News & Barn Notes

Gulfstream News & Notes - March 2

Soaring Empire likely for Gulfstream Park Handicap
Cheyanne Nation Faces Recent Winners in Friday Feature
Lebron One Short of Milestone 1,000 Victories 

Little Mike Leads The Way In Canadian

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A return to Grade 3 company was all it took for Little Mike to find the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle for the second time this year, resulting in a strong front-running victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf.

The 4-year-old gelding, who captured the Ft. Lauderdale (G3) on Jan. 9 with a front-running performance, found the 10-horse field in the Canadian a whole lot more accommodating than his rivals in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) on Feb. 5. 

Soldat On Course For Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Following his dominant two-length victory in the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2), Soldat is “happy and in great shape” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday.

The 3-year-old colt by War Front led virtually every step of the way Saturday as the 7-5 betting favorite and finished ahead of Gourmet Dinner and morning-line favorite To Honor and Serve.

“The Florida Derby (G1); Sunday, April 3,” McLaughlin said.  “That’s the race we’ll point for now.” 

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