Gulfstream Park

Feb. 22 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency INTRIGUING FIRSTERS IN HALLANDALE 3rd-GP, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 7f, 1:04p.m. LIAM'S POINT (Liam's Map) has been a buzz horse off his breezes leading up to this unveiling. The Todd Pletcher pupil displays several bullet drills at Palm Beach Downs and in his most recent five panel move in 1:01.80 (3/6), he worked in company highly regarded 'TDN Rising Star' Spice is Nice (Curlin) (XBTV video). The bay is a half-brother to Grade I winner Sam's Sister (Brother Derek) and SW Sensitive (Divine Park). TJCIS PPs...

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Catalogue Available for Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

A total of 182 2-year-olds make up the catalogue for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale of Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training slated for Wednesday, Apr. 1. Held in Gulfstream Park's walking ring, the sale will begin at 1 p.m. EDT. The under tack show is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Mar. 30. "The Gulfstream Sale annually offers the highest concentration of quality of any North American 2-year-old sale," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.  "This year's catalogue is no exception, as it is again loaded with sire power, depth of pedigree, and quality...

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Elusive Quality Filly Makes Big Middle Move to Earn Rising Stardom

Manganaro Bloodstock and David Ingordo's Remanded (Elusive Quality) entered her unveiling Sunday at Gulfstream with an upbeat worktab at Payson Park, and was given a 4-1 chance for trainer Cherie DeVaux, who had won with five of her first 23 debuters. Out-breaking only 4-5 favorite Union Maiden (Union Rags), the bay sat toward the back of the pack behind a :22.45 opening quarter before launching a sweeping move into the turn that found her three deep and vying for command after a :45.85 half. She went on with it from...

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Saturday’s Insights: $975K Candy Ride Colt Debuts at Gulfstream

1st-AQU, $68K, Msw, 3yo, 6.5fT, 1:00 p.m. ET Gary Barber and ERJ Racing LLC's PATROL (Liam's Map) debuts for trainer Mark Casse. The second highest-priced juvenile of 2019 for Liam's Map (the sire's third highest-priced 2-year-old overall last year), the grey was secured for $350,000 at Keeneland last April. Dylan Davis gets the mount. TJCIS PPs 2nd-FG, $50K, Msw, 3yo, 9f, 1:29 p.m. ET Triple Crown nominated AIRSTREEM (Tapit), a half-brother to champion and Classic heroine Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro), closed from off the pace to be fourth going six...

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Second Chances: Prairie Wings

In this continuing series, TDN's Senior Editor Steve Sherack catches up with the connections of promising maidens to keep on your radar. In this edition, the blue-blooded Prairie Wings (Tapit)--from the family of late leading sire Giant's Causeway--is highlighted after a strong debut second at Gulfstream Park Sunday. Previous runners featured in this column include: MGISW and 'TDN Rising Star' Paradise Woods (Union Rags), GSW Backyard Heaven (Tizway) and MSW and 'TDN Rising Star' Gidu (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). Between the $800,000 Keeneland September pricetag and loaded catalog page, sophomore filly...

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What’s in a Name: Top Seed

by Andrea Branchini 6th-Gulfstream, $43,000, Msw, 2-5, 4yo/up, 6f, 1:10.10, ft. TOP SEED (c, 4, Orb--Trophy Wife, by Giant's Causeway) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,800. O/B-Phipps Stable (KY); T-Claude R. McGaughey III. The pedigree of recent Gulfstream winner TOP SEED contains more views about family and marriage than a book by Dr Phil. His dam TROPHY WIFE is out PLEASANT HOME, who is by SEEKING THE GOLD. Honesty and positive vibes in abundance. The name of the colt is a bit risque, but everyone in the family is entitled to have...

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Back in Charge Puts Longtime Friends in the Winner’s Circle

When longtime friends and business partners Greg Back and Al LaRose sold their Special Logistics trucking company three years ago, they decided to give racehorse ownership a try. The fledgling racing stable made it to the winner's circle Sunday when longshot Back in Charge (Will Take Charge) scored a dramatic late-running debut victory at Gulfstream Park. "It was very exciting for us," Back, who watched the race from his Texas home said. "We knew she had it in her, but first time out, you just never know." LaRose was at...

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Chance It Tunes Up for Fountain of Youth

Shooting Star Thoroughbreds' Chance It (Currency Swap) tuned up for the Feb. 29 GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. with a five-furlong breeze in company in :59.74 (3/43) at Gulfstream Park Sunday. "It was a good work. I'm happy with where we're at," trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. said. "He'll have two more works and we should be ready to go in the Fountain of Youth." Chance It is coming off a win in the Jan. 4 Mucho Macho Man S. Sole Volante (Karakontie {Jpn}), who finished third that day, returned...

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Nicoletti Still Running on Full Tilt

A longtime handicapper and TV personality in Southern Florida, Ron Nicoletti has spent the better part of the last 15 years as one of the handicappers and TV talent at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. And while it may seem there was never a time without a Nicoletti tip sheet or on-air analysis, it can be argued that the 70-year-old has amassed several lifetimes prior to embarking on his latest act in horseracing. A kid from Corona, New York who was instrumental in launching a trendy Manhattan boutique in his...

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Dennis’ Moment Breezes for Fountain of Youth

Albaugh Family Stables LLC's 'TDN Rising Star' Dennis' Moment (Tiznow) breezed five furlongs in 1:00.22 (4/35) at Gulfstream Park Saturday in preparation for a planned 2020 debut in the GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Feb. 29. The GIII Iroquois S. winner stumbled badly at the start and was a non-factor eighth as the 4-5 favorite in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1. "Everything went well, exactly what we were looking for," trainer Dale Romans said. "He hasn't missed a beat. His progression has been great. He's...

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Tiz the Law Confirmed for Florida Derby

Tiz the Law (Constitution), an impressive return winner of the GIII Holy Bull S. last Saturday, will remain in Florida leading up to the GI Kentucky Derby and will next contest the GI Florida Derby at Gulfstream Mar. 28, owner Sackatoga Stable announced Friday. The Barclay Tagg trainee, who won last year's GI Champagne S. before finishing a close third in the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S., was also being considered for the GII Louisiana Derby. "There really are a number of factors, starting with how well he ran in...

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In Sharper Focus: Fearless

A late-blooming gelding kicks off his career with two straight impressive victories carrying the white silks of WinStar Farm. Sound familiar? While the talented 'TDN Rising Star' Diversify (Bellamy Road) eventually changed hands as a racing prospect at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale prior to posting a pair of Grade I victories for Ralph and Lauren Evans, Kenny Troutt's operation was represented by the promising blowout allowance optional claiming winner Fearless (Ghostzapper) at Gulfstream Saturday. The unbeaten 4-year-old gelding, campaigned in partnership with China Horse Club International, earned an eye-catching...

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