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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.

Slam Bammy Sets Track Mark at Meadowlands

Slam Bammy closed the door on John's Pic with a sixteenth of a mile to go and drew away to victory in track record time for six furlongs in the $75,624 Rutgers University Stakes on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

Who's the Cowboy Takes New Jersey Festival Spotlight

Gerry Sleeter's Who's the Cowboy was the star of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival at Monmouth Park Saturday, turning in a powerful performance to make the $100,000 Friendly Lover Handicap his fourth straight score at the meeting.

How True It Is Moves Up in Nassau County BC

Unbeaten How True It Is, a $450,000 2-year-old purchase last February who won both her starts at Gulfstream Park for trainer Joe Orseno, could be the one to beat in Saturday's $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.

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Coa, Krieger Use Speed to Win Tropical Turf

Jockey Eibar Coa almost got a Grand Slam all by himself at Calder Race Course Saturday, finishing with winners of three of the day's four stakes races after Krieger captured the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3 and up at 1 1/8 mile on the turf.

Macho Uno Gears Ups for Washington Park

Stronach Stables Inc.'s Macho Uno, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) two years ago and a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, galloped twice around the Arlington oval Thursday morning in advance of Sunday's Washington Park Handicap (gr. II).

Macho Uno Gears Ups for Washington Park

Stronach Stables Inc.'s Macho Uno, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) two years ago and a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, galloped twice around the Arlington oval Thursday morning in advance of Sunday's Washington Park Handicap (gr. II).

Red Bullet Turns in Final Work for Donn

Classic winner Red Bullet completed his last major workout on the Gulfstream Park oval before a scheduled appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 9. Red Bullet was officially clocked in :47 3/5 breezing for a half-mile.

Red Bullet Heads Donn Worktab

Frank Stronach's classic-winning Red Bullet worked toward his anticipated start in next month's Donn Handicap (gr. I) Wednesday morning, getting five furlongs in 1:03, breezing. In other news, Mongoose, who defeated Monarchos last weekend, may get a start in the Donn; and Beatrice Oxenberg's Best of the Rest, prepares for Gulfstream Park's signature race for older horses.

Confident Orseno Says Red Bullet Ready to Fire

After watching 2000 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Red Bullet breeze four furlongs in :52 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, trainer Joe Orseno expressed confidence in the millionaire horse's chances in Saturday's $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III).

Gander Works For Classic With Gary Stevens Aboard

Meadowlands Cup winner Gander turned in a spirited work Tuesday morning, drilling five furlongs on the Belmont main track in :58 4/5 with jockey Gary Stevens aboard. Trainer John Terranova said Stevens will wait until he works Macho Uno before deciding whom he will ride in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. However, Macho Uno's trainer, Joe Orseno, said Tuesday that Stevens had already given him the call immediately following his fourth-place finish aboard Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Macho Uno Questionable For Ohio Derby

Last year's 2-year-old male champion Macho Uno, who was being pointed toward Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. III) at Thistledown is questionable for the race after suffering a minor bout of colic Saturday night. If he bypasses the Ohio Derby, the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) to be run one week later at Belmont Park is being considered as his next start.

Thunder Blitz Headlines Long Branch

Sunday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes is Monmouth Park's major prep for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 5, and this year's rendition should again springboard a few runners toward this year's race. The Long Branch, run at 1 1/16 miles, is for 3-year-olds.

Orseno Stars Turn In Solid Works at Belmont

Trainer Joe Orseno, who is looking forward to big second half of the year, sent out Red Bullet, Macho Uno, Thunder Blitz, and Milwaukee Brew for solid works Saturday morning. Red Bullet, last year's Preakness winner who has not run since the Dwyer Stakes due to a cracked cannon bone, worked five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 3/5 with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard. The son of Unbridled came home his final quartter in :23 4/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 1/5.

Bailey's Belmont Mount in Stronach's Hands

It looks as though Thunder Blitz' connections, trainer Joe Orseno and owner Frank Stronach, control the destiny of who rides not only their own horse in the Belmont Stakes, but Dr Greenfield as well. If Stronach, who will make the final decision, replaces Edgar Prado with Jerry Bailey for the mile and a half classic, then Prado will land the mount on Dr Greenfield. If he decides to stick with Prado, then Bailey will ride Dr Greenfield.

Macho Uno Could Be Back By Summer

Stronach Stable's Macho Uno will not make it to the May 5 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he will not require surgery to get back to the racetrack. Last year's 2-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner apparently is sore from bone-density immaturity.

Macho Uno Due in Florida to Begin Classic Quest

Macho Uno, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the leading candidate for champion 2-year-old honors, is scheduled to arrive at trainer Joe Orseno's barn at Gulfstream Park Friday, where he'll begin preparing for the classics. Danny Vella, farm manager of owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs in Ocala, said Macho Uno has been galloping and swimming on a regular basis, and is just about ready for a half-mile work.

Whitney Starters Work

Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Lemon Drop Kid and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) winner Golden Missile were on the track at Saratoga Thursday morning preparing for Sunday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I).

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