Posts Tagged ‘Gulfstream Park’

HRN Video Race of the Week: Florida Derby with Gunnevera

Fountain of Youth winner Gunnevera tries to overcome the outside post in the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, April 1.

HRN Video Race of the Week: Fountain of Youth Stakes featuring Irish War Cry

Holy Bull Stakes winner Irish War Cry tries to keep his perfect record intact as the road to Kentucky Derby 2017 continues with the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 4.

Gunnevera, the Holy Bull runner-up, is back for more, along with Swale runner-up and Gulfstream lover Three Rules, and BC Juvenile show finisher Practical Joke.

2017 FULL CARD SCHEDULE: Daily Santa Anita Full Cards (March 4-July 4)

My SANTA ANITA full cards are offered daily from March 4 thru July 4 at WinningHorsePicks.com. My SA analysis also includes bonus races from GOLDEN GATE, Gulfstream, Laurel, or Fair Grounds. The SA full cards feature the always popular Pick 5, Early Pick 4, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 spread tickets.

MARCH 2017 FULL CARD HIGHLIGHTS

March 3 – 3 Winning Tops + SA Early P4 + GG Late P4 – Total Payouts: $1,022.25
March 2 – 1 Winning Top at GG – Total Payouts: $68.70

March 4 at Winning Horse Picks: SA Full Card + Races 4-13 from GP.

My Saturday Santa Anita Park full card (3-4-17) is ready to purchase at WinningHorsePicks.com – Includes Bonus Races 4-13 from Gulfstream Park!

HRN Video Race of the Week: G2 Holy Bull featuring CLASSIC EMPIRE

The Kentucky Derby 2017 trail heats up on Feb 4 with the return of 2-year-old champ Classic Empire. He won back-t0-back Grade 1 routes to end his juvenile campaign and figures to be a very short price on Saturday.

The Holy Bull also includes G3 Delta Jackpot hero Gunnevera and undefeated Motion trainee Irish War Cry.

2017 FULL CARD SCHEDULE: Daily Santa Anita Full Cards (Feb 4-July 4)

My SANTA ANITA full cards are offered daily from Feb 4 thru July 4 at WinningHorsePicks.com. My SA analysis also includes bonus races from GOLDEN GATE, Gulfstream, Laurel, or Fair Grounds. The SA full cards feature the always popular Pick 5, Early Pick 4, Pick 6, and Late Pick 4 spread tickets.

Feb 4 at Winning Horse Picks: SA Full Card + Bonus Races from Gulfstream Park (races 4-12).

My Saturday Santa Anita Park full card (2-4-17) is ready to purchase at WinningHorsePicks.com – Includes Gulfstream Park Races 4-12!

RECENT 2017 FULL CARD HIGHLIGHTS
FEB 3 –    4 Winning Tops – Total Payouts: $198.90
FEB 2 –    3 Winning Tops – Total Payouts: $620.79
JAN 29 – 2 Winning Tops + SA Late P4 – Total Payouts: $614.00
JAN 28 – 5 Winning Tops + SA Early P4, SA P5 – Total Payouts: $477.50
JAN 27 – 2 Winning Tops + Early P4 from SA – Payouts: $465.45
JAN 26 – 5 Winning Tops (2 at SA, 3 at GG) – Payouts: $229.30
JAN 21 –  3 Winning Tops + SA P4, SA P5, + GG P4 – Payouts $345.65
JAN 20 – 5 Winning Tops + SA P4, SA P5, + GG P4 – Payouts – $457.75
JAN 16 –  2 Winning Tops + SA Late Pick 4 – Total Payouts: $1,472.15
JAN 15 –  6 Winning Tops (3 each from SA + GG) – Payouts: $195.10
JAN 14 –  5 Winning Tops + SA Early P4 – Total Payouts: $268.90
JAN 13 –  4 Winning Tops + SA P4 + LRL P4 – Payouts: $283.15
JAN 8 –    3 Winning Tops + SA Late P4 – Total Payouts: $631.70
JAN 7 –    3 Winning Tops + SA Early p4 – Total Payouts: $323.25

Stylish Return for Revolutionary

It was worth the wait. Revolutionary rumbled past Fallen Sky in a geared down 1/2 length tally at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Revolutionary saddle cloth Kentucky Derby 2013

Photo by Stacy Edwards

Returning at a distance clearly shorter than his best off a 7+ month layoff and prepping for the G1 Donn ‘Cap, Revolutionary was comfortably ambling along and racing outside, about 4-lengths off the lead after a 1/4 mile. He crept a bit closer after a 1/2 in :46 and change and six panels in 1:09.84. He was just stretching his legs with two furlongs to go.

I was not sure he was going to get there turning for home, but he looked every bit a winner once Castellano got after him in the lane. It was a perfect prep for the Donn and Pletcher and company should be very pleased with the WinStar Farm colt. He should relish the nine furlong distance next time.

Hopefully, I will get to watch my Derby buddy race in Louisville later this year. I would like to see more attractive odds than the 1-5 offered on Saturday, but fair value might be hard to come by if he continues to win races with ease.

The company will get saltier in the near future but the talented son of War Pass should be up to the challenge. He could be any kind of performer if he stays healthy and the Handicap Division just got a lot more interesting!

Good Luck, Revolutionary!

