Jumping from a maiden victory into the $139,500 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds, R. Larry Johnson's homebred Street Magician surged to the lead mid-stretch and held on gamely for for a half-length victory over Yesbyjimminy Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Hobeau Farm's homebred Blue Bullet has the look of a potential star for trainer Allen Jerkens in Saturday's $175,000 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, where he faces eight rivals with leading Gulfstream jockey Cornelio Velasquez aboard.
Reigning Eclipse Champion Male Turf horse Miesque's Approval was named 2006 Florida-bred Horse of the Year -- while also being honored as Florida-bred champion as older male, grass horse, and sprinter -- at the Florida TBOA awards banquet Sunday evening in Ocala.
Buffalo Man kicked off his 3-year-old season successfully at Gulfstream Park Sunday, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and prevailing by one length in the $77,750 Spectacular Bid.
NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) winner Miesque's Approval captured three Florida-bred divisional champions for 2006 as announced recently by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association.
Green Vegas, the only horse in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes to have won a stakes race around two turns, benefited from a fast pace to rally to victory while denying Straight Faced a sweep of the lucrative series for juveniles at Calder Race Course.
Walter Donnelly's undefeated 2-year-old colt Straight Faced will be the center of attention in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes (FSS). In the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sends out three of the seven 2-year-old fillies entered at Calder Race Course.
Luis Olivares' 2-year-old colt Green Vegas turned in an impressive performance to win the $141,375 Foolish Pleasure Breeders' Cup Stakes at Calder on "Festival of the Sun" preview day Saturday. Gal Wonder went nearly wire to wire to win the $138,375 Brave Raj Breeders' Cup Stakes in the filly preview.
Walter Donnelly's 2-year-old colt Straight Faced is undefeated in four starts after winning the $150,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Saturday at Calder's "Juvenile Showcase."
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