Tar Heel Mom, who fires nearly every time, ran another big race to begin her 6-year-old campaign, this time holding off Hilda's Passion by neck to take the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (gr. III) Jan. 15 at Gulfstream Park.
Two months after his BC Sprint (gr. I) win, Big Drama opened his 5-year-old season with a brilliant four-length score in the Mr. Prospector (gr. III) while setting a new track record at Gulfstream Park.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and partners' 3-year-old Mucho Macho Man worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 1/5 Jan. 15 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathy Ritvo as he prepares for his 2011 debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull.
There are 522 horses cataloged for the Central Florida auction.
After finishing second to Gourmet Dinner in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), Decisive Moment returned to Louisiana to score a resounding victory in the $250,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes on Jan. 14.
Fanlew Farms, located near Sarepta, La., will hold its annual stallion show at the farm Saturday, Jan. 15.
Awesome Feather, the undefeated winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), is presently out of training with no set timetable for her to return to competition.
Mike Repole, owner of probable 2-year-old champion and early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Uncle Mo, confirmed Jan. 13 that they are leaning toward the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) for his first start of the year.
The Thursday, Jan. 13 live racing program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been cancelled due to unsafe track conditions resulting from freezing temperatures overnight.
Mr. Livingston, who had been relocated to Ray and Kathy Paul's Fanlew Farms near Sarepta, La., for the 2011 breeding season, died Jan. 9 in a paddock accident at the farm at age 14.
Jessica Is Back, winner of the Princess Rooney (gr. I) at Calder last summer, heads a well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 15 at Gulfstream Park.
Big Drama, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and a finalist for champion sprinter at the Jan. 17 Eclipse Awards, will begin his 5-year-old campaign against a short field in the Mr. Prospector (gr. III).
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino reported strong gains in business for the first five days of its 2011 meet, which began Jan. 5. Handle thus far is up 17.2% in total.
Jockey Joe Bravo made it clean sweep of the Gulfstream Park stakes Jan. 9, as he guided 26-1 longshot Justaroundmidnight to victory in the $100,000 Marshua's River (gr. IIIT) one race after scoring the Ft. Lauderdale.
Sent off at 12-1 in a wide-open field of 11, Little Mike broke sharply from the outside and never looked back, going wire-to-wire to win a thrilling edition of the $100,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIIT) Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Calder Casino & Race Course has gone on the offensive in southeast Florida's battle over racing dates by telling state regulators it intends to start racing year-round.
Soaring Empire got his 2011 campaign off to a nice start when he turned back even-money favorite Morning Line and held off multiple graded-stakes winner Rule in the Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 8 at Gulfstream Park.
Making his first start away from his home base of Calder, Determinato surprised a good field in Gulfstream Park's first male 3-year-old stakes of the meet, winning the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Jan. 8.
After more than 14 months on the sideline, 4-year-old homebred filly Tapitsfly was entered to make her long-awaited return in a Jan. 12 allowance race at Gulfstream Park.
Zayat Stables' Black N Beauty probably earned himself a ticket to the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) with a solid victory in a $51,500 allowance test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7.
Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud will host a stallion show and open house Jan. 22 at the main farm and stallion complex at 5571 NW 100th Street in Ocala, Florida.
Bettors should have a bonanza with Gulfstream Park's $100,000 Marshua's River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Jan. 9 after 14 older fillies and mares were entered for the 1 1/16-mile turf event.
Get Stormy, a three-time stakes winner in 2010, looks to begin another successful campaign when facing 11 rivals in the $100,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Jan. 9.
Gulfstream Park, which opened its 2011 season under sunny skies and a temperate 78 degrees Jan. 5, handled wagers totaling $5.7 million for its nine-race program.
A problem with the Florida racetrack getting its broadcast signal to simulcast outlets forced the cancellation.
Richard Simon, owner of Sez Who Thoroughbreds, is facing foreclosure on 86 acres of farmland in Florida after allegedly defaulting on more than $8.1 million in loans, according to court documents filed in Ocala.