My Kentucky Derby 2013 selection Revolutionary returns to action in the second race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 11. He will break from post 1 as the 7-5 morning line favorite in the flat mile optional claiming affair. Saturday’s rider Javier Castellano has booted him home twice.

Revolutionary

Jarrod and Revolutionary at WinStar Farm – photo by Stacy Edwards

Revolutionary lost his first three career starts as the favorite before springing to life with a maiden win and a visually impressive tally in the G3 Withers on the inner dirt at Aqueduct last winter. He punched his Kentucky Derby ticket with a late running tally in the G2 Louisiana Derby and rallied for the show five weeks later on the first Saturday in May. The Todd Pletcher trainee figured to have a big say in the G1 Belmont Stakes but was shelved after a flat 5th place effort.

I visited Revolutionary at WinStar Farm in the fall and he looked the picture of health. He shipped to Florida this winter, shows eight published workouts at Palm Meadows Training Center since Nov. 19, and appears primed for a large 4-year-old campaign.

Hopefully, he returns a more mature horse, and, if all goes well tomorrow, he will move on to the G1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 9.

Some other horses that I saw during my WinStar visit have also returned to the worktab recently, including Queenie’s Song (3f turf in :40.05 at Palm Meadows on 1-8), Flirtatious (3f bullet in :36 at Fair Grounds on 1-6), Normandy Invasion (4f in :50 at Palm Meadows on 1-5), and Alakazan Alakazan (4f gate bullet in :47.40 at Palm Meadows on 1-4). I will continue to follow the horses that I saw at WinStar and post updates as the make it to the entry box.

Fountain of Youth Stakes 2013 video + written analysis

The 2013 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park is worth 50 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. My special video guest this week is Molly Jo Rosen from RacingWithBruno.com. I have also included my written analysis (with wagering strategies) below.

Early-pressing types breaking from posts 1-3 dominate 8.5 furlong races at Gulfstream Park. The fractions figure to be honest with #4 Majestic Hussar (8-1), #5 Elmutahid (20-1), #6 Cerro (4-1), #8 Speak Logistics (12-1), and #10 Falling Sky (6-1) jostling for early position.

#3 VIOLENCE (9-5) fits the winning course profile as an early-pressing type breaking from an inner post. The undefeated Grade 1 winner is training well for this and is the best horse in the race.

#1 Orb (12-1) rallied to win a 9f entry level affair here despite a lack of pace last out. He finished 3rd to Violence in his bow and beat Revolutionary at the Big A in November. He gets pace to chase and will be finishing from the cozy rail under Johnny V.

THE PLAYS:

#3 to win

Exacta 3-1

Trifecta 3/ALL/1

Check out my Saturday (Feb 23) Gulfstream Park full card analysis (available now) and Bonus Free Pick (Fair Grounds 13th race, click view sample) at TodaysRacingDigest.com.

Take Charge Indy Beats Union Rags in Florida Derby

Last year’s G1 BC Juvenile continues to shine in regards to finding Kentucky Derby 2012 prep winners. It was Take Charge Indy‘s turn in the spotlight as he controlled proceedings throughout and held off Reveron and Union Rags in Saturday’s G1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

 G1 Florida Derby (3-31-12): 95 BSF (Take Charge Indy)

Take Charge Indy

Can Calvin Borel win another Kentucky Derby aboard Take Charge Indy? - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

There was not much pace in the paper race and Calvin Borel sent Take Charge Indy straight to the front through moderate fractions of :47.71 and 1:12.09. For comparison purposes, Yara went :47.19 and 1:10.80 with eventual winner Grace Hall pressing in the G2 Gulftream Oaks earlier on the card. The hidden fraction between 4-6 furlongs (:24.38) was the key as Borel was able to slow things down, which put Union Rags and El Padrino at a huge disadvantage over a speed conducive oval.

Javier Castellano aboard El Padrino was intent on keeping Julien Leparoux and Union Rags hemmed in along the inside, and those race riding tactics, coupled with the controlled tempo up front, doomed the strong post time favorite.

Take nothing away from the winner. Take Charge Indy and Borel utilized their paper race advantage and now trainer Patrick Byrne looks like a genius for scratching out of the G2 Tampa Bay Derby. I have always liked the son of AP Indy but had my doubts about his ability to change course and return from a layoff to beat a field of this quality. The race shape may not be so kind on the first Saturday in May.

Union Rags had a useful final Derby prep, and if you liked him before this race, don’t abandon ship now. Everything seemed to go against him at the Gulf on Saturday. Sure, Leparoux could have been a bit more aggressive, but he thought he was on the best horse and could not do much behind tepid splits while pinned in. He had room to roam in the lane and finished up nicely while just missing the place, a length and a neck behind the winner. He galloped out in front and remains a serious Derby threat if he trains well leading up to the big dance.

El Padrino was the big disappointment. He tracked the pace wide and in the clear but had no answer when Castellano asked for run around the far turn. He ended up a flat 4th and may have bounced following a grueling Risen Star win. Also, he may be better on wet ground, something that we have talked about numerous times on the Fast Track radio show.

Reveron chased from 2nd all the way around the track and had just enough left to hold off Union Rags. The gem of consistency is on the bubble in regards to having enough graded earnings ($220k) to make the Derby gate.

Florida Derby Grade: B (86 out of 100)