News & Barn Notes

Lezcano Continues Winning Ways at Gulfstream Park

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jose Lezcano didn’t need to wait for more than a single race to achieve success at Gulfstream Park, having won aboard his very first mount in the U.S. at the world class thoroughbred meeting in April 2004.
The Panama native has become a frequent visitor to Gulfstream Park’s winner’s circle over the years while joining the ranks of the country’s riding elite. Coming off a career 2011 campaign, during which he rode champion Royal Delta to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and his mounts earned $10.7 million, Lezcano is again making the most of his opportunities at Gulfstream.
The 26-year-old journeyman, who trails Javier Castellano and two-time defending titlist Paco Lopez in races-won, leads all Gulfstream riding regulars with a win rate of nearly 25 percent.

Team Valor-Motion Duo Likely Choices in Kitten's Joy

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Team Valor International’s uncoupled pair of Lucky Chappy and Howe Great, trained by Graham Motion, look like the probably one-two choices in a field of eight 3-year-olds drawn for Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.

Stars Ready to Shine on Florida Sunshine Millions

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Stronach Stable’s undefeated 4-year-old filly Awesome Feather, Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 2011 Eclipse champion filly or mare sprinter Musical Romance and Reeves Thoroughbred’s 4-year-old Mucho Macho Man, third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last spring, are among the stars expected to run in one of six Florida Sunshine Millions Stakes to be run on Sat., Jan., 28 at Gulfstream Park.

Stars at Gulfstream and Palm Meadows win Eclipse Awards

By Daily Racing Form

Gulfstream and Palm Meadows winter residents Animal Kingdom, Hansen and Stacelita win Eclipse Awards as does Gulfstream alumni Musical Romance.

Trainer Bill Mott wins his third Eclipse as champion trainer and Frank Stronah's Adena Springs wins another title as champion breeder.

Ever So Lucky Set to Join Sheppard Stable at Gulfstream

By Ed Gray

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Monday that Ever So Lucky is slated to ship to Gulfstream Park by the end of this week.
The prominent 3-year-old Triple Crown prospect has been training in Camden, S.C. following an extremely promising fall campaign at Churchill Downs. Ever So Lucky debuted on Nov. 11 with an eye-catching 3 ¼ -length score at 6 ½ furlongs and came back only two weeks later to finish a solid second behind Gemologist in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).

Strike the Moon Fits Well in Friday Allowance Dash

By Jack Will

R. Larry Johnson’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Strike the Moon ran very well to finish third behind Pomeroys Pistol in the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 10, and comes back as one of the favorites in Friday’s 6 ½-furlong allowance feature with jockey Edgar Pardo in a field of seven fillies and mares.

Private Jet Lands Turf Sprint Stakes Win in U.S. Debut

By Ed Gray

HALLADALE BEACH, FL – Private Jet hadn’t seen competition since September 2010 and had never previously raced in the U.S., but the battle-tested 7-year-old gelding did have one very important thing going for him in Sunday’s $60,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint: the back class to overcome his shortcomings, as well as four extremely fast rivals, to pull out a victory in the five-furlong stakes.

Abigail Fuller, 52, Wins First Race at Gulfstream

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Abigail Fuller, who rode with great success during the 1980s and 1990s, rode her first winner at Gulfstream Park Sunday aboard Rule Number Six in the second race.

Coalport Questionable for Kitten's Joy; Sacristy to Forward Gal

By Jack Will

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy was America’s Eclipse Award turf champion in 2004 and has since become a highly-successful sire. Kitten’s Joy now has a $100,000 stakes race for 3-year-olds named in his honor to be run Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 1/16th mile on the same turf he won the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) early in his championship season. 

Silver Medallion Rallies for Victory in $100,000 Fort Lauderdale

Black Rock Stable’s Silver Medallion, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, moved five-wide entering the stretch to win the $100,000 Fort Lauderdale (G3) by a neck.

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