News & Barn Notes

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).
 

Gulfstream Oaks & Rampart Lead Florida Derby Undercard

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Renewals of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares are expected to attract division leaders and are among six stakes races on the Florida Derby Day undercard at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31. 

Gulfstream's 10-Cent Rainbow 6 at $241,182 for Wednesday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Wednesday, March 21 of $241,182.73.
 

Tapitsfly Fills Void in Resume with Honey Fox Victory

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – It only takes a peek at the past performance lines in the Daily Racing Form to figure out that Tapitsfly’s triumph in Sunday’s $150,000 Honey Fox (G3) at Gulfstream Park can hardly be regarded as an upset.
What was surprising about the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner’s stretch-running victory in the mile turf event is that it marked her very first success in a graded stakes.
 

El Padrino Breezes for Start in Florida Derby

Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he is kept on edge for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Sat., Mar. 31 in a field led by early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Union Rags.
 

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