News & Barn Notes

Union Rags & Algorithms Lead Cast for Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth

By Jack Will

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Gulfstream Park Racing Secretary Dan Bork has released nominations to five graded stakes to be run over the Feb. 25-26 weekend with highlights including a meeting of leading Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls Union Rags and Algorithms in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and 2011 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Royal Delta and 5-year-old mare Awesome Maria in the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3).

Sabrina's Dance Back on Top in Madcap Escapade

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Frank Calabrese’s Sabrina’s Dance avenged a recent allowance loss to Alydarla and became a stakes winner in the process Sunday at Gulfstream Park, capturing the $60,000 Madcap Escapade under jockey Jose Lezcano.

Gulfstream News: Hymn Book, Force Freeze, Pica Slew

McGaughey Looks At Options for Donn Winner Hymn Book
Force Freeze Gets Final Drill for Gulfstream Sprint Championship
Pica Slew on Course for Hurricane Bertie Next Sunday


Get Stormy Goes Wire-to-Wire To Win Gulfstream Turf

By Laura Villasana

Sullimar Stable’s Get Stormy got started on his Grade 1-winning form right off the bat for 2012, cruising to a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/8-mile $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).

Hymn Book a Main-Track Attraction After Donn Victory

As Hymn Book stormed through the stretch to a hard-fought nose triumph in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Shug McGaughey had to be thankful for a rainy day in New York back in May.

Snow Top Mountain Captures the Suwannee River

The sun was shining on Gulfstream Park ‘s turf course, labeled good after a week of thunder showers, for Snow Top Mountain to capture the Suwannee River Handicap (G3).  The grey mare completed the 1 1/8 miles stake in 1:52.86, a half length over Hit It Rich and Gold d’Oro.

Thunder Moccasin powers home for Hutcheson triumph

By Laura Villasana

Favored Thunder Moccasin thundered down the stretch to pull away to a 6 ¾-length score in the 7-furlong $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) over a good track, scoring his first graded stakes victory in his second start and remaining undefeated.

Pletcher Reaches 3000-Win Career Milestone

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eight-time defending Gulfstream Park training champion Todd Pletcher attained a career milestone Saturday, notching his 3000th victory by saddling Spring Hill Farm for a trip to the Gulfstream winner’s circle in the third race.

Ever So Lucky Out of Hutcheson

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jonathan Sheppard said Saturday morning that Augustin Stable’s Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) runner-up Ever So Lucky would be scratched from today’s $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2). 

Pletcher Plots Path for Promising 3-year-olds

By Ed Gray

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Todd Pletcher has so many promising 3-year-old colts that his most pressing challenge may be to work out a schedule of future stops on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for all of them.

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