Gulfstream Park

Weekly Rulings: Nov. 22-28

Every week, the TDN publishes a round-up of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky. Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where. With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, the TDN will also post a round-up of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week. CALIFORNIA Track: Del Mar Date: 11/26/2022 Licensee: Abdul Alsagoor, jockey Penalty:...

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Follow-Up Q&A to Pool Manipulation; Another Incident on Saturday Shows Vulnerabilities

From Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Since publishing our story on a pool manipulation incident at Gulfstream Park, TIF has received or noticed a variety of comments and questions about it and also identified a new incident of manipulation from Saturday, Nov. 19 at Laurel Park. We hope to answer some of those questions and provide more context for those trying to understand what is involved in threatening the integrity of the sport. Among the questions we tackle: How often does this happen and why? I don't understand this...could you explain, step-by-step,...

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Quinella Wagering at Gulfstream Dropped after Manipulation

1/ST Racing and Gaming has issued a statement regarding an irregularity in the Quinella betting pool for a maiden claiming race, won by Glass Star (Gormley), at Gulfstream Park Nov. 11. The Quinella wager is a marginal bet which generates smaller pools, making it easier to manipulate. Due to manipulation, the Quinella wager on the race in question returned a higher price than it traditionally would have paid. The $2 Quinella in the race paid $42.40, while the $1 Exacta paid $9.30. Gulfstream Park has removed the Quinella from the...

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Saturday Insights: Loaded Field Of Maiden Fillies Headlines Del Mar's Opening Weekend

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency                4th-DMR, $70K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 5:00 p.m. The third foal out of four-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes), TEENA ELLA (War Front) debuts Saturday for the same connections as her dam, owner/breeder Spendthrift Farm and trainer Richard Mandella. Beholder, herself out of blue hen Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek), is a half-sister to the likes of GISW & top-10 freshman sire Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) as well as GISW & perennial leading sire Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday). The first of...

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Ron Magers Reflects On His Decades In Racing And Breeding

"It all happened only because my wife, Elise, is very careful about where she walks...especially around horses." A Chicago-area veteran and established local TV news anchor, Ron Magers knows a good story when he hears one. It was Gulfstream Park in the spring of 1990 when Ron, accompanied by his wife, Elise, were making their way out of the paddock on their way to the airport at the end of the day's races. When something shiny in the dirt caught Elise's eye, she bent and scooped up what was an...

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Florida Racing Official Ed Mackie Passes Away

Ed Mackie, a much respected and admired presence in Florida racing for 50 years, died suddenly Wednesday evening. He was 75. Mackie was Gulfstream's director of mutuels since 2002, but before that had served in similar roles at Hialeah Park and Biscayne Dog Track. Mackie was also director of mutuels at Calder Race Course, Tropical Park and Gulfstream Park West since 2003. Before working in pari-mutuels, Mackie was a champion amateur jai alai player. Mackie was admired by those he worked with as well as horsemen for his knowledge, his...

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Gulfstream Announces Significant Purse Increases for Championship Meet

Gulfstream Park's 2022-23 Championship Meet will feature significant purse increases for maiden special weight and allowance races, the track announced Wednesday. The signature meet, gets underway Dec. 26. Gulfstream also announced substantial purse increases for the same conditions during the current Sunshine Meet from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Gulfstream's Championship Meet will once again feature Pegasus World Cup Day with the $3-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational S., $1-million GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational S. and $500,000 GIII Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf S., as well...

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Weekly Rulings: Sept. 19-Sept. 26

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky. Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where. With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect July 1, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week. California Track: Los Alamitos Date: 09/22/2022 Licensee: Francisco Orduna-Rojas, jockey Penalty: One-day...

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Gulfstream Championship Meet Offers $13.6 Million in Stakes Purses

Gulfstream Park's upcoming Championship Meet will offer 60 stakes--35 graded--worth $13.6 million. The stakes line up is headlined by the $3-million GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which will be run Jan. 28, and the $1-million GI Curlin Florida Derby, to be run Apr. 1. Gulfstream's Jan. 28 card will also include the $1-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and the $500,000 GIII Pegasus World Cup F/M Turf Invitational, as well as four other graded events. The Florida Derby is the culmination of Gulfstream's series of Triple Crown preps. The series...

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Bolt d'Oro Gets First Stakes Winner At Gulfstream

After switching from the dirt to Gulfstream's synthetic surface and breaking his maiden emphatically by 6 1/2 lengths at second asking Aug. 20, Mounsieur Coco entered stakes company just eight days later with the 1-2 edge. Two wide with J R's Pride (Ride On Curlin) for the lead through a half in :21.95, he took over command under his own power midway around the far turn. Much the best into the final furlong, he didn't give the closers a chance, widening his margin and hitting the line 4 1/2 lengths...

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Multiple Moving Parts in Monarch, AZ Simulcasting Morass

For over two years, the simulcasting signal from 1/ST-operated racetracks, along with several others around the country, has been missing in Arizona--the residual fall-out from a long-simmering dispute between the owners of Arizona Downs and the arm of The Stronach Group (TSG) tasked with distributing the company's signal. In both California and Arizona, stakeholders argue that this simulcasting blackout has hit both the bettors and the industry--by how much appears open to debate. A recent analysis by the Arizona Horseman's Benevolent & Protective Association (AZHBPA) of the projected lost revenue...

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Tony Martinez Named Horseshoe Indianapolis Track Superintendent

Tony Martinez has been named the new track superintendent at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Martinez is set to replace current track superintendent Roy Smith, who announced his retirement at the end of the Indiana track's 2022 season. Martinez has been involved in track maintenance for more than 30 years and brings more than 15 years of experience as a track superintendent. The third generation track man has expertise in all surfaces and is especially know for his work in fine grading, track moisture evaluations, extensive harrowing, and soil composition. He has been...

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