The Florida Derby (gr. I) and its five supporting graded stakes will be the highlights of the March 31 card at Gulfstream Park, but the first race of the day features an interesting allowance race at one mile.
Gulfstream Park has been fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, officials said March 29.
Chris Brothers will be watching the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park with great interest March 31.
While Florida-bred Yara may have a resume with the most potential to score a victory in the March 31 Gulfstream Oaks Stakes (gr. II), there are several other fillies in the eight-horse field with impressive credentials.
Prospective was a tough as a yearling and that attitude seems to be helping him as a racehorse, according to Mark Toothaker.
Grade I winner Awesome Maria looked as good as ever romping in the Sabin Stakes (gr. III) last month; Where's Sterling leads the field in the Skip Away. Both races are part of the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park.
Brilliant Speed, third in last year's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at 1 1/2 miles, cuts back to a mile for the Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park March 31 as he takes on seven rivals.
Five-time graded stakes winner Keertana was a close second in her most recent start and will likely be favored to break through this time when she leads a field of nine fillies and mares in the $150,000 Orchid (gr. III).
Before any Triple Crown talk can start, Union Rags must handle his business against eight contenders in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 at Gulfstream Park.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 1,196 horses for its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. The number is down 13.1% from last year's total of 1,377.
The $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) is the headliner on Fair Grounds' April 1 program, but the biggest names and most talented horses may be running on the undercard in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).
The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training lived up to its high risk/high reward reputation March 26. For the lucky consignors who hit the jackpot, the riches were greater than they had been in 2011.
A bay son of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Big Brown became the new sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds when he fetched $1.3 million from Demi O'Byrne
A chestnut colt by Distorted Humor commanded $1.2 million from Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock agent John Ferguson to lead the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-old sale at Palm Meadows Training Center March 26.
A handsome Tapit colt commanded $1 million during the second hour of the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
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El Padrino put the finishing touches on his preparations for the upcoming Floriday Derby (gr. I) with a half-mile workout in :49 flat at Palm Meadows Training Center March 25.
Extra distance was the key for James Karp's homebred Newsdad to exact revenge on Simmard, as the son of Arch came from off the pace to win the $150,000 Pan American (gr. IIT) against a short field March 24 at Gulfstream Park.
If Fasig-Tipton's Boyd Browning expressed his outlook for the Florida select juvenile auction in terms of a weather forecast, his prediction would call for sunny skies and no chance of rain.
Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Union Rags breezed a half-mile in company March 24 at Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a start in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
Pinhooker Eddie Woods enjoyed a very good day at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach, Fla., March 23.
A Georgia House of Representatives committee has tabled legislation to authorize pari-mutuel horse racing, meaning there won't be a statewide referendum this year.
Jockey Paco Lopez, who broke his collarbone and suffered six fractured ribs March 17 in a spill at Gulfstream Park, was released from Memorial Regional Hospital March 22.
About 130 horses are expected to work on the Palm Meadows Training Center track during the under tack show.
As of March 21, a total of nine probables are expected for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds on April 1.
The deadline for late nominations to the 2012 Triple Crown is March 24.
Simmard and Newsdad, separated by only a nose in the recent Mac Diarmida (gr. IIT), will battle it out once again in the $150,000 Pan American (gr. IIT) March 24 at Gulfstream Park.
The first mare in foal to graded stakes winner Rodman is the winning Unbridled's Song mare Tranquil Song.
Louise I. Humphrey, who bred and raced horses with her son, G. Watts Humphrey Jr., died March 18 at her Florida home.
Georgia sportswriter Furman Bisher, a regular at the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) for years, died Sunday, March 18, of a heart attack.
Ronald Louis Dawe, an equine veterinarian, died Saturday, Feb. 18.
Tapitsfly, given a patient ride by Julien Leparoux, swept past the leaders in deep stretch to pick up her first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Honey Fox Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 18 on Gulfstream Park's firm turf course.
Brilliant Speed, winner of last spring's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), is expected back in action for the $100,000 Appleton (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf March 31, trainer Tom Albertrani said.
Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) winner El Padrino breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 March 18 at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher as he approaches a start in the upcoming $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Paco Lopez is expected to miss up to two months after suffering a broken collarbone and six fractured ribs in a spill at Gulfstream Park March 17, according to his agent Cory Moran.
Gulfstream Park jockeys Paco Lopez and Antonio Gallardo were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital on the evening of March 17 after both were involved in a spill in the 11th race, the track reported.
Champion female sprinter Musical Romance earned her first win of the season when she split horses in deep stretch to capture the $150,000 Inside Information (gr. II) March 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Favored Raconteur, under a vigorous ride from Chris DeCarlo, registered his first stakes win for trainer Todd Pletcher when he nipped Hakama by a head in the $76,500 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park March 17.
Jockey Javier Castellano broke the record for most wins during a Gulfstream meet March 17 when he won his 98th race of the season.
Florida Derby favorite Union Rags went to the track at Palm Meadows Training Center the morning of March 17 for an easy five-furlong workout in preparation for his final Kentucky Derby prep.
Undefeated Gemologist got his 3-year-old campaign underway in sharp fashion at Gulfstream Park March 16, pulling away from grade I winner Currency Swap to win an allowance race by seven lengths.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will hold its 20th International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Oct. 1-3.
The connections of Withers (gr. III) winner Alpha are still deciding what his next race will be. The Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, and now the Louisiana Derby are all viable options for the son of Bernardini.
Officials of the Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation announced Gulfstream Park will host the organization's annual event honoring the winning jockey of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Robert Smithen's Bay to Bay hasn't won since taking the Nassau (Can-IIT) last summer at Woodbine, but she figures to be one of the main competitors in her season debut, the $150,000 Honey Fox Stakes March 18 at Gulfstream.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded its two-day run with a spectacular show of financial fireworks.
Greg Avioli, president and CEO of The Stronach Group, is leaving as the head of the company's entertainment division one year after he joined its predecessor, MI Developments Inc., it was announced March 14.
Champion Musical Romance, who disappointed in her 2012 debut, will have a chance to rebound when she meets 10 rivals in the $150,000 Inside Information (gr. II) March 17 at Gulfstream Park.
Unbeaten 3-year-old colts Currency Swap and Gemologist will make their respective 2012 debuts in the third race March 16 at Gulfstream Park.
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