Stakes Recap

Hymn Book a Main-Track Attraction After Donn Victory

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – 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.
 
Hymn Book ($15) had followed in his mother Vespa’s hoof prints and proved to be a very useful, if not dominating, racehorse on turf, able to scratch out several victories and on-the-board finishes in the allowance ranks.
 

Snow Top Mountain Captures the Suwannee River

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - 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

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL- 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.

Musical Flair Breathes Easy in Needles Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Musical Flair took a deep breath in the stretch at Gulfstream Park Saturday and sprinted to victory in the $60,000 Needles Stakes.

The 3-year-old son of Songandaprayer, who underwent surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis after finishing 11th in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland last October, scored by three-quarters of a length in the five-furlong sprint on turf.

Mucho Macho Man Impressive in Florida Sunshine Millions Finale

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mucho Macho Man put on a sparkling demonstration of resilience and raw ability at Gulfstream Park Saturday, capping the Florida Sunshine Millions program with an authoritative triumph in the $400,000 Classic.One of only three horses to have competed in all the three legs of the grueling Triple Crown last year, Mucho Macho Man made an auspicious 2012 debut in the finale of the six stakes for Florida-bred thoroughbreds with an overpowering performance.

Hooh Why Scores in Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf

The estate of Gail Gee, Mark Hoffman, and Earl Trostud earned $90,000 of the $150,000 purse when their chestnut mare, Hooh Why, captured the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf.  The daughter of Cloud Hopping covered the 1 1/8th mile event in 1:46.77 over favorite Romacaca. Speak Easy Gal finished third. 

Soaring Stocks Surges to First Stakes Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –  E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s Soaring Stocks cruised around the final turn and surged down the stretch to pass frontrunner Royal Currier in the final strides of the $150,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and score his first stakes victory.

It's Me Mom Takes the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mares Sprint

Trainer Lynne Scace knew what she was doing when she shipped in It’s Me Mom for the six furlong Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint.  The Put It Back filly indeed put them back when she wired the field of seven, increasing her six furlong record to six wins from nine starts.

Awesome Feather Stays Perfect in Florida Sunshine Millions Distaff

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Florida Sunshine Millions got off to a perfect start at Gulfstream Park Saturday when Awesome Feather extended her unbeaten streak with a dazzling performance in the $300,000 Distaff.

Howe Great Caps Big Week for Connections in Kitten's Joy

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Howe Great capped a big week for trainer Graham Motion Saturday while leading the way in a one-two stable finish in the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes.

Motion,  whose Kentucky Derby-winning Animal Kingdom was named 2011 champion 3-year-old on Monday, was on hand at Gulfstream Park to saddle Howe Great ($11.40) for a front-running 2 ½ -length triumph over favored stablemate Lucky Chappy in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-olds.

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