Gulfstream Today 12.28.2012
Lead: Wildcard Racing Syndicate, based in York, England, has shipped three horses to Gulfstream for the winter under the care of trainer Amy Weaver. Two of those horses, Julius Geezer and Marford Missile, raced on Friday's 10-race program.
Julius Geezer finished ninth in Friday's third race while racing for a $25,000 claiming tag while Marford Missile was seventh in the ninth-race allowance event.
"We're trying to see where they fit right now," said Weaver, who arrived earlier in the week from York to saddle the horses. "The purses right now in the U.K. aren't very good and the owners are excited about racing in the U.S."
In fact, both Julius Geezer and Marford Missile are owned by a syndicate of 24 owners. "They had a special Thanksgiving lunch before the horses shipped over," Weaver said. "They're very excited about coming over to watch them run."
Andy Bonarius, the owner of Wildcard, said via e-mail from York that he's simply trying something new and "always tries to think outside the box."
"Sending horses to the USA gives us a chance to offer owners something new," Bonarius wrote. "We sent Deerslayer to Aqueduct early this year and he won, so we decided to get a group of horses that cut it in the USA and try our luck again. This is the first time at Gulfstream Park. It's an amazing track and the horses love it."
Marchwood, the third Wildcard runner in Florida, finished 10th Wednesday in a $35,000 claiming event.
Gulfstream Derby Draws Eight: The country's first Derby of the year, Tuesday's $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby, drew a field of eight including John Oxley's Cup & Saucer winner Star Contender and Inaugural Stakes winner Purple Egg. Others entered include Wes Welker's Undrafted - yes, Wes Welker, wide receiver of the New England Patriots - and Almost English from the barn of Nick Zito.
The Derby is one of four stakes races on Tuesday's 10-race program. Earlier in the afternoon, the graded-stakes winner Kauai Katie will face four other 3-year-old fillies in the Old Hat (G3).
Who's Hot: Leading jockey Javier Castellano won the early double with Bin Elusive in the first ($3) and Angel's Glory ($10) in the second.
Rainbow 6 Paid: $41,813.78.