News & Barn Notes

Take Charge Indy Takes Charge in Florida Derby Upset

By Ed Gray Photo Credit: Coglianese Photos

Favored Union Rags Finishes Third, Reveron Second

Grace Hall Establishes Strong Kentucky Oaks Credentials

Michael Dubb and partners’ 3-year-old filly Grace Hall more than atoned for finishing second as the odds-on choice in her first start of the season at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25 in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) with a commanding 6 ½ lengths victory in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) Saturday.

Awesome Maria Does Not Disappoint in Rampart Victory

By Ed Gray Photo Credit: Coglianese Photos

Awesome Maria was such an enormous standout in Saturday’s $150,000 Rampart (G3) at Gulfstream Park that the striking gray mare was sent to the starting gate at odds of 1-10.

Bartolome Scratched from Florida Derby

ARS Racing Stable’s Bartolome, a 30-to-1 morning line longshot in Saturday afternoon’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, was scratched mid-morning because of a bruised foot, according to trainer Jose Garoffalo.

A Trip to Kentucky Pending on Outcome of Florida Derby

As the field of nine enters the gate on Saturday for the $1 Million Florida Derby (G1), owners Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence will have their hopes of running the first Saturday in May riding on a dark bay colt named News Pending.

Another Good one for Byrne in Take Charge indy

By Leona Velazquez

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Pat Byrne is no stranger to good horses or the national spotlight.
In 1997, the affable native of England conditioned Breeders’ Cup-winning juveniles Countess Diana and Favorite Trick, who would become the first 2-year-old since Secretariat to earn Horse of the Year honors. The following year, Byrne saddled Awesome Again to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
Byrne is back in the spotlight in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) with Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy. A victory in the 1 1/8-mile event would be his first stakes victory since Sorcerer’s Stone won the 2005 Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3).

Union Rags is Living Proof that Dreams Really Do Come True

Owner/Breeder is Living the Dream with Florida Derby favorite

Wilkes Seeks Answers in Florida Derby with Neck 'n Neck

By Leona Velazquez

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ian Wilkes is hoping that Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park will help his late-developing colt Neck ‘n Neck take a step closer to the 2012 Triple Crown races.

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