Posts Tagged ‘Gulfstream Park’

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby.

March 24, 2015

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is south Florida’s show case race.


Saturday is a BIG day for horse racing fans.

March 29, 2012

This Saturday is a BIG day for racing fans!!!

Dubai World Cup
Game On Dude, Royal Delta get Cup posts
The $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse is this Saturday, and the premier pair of U.S.-trained horses — Bob Baffert’s Game On Dude and Bill Mott’s Royal Delta — drew posts worlds away from each other. Mott got his choice and took Post 7; Baffert, still in the hospital after a heart attack, was assigned Post 14, the only one remaining. Mott’s Royal Delta will attempt to become the first female to win the World Cup in its 17 runnings. Stream the full card LIVE on


Union Rags still atop Derby Watch list Union Rags still sits atop the Derby Watch Top 20 list compiled and updated weekly by DRF’s Jay Privman and Mike Watchmaker. And this Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park will feature a match-up between the top Derby Watch horse and the list’s No. 4 horse (and Risen Star winner), El Padrino. Come to every Wednesday for an updated top 20 list and Friday for Watchmaker and Privman’s latest video.

From Gulfstream Park Big Test in Fountain of Youth Feb 26th.

February 22, 2012

Fort Loudon to Get Big Test in Fountain of Youth & Pletcher Duo Work

2/26/2012,   Gulfstream Park

By Jack Will

Fort Loudon to Get Big Test in Fountain of Youth

Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred colt Fort Loudon will take his chance against early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorites Union Rags and Algorithms in next Sunday’s $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and 3-year-old filly stablemate Awesome Belle will line-up for Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2).

“We know both races will be tough,” said trainer Stanley Gold Sunday, “But we’re here (Calder) and don’t like to ship around. I thought Fort Loudon ran a good race off the layoff to finish fourth in the Holy Bull. He only got beat 1 ½ lengths for second by Hansen.and a length for third by My Adonis, and both of them are going to the Gotham (Aqueduct Saturday), so we don’t have to worry about them.

“I’d rather run Awesome Belle in a ‘two other than’ allowance, but that race just doesn’t go, so we’re here and she’s going to run. Despite her last race (eighth in Sweetest Chant on turf), I still think she’ll prove to be best on turf later on.” Awesome Belle won the My Dear Girl Division finale of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 15 at Calder by seven lengths going 1 1/16 miles.

Both Fort Loudon and Awesome Belle are by Awesome of Course and earned there trips to the Breeders’ Cup winning Florida Stallion Stakes finales in the In Reality and My Dear Girl, respectively. Fort Loudon got a wide trip finishing seventh behind Hansen and Union Rags in the Juvenile, beaten nine lengths; and Awesome Belle never threatened breaking from post 14 and checking in 12th in Juvenile Fillies.

Algorithms & Discreet Dancer Post Final Drills for Fountain of Youth

The stage is set for what promises to be a memorable renewal of the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) Sunday at Gulfstream Park as trainer Todd Pletcher had both Starlight Racing’s Algorithms and E. Paul Robsham’s Discreet Dancer out for a final workout Monday morning at Palm Meadows, both colts undefeated going into the race.

Algorithms was timed an easy half-mile in 49 flat while Discreet Dancer went five furlongs in 1:00 1/5. Algorithms is a son of Bernardini purchased for $170,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and has won all three of his starts, most recently the one-mile Holy Bull Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 29 by five lengths over 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and Eclipse champion Hansen.

Discreet Dancer is a Florida homebred by Discreet Cat and has won his only two starts at this meet, beginning with a track record debut performance on Dec. 3 when he won by 9 ¾ lengths going 5 ½ furlongs. He came back to win a one-mile allowance on Jan. 7 by 5 ½ lengths.

Leading Gulfstream rider Javier Castellano has ridden both colts in all of their starts, but will be aboard Algorithms Sunday with John Velazquez to handle Discreet Dancer.

Gulfstream Guarantees $10,000 Jockeys vs. Joes Poker Tournament Feb. 17 02/01/2012.

