Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

05/09/2014

Keen Ships from Lone Star to Gulfstream 
Gold Returns to Gulfstream
Preakness Watch Party May 17
 
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Dallas Keen, one of the all-time leading trainers in wins and money won at Lone Star Park in Texas, has shipped 20 horses to Gulfstream Park for the summer meeting.
 
And there could be more to come.
 
“We have 18 at Lone Star with Dallas right now, but we’re looking to ship the whole stable here later this summer,” said Keen’s wife and assistant Donna.
 
Keen, who’s saddled multiple graded stakes winners, had been shipping the stable to Del Mar the past few summers. But Donna said they started thinking about taking part in Gulfstream’s summer program after bringing Deputiformer to Gulfstream for last year’s Claiming Crown.
 
“We were looking for another place to go,” Donna said. “We have some new clients and people who are looking to claim. Gulfstream just seemed like a great place. Dallas shipped in a long time ago for a few races, but that was many years ago and it was all different here. When we came for the Claiming Crown we had such a good time and we were treated so well by Mr. and Mrs. (Tim) Ritvo. We love the surface here, and we’ve had some problems with the surface in Texas.”
 
The Keen Stable is a mixed one, Donna said, with three juveniles, several 3-year-olds and Deputiformer, the 9-year-old gelding who has won 10 of his last 18 starts. Although there’s only one Florida-bred in the barn, “we’re hoping to get more of them," Donna said.
 
Dallas and Donna Keen have also been active in Thoroughbred retirement. The couple founded Remember Me Rescue, a non-profit organization in Texas to assist retired Thoroughbreds in finding safe and healthy homes with responsible owners.
 
Gold Returns to Gulfstream
 
Trainer Stanley Gold, who has swept the Florida Sire Stakes an unprecedented three times with graded-stakes winners Jackson Bend, Fort Loudon and juvenile filly champion Awesome Feather, has moved his stable permanently to Gulfstream.
 
For Gold, who trains for Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm, it’s a homecoming of sorts. Gold worked at Gulfstream for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Croll in the 1970s. “I think the first year I worked for him was when he had (1973 Florida Derby winner) Royal and Regal and I believe Mr. Prospector was in New York,” Gold recalled. 
 
Gold has 30 horses at Gulfstream; including C. Zee who won Saturday’s $75,000 Sir Bear Stakes and finished second earlier this year in the Hutcheson (G3). Gold said he currently has 10 of the 22 juveniles he's expecting at Gulfstream. Gold and Jacks or Better have been a winning combination in the Florida Sire Stakes, winning 12 of the 30 events since 2009. They swept the 2009 filly division with champion Awesome Feather and the 2009 colt and gelding division with Jackson Bend and 2011 colt and gelding division with Fort Loudon.
 
The Florida Sire Stakes, a $1.4 million program for Florida-breds which will begin Aug. 9 at Gulfstream with the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen. Both races will be at six furlongs.
 
Preakness Watch Party May 17
 
Gulfstream will celebrate the second leg of the Triple Crown with a Preakness Watch Party Saturday, May 17.
 
Fans will be able to watch and wager on the Preakness, win official Preakness merchandise, order drink specials in official Black-Eyed Susan glasses, and win betting vouchers on the 139th Preakness, featuring Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome.
 
First race post time at Pimlico on Preakness Day is 10:45 a.m. Gulfstream's first race post will be 1:25 p.m.