News & Barn Notes

Reveron Takes Inaugural Gulfstream Park Derby

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Agustin Bezara capped off a career afternoon on the New Year’s Day program when he saddled Reveron for a half-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby.

Sacristy Captures Old Hat With Strong Stretch Run

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sacristy may have given the bettors who sent her to the starting gate as their 6-5 favorite a few uneasy moments during the early running of Sunday’s $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3), but the 3-year-old filly looked much the best in the Gulfstream Park stretch while edging clear by 1 ¾ lengths.

Flat Out Works on Turf in Preparation for Upcoming Race

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Trainer Charles “Scooter” Dickey sent Flat Out to the Gulfstream turf course Sunday morning for a five-furlong workout, which the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner completed in 1:00.35 under jockey Alex Solis.

Apriority Puts on a Show in Mr. Prospector Stakes

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Big Drama was a very tough act to follow in the stable of trainer David Fawkes, but Apriority still put on quite a show Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Apriority didn’t come close to the track record of 1:08.28 that Big Drama set while winning $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3), but the 4-year-old son of Grand Slam turned in a mind-boggling performance of his own to give Fawkes back-to-back triumphs in the 59th running of the six-furlong stakes.

Servis Gets Back on Road to Kentucky Derby

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – John Servis considers himself extremely fortunate to have enjoyed an idyllic journey along the Road to the Kentucky Derby in 2004 with Smarty Jones, who emerged undefeated from the first two legs of the Triple Crown before suffering his first loss in the Belmont Stakes.
The Pennsylvania-based trainer doesn’t expect to relive that once-in-a-lifetime experience, but he will have the benefit from that experience when he sends Yourhonorandglory onto this year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby in Sunday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby.

Three Carryovers at Gulfstream Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will close out the year with three carryovers. 

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.

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