Five weeks before they chase the penultimate prize in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the stakes are huge for both star 3-year-olds as they tower over the rest of their Florida Derby competition.
Reddam Racing's undefeated 2-year-old male champion Nyquist completed his cross-country trip late in the afternoon of March 29 and arrived at Gulfstream Park for the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I).
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen on March 24 turned in his final work in preparation for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
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.
Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic took charge soon after the start and never relinquished her lead en route to a commanding victory in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 3-year-old colt Fellowship, who has a pair of third-place finishes in grade II stakes this year, hopes to improve on that in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
You Bought Her will take another shot at the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 16 at Gulfstream Park, a race she missed last year by a closing neck.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated 3-year-old Mohaymen breezed a half-mile March 11 at Palm Meadows in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Apprentice jockeys Carlos Hernandez and Alvaro Donis recorded their first career victories Thursday at Gulfstream Park.
Joel Rosario, one of two jockeys hospitalized following a Feb. 20 spill at Gulfstream Park, is nearing a return that could have him riding the week of the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
Trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed March 9 that undefeated champion Nyquist is scheduled to arrive at Gulfstream Park March 28 for a highly anticipated clash with undefeated multiple grade II winner Mohaymen in the Florida Derby.
Rating comfortably in second throughout, Grupo 7C Racing Stable's Grand Tito bounded to the lead off the turn and won the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 1/4 lengths March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Patience paid off for the connections of Blofeld March 5, as the Todd Pletcher trainee picked up the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Chad Brown finished as well as he could March 5 in the $150,000 The Very One Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
Multiple Chilean group I winner Dacita, who scored in her first U.S. stakes start last year, makes her 2016 debut against another Chilean import, Guapaza, both trained by Chad Brown.
Led by a striking son of Tapit sold for $1.8 million, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training produced across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.
A Tapit colt consigned by Old South Farm, agent, brought $1.8 million to top the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
West Point Thoroughbreds' grade I winner Twilight Eclipse is scheduled to kick off his fifth season of racing in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. IIT) March 12 at Gulfstream Park.
A Pioneerof the Nile colt was the third horse through the ring to bring $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2.
The trainer's contingent of Itsaknockout, Stanford, Blofeld, and Anchor Down will take aim on 123-pound highweight Valid in the mile test March 5 at Gulfstream Park.
A Curlin colt was the second through the ring to bring $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
A colt by Uncle Mo brought $1 million as the third horse through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
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Legislation that would allow most pari-mutuel operations to end live racing and become slot-machine casinos or card rooms with simulcast wagering easily cleared the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee Feb. 29.
Todd Pletcher has taken over the training of Off the Tracks, a 3-year-old daughter of Curlin who is undefeated in three career starts.
The North American Thoroughbred industry will be watching with rapt attention Wednesday, March 2, when Fasig-Tipton launches the 2-year-olds in training sale season with the March sale at Gulfstream Park.
Gulfstream Park established a record total handle for Fountain of Youth day with $24.113 million wagered on the Feb. 27 card, highlighted by undefeated Mohaymen's victory.
Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen dominated the $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27, his fifth straight victory for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Canadian champion Heart to Heart grabbed the early lead in the Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) and never relinquished command to win from last year's victor Long On Value and good-closing Divisidero Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Catch a Glimpse, the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner, shined again in her 3-year-old debut Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park with an open-lengths score in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Cathryn Sophia continued her rise as one of the key contenders on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a flawless performance Feb. 27 in the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
In his first start for new owners, X Y Jet showed toughness in the stretch to secure a fifth straight victory Saturday, Feb. 27, taking the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (gr. III) by one length.
A state group that studies the impact of tax changes in Florida offered a general assessment Feb. 26 that decoupling horse racing from gaming would have minimal effect on pari-mutuel revenue for state government.
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Eclipse Award finalist Catch a Glimpse will kick off her 2016 campaign in the $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Heart to Heart has the recent form and Long On Value is proven in the Canadian Turf, but both will have to hold off up-and-comer Divisidero and the dangerous Avanzare.
X Y Jet has won his last four, including two stakes starts at Gulfstream Park, and figures to make it five in the Feb. 27 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 27.
With Kentucky Derby (gr. I) qualifying points on a 50-20-10-5 scale available to the top four finishers, Mohaymen could rocket to the top of the standings with a victory in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Winner of her first three races by a combined 34 1/2 lengths, Cathryn Sophia looks to continue on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she takes on six rivals in the $200,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) at Gulfstream.
The third "Jockeys and Jeans" fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is set for Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park. About $400,000 in non-guaranteed stallion seasons are available through an online auction.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet has signed on as the title sponsor of Gulfstream Park's preeminent races for 3-year-olds, the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
Majority interest in graded stakes winner X Y Jet has been sold to California-based Rockingham Ranch, with the March 26 Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Meydan as the main target.
Gunpowder Farm's Divisidero will have a new rider when the 4-year-old son of Kitten's Joy makes his first start since last July in the $150,000 Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27.
J Stables' Off the Tracks, who won her first two starts in 2015, returned from an eight-month layoff Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park with a 4 1/4-length win in the $65,000 Margate Handicap.
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