February 14, 2012

Gulfstream Guarantees $10,000 Jockeys vs. Joes Poker Tournament Feb. 17 02/01/2012

Buy your tickets online by clicking here. Jockeys committed to play include John Velazquez, Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh, Manoel Cruz and retired Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero.

Proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund ( and Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program (

The poker tournament will be part of a weekend of festivities surrounding Gulfstream’s jockeys, including a poster signing created by PEB.

Limited to 100 players, the $150 buy-in tournament will equal 4,000 starting units. There will be unlimited re-buys ($20 and $40) during the first three betting rounds and single re-buys at or below 2,000 units.

There will also be double and single re-buys to players at zero units. After the re-buy period an add-on will be available to all players.

There will also be door prizes from Gulfstream Park, Christine Lee’s and The Village at Gulfstream Park.

John Velazquez will also autograph the silks of his Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.

For more information, contact Scott Poole at or call 954.457.6336.

Florida Derby (gr. 1) GULFSTREAM PARK, Hallandale, FL. Date: March 31, 2012 Class: Grade 1

February 2, 2012
Get ready for the biggest prep race in Florida for the Kentucky Derby.
Florida Derby (gr. 1) GULFSTREAM PARK, Hallandale, FL … Purse: $1,000,000g
Date: March 31, 2012 Class: Grade 1
 Age: 3 yos Race: 10 Distance: 1 1/8 miles
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FL 33009
Telephone: (954) 454-7000

The inaugural Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino Handicapping Seminar Series

November 18, 2011

Gulfstream to Host Handicapping Seminar Series; Kicks off Dec. 3 with Steven Crist

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– The inaugural Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino Handicapping Seminar Series will kick off opening day, December 3, with guest Steven Crist, editor and publisher emeritus of the Daily Racing Form.
The Handicapping Seminar Series, to be held throughout Gulfstream’s 87-day thoroughbred meet at 11 a.m. in the Sport of Kings, will play host to some of the country’s most respected and knowledgeable handicappers and writers.

Crist’s appearance at Gulfstream is followed by Tom Quigley, publisher of The HorsePlayer Magazine; Hank ‘The Hammer’ Goldberg of ESPN, Mike Welsch, Mike Watchmaker, Mike Beer and Dan Illman of the Daily Racing Form, and Jim Mazur of Progressive Handicapping, Inc.

Mazur will appear Saturday, December 17. Those attending Mazur’s seminar will get a free copy of his popular The Gulfstream Handicapper, a $40 value.

Each seminar will be hosted by Gulfstream’s handicappers Ron Nicoletti, Jessica Pacheco, Ed Gray or Brian Skirka. Refreshments will be served.

The lineup for the Handicapping Seminar Series:

• Saturday, December 3: Steven Crist, Daily Racing Form

• Saturday, December 17: Jim Mazur, Progressive Handicapping, Inc (with free book)

• Sunday, January 29: Hank Goldberg, ESPN, WFTL Sports

• Saturday, February 11: Mike Welsch, Daily Racing Form

• Saturday, February 18: Tom Quigley, The HorsePlayer Magazine

• Sunday, February 26: Mike Watchmaker, Daily Racing Form

• Saturday, March 10: “Johnny D” DeSantis, XpressBet (XpressBet giveaway)

• Saturday, March 31: Dan Illman & Mike Beer, Daily Racing Form

Sunday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby is almost here.

March 31, 2011
2011 FLORIDA DERBY: Post Position Draw on Thursday

If you are curious as to when the entries will be out for this Sunday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby, the draw will take place tomorrow afternoon at Gulfstream Park. Currently, the field looks like it is going to be on the small side with only six confirmed entries. However, you could make an argument that the Florida Derby’s field of six will be stronger than the Louisiana Derby’s field of 13. Below are the six horses expected to enter the Florida Derby:

Arch Traveler
Bowman’s Causeway
Dialed In
Stay Thirsty
To Honor and Serve

Pletcher and “Mo” Ready to GO in Timely Writer at Gulfstream Park.

March 12, 2011

Pletcher and “Mo” Ready to GO.


