Gulfstream Horses Leave Mark on Triple Crown Races
Horses that raced at Gulfstream Park and/or trained at Palm Meadows over the winter left an indelible mark on this year’s Triple Crown. Two of the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1) and Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) raced at Gulfstream Park over the winter.
In Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, won by Ruler On Ice, who registered a “bullet” work at Palm Meadows back in April, Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed, who both wintered at Palm Meadows and raced at Gulfstream, finished second and third, respectively.
In the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom, who wintered at Palm Meadows and made his 3-year-old debut at Gulfstream, finished first while Mucho Macho Man, who wintered at Gulfstream and made his 3-year-old debut in the Holy Bull (G3), finished third. In the Preakness, Shackleford, who wintered at Gulfstream and raced across the track three times, beat Animal Kingdom by a half length.
Five of the last six Kentucky Derby winners have now wintered at Palm Meadows.
Gulfstream and Palm Meadow alumni continue excelling in major races across the country on a weekly basis.
During Saturday’s Belmont Stakes program, Darley Stable’s It’s Tricky, fourth in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), held off Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner Turbulent Descent to win the $300,000 Acorn (G1). It was the first or two stakes wins at Belmont on the day for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who saddled Trappe Shot to an impressive victory in the $250,000 True North (G2). Trappe Shot, second in last year’s Haskell (G1), spent the winter at Palm Meadows.
In the $400,000 Foxwoods Just A Game (G1), C.S. Silk, who wintered at Gulfstream and began her 5-year-old season at Gulfstream, won the mile turf event by wiring the field. While Justin Phillip won the $250,000 Woody Stephens, Arch Traveler, sixth in the Florida Derby (G1), was third while Swale (G2) winner Travelin Man was fourth.
At Monmouth Saturday, Gulfstream’s Forward Gal (G2) winner Pomeroys Pistol won the $75,000 Just Smashing Stakes while Zero Rate Policy, who wintered and broke his maiden at Gulfstream, won the $75,000 Rumson.