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.
Gulfstream Park announced July 10 it will raise purses an average of 10 percent, beginning with the next condition book on Thursday, July 23.
Dogwood Trail blazed her way to the first stakes win of her career, capturing the $150,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) on the Summit of Speed card July 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Three-time graded-stakes winner Merry Meadow will cut back to her ideal distance when she returns from more than a three-month layoff in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park July 5.
Reigning champion sprinter Work All Week and graded stakes winner Wildcat Red each posted bullet breezes June 28, in preparation for the Smile Sprint (gr. II) on the Summit of Speed card July 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Reigning sprint champion Work All Week breezed five furlongs in :59 2/5 at the Churchill Downs Training Center June 21 in preparation for a planned start in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II) July 5.
Gulfstream Park announced a record $4.7 million summer stakes schedule March 1. The schedule will feature five graded stakes starting April 25 with the Miami Mile (gr. III) on the turf.
Gulfstream Park in early July plans to run most if not all of the seven Summit of Speed sprint stakes that been scheduled for July 5 at neighboring Calder Casino & Race Course.
Calder Casino & Race Course said June 16 it has canceled its "Summit of Speed" program scheduled for July 5 because of its pending racing-dates deal with nearby Gulfstream Park.
Calder Casino & Race Course on Dec. 20 released its 2014 stakes schedule through July 5, when it will hold the annual Summit of Speed with four graded sprint stakes.
The first weekend showdown between Calder Casino & Race Course and Gulfstream Park had both tracks claiming some wagering success.
Jason DaCosta's Silver Cloud chased the pace and battled down the stretch to win the $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint in the Summit of Speed July 6 at Calder Casino & Race Course.
After posting a four-length victory in the local prep race for the Azalea Stakes (gr. III), Rontos Racing Stable's Wildcat Lily will enter the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies July 6 in top form.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak take a look at Calder's Summit of Speed race card. They handicap the Smile Sprint Handicap and the Princess Rooney Handicap. Will Jackson Bend be able to handle the talented Trinniberg? watch video
Trainer Marty Wolfson, winner of a record three editions of the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, has entered five for this year's July 6 edition at Calder--against the likes of Reneesgotzip and Judy the Beauty.
Trinniberg will run in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Casino & Race Course July 7 rather than in the Florida oval's $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) the same day, his owner said July 6.
In step with the trend from recent years, the July 7 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course has attracted mostly local horses, highlighted by reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance.
Trinniberg, Field Commission, and Gantry are highweighted trio in the six-furlong Smile Sprint (gr. II), the $400,000 highlight of Calder Race Course and Casino's Summit of Speed card July 7.
Favored Sassy Image came from out of the clouds to capture the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) to highlight the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Casino & Race Course July 9, her second grade I win in two months.
Smash, Cal Nation ship in to take on locals Close It Out, Indiano, and the wild card Bulaga in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) during Calder's July 9 Summit of Speed.
Grade I winners Sassy Image and Champagne d'Oro will knock heads with local sharpster Musical Romance going six furlongs in the Princess Rooney H. at Calder July 9.
On paper, Kaleem Shah's May Day Rose looks to be the best of the bunch for Calder's Azalea Stakes (gr. III). The $150,000 event is the first of four graded stakes for the Summit of Speed.
Horse Racing Radio Network will provide exclusive radio coverage of the 12th Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, July 9.
Calder Casino & Race Course, which is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary season, released its stakes schedules April 8 for this year's Calder and Tropical meets.
Favored Big Drama dominated the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) to cap a grand day for owner/breeder Harold L. Queen on Summit of Speed day at Calder Casino & Race Course July 10.
Farnsworth Stables' Jessica Is Back rallied from off the pace and caught Warbling in deep stretch to win the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) by two lengths July 10 at Calder Race Course.
Coffee Boy slipped through along the inside for jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan in the stretch and upset 1-9 choice D' Funnybone in the $194,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) Calder Casino & Race Course July 10.