Final Mesa left her rivals behind in the stretch to register her first graded stakes score for Wesley Ward in the $100,000 Old Hat (gr. III) on opening day of the 2011 Gulfstream Park meet Jan. 5.
Gulfstream Park would be willing to consider a partial change in southeast Florida's racing calendar, a top official of Gulfstream's parent MI Developments.
Morning Line, who last came into his own during the second half of his 3-year-old campaign and is expected to be one of the top older horses in 2011, makes his season debut in the Hal's Hope Stakes Jan. 8 at Gulfstream.
The biggest issue at Calder Casino & Race Course Jan. 4, closing day of its 2010-11 meet, was a fast-brewing and potentially bitter dispute with Gulfstream Park over southeast Florida's attractive December racing dates.
Apprentice jockey Jose Alvarez led all riders at the recently concluded 2010-11 Calder Casino & Race Course Tropical meet with 43 winners, besting runner-up Manoel Cruz by three.
The Jockey Club said Jan. 3 the Tropical Park Derby, run Jan. 1 at Calder Casino & Race Course in Florida, was inadvertently listed as a grade III stakes in data feeds provided by Equibase.
Gulfstream Park will open its 2011 racing meet Jan. 5 with a new Sunday date for the Florida Derby (gr. I), other changes in its stakes schedule, and new multi-race bets highlighted by a 10-cent only Pick 6.
A Race for Education scholarship will be renamed in memory of Olivia M. Saylor, the daughter of prominent horse owner Paul Saylor.
Roxy Gap won all three of her starts at Woodbine last summer by big margins for trainer Mark Casse and is the morning-line pick for the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes Jan. 5, opening day feature of the 2011 Gulfstream Park meet.
Favored Changing Skies pounced on Casablanca Smile in the stretch and proved a handy 3 3/4-length winner of the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Jan. 2.
Making her graded stakes debut, Toocleverforwords caught longshot Joanie's Catch mid-stretch and bounded home for a one-length victory in the $100,000 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) on New Year's Day at Calder.
In a move that sets up a possible battle with Calder Casino & Race Course over racing dates, Gulfstream Park has told the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that it plans to hold racing in December 2011.
Green Hills Farm's Chilean-bred Casablanca Smile will be among the favorites in a field of 11 fillies and mares set to launch their 2011 seasons in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIIT) Jan. 2 at Calder.
The final four stakes of the 2010-2011 Tropical meet help Calder wind down its season this weekend with the Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) and Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) leading the New Year's Day program.
Maverick, a half brother to Eclipse Award winner Silver Charm, and Sequoyah, who is out of champion Chilukki, will stand in 2011 at Tim Keeley's Sugar Cane Stables near Lake Charles, La.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced Dec. 27 it will give random breathalyzer tests to jockeys, stewards, assistant starters and members of the gate crew when its meet begins Jan. 5.
Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Dec. 18 renewal of the W.L. McKnight Handicap, which was switched from the turf to the main track at Calder Dec. 18, has been reinstated as a grade II event.
Gulfstream Park is considering a 3 p.m. first post time for the last six Fridays of its 2011 racing season, according to the track's president and general manager.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Dec. 21 issued a license for slot machines to Hialeah Park. Gaming could be offered in November 2011, officials said.
The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has honored longtime president Sam Gordon as man of the year, while Herb Elkins got the organization's lifetime achievement award.
Disqualified from his runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. III) last out, Prince Will I Am helped ease some of his connections' disappointment with a victory in the off-the-turf W.L. McKnight Handicap.
Grade II winner Mach Ride was been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2011 at the Appleton family's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Gulfstream Park on Dec. 16 announced its 2011 wagering menu that will include its first Pick 5, with a 50-cent minimum bet, and a major reduction of its Pick 6 minimum bet from $2 to 10 cents.
Prince Will I Am is the lone 3-year-old in a field of 10 turf horses that will go 1 1/2 miles in the $150,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT), but still could go off as the favorite.
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