Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

05/31/2014

Jockey Stephen Moves to Gulfstream
Wildcat Red Stretches Legs During Strong Morning Gallop
Ten Palms Prepares Specials for Belmont Stakes Watch Party
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockey Anthony Stephen has done his sharing of traveling.
 
"Oh...I've ridden in Qatar, Macau, Singapore, Trinidad, Barbados, Canada..."
 
But Stephen is hoping Gulfstream is going to be his last stop. The 41-year-old native of Trinidad, who has ridden more than 3,300 races and won the 2010 Prince of Wales aboard Golden Moka, has sold his home in Canada and has moved to South Florida.
 
"I enjoyed traveling," said Stephen, who is riding in the morning and afternoons for Gennadi Dorochenko. "You learn so much going different places and riding with top jockeys. But, to be honest, Florida reminds me of Trinidad with the weather and Gulfstream is Gulfstream. I've been all over the world and Gulfstream is one of the top tracks anywhere and best places to race."
 
Stephen rode last summer at Presque Isle, where he ranked 11th in wins riding for Glenn Wismer. He's also been a leading rider in Canada.
 
"I rode for Mr. Dorochenko a few years back in Kentucky and we did real good," he added. "Hopefully, we'll have that same kind of success here. I get on as many as nine for him in the morning and then ride in the afternoon. I've also ridden for Padarath Lutchman."
 
Wildcat Red Stretches Legs During Strong Morning Gallop
 
Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and Hutcheson Stakes (G3) winner Wildcat Red stretched his legs during a 1 ½-mile gallop at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning.
 
“He galloped a mile and a half and the last quarter of a mile he went in 25-and-change. We did it to stretch him out a little bit, and next week we’ll give him a breeze,” trainer Jose Garoffalo said.
 
After finishing second in a photo finish with Constitution in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream on March 29, Wildcat Red experienced an extremely troubled trip during an 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 3.
 
“I spoiled him a little bit. I gave him a couple of weeks off and he’s been galloping easy. He’s gained some weight, which he needed. We’ll train harder from now on,” Garoffalo said. “I wanted him to recover a little bit, not from just the Derby but from all his previous races. Every race, they take their toll. He tries hard every time he runs. He deserved to be spoiled a bit.”  
 
The Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth on July 27th is a tentative goal.
 
“From the first week of June, we’re going to start doing something more serious,” Garoffalo said. “We’ll get him ready to run by the end of June and see if we can get him ready for the Haskell.”
 
Ten Palms Prepares Specials for Belmont Stakes Watch Party
 
Ten Palms Restaurant, overlooking beautiful Gulfstream Park, will offer an all-you-can-eat buffet on Belmont Stakes Day for $49.99 (excluding tax and gratuity). Those making advance reservations will also receive a free $2 win ticket on California Chrome, who will attempt to become the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown. Ten Palms has also created a special drink for the day, the California Dreamin' cocktail with Woodford Reserve. 
 
For reservations call 954.455.6760.