News & Barn Notes

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.

Keertana Targets Orchid, Sanchez Get Derby Mount, Wilfork to Host Derby Draw

Millionaire Keertana Targets Orchid Stakes Saturday
Sanchez Picks up Mount on Fort Loudon for Florida Derby
Vince Wilfork to Host Wednesday’s Post Position Draw

El Padrino on Target for Florida Derby after Breeze at Palm Meadows

By Ed Gray

El Padrino signaled his readiness for a clash with Union Rags in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park during a half-mile workout at Palm Meadows Training Center Sunday morning. The son of Pulpit, who was ridden by jockey Javier Castellano, was timed in :49.

Leparoux Maneuvers Newsdad to Pan American Victory

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Newsdad was heavily favored to prevail over just three rivals in the $150,000 Pan American (G2), but his jockey didn’t fall into the trap that a victory would come easily Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Newsdad did go on to capture the 1 ½-mile turf event by two lengths, but not before Julien Leparoux considered all his options.

Union Rags Breezes the 'Right Way' in Preparation for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fountain of Youth (G2) victor Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company Saturday at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in next Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Saturday's 10-Cent Rainbow 6 Carryover at $328,529

Gulfstream Park’s 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover Saturday, March 24 of $328,529.53.

Gulfstream Notes: Where's Sterling Set for Skip Away

By Jack Will

Frank Calabrese’s 5-year-old Where’s Sterling worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:14 3/5 Friday morning at Gulfstream Park and is on target to make his next start as one of the favorites in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) going 1 3/16 miles on Florida Derby Day,  Saturday March. 31.

Plans for Kentucky Derby Prospects Set in 'Motion'

By Ed Gray

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Trainer Graham Motion had already loaded Lucky Chappy onto a Dubai-bound plane for a start in the UAE Derby (G1) on March 31 and was preparing for the departure of Howe Great and Went the Day Well to Kentucky for their respective starts in major preps for this year’s Kentucky Derby.

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.

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