For the first time in its 13-year history, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility Palm Meadows will remain open for the summer meeting.
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion, third in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his highly-anticipated 4-year-old debut April 25 in the third race at Gulfstream Park.
WinStar Farm has acquired a minority interest in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Upstart from owner Ralph Evans.
Six days after missing a scheduled move because of a fever, Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed four furlongs in a bullet :47 2/5 on Friday, April 17 at Palm Meadows training center.
Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart was scheduled to breeze the morning of April 11 at Rick Violette's Palm Meadows base in Boynton Beach, Fla., but the workout was postponed when the colt developed a fever.
Undefeated Lady Eli will be the filly to beat when the daughter of Divine Park makes her 2015 debut in the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association (gr. IIIT), Sunday, April 12 at Keeneland.
A pair of contenders put their final works in March 29 for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I), in advance of the April 4 race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) winner Upstart breezed five furlongs in :59.55 March 21 at Palm Meadows in the final tune-up for his run in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28.
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
Son of Flatter breezed half mile March 7 in first workout since Fountain of Youth DQ.
Untapable completed the first workout of her 4-year-old season Monday, Jan. 26, when she breezed four furlongs in :51.4/5 on a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Flaxman Holdings' Main Sequence, champion turf male and champion older male, continued to progress toward his 2015 debut, working five furlongs in 1:00.30 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 26.
Trainer Chad Brown said Remsen Stakes winner Leave the Light On is expected to return to the work tab soon as the colt trains at Palm Meadows in preparation for the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Main Sequence, a leading candidate for Horse of the Year after winning four grade I races consecutively, arrived in South Florida the morning of Dec. 28 to begin preparations for his 2015 campaign.
Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility conceived and designed by Frank Stronach, will undergo a resurfacing before it reopens in September.
Wildcat Red, working a half-mile at Gulfstream Park the morning of April 20, was reunited with jockey Luis Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince has sustained an injury to his left front ankle and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said April 19.
Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list for the Kentucky Derby after the final two major preps a day earlier.
Cairo Prince, the probable favorite for the upcoming $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, breezed an easy half-mile in :50.90 the morning of March 22 at Palm Meadows.
Owner John Greathouse of Glencrest Farm confirmed multiple grade II winner Onlyforyou was euthanized March 15 after breezing at Palm Meadows. The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly was injured on the gallop-out.
Cairo Prince, likely favorite for the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I), worked at Palm Meadows March 15 while fellow Florida Derby contenders Wildcat Red and General a Rod prepped at Gulfstream.
A sharp Cairo Prince continued his preparations for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) by breezing a bullet five furlongs March 1 at Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility.
Since mid-December Fox Hill Farm's Normandy Invasion has been working steadily under the tutelage of trainer Chad Brown at Palm Meadows in Florida. On Feb. 22, the son of Tapit is to make a return to racing at Gulfstream.
Princess of Sylmar, who rattled off four consecutive grade I wins last year, returned to the work tab Feb. 16 for trainer Todd Pletcher with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows.
Early Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) favorite Cairo Prince breezed a half mile in :48.75 the morning of Feb. 15 at the Palm Meadows training facility.
After breezing colts Corfu and Trail Blaze the morning of Jan. 26 at Palm Meadows Training Center, trainer Todd Pletcher said both may run next in the upcoming Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II).
Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey John Velazquez said Jan. 12 he is "coming along pretty well" as recovers from serious injuries sustained in a spill at Santa Anita Park during the Breeders' Cup and hopes to resume race riding in February.
Normandy Invasion and Itsmyluckyday, both highly regarded sophomores early in the season, have returned to training in Florida and will prepare for their 4-year-old campaigns in 2014.
The winter racing season officially arrives in the Miami area Nov. 30 when Gulfstream Park begins what it is calling the "Champions Meet" for 2013-14.
Calder Casino & Race Course provided more details on its ban on the return of shippers that race at Gulfstream Park June 29, and several trainers responded by making plans to move their stables cross-town to Gulfstream.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said he is leaning toward the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) for Fort Larned after last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner breezed an easy half-mile at Palm Meadows Training Center March 21.
Trainer Graham Motion confirmed March 13 that Joel Rosario will have the return mount aboard Animal Kingdom in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
After monitoring Fort Larned for the past few days, trainer Ian Wilkes said he is pleased with the manner in which the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic winner has emerged from his fall in the March 9 Gulfstream Park Handicap.
Several Todd Pletcher trainees and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls worked at Palm Meadows Training Center the morning of March 10.
Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 136 entries for its 2013 Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. The sale will be held at Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is on track to make his 2013 debut in the Feb. 9 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap after an easy half-mile breeze at Palm Meadows Dec. 11.
Take Charge Indy will remain in training for 2013 and winter in South Florida to train for his 4-year-old campaign, expected to include a start in the Feb. 9 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
A plan to start charging rent for stalls during the non-racing season at Calder is leading to concerns among horsemen that some owners might permanently ship horses out of Florida and that some smaller stables could close.
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Chuck and Maribeth Sandford's Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Take Charge Indy worked an easy five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 April 19 at Palm Meadows.
Trainer Todd Pletcher says he's preparing El Padrino as if the Pulpit colt will start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Union Rags recorded his first workout since the Florida Derby (gr. I) and his final move at Palm Meadows April 12, breezing four furlongs in :48 2/5. It was the second fastest work of 16 that morning.
Undefeated Gemologist and Alpha, separated by a neck in the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial (gr. I), are headed for a rematch in Kentucky next month.
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.
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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.
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