News & Barn Notes

Motion Hopes to Strike 'Gold' In Gulfstream Derby

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Graham Motion tasted victory in the Kentucky Derby this year for the first time with a horse that hadn’t even registered a blip on the national radar at this time last year.
No 2-year-old saddled by Motion will ever again evade detection from those on the lookout for Kentucky Derby prospects. Thus, when Gold Megillah cavorted to a maiden victory by more than 18 lengths over a sloppy Churchill Downs racetrack on Nov. 16, the son of Purim instantly became a serious horse to watch.
 

Mr. Prospector 'Apriority' For Fawkes

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - When Big Drama went to post for the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park last January, the betting public looked forward to an encore performance of the David Fawkes-trained speedster’s thrilling triumph in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
The odds-on-favorite didn’t disappoint, scoring by open lengths while setting a track record for six-furlongs. Two days later, Big Drama was honored with an Eclipse Award as North America’s champion sprinter.
 

DiVito Represented In Derby and Old Hat Sunday

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Jim DiVito has had a career year in 2011, winning 70 races from 284 starters for a 25 per cent win rate while racing in Chicago most of the year and at Gulfstream Park in the winter
The veteran horseman will have an opportunity to get the New Year off to a fast start on Sunday with a starter in both the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby and $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3), both race for 3-year-olds.
 

Derby Season Gets Underway Sunday at Gulfstream Park

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park has traditionally exerted the most influence on the Triple Crown of any racetrack, and that tradition of excellence figures to be even greater in 2012 with the inauguration of another major stakes for 3-year-olds.
The inaugural running of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby will highlight Sunday’s New Year’s Day program, offering a lucrative first step on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for 11 newly turned 3-year-olds.
 

Casual Trick, Ancient Rome and Gold Megillah Lead Derby Field

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - The 3-year-old class of 2012 debuts Sunday with the first running of the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby at 1 1/16 miles and a field of 11 with Michael Dubb’s Ancient Rome and Robert LaPenta’s Casual Trick among the likely choices to get early recognition on the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Triple Crown trail.
 

The Hunk Set for Stakes Debut in Mr. Prospector Saturday

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - New Farm’s New Jersey homebred colt The Hunk looked good winning an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10 while going wire-to-wire at six furlongs. It’s a performance that sends him to his stakes debut on a four-race win streak in Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3).
 

Gulfstream To Run Special Live Program Monday, Jan. 2

Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today it has received permission from the state to change its live racing schedule next week. Gulfsteam will now run Monday, Jan. 2 and be closed Wednesday, Jan. 4. The  Racing Calendar with all the live race dates, special events, promotions and stakes race dates can be seen here: http://www.gulfstreampark.com/racing/race-info/racing-calendar

 

 

Ancient Rome To Stretch Out in Gulfstream Park Derby

Trainer Anthony Dutrow admits he isn’t sure if his soon-to-be-3-year-old Ancient Rome will be able to stretch out around two turns, but by the time the field for Sunday’s inaugural running of the Gulfstream Park Derby hits the wire he should have a pretty good idea.

Gulfstream News & Notes: 12.26.11

By Jack Will & Brian Skirka

Sacristy Hoping To Start New Year Right in Old Hat
Hansen & Soldat Post First Winter Breezes on Christmas Eve Morning
Grande Shores Resumes Promising Career Thursday
Awesome Belle Possible for Old Hat or Sweetest Chant
 

Animal Kingdom Has First Work Back

By Barry Irwin

Photo by Equisport Photos

Animal Kingdom is pointing for the Gulfstream Park Handicap, which he will employ as a prep for the Dubai World Cup.

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