Stakes Recap

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

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.

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

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – 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.

Yummy With Butter was disqualified from second to sixth for causing interference down the stretch with favored Mutual Trust. Hollinger, who finished third, was placed second and Kindergarden Kid was moved from fourth to third.

Jackson Bend Captures Hals Hope with Grit and Class

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Calling on the generous reserve of grit and determination that has defined his career, Jackson Bend overcame a little bobble at the start and a lack of racing room at the top of the stretch and willed his way to victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

R Holiday Mood, Delightful Mary Dead-heat in Ocala Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –As Delightful Mary made a last-ditch lunge to catch pacesetter R Holiday Mood and force a photo to determine the winner of Sunday’s $60,000 Ocala Stakes, it seemed destined that the connections of one of the 4-year-old fillies would walk away from Gulfstream Park dejected while those of the other would celebrate their good fortune.

Grass is Greener for Heavenly Landing in Marshua's River

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Heavenly Landing looked like a future stakes star from the moment she broke her maiden with a three-length victory at Saratoga on Aug. 23, 2009. It just took eight more starts and a switch from dirt to turf to realize her potential in Saturday’s $100,000 Marshua’s River (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Reveron Takes Inaugural Gulfstream Park Derby

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.

Reveron, the first stakes success and third winner of the day for his trainer, pressed the early pace before taking and desperately holding on to a narrow lead to the finish of the country’s first derby of the New Year.

Sacristy Captures Old Hat With Strong Stretch Run

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.

“She was just spot on today,” jockey Kent Desormeaux said. “Her eyes were bugging out of the bridle. You could tell she wanted to be a racehorse when she was warming up.”

Apriority Puts on a Show in Mr. Prospector Stakes

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.

Frolic's Revenge Debuts on Turf in Ginger Brew Saturday

Stride Rite Stable’s 2-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Frolic’s Revenge had a very wide trip from post 12 when finishing ninth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. She gets a chance to get back on track as she makes her first start on turf in Saturday’s $60,000 Ginger Brew Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park.

Thai Haku Enjoys Great Trip in South Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Thai Haku was the beneficiary of a dream trip under jockey Julien Leparoux for a trainer who learned his lessons from the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel.
The 4-year-old Irish-bred filly drew off by 1 ¼ lengths to capture the $60,000 South Beach Stakes Sunday at Gulfstream Park, continuing trainer Chad Brown’s success with European imports.

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