News & Barn Notes

Little Mike & Data Link Clash in Canadian Turf Saturday

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Priscilla Vaccarezza’s 5-year-old gelding Little Mike and Stuart Janney III’s 4-year-old Data Link are a combined eight wins from nine starts over the Gulfstream Park turf course over the last two seasons. They are set to face off for the first time as the likely choices in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) going one mile in a field of eight older horses. 

Union Rags Scores Dominating Victory in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

Michael Matz-trained colt on course for March 31 Florida Derby

Simmard Holds Off Newsdad in Mac Diarmida

Haras Santa Maria de Araras’ 7-year-old Kentucky homebred Simmard kept digging in after taking the lead in the final turn of Sunday’s $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and held on for a game nose victory over James Karp’s 2-to-1 favorite Newsdad in the 1 3/8 miles turf test.

Yara Posts 60-to-1 Upset Over Grace Hall in Davona Dale

Peras International’s Yara went into Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park unheralded after winning two of five starts in sprints, the first four at Calder last year. But the 3-year-old Florida-bred filly won a long head-to-head duel with Michael Dubb and partners’ 4-5 favorite Grace Hall in the stretch to score by hard-fought triumph by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile test.

Here to Win and Bravo Charge to Victory in The Very One

Trick or Treat International’s Here to Win, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden perfectly by jockey Joe Bravo, held off the multiple-stakes winner Keertana down the stretch to win the $100,000 The Very One (G3) by a length. Woodford Belle was third while Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Perfect Shirl checked in eighth.

Awesome Maria Pulls Off Dominating Repeat Victory in Sabin

By Ed Gray

Champion Royal Delta Second in Prep for Dubai World Cup

Wilkes Looking for Cooperation in Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Buoyed by Neck ‘n Neck’s second-place finish behind Discreet Dancer at Gulfstream Park in a Jan. 7 allowance, trainer Ian Wilkes sent the son of Flower Alley to Tampa Bay Downs to test stakes company in the Sam Davis (G3) on Feb. 4.

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