Gulfstream, Palm Meadows Horses Win Big During Holiday Weekend
Horses that wintered at Gulfstream Park or its satellite training facility Palm Meadows once again played a major role in the outcome of several stakes races over the holiday weekend.
Tizway, who wintered at Palm Meadows and made his 6-year-old debut March 12 in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), drew off to win the 118th running of the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap (G1) Monday at Belmont Park. Also on Monday at Belmont, Winter Memories, who wintered at Palm Meadows for trainer Jimmy Toner, easily won the $150,000 Sands Point (G2) over Celestial Kitten, who started her 3-year-old season with two races across the turf at Gulfstream.
In the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) Saturday at Belmont, Godolphin Stable’s Hibaayeb proved best by a length over Giants Play. Hibaayeb wintered at Palm Meadows and started her 4-year-old season April 2 with a third-place finish under allowance conditions at Gulfstream. Runner-up Giants Play started her 4-year-old season with a pair of third-place finishes at Gulfstream, including the March 20 Orchid (G3).
Sassy Image, who wintered at Gulfstream Park for trainer Dale Romans, followed up on her victory in the Humana Distaff (G1) with a victory Monday at Churchill Downs in the $100,000 Winning Colors (G3). The 4-year-old filly won Gulfstream’s 2010 Sweetest Chant.
At Lone Star Park, Dean’s Kitten, who wintered at Gulfstream and kicked off his 4-year-old season at the track, won the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup. The colt finished second in the 2010 Palm Beach to the multiple Grade I winner Paddy O’Prado.
At Monmouth Park over the weekend, Crimson China, a stablemate of Team Valor International’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, won the $70,000 Lamplighter, The 3-year-old colt wintered at Palm Meadows for trainer Graham Motion and won his 3-year-old debut Feb. 16 at Gulfstream. Meanwhile, Artisanal, who spent the winter at Palm Meadows and made the first two starts of her 3-year-old season at Gulfstream, won Sunday’s $70,000 Little Silver at Monmouth while Jehan, who kicked off her 5-year-old season at Gulfstream Jan. 14, captured the $75,000 Red Cross.
Gulfstream continues to produce stakes winners throughout the country. Three of the top four finishers in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) wintered and raced at Gulfstream. Meanwhile, five of the last six Kentucky Derby winners have wintered at Palm Meadows.