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Cool Gator Posts Florida Derby Tune-Up

Despite a "muddy" track at Gulfstream Park, Garland Williamson's Cool Gator and jockey Eddie Castro got to know each other the morning of March 24 with a five-furlong breeze, the final workout for the 3-year-old son of Macho Uno before the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29.

Darley Gets 'Prize' at OBS March Sale

A handsome chestnut Pure Prize colt will be joining Sheikh Mohammed's international racing operation after being purchased by Darley USA president Jimmy Bell for $550,000 Tuesday afternoon, about two hours into the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

'Anna Enjoys Dream Trip in Hillsborough

'Anna Enjoys Dream Trip in Hillsborough

Wayne Catalano met with some resistance when he told owner Frank Calabrese that he wanted to run Kentucky homebred Dreaming of Anna in the $175,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs. But the 4-year-old filly proved that her trainer knew best when she rolled to a 6 3/4-length victory over Tampa's yielding turf March 15.

Florida Senate OKs Slots Legislation

The Florida Senate approved March 13 two slot-machine bills that would help the state's Thoroughbred racetracks and other pari-mutuel facilities. However, there is considerable opposition to the bills in the Florida House of Representatives, and the influential Seminole Tribe of Florida is expressing concerns about the legislation.

'Anna, Lear's Princess Square Off Again

'Anna, Lear's Princess Square Off Again

A mere nostril separated the victorious Dreaming of Anna and runner-up Lear's Princess in the Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) following a heart-pounding stretch duel one month ago. It's time for an encore as the 4-year-old filly stars tangle again on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course in the $175,000 Hillsborough (gr. IIIT) March 15.

Hunting, Gottcha Gold Pursue Skip Away

Hunting, Gottcha Gold Pursue Skip Away

Stuart Janney's homebred Hunting has not raced since a third-place finish behind Evening Attire in the Dec. 8 Queens County Handicap (gr. III), but the 5-year-old son of Coronado's Quest could return to winning form in the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. He'll tackle Gottcha Gold, Dr. Pleasure, Better Than Bonds, and others in the March 15 event.

Forest Wildcat Filly Fastest at OBS

Forest Wildcat Filly Fastest at OBS

Seekingthediamond, a Forest Wildcat filly consigned by Hendry Training Stables, agent, went an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 March 9 to post the fastest work at the distance at the first session of the under tack preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of selected two-year-olds in training

Spring Waltz Dances to Rampart Victory

Spring Waltz Dances to Rampart Victory

Making her stakes debut, Stronach Stables' homebred Spring Waltz split rivals at the furlong marker, surged to the lead at the sixteenth-pole, and romped to the wire under Javier Castellano with an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 on the Gulfstream Park dirt.

NO 'Cap: Circular Quay Nips Grasshopper

NO 'Cap: Circular Quay Nips Grasshopper

Sometimes change is a good thing. Just ask trainer Todd Pletcher, who not only added blinkers to his struggling 4-year-old colt Circular Quay, but shipped him back to Fair Grounds, the site of his only win in eight previous starts. The moves paid off, as Circular Quay outfought a stubborn Grasshopper in a terrific stretch duel to take the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) by a half-length March 8.

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