Trainer Marcus Vitali moved his stable from Gulfstream to Laurel, but he must deal with positive tests for Class 4 and Class 5 medications in Florida before the Maryland Jockey Club will allow him to continue racing horses.
When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.
Fresh off a course-record performance last time out, Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Smokem Kitten captured his first stakes victory April 30 at Gulfstream Park.
I Shod the Sheriff wins first time out gate to wire.
Aktabantay, a $625,000 yearling purchase, is set to seek his first stateside triumph and graded-stakes success in the Miami Mile in his third start for trainer Tom Morley.
After jogging for a second day at Keeneland April 10, Nyquist's training regimen leading up to the May 7 Kentucky Derby will intensify this week as the undefeated colt will begin galloping Monday.
Bill Kaplan, one of South Florida's most successful trainers over the past 30 years and conditioner of 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance, will retire from training after this weekend.
Marcus Vitali, the third-leading trainer at the Gulfstream Park Championship meet with 25 wins, will ship his stable to Laurel Park and spend the spring and summer in Maryland.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
The Mark Casse trainee would not be denied April 2 as he closed with a sustained rally through the Gulfstream Park stretch and won the $200,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIT) by a head.
Nyquist pushed his perfect record to seven-for-seven with a clear victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, while his previously undefeated rival Mohaymen finished fourth.
Phaedrus Flights' Celestine went wire-to-wire in the $300,000 Honey Fox Stakes (gr. IIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park, picking up the first graded victory of her career for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Teresa Viola Racing Stables' grade I winner Photo Call returned to her winning ways in the $200,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Merriebelle Stable's Reporting Star ran down 5-2 favorite Force the Pass and held off 7-2 Divisidero to win the $200,000 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go (by Ghostzapper) making just her second career start, tops Paola Queen and odds-on favorite Off the Tracks in the 50th running of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).
After Team Colors provided some pressure entering the lane, 2-5 favorite Valid provided the answer, putting that one away and cruising to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 2.
The Stronach Group founder and honorary chairman Frank Stronach April 1 said that mid-April could offer a time slot for his proposed world's richest race, a $12 million event for older horses.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
Owner Reddam is more than willing to play catch-us-if-you-can with Mohaymen now and leave the future to the future. "...There is no guarantee we're going to make the Kentucky Derby," he said.
Horse Racing Radio Network's inaugural "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series concludes this weekend with exclusive live coverage of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I).
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Bradley is hopeful the multiple graded stakes winner will show a little more early interest in his upcoming races. "We've been trying to get this horse to stalk a little more and be a little bit closer to the pace," he said.
"If they peak that race before, it will be hard for them, even with five weeks, to come back and give their best effort," trainer John Servis said of Nyquist and Mohaymen.
The $150,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) on the April 2 Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park drew six talented older horses who will go 1 1/8 miles over the main track.
Photo Call, good enough to run fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last year, will have to contend with stakes winner Quiet Kitten in a relatively soft field for Orchid Stakes
Sandiva, who loves Gulfstream Park, faces off against Tammy the Torpedo, who also enjoys the home cooking in Florida; and the dangerous Lady Lara in a deep Honey Fox field.
After registering his biggest career win in his previous start, Grand Tito will try for a second straight grade II score when he stretches out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time in the Pan American Stakes.
Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Gulfstream Park sets increases in purses and number of stakes for 2016, as it aims to draw top horses and large fields to its spring-summer meet.
Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic took charge soon after the start and never relinquished her lead en route to a commanding victory in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
You Bought Her will take another shot at the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 16 at Gulfstream Park, a race she missed last year by a closing neck.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Mohaymen breezed a half-mile March 11 at Palm Meadows in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Apprentice jockeys Carlos Hernandez and Alvaro Donis recorded their first career victories Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Joel Rosario, one of two jockeys hospitalized following a Feb. 20 spill at Gulfstream Park, is nearing a return that could have him riding the week of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed March 9 that undefeated champion Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash with undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen in the Florida Derby.
Rating comfortably in second throughout, Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito bounded to the lead off the turn and won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Patience paid off for the connections of Blofeld March 5, as the Todd Pletcher trainee picked up the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Chad Brown finished as well as he could March 5 in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
Multiple Chilean group I winner Dacita, who scored in her first U.S. stakes start last year, makes her 2016 debut against another Chilean import, Guapaza, both trained by Chad Brown.
Led by a striking son of Tapit sold for $1.8 million, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training produced across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.
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