Gulfstream's Tapeta Track to Debut Sept. 23

A new era at Gulfstream Park is set to begin Sept. 23 when the track will hold its first ever races on a Tapeta synthetic surface. Including two substitute races, there are three races in the condition book scheduled for that day on Tapeta along with three grass races that will instead be run on the synthetic surface. The Gulfstream grass course will be given a break after the card of Sept. 19 and will not be used again until the Championship meet begins. Once that happens, Gulfstream will be...

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What's in a Name? O Captain and Leopold Bloom

On this side of the Atlantic, Gulfstream 2-year-old winner O CAPTAIN (c, 2, Carpe Diem--Mama Nadine {SW}, by A.P. Indy) connects Walt Whitman's most famous poem ("O Captain, My Captain," on the death of President Lincoln) with Roman bard Horace's "Carpe Diem/Seize The Day," probably via the 1989 movie "Dead Poets Society," where an English lit teacher played by Robin Williams inspires his students to great ambitions with the help of both poets. On the other side of the pond, Thirsk juvenile winner LEOPOLD BLOOM (c, 2, Ulysses {Ire}--Zuhoor Baynoona...

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Gulfstream Hosts Track Superintendent Day in '22

The 2022 edition of Track Superintendent Field Day will be held June 12-14 at Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach, Florida. This will mark the first time the event, which debuted in 2002 at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing), has been held at Gulfstream. The gathering brings together track superintendents and staff to discuss best practices related to track maintenance, safety and operational issues for racing and training facilities. "We are thrilled to be heading to Florida in 2022," said Roy Smith, founder of the event and track superintendent at Indiana Grand...

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Gulfstream Institutes Crop Rule

Following an agreement between 1/ST RACING's Gulfstream Park, the Jockeys' Guild and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Gulfstream Park will institute new house rules regarding the usage of riding crops.    The implementation of the new crop rules come into effect on Friday, Aug. 6. The extensive list of rules includes: designating when a rider is not carrying a whip; the crop may be used to maintain focus or for safety, but the horse must be given a chance to respond after two taps before trying again; crops...

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Ce Ce Turns Back in Princess Rooney

Bo Hirsch's Ce Ce (Elusive Quality), a multiple Grade I winner going two turns, will look for her first sprint stakes score when shipping cross-country for a try in the GII Princess Rooney S., a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifier, Saturday at Gulfstream. Laid up after a fourth-place run in the GI Acorn S. as a sophomore in 2019, the homebred returned last February at Santa Anita with a sharp allowance score and kept it rolling with back-to-back top-level tallies in the Beholder Mile S. and Apple Blossom...

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Report: Stronach Group Considering Sale of Some Assets

According to a June 15 report from, The Stronach Group (TSG) has fielded interest from special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and others and is exploring options for parts of its portfolio. The Bloomberg report cited "people with knowledge of the matter" as its source. The Bloomberg report states that TSG is working with an outside advisor and has been approached by a number of parties, among them digital betting and media companies, that have expressed interest in aspects of the business. Bloomberg estimated the Stronach company portfolio is  worth...

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Greenpointcrusader Gets First Winner at Gulfstream

Robbing Robin became the first winner her freshman sire Greenpointcrusader (Bernardini) with a debut score at Gulfstream Friday. Dispatched at 4-1, the bay pressed from second, keeping heavily favored Lara's Lady (Uncaptured) honest through a :22.36 opening quarter. The chalk tried to go on with it in the lane, but Robbing Robin reeled her in late to graduate by a half-length. Blue-blooded, GI Champagne S. winner Greenpointcrusader stands at Ocala Stud for a fee of $3,500. My Ladies Choice is also responsible for a yearling filly by Cajun Breeze and...

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Second Winner for Gun Runner

2nd-Gulfstream, $60,000, Msw, 5-14, 2yo, 5f, :58.40, ft, 2 3/4 lengths. PAPPACAP (c, 2, Gun Runner--Pappascat {GSP, $165,762}, by Scat Daddy) was off as the even-money favorite to become the second winner for his freshman sire (by Candy Ride {Arg}) at first asking. He broke on top in this eight-horse affair and was pushed along through an opening quarter in :22.71. The bay began to shake clear off the turn, had a three-length advantage in the stretch and had the final margin cut to 2 3/4 lengths by Merlin (Brethren)....

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Saturday Insights: Another Tatts Purchase For Klaravich, Brown

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-BEL, $90K, Msw, 3/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT, post time: 4:38 p.m. Seth Klarman's Klaravich Stables has successfully shopped the Tattersalls October sale over the past several years, using the services of Mike Ryan to acquire MGISWs Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and Newspaperofrecord (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and GISW Digital Age (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}). INFINITE POTENTIAL (IRE) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was purchased by Ryan for 300,000gns at the 2018 October sale, a handful of months after her half-sister Ejtyah (GB) (Frankel {GB}) finished...

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With The Goal of Winning 7,000 Races, Pino is Back for Another Year

When Mario Pino began riding way back in 1977, he figured he'd stick around for a few years and then go off and do something else. Weight was an issue and he wasn't sure that he had the desire to keep grinding away. Forty-four years later, Pino, 59, resumed his career last week at Gulfstream and is determined to plug away until he gets his 7,000th win. He needs 39 more winners to reach that milestone, something only nine jockeys have ever achieved. "I'm just 39 away and that's why...

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Sunday Insights: Tapit-Havre de Grace Filly Debuts at Gulfstream

6th-GP, $55K, Msw, 3yo, f, 7f, 2:37 p.m. ET PERFECT GRACE (Tapit), a 3-year-old daughter of 2011 Horse of the Year and champion older mare Havre de Grace (Saint Liam), kicks off her career for trainer Ralph Nicks. The Whisper Hill Farm homebred, given a 6-1 chance on the morning line, is drawn widest of all in post seven with Emisael Jaramillo aboard. Mandy Pope's operation went to $10 million to acquire Havre de Grace at the 2012 FTKNOV sale. TJCIS PPs

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Mar. 27 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency CASSE UNVEILS WELL-BRED WAR FRONT ON FL DERBY UNDERCARD 1st-GP, $55K, Msw, 3yo, 1mT, 11:30p.m. The blue-blooded WAR BOMBER (IRE) (War Front) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Mark Casse. The colt is a full-brother to Group 1 winner and Irish highweight Lancaster Bomber, who was twice second at the Breeders' Cup; and a half-brother to French, Irish and German highweight Excelebration (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}); MGSW Mull of Killough (Ire) (Mull of Kintyre); MSW Shivalik Showers (Ind) (Dancing Forever); and...

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