebrate the HBO series LUCK with a Pick-6 wager on Florida Sunshine Millions Day, Saturday, Jan. 28 with a $250,000 guarantee.

Three races in the Pick-6 will be part of Gulfstream’s $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions program and three will be part of Santa Anita’s Sunshine Millions Day. Free Luck Pick 6 Ultimate PPs from Brisnet 

Marquee Stars Lead Cast in Florida Sunshine Millions Saturday

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s undefeated 4-year-old filly Awesome Feather, Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 2011 Eclipse champion filly or mare sprinter Musical Romance and Reeves Thoroughbreds and partners’ Mucho Macho Man are among the most accomplished of 48 Florida-breds entered Sunday to run in the six $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions Stakes to be run Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Champion Hansen Works In Preparation for Sunday's Holy Bull

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Newly crowned Eclipse Award champion Hansen breezed five furlongs Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park, completing his important preparation for a return to action in next Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3).
The 2011 juvenile champion was clocked in 59.81 while working in company with stakes-winning stablemate Lou Brissie, who was timed in 1:00 1/5. Hansen’s work was the third fastest of 39 recorded at the distance.

Howe Great Caps Big Week for Connections in Kitten's Joy

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Howe Great capped a big week for trainer Graham Motion Saturday while leading the way in a one-two stable finish in the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

Frolic's Revenge & Dayatthespa Clash in Sweetest Chant

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stride Rite Racing Stable’s Kentucky homebred Frolic’s Revenge established her grass course credentials winning the Ginger Brew Stakes as a 16-to-1 longshot in her turf debut at Gulfstream Park last out on Dec. 24. Jerry and Ronald Frankel Dayatthespa finished second in the Natalma Stakes (G3) over the Woodbine course before finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

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