The clock is ticking toward the final day for Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course to reach an agreement that would prevent another bruising 12 months of head-to-head racing.
Apprentice jockey David T. Ortiz scored the first win of his professional career on Hebop, who won the eighth race Feb. 26 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Two of the more accomplished juveniles of 2013 will make their 3-year-old season debuts March 1 when Havana and No Nay Never meet in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) March 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Sophomore son of Stormy Atlantic has won four of five starts for trainer Chad Brown, including a wire-to-wire season debut by a head over grade I winner We Miss Artie in the Jan. 19 Kitten's Joy Stakes.
Problems started on a flight from California to New Orleans for the Feb. 22 Risen Star Stakes, when Bond Holder was slightly injured after being severely jarred by turbulence. The incident took a severe mental toll.
Though relatively early on the Derby trail, it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II), won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream.
Consignor Danzel Brendemuehl goes into the juvenile sales season bolstered by successes of recent stakes winners Wildcat Red, Uncle Sigh, and Sushi Empire, among others.
Vinceremos and Harpoon, the 1-2 finishers in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), are among 18 Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs
Wildcat Red and General a Rod, the one-two finishers in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, will likely take their nascent rivalry to the next level in the $1 million Florida Derby.
Owner Rick Porter has picked out a couple of stakes options for Normandy Invasion following the colt's record-breaking return to action in allowance company Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Reload charged up the rail and snatched victory from pacesetter Mr. Online in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Onlyforyou remained unbeaten with a front-running tally in the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park as Javier Castellano and Todd Pletcher teamed for their fourth win on the program.
Normandy Invasion, last seen finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), returned with a track record win in an allowance optional claiming race Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man put in his last local work Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, going five furlongs in 1:02.56 on the main track at the South Florida oval. He will leave for California Feb. 23.
Ciaran Dunne's Wavertree Stables has led all consignors of 2-year-olds in training in gross sales for consecutive years. The Ocala, Fla.-based operation generates results with quantity and quality.
Apprentice jockey Arny Fontanez earned his first career win Feb. 21 at Calder Casino & Racecourse, taking the third race aboard 30-1 shot Run Gia Run.
With Cairo Prince and Honor Code sitting out the next leg of the Florida sophomore series on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth attracted a strong 13-horse field led by Top Billing.
Tampa Bay Downs trainer Leon McKanas, longtime fan of the CBS-TV hit series Survivor, will get his chance to appear in the show's new season, which begins airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.
Owner Frank Carl Calabrese and trainer Kirk Ziadie have ended a high-profile partnership in which they each led in wins at two recent race meets at Calder Casino & Race Course and at the first summer/fall meet at Gulfstream.
Since mid-December Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has been working steadily under the tutelage of trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows in Florida. On Feb. 22, the son of Tapit is to make a return to racing at Gulfstream.
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This year, Venezuelan-born trainer Jose Garoffalo and owner Salvatore Delfino have ventured into exciting new territory--the Triple Crown trail with Fountain of Youth (gr. II) contender Wildcat Red.
Two talented fillies from trainer Todd Pletcher's barn, undefeated grade II winner Onlyforyou and dual graded stakes victress Stopchargingmaria, will go head-to-head in the Feb. 22 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream.
Veteran Guys Reward will bid for his second win of the year in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Equine Sales Company has announced that its 2014 consignor select yearling sale will be held Sept. 3 at its sales facility in Opelousas, La.
Tampa Bay Downs and Hialeah Park haven't amended their plans for live racing dates for the 12-month period that begins July 1, though they have until Feb. 28 to do so.
Fordubai, winner of the Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last month, returns to the same 1 1/16-mile distance at the track but will be facing stiffer company in the Feb. 22 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III).
Unless serious talks resume soon and quickly produce a settlement, Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course appear to be headed toward another 12 months of bitter head-to-head weekend racing.
Photographs of stakes-winning graduates typically adorn Niall Brennan's shedrows at 2-year-olds in training sales. With the latest crop of stakes horses emerging, this season will be no exception for the Florida consignor.
Top Billing breezed a half-mile in :50 2/5 Feb. 17 at Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., in preparation for his stakes debut in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Alpha Delta Stable's Devil's Cave delivered a superb frontrunning performance in the $200,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park, setting a track record while earning her first graded stakes win.
Trainer Dale Romans said he is leaning toward running Medal Count in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
Princess of Sylmar, who rattled off four consecutive grade I wins last year, returned to the work tab Feb. 16 for trainer Todd Pletcher with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows.
Commissioner, on a two-race win streak as he approaches his stakes debut in the upcoming $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II), put in his final breeze for the race the morning of Feb. 16 at Palm Meadows.
West Point Thoroughbreds' favored Twilight Eclipse likely punched his ticket to Dubai with an impressive victory in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 15 at Gulfstream Park.
Inimitable Romanee wore down pacesetter Viva Rafaela in the final furlong to score a convincing victory in The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 15 at Gulfstream Park.
Early Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince breezed a half mile in :48.75 the morning of Feb. 15 at the Palm Meadows training facility.
Four months after his victory in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Man will be returning to Santa Anita Park for his next start.
Wildcat Red will have a new rider in Luis Saez for his next scheduled start in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
Sweet N Discreet successfully stretched out to 1 1/8 miles in winning the Sunshine Millions Distaff, and she'll square off again with Devil's Cave in the $200,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 16.
Todd Pletcher-conditioned Commissioner is training forwardly for his scheduled stakes debut in the $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 22.
The daughter of Street Cry returns in the 1 3/8-mile turf race for the first time since finishing second to Quschi in the 1 1/2-mile Waya Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course.
Almost Famous will make his next start in the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth (gr. II); Honor Code returns to tab; Cairo Prince expected to breeze Feb. 15 while prepping for the Florida Derby (gr. I).
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 157 selected juveniles for its 2-year-olds in training sale March 24 at Adena Springs South in Williston, Fla.
Last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice will launch his 2014 campaign in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 8 at Gulfstream Park, according to Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.
Owner/breeder Carlos Vaccarezza got his first win as a trainer Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park with first-time starter Little Alexis.
Atlanta businessman and philanthropist J. Mack Robinson, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder, has died at age 90. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Robinson died Feb. 7.
Lea opened a big lead off the final turn and turned back the late charge of 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge to capture the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) in track-record time Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Lochte charged up the rail and pulled off a huge shock in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT) Feb. 9, scoring a 2 3/4-length win at 39-1 odds as the longest shot in the field.
Two-time champion Groupie Doll provided a satisfying conclusion to her stellar career with an eye-catching last-to-first romp in the $200,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
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