News & Barn Notes

Special Florida Derby Night School! Tonight Beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Join Gulfstream Park handicappers Ron Nicoletti and Jessica Pacheco along with Joe Kristufek and Jill Byrne for a special Florida Derby edition of Night School tonight at 8:30 p.m. 

Florida Derby Day Undercard Set

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Barbara Hunter’s highly-consistent 6-year-old Kentucky homebred mare Keertana will likely go off favored to defeat eight rival fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G2) on Florida Derby Day with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Tom Proctor in the 51st edition of the 1 ½ miles turf course fixture.
 

Reveron Seeks Second Derby Score at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Reveron isn’t one of the high profile contenders coming into the Florida Derby (G1), especially with early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags heading the field. However, it would be shortsighted to overlook him.
 

Grace Hall Bids for Redemption in Gulfstream Park Oaks

Michael Dubb and partners’ 3-year-old filly Grace Hall made her season debut in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25 as the 4-to-5 favorite. Despite losing a neck decision to longshot Yara, Grace Hall will very likely be favored again to avenge that defeat in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2).

Awesome Maria Odds-On for Rampart Defense

E. Paul Robsham’s 5-year-old homebred mare Awesome Maria, winner of five straight graded stakes for trainer Todd Pletcher going back to early last year, will be an odds-on favorite to make it six in a row with regular rider John Velazquez aboard in a field of six fillies and mare drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, a 1 1/8 miles race she won last year by eight lengths.

Union Rags Strong Choice in 61st Florida Derby Saturday

Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags will be a short-priced favorite facing eight rival 3-year-olds in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) Saturday going 1 /8 miles at Gulfstream Park.

Gourmet Dinner Continues Comeback in Sir Shackleton on Florida Derby Day

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gourmet Dinner was a significant presence on the 3-year-old scene as the 2011 Florida Derby (G1) approached.
 

Brown-trained Rising Stars Considered for Florida Derby Day Stakes

By Ed Gray

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Chad Brown will not get to saddle his undefeated star Awesome Feather Saturday on Florida Derby Day. But the 34-year-old Upstate New York native may very well be represented by a couple of rising stars on the same day.
 

WPLG Channel 10 to Broadcast 'Countdown to the Florida Derby'

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 61st running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) will be the subject of a prime time special Wednesday, March 28 titled ‘Countdown to the Florida Derby’ broadcast 9:30-10 p.m., on WPLG, Channel 10.  

Union Rags Proves to be a Bargain at Any Price

When Phyllis Wyeth began to have second thoughts about selling a homebred yearling she had consigned to the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, she sought out trainer Michael Matz.

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