By Ed Gray

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Todd Pletcher understands that expectations for Uncle Mo far exceed an anticipated victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Timely Writer at Gulfstream Park. With 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta retired and confirmed in foal to Bernardini, his undefeated 3-year-old colt is widely viewed as thoroughbred racing’s Next Big Thing – a rare specimen with the talent and charisma to capture the imagination of the American public.

“It’s a position you want to be in – to have a horse of his caliber. Along with that, obviously, comes a lot of added exposure and excitement and pressure and everything else that goes with it,” Pletcher acknowledged. “Zenyatta’s shoes are big shoes to fill. He’s 3-for-3 so far. She’s was able to exceed that by a long ways. The races will only get tougher; the competition gets tougher; the field sizes get bigger; so we’re just looking at this as the first step and we’ll go from there.”

Uncle Mo has been rated as the 3-5 morning-line favorite in a field of six entered in the one-mile stakes written especially to attract the Eclipse Award-winning colt to Gulfstream Park for his 3-year-old debut.

“We’re happy the Timely Writer filled and we’re able to run Uncle Mo at Gulfstream,” said Pletcher, who trained Uncle Mo at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility. “Palm Meadows is a similar surface and we feel like it’s a good place to start a season. The horse has been training well. Everything’s gone according to plan. We’ve had cooperative weather. We’ve been able to breeze whenever we wanted to breeze, and he’s been training as well as he ever has.”

The son of Indian Charlie will likely be an even shorter price than his morning-line odds at post time due to his superior racing record, which includes a maiden victory at Saratoga by more than 14 lengths last August, a victory in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in October and a stunningly dominant 4-1/4-length score in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November.

“I think the Breeders Cup Juvenile was his best race. It was his first race around two turns against the best horses in the world. I think it was important that it was Churchill Downs and he’s proven that he can handle the surface,” Pletcher said. “It was his most impressive performance, although all three were pretty impressive.”

Pletcher expects Uncle Mo to offer more of the same in the Timely Writer.

“I think he’s grown a touch, but he was a pretty big 2-year-old – and, obviously, a very talented.2-year-old. So we don’t feel like we need to improve a lot. It seems like he’s come along and done everything we’d expect him to do as a young 3-year-old,” he said. “Mentally, he’s always been a very, very easy horse to be around, so, so far, everything’s been great.”
Uncle Mo is the only Grade 1 stakes winner in the Timely Writer, which attracted a trio of lightly raced colts in Richard Dutrow-trained Rocking Out, a first-out winner who subsequently finished a troubled third in a Gulfstream allowance last month; Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Rattlesnake Bridge, who scored at first asking in his debut last month at Gulfstream Park; and Tom Albertrani-trained Gallant Dreams, a maiden winner in his second start at Belmont last fall who’ll be making his 2011 debut. Madman Diaries, who finished seventh in the Hutcheson (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 26 after winning the Sapling (G3) at Monmouth last year; and Schoolyard Cat, whose only victory in seven starts came in a $35,000 claiming race at Gulfstream three starts back, were also entered.

“I think you worry about everything. The main thing is we just want a good clean race and have a healthy start to the year for him,” Pletcher said. “We just hope he shows up and runs the way he’s capable of and everything will take care of itself.”

As Uncle Mo starts on the Road to the Kentucky Derby in the Timely Writer, his trainer is brimming with confidence in his colt’s foundation.

“I don’t we have to prove anything. We’ve checked off a lot of boxes in a short period of time; he’s handled the Grade 1 competition twice; he won the first time out, which makes you worry less about a layoff; he handled the surface at Churchill; so a lot of those things, he’s proven he can handle,” Pletcher said.

Pletcher knows how it feels to win the Kentucky Derby, having saddled Super Saver for a victory last year at Churchill Downs. Uncle Mo, though, has set the bar a little higher this year.

“Certainly, it takes a little heat off of it,” he said. “Anytime you have a horse like Uncle Mo, and if you get lucky enough to show up at Churchill Downs undefeated, then that’ll be plenty of excitement of its own.”