Bostwick Saddles First Horse at Gulfstream Saturday
Preakness Party Saturday at Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – In Saturday’s second race, trainer Dolly Bostwick will saddle her first starter at Gulfstream Park. On paper, she may appear inexperienced, having just one win from one start, but Bostwick is no newcomer to the racetrack.
“I’ve been riding since before I could walk,” she said. “Growing up, that’s just how it was for me. There was nothing but horses.”
Indeed, Bostwick was predestined for a career as an equestrian. Her father, George H. Bostwick, is enshrined in four Hall of Fames, having achieved the highest honors in the sports of polo and steeplechasing. He also rode and trained flat racers and guided Whisk Broom to a fourth-place finish in the 1928 Belmont Stakes.
While much of her family stayed in polo, Dolly Bostwick fell in love with the racetrack. She rode show horses, showing ponies and competing in the junior ranks, until she was old enough to work on the backstretch. Bostwick exercised horses for Calumet Farm and later became a jockey, riding for esteemed trainers like Woody Stevens. In fact, she rode her very first race for the legendary Hall of Fame member.
“It was an amazing experience,” Bostwick recalled. “He (Stevens) was great. With Calumet, I galloped all the best horses, and I was only 16 or 17 years old.”
Bostwick rode races for two years, mostly in New England, but her career was cut short when she began to have trouble managing her weight. When the physical demands of the sport caused her to begin to become ill, she took a step back and worked as an exercise rider, until her father approached her with other plans.
“He said to me, ‘You can’t gallop horses forever. You have to train.’ So I did,” Bostwick said.
Bostwick won with her first starter in 1979 and would go on to work with a myriad of professionals. She took a break to work horse sales for 12 years, but, eventually, the track called her back again. Bostwick spent a year collecting racing prospects, and then she got her training license back. She currently manages four horses at a farm near Payson Park in Indiantown, Florida. Her stable includes Chica Linda, a 3-year-old chestnut filly that won her first start on April 13th.
“She’s a little tiny filly, but she has grown up a lot and is doing really well,” Bostwick said. “Right now I’m just running her to see where she’s at, but she won pretty easy last time, and I’m excited about her.”
Bostwick plans to stay around Florida and race other horses at Gulfstream throughout the summer meet.
“I like living here,” Bostwick said, “and it’s beautiful (at Gulfstream). I’m happy with what I’m doing. Racing is the only thing I’ve ever wanted.”
Can California Chrome Do it Again? Gulfstream to Offer Preakness Day Specials
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown tomorrow when he breaks from the gate in the 139th Preakness Stakes. In addition to hosting a live, 10-race card, Gulfstream is offering a variety of specials in honor of the race.
Gulfstream will be serving Black-Eyed Susan cocktails in Official Preakness 139 glasses all afternoon. A buffet will be served in Ten Palms on the second floor of the grandstand, and a special prix-fixe menu will be available in The Fountain Club overlooking the walking ring. Additionally, GP Advantage Members who purchase a program can win official merchandise as well as a $300 bet on the Preakness. Reserved seats are available in both the Grandstand and inside Silks.