Southeast Region

News and features for Southeastern farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Martini Glass runs by the favored Lewis Bay to score in the Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park

    Martini Glass Upsets Lewis Bay in Royal Delta

    Showing an extra gear late, Martini Glass managed to catch multiple graded stakes winner Lewis Bay and run by the even-money favorite with ease in the Gulfstream Park stretch to win the $200,000 Royal Delta Stakes (G3) Feb. 19.

  • Joe Bravo aboard Synchrony wins the Fair Grounds Handicap

    Synchrony Wins Fair Grounds Handicap Off Layoff

    Pin Oak Stable homebred Synchrony earned his first graded stakes victory in style when he edged favored Mr. Misunderstood in the stretch to take the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T) by two lengths Feb. 17. 

  • The Player wins the Mineshaft Handicap

    The Player Sharp in Mineshaft Handicap Win

    Bouncing back from his last two off-the-board efforts, The Player made his 4 1/4-length win look easy Feb. 17 in the $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) when he lead at every call in the 1 1/16-mile event at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Larry Best is his own adviser when purchasing Thoroughbreds

    Best Taking Nothing for Granted in Risen Star

    Before making his foray into horse racing with the purchase of two yearlings in 2016 and four 2-year-olds purchased for high-dollar figures last spring, Larry Best dutifully studied the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Ring Weekend wins his season debut at Gulfstream Park

    Ring Weekend Opens 7-Year-Old Season a Winner

    West Point Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes winner Ring Weekend had not visited the winner's circle since November of 2016, but he found his way back in his 7-year-old season opener Feb. 11 at Gulfstream Park. 

  • Elysea's World (outside) wins the Suwannee River Stakes over Dream Awhile

    Elysea's World Makes the Grade in Suwannee River

    Sheep Pond Partners and All Pro Racing's Elysea's World (IRE) broke through with a ground-saving trip to kick off her final season of racing with a neck victory over stablemate Dream Awhile in the Suwannee River Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Heart to Heart takes the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes over Kurilov

    Heart to Heart Earns Elusive G1 Win in GP Turf

    Under the familiar guidance of jockey Julien Leparoux, Heart to Heart had his way with the pace on the front end and earned his first top-level victory in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (G1T) Feb. 10 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Conquest Windycity (inside) defeats Mind Your Biscuits at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9

    Conquest Windycity Upsets Mind Your Biscuits

    David Staudacher's Conquest Windycity set a demanding pace and had something left to hold off Mind Your Biscuits through the final sixteenth of a mile and spoil the multiple grade 1 winner's 5-year-old debut Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.

  • NYRA to Host Three-Track Cross Country Pick 4

    The grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park, grade 3 Suwannee River at Gulfstream Park, and Jimmy Winkfield Stakes will highlight the Feb. 10 three-track Cross Country Pick 4 hosted by NYRA

  • World Approval in his stall at Del Mar ahead of the Breeders' Cup

    World Approval Opens 2018 Season at Tampa Bay

    Champion turf male World Approval will make his 2018 debut at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 10, as trainer Mark Casse will use the $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (G3T) as a prep for the $6,000,000 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) March 31 at Meydan.

  • Daisy scores in the Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack

    Daisy, Blonde Bomber Top Suncoast Stakes

    Fox Hill Farms' Daisy, winner of the Tempted Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack in November, will make her 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes Feb. 10 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Southeast Regional: Sons Shine in Ocala

    There are no fancy copper cupolas atop the barns nor grand viewing stands around the training track at Ocala Stud. There is just the sturdiness born of 62 years of breeding, foaling, raising, and training racehorses.

  • Norman Casse with Rate of Return at Palm Meadows

    Norman Casse Set to Saddle First Starter

    After announcing last October plans to go out on his own after more than a decade as the right-hand man of Casse Racing, Norman Casse will saddle his first starter as a head trainer Wednesday, when he sends out Rate of Return at Gulfstream Park.

  • Audible wins the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park

    Audible Much the Best in Holy Bull

    The son of Into Mischief made an eye-catching run for WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, and SF Racing, launching himself onto the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a 5 1/2-length victory in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream.

  • Forever Unbridled is under consideration for a Dubai World Cup run at Meydan

    Forever Unbridled Posts First Breeze of 2018

    Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled recorded her first serious move since earning the Eclipse Award for champion older dirt female when she turned in a half-mile breeze at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 3.

  • Rainbow Heir takes the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint in his final race

    Rainbow Heir Retired to Ocala Stud

    An earner of $804,395, Rainbow Heir has been retired from racing and arrived Jan. 30 at Ocala Stud Farm in Florida, where he will take up his new career as a stallion in 2018. His fee has been set at $3,500 stands and nurses.

  • Always Dreaming is gearing up for a return to the races in 2018

    Always Dreaming Returns to Work Tab in Florida

    2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming has members of his jam-packed partnership looking forward to a 4-year-old campaign, and took strides toward fulfilling those dreams Jan. 29 when he returned to the work tab in Florida.

  • Goncalo Torrealba (left) and Ron Winchell (right) lead Gun Runner into the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park

    Gun Runner Goes Out a Winner in Pegasus World Cup

    In the $16.3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm put an exclamation point on the end of a magnificent career with a determined win.

  • A patron wagers at Gulfstream Park, where the Pegasus World Cup Day handle set a record

    Pegasus Day Handle Clears Record Mark

    There was no sophomore slump for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1). The first edition last year handled $40.2 million, a Gulfstream Park record for a non-Breeders' Cup program. It was a high bar, but Pegasus 2 vaulted over it.

  • Catholic Boy training before his fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar

    Catholic Boy Works at Tampa Bay Downs

    Trainer Jonathan Thomas shipped the homebred son of More Than Ready to the oval in Oldsmar, Fla. to breeze Jan. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the Feb. 10 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3).

  • Neolithic schools in the paddock at Gulfstream Park

    Neolithic to Stand at Pleasant Acres in Florida

    Multiple grade 1-placed Neolithic, who retired from racing in December, will stand at Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., for the 2018 breeding season. He is the first son of Harlan's Holiday to stand in the state.