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Gulfstream Today 1.1.2013
Lead: Undefeated Purple Egg, winner of Tampa's Inaugural Stakes and 4-1 in Tuesday's Gulfstream Park Derby, was scratched due to a viral infection, said trainer Jane Cibelli.
"He spiked a temperature two days ago," Cibelli said. "It was not anything serious but to stretch him out and ship...it probably wasn't the right way to go. Sunday morning he hadn't eaten so when we pulled blood it seemed like he had a little viral infection."
Cibelli said she wouldn't make any predictions where the son of Lion Heart would make his next start. "He got over it quickly so, hopefully, he'll be back to normal soon and we'll go from there."
Another horse scratched out of the Derby due to a high temperature was Pinnacle Racing Stable's Uptown Anthem.
Trilogy Stable's and Laurie Plesa's Itsmyluckyday won the country's first Derby.
Wrap: It was a big day of 3-year-old races at Gulfstream, led by the impressive performance of Stonestreet Stable's Kauai Katie. The multiple graded-stakes winner drew away from runner-up Cor Cor under jockey John Velazquez down the stretch to win the $100,00 Old Hat (G3) by eight lengths while covering the six furlongs in 1:09.66.
There were a number of other impressive performances Tuesday. Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled Kauai Katie, also saddled first-timer starter Verrazano to victory in the second race. The son of More Than Ready covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 4/5 and drew off to win by 7 3/4 lengths. Pletcher said he would "play it by ear," as far as when Verrazano would start next.
Bradester, winner of the 1 1/16 mile seventh race, trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Joel Rosario, will likely go next in the Jan. 26 Holy Bull (G3).
Trainer Mark Hennig saddled Live Lively to victory in the fourth. A daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, Live Lively won for fun, drawing away to an 11 1/4 length win while covering seven furlongs in 1:23.14.
Who's Hot: Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez teamed to win the second with Verrazano and the Old Hat with Kauai Katie. Velazquez added a third with Play It Loud in the sixth. Jockey Joel Rosario won two with Merit Man in the Spectacular Bid and Live Lively in the fourth. Jockey Alan Garcia also had a double, winning the Ginger Brew with Tuttipaesi and the 10th with Jadira.
The Week Ahead: Because of Tuesday's special New Year's program, Gulfstream will be dark Wednesday but will run Thursday through Sunday. Post time will remain at 12:45 p.m.
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