News & Barn Notes

Life At Ten Returns In Sunday Allowance

By Jack Will

Trainer Todd Pletcher had indicated that DeBartolo Stable’s 6-year-old mare Life At Ten might make her season debut in next weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park, but has found another option closer to her winter home at Palm Meadows, entered in Sunday’s $80,100 optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Coffee Boy Bids To Improve On Last Start In Sunshine State

By Jack Will

While D’Funnybone will likely be a solid choice in Saturday’s $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Gary Barber’s Coffee Boy beat him in their only previous meeting last summer in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2). Not only does Coffee Boy enter the Sunshine State with a race under his belt, D’Funnybone makes his first start since last summer at Saratoga.

Dialed In To "Stick Around" Palm Meadows

Nick Zito was nearly overcome by emotion at Gulfstream Park on Sunday afternoon, his voice quivering as he tried to put into words his reaction to Dialed In’s thrilling last-to-first triumph in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). The Hall of Fame trainer found it easier to speak about his third Florida Derby victory during training hours at Palm Meadows Monday morning, but he still had difficultly describing the emotions that the late-developing 3-year-old colt evokes in him. 

Dialed In Wins Florida Derby. Eligible For Preakness 5.5 Bonus

By Ed Gray

Dialed In stormed from last with a stirring stretch rush to capture Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1), providing trainer Nick Zito with his third victory in Gulfstream Park’s signature race, as well as an exciting candidate to collect a third triumph in the Kentucky Derby.

Dialed In’s third victory in only four starts proved to be one of highlights of Zito’s Hall of Fame career, which included Kentucky Derby victories by Strike the Gold (1991) and Go for Gin (1994) and triumphs in the Florida Derby with High Fly in 2005 and Ice Box last year. 

Travelin Man Puts Pletcher Back in Winner's Circle

 One day after saddling five winners, including Gulfstream Oaks (G2) heroine R Heat Lightning and Rampart (G3) winner Awesome Maria, trainer Todd Pletcher got right back to his winning ways on the Sunday’s Florida Derby Day program at Gulfstream Park. 

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