News & Barn Notes

Union Rags Breezes the 'Right Way' in Preparation for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company Saturday at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in next Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Saturday's 10-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover at $328,529

Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday, March 24 of $328,529.53.

Gulfstream Notes: Where's Sterling Set for Skip Away

By Jack Will

Frank Calabrese’s 5-year-old Where’s Sterling worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:14 3/5 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park and is on target to make his next start as one of the favorites in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) going 1 3/16 miles on Florida Derby Day,  Saturday March. 31.

Plans for Kentucky Derby Prospects Set in 'Motion'

By Ed Gray

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Graham Motion had already loaded Lucky Chappy onto a Dubai-bound plane for a start in the UAE Derby (G1) on March 31 and was preparing for the departure of Howe Great and Went the Day Well to Kentucky for their respective starts in major preps for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Gulfstream Park News & Notes: 3.22.12

Trainer Michael Matz, who is preparing Union Rags to headline the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on March 31, has a potential starter for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in And Why Not.

Arlene Conte Earns Seat to DRF/NTRA National Handicap Championship

By Brian Skirka

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Arlene Conte of Oceanside, NY turned her $200 bankroll into $457.50 to capture Gulfstream Park’s $400 Handicapping Challenge contested on March 17-18. With the win, Conte earned a seat in the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in 2013.

Lopez Released From Hospital and in Good Spirits

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jockey Paco Lopez, who broke his collarbone and suffered six fractured ribs March 17 in a spill at Gulfstream Park, was released Wednesday afternoon from Memorial Regional Hospital and is in “good spirits,” according to his agent, Cory Moran. 

Rematch: Simmard & Newsdad in Pan American

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Roger Attfield and William Werner’s 7-year-old Simmard and James Karp’s 4-year-old Newsdad finished one-two, separated by a neck in the $150,000 Mac Diarmiada Stakes (G2) going 1 3/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 26.
The rematch is on for Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G2) going an additional furlong at 1 ½ miles.

Velazquez Presented with Hartack Award

Jockey John Velazquez was presented after the last race Wednesday with the Bill Hartack Memorial Award.

Fort Loudon Confirmed to Start in Florida Derby

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred 3-year-old colt Fort Loudon will take at least one more chance with division leaders in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (G1) on Sat., Mar 31 after picking up minor checks earlier this winter in the Holy Bull (G3) and Fountain of Youth (G2).

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