Top Of The Agenda

Only one Kentucky Derby in the 21st century has been run without a horse trained by Todd Pletcher. This year won’t be the second. The two-time Kentucky Derby-Winning conditioner made his way back to the Run For The Roses this past Saturday when Florida-bred KNOWN AGENDA finished strong to Win the Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. By doing so he collects 100 qualifying points … Continue reading Top Of The Agenda

AGENDA For The Florida Derby

A field of 11 will contest the $750,000 Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. This group of 3-year-olds will use this nine-furlong Stake Race as their last chance to accumulate qualifying points for the 2021 Kentucky Derby. With the highest points available (100-40-20-10) on the Derby Trail, the top two finishers are likely to qualify. 1) NOVA RAGS [ML 12-1] Trainer: Bill Mott. Jockey: Junior Alvarado. … Continue reading AGENDA For The Florida Derby

It’s Florida Derby Time

Saturday’s $750,000 dollar, Grade 1 Florida Derby is the marquee race during the winter-spring meet at Gulfstream Park, as well as a crucial prep race for the Kentucky Derby.   The 1 1/8-mile race offers a total of 170 qualifying points for the 147th Run For The Roses on May 1st at Churchill Downs. The point distribution is a 100-40-20-10 scale, awarded to the the top four … Continue reading It’s Florida Derby Time

Hot Rod Wins The Louisiana Derby

West-coast shipper HOT ROD CHARLIE Won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Saturday by two lengths after setting a pressured pace and fighting off his lone challenger. He accomplished this Victory by posting a solid, perhaps under-whelming, 99 Beyer Speed Figure for the Winning trip.  In regard to that trip, the main obstacle for HOT ROD CHARLIE was, seemingly, the fast pace. The son … Continue reading Hot Rod Wins The Louisiana Derby

Youthful

The feature race at Gulfstream Park this Saturday is the $300,000 dollar, Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes.  The FOY is the second official Kentucky Derby qualifier at Gulfstream Park and offers 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers. It is run at the distance of 1 1/16 mile, and drew a field of ten 3-year-olds. The Fountain of Youth is named after the mythical spring … Continue reading Youthful

Javier Back In The Saddle

Hall Of Fame jockey Javier (JJ) Castellano has been out of action since mid-November due to leg surgery. He is set to return to riding this Wednesday, February 17th, at Gulfstream Park. Castellano, 43, is named aboard 3-year-old, Florida-bred SEXY DREAM, (a half-sister to multiple Graded-Stakes Winning millionaire JACKSON BEND) in Race 9, a starter/optional Claimer for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf. … Continue reading Javier Back In The Saddle

It Was An Honour

Two years ago trainer Shug McGaughey followed Florida’s Road to the Kentucky Derby to a 2nd-place finish with CODE OF HONOR in the Run For The Roses. The Hall of Fame trainer found himself back on that illustrious path this past Saturday with a new Triple Crown candidate. GREATEST HONOUR powered his way to a 5 3/4-length Victory in the $200,000 dollar Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes  for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream … Continue reading It Was An Honour

Holy Bull Selections

Here is a full field analysis for the Holy Bull, which is slated as race 11 on a card of 12, with a scheduled Post Time of 4:50. 1) JIRAFALES [ML 20-1] Trainer: Gustavo Delgado. Jockey: John Velazquez. Broke his Maiden at first asking with a late run, to Win by almost five lengths at Gulfstream Park West against Florida-breds. He has been off since that … Continue reading Holy Bull Selections

Holy Bull !

Gulfstream Park has always been a key racetrack on the road to the Kentucky Derby, and in recent years three of the last eight Kentucky Derby Winners prepped with at least one start at the Hallandale Beach track while on the Derby trail. Saturday’s $200,000, Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes (named in honor of the 1994 Horse Of The Year) is the first of three Kentucky Derby … Continue reading Holy Bull !