Trainer Marty Wolfson, who last won the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) back in 1996, has a decent chance to get back to the winner's circle in the 2010 edition, as he will saddle four of the 13 runners in the $350,000 race.
The Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has issued a 60-day suspension to trainer Kirk Ziadie, citing a case in which one of his horses tested positive for a race-day banned tranquilizer after a 2007 race at Gulfstream Park.
Last year's Eclipse Award winning sprint champions -- Benny the Bull and Indian Blessing -- are among the 96 horses nominated to the 10th annual Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course, to be held this year on Saturday, July 11.
J. Paul Reddam's Mistical Plan upset even-money favorite Dream Rush to win the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Calder Race Course July 12 as part of the Florida track's Summit of Speed program.
Calder Race Course resumed sending its signal to racetracks outside Florida July 10, and started receiving its full regular menu of simulcast signals from other tracks.
The Summit of Speed program at Calder Race Course in South Florida will be broadcast live with on-site coverage by HRTV July 12.
Dream Rush, caught by Looky Yonder in the stretch during the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont May 25 at 4-5, figures to to be the one beat again Saturday in her second start off a layoff in the six-furlong Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course.
Calder Race Course posted entries July 7 for its July 12 Summit of Speed, a card with a quartet of six-furlong graded stakes that has become the highlight of the year at the South Florida track.
Sixty-three horses, including IEAH Stable's Benny the Bull, have been nominated.
At this time last year at Calder Race Course, trainer Steve Standridge had Rustlewood Farm's Florida homebred Mach Ride poised to score the biggest victory of his career in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on a memorable 'Summit of Speed' day program, but will not be able to defend his title this year.
Trainer Marty Wolfson pulled off the hat trick on the June 14 "Summit of Speed" preview card at Calder Race Course, winning three of the four $100,000 stakes.
Calder Race Course on May 9 announced it will cut purses for eight upcoming stakes, including six on its July 12 Summit of Speed card.
Calder Race Course announced May 9 that it will cut purses for eight upcoming stakes races, including the July 12 Summit of Speed card, blaming a continuing dispute with the Florida horsemen's association.
Calder Race Course will open its 38th season April 21 with a schedule that again focuses on what it calls "big event day" Saturdays with multiple stakes. Calder's first highlight will be its inaugural Turf Million April 26, with four turf stakes with total purses of $1.15 million.
California invader Black Seventeen overcame a stumble at the start but managed to wire the field in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on "Summit of Speed" day at Calder Race Course.
Atlanta Highway will try to set sail in graded stakes company as she takes on Time's Mistress in the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) during Calder Race Course's Summit of Speed July 7. Both 3-year-old fillies are looking to extend their winning streak to three.
The best of the East will meet the best of the West in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 7.
Teuflesberg aims to win his second consecutive grade II race when he heads to post for the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Calder Race Course July 7.
Prior to Saturday's Summit of Speed, Calder specialist Malibu Mint had never won a graded stakes race. Now she's a grade I winner after a tremendous burst of speed approaching the eighth pole overpowered Prospective Saint at odds of 23-1 in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I).
A big question this stakes-filled weekend is, how much money is Todd Pletcher going to add to his already ostentatious bankroll? Pletcher will send out 12 horses, most of them favorites or second choices, in 10 stakes at six different tracks.
Unlike last year, when he made his sixth start in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II), Lost in the Fog will be making only his third start of the year when he tries for a repeat victory in the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Saturday. He's entered in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) this year.
TVG will present live, on-site coverage Saturday of the seventh annual Summit of Speed from Miami's Calder Race Course and the eighth annual Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Summit of Speed is part of the TVG Sprint Division, leading to the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Fields for some of the eight stakes races to be run on the $2 million "Summit of Speed" program July 15 at Calder Race Course are taking shape with draw day set for Monday.
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