The Florida Derby

The Florida Derby is Saturday at Gulfstream Park. This contest has, astonishingly, produced 24 Kentucky Derby Winners. That’s right—between 1953 and 2017, a span of 65 years, the Florida Derby (G1) produced the Kentucky Derby Winner on two dozen occasions, a record of success unequaled by any other Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race.  The race has barely changed since its inaugural running in … Continue reading The Florida Derby

Who Wins The Fountain Of Youth ?

The Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain Of Youth Stakes is Saturday. It is the second of three official prep races at Gulfstream Park on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth offers a total of 100 qualifying points for Derby 149, distributed to the top five finishers on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis. Here is a look at the field for this year’s edition of … Continue reading Who Wins The Fountain Of Youth ?

Fountain Of Youth Trends

The Fountain Of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park is an important stop on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race with a storied history has long ranked as one of the most important Triple Crown preps. Thirteen horses have used the Fountain of Youth as a springboard to success on the first Saturday in May. Can the rich history of the Fountain of … Continue reading Fountain Of Youth Trends

The Fountain Of Youth Stakes

The Fountain Of Youth Stakes (G2) is Saturday at Gulfstream Park. SPECTACULAR BID, BET TWICE, FORTY NINER, THUNDER GULCH and ORB are just a few of the decorated Champions of this historic Kentucky Derby prep race. First run in 1945 and currently contested over 1 1⁄16 miles, the Fountain of Youth has been producing Derby contenders for generations. SPECTACLAR BID (1979), THUNDER GULCH (1995), and ORB (2013) … Continue reading The Fountain Of Youth Stakes


Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and jockey Junior Alvarado are really enjoying their Saturdays in South Florida this winter. One week after this team Won the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes with ART COLLECTOR, the trainer/jockey combo chalked up another Gulfstream Saturday success on February 4th. This triumph was the $250,000 Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes. ROCKET CAN, a gray son of INTO MISCHIEF, prevailed by three-quarters of … Continue reading ROCKET CAN Could

Who Wins The Holy Bull Stakes?

Here’s a closer look at the field of eight for this years edition of the Holy Bull Stakes, which takes place Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park. 1. LORD MILES [ML 4-1] Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr. He enters the Holy Bull off of a fast-closing 3rd-place finish in the Mucho Macho Stakes at Gulfstream on New Year’s Day. He rolled through the stretch … Continue reading Who Wins The Holy Bull Stakes?

The Holy Bull Stakes

The road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby begins its Florida swing on Saturday with the $250,000 dollar, Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Inaugurated in 1990 as the Preview Stakes, the race was renamed in 1996 to honor the recently-retired 1994 Horse of the Year HOLY BULL, who captured the Florida Derby (G1) for one of his major stakes Wins at Gulfstream. The Holy Bull … Continue reading The Holy Bull Stakes

A Pegasus Primer

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race which first ran on January 28th, 2017 at Gulfstream Park. The races are named for Pegasus– a Greek mythical horse, of which, a 110-foot statue of which stands at Gulfstream Park. Returning for its 7th year, the 2023 Pegasus World Cup returns to Gulfstream Park this Saturday, January 28th. The feature race is run over the dirt at the distance of 11⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) and is … Continue reading A Pegasus Primer

Milestone For Gaffalione

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione rode his 2,000th Winner Friday at Gulfstream Park, where his riding career began back in 2014. The 28-year-old Florida native had closed to within one Victory of 2000 Wins in Friday’s third Race aboard TEMERITY ($8) before reaching the milestone aboard MEGACITY ($10) in Race 6. “I feel so blessed. I just want to thank the people who have gotten me to … Continue reading Milestone For Gaffalione

Synthetic Surface, Yes Or No?

Mark Casse is one of the most successful trainers in North America. He has worked with some very talented horses; CLASSIC EMPIRE, SIR WINSTON, TEPIN, and WAR OF WILL just to name a few. Casse is well known and respected throughout the industry, so just like (dated reference alert) EF Hutton, when Mark Casse talks people should listen. “Horses were not bred to run on the dirt,” said the … Continue reading Synthetic Surface, Yes Or No?