Imperial Hint, unraced since mid-February, made an emphatic return Saturday when he rocketed up the rail coming off the final turn en route to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3).
Handicappers of all persuasions will find something to sink their teeth into Saturday, as we turn the calendar page to July and officially begin the second half of the 2017 racing season.
Veteran graded stakes winners Delta Bluesman and Awesome Banner, who each also have a history of success at Gulfstream Park, return to the South Florida track July 1 intent on getting back to their winning ways in the Smile Sprint Stakes (G3).
Rated R Superstar closed from the clouds and snuck wide down the lane, surprising 2-5 favorite Awesome Banner to win the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) July 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Already a winner in four of five starts at Gulfstream Park, including three stakes, topped by a five-length score in this year's Swale (gr. II), Awesome Banner will try to add to that list July 2 in the $150,000 Carry Back (gr. III).
Three stallions from Rockridge Stud near Hudson, NY., will ship to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016.
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.
Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., has set fees for its 2016 stallion roster, which is led by successful freshman sire Big Drama who will see his stud fee increased from $10,000 in 2015 to $15,000 (stands and nurses) in 2016.
New York farm stands state's leading 2-year-old sire Giant Surprise and adds new stallions Micromanage and Midas Touch for 2016.
One of the least experienced horses in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) field at Gulfstream Park July 5 pulled off the upset when Grand Bili fought off favored Barbados for a one-length victory under Javier Castellano.
Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Barbados will waste no time getting back to business July 5, when he makes his first start off the layup in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
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.
Trinniberg, the 2012 champion sprinter, was represented by his first reported foal when a filly produced from Princesspatseattle was foaled Jan. 11 at Rockridge Stud near Hudson, N.Y.
Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y. has announced the stud fees for its 2015 roster of six stallions. Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Trinniberg carries the highest fee at $7,500.
Multiple graded stakes winner Fort Loudon will stand his first season at stud in 2015 at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.
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.
Champion sprinter Trinniberg will shuttle to Haras Ponta Pora in Brazil for Southern Hemisphere stud duties later this year, Lere Visagie's Rockridge Stud announced May 19.
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Multiple grade I winner Jackson Bend heads a field of 11 as part of a one-two punch for trainer Stanley Gold in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (gr. III); Gold also has 2013 winner Fort Loudon in the Feb. 8 race.
Ribo Bobo, who has won six of seven since he was claimed, and the solid mare My Pal Chrisy top the fields for the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint and Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint Jan. 18 at Gulfstream.
Nearly replicating the tracking running style he used to win an allowance optional claiming race Nov. 17 at Gulfstream Park, Singanothersong nailed down his first career stakes win Dec. 28 at the Hallandale Beach, Fla. track.
- By Frank Angst
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Tom Simon's Vinery New York announced that six of its stallions standing at Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag will be moving to Lere Visagie's Rockridge Stud near Hudson beginning with the 2014 season.
Trinniberg's connections believe top competition in the XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park could bring out the best in the reigning champion sprinter.
While several top finishers from last year's Xpresset Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) return to this year's edition, a hot Southern California-based blazer not from that group figures in Private Zone.
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|Argentine Tango||Timothy A. Gilbert||
|Fort Loudon||Stanley I. Gold||
|Hello Prince||Hector R Garcia||
|It Takes Heart||Rory Barron||
|Rex's Last Tour||Barry R. Rose||
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