Sunday, August 13, 2017

Panama City Coming Uo at GulfstreamT

The Tenth  and  feature race is  coming up at Gulfstream.

It is  the $50,000 Panama City Handicap at  one mile on turf for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and  up.

Our pick to win is the class-dropping Josdesanimaux (8).  We like her in an exacta  box  with My Girl Corey (4)  and Bitacora (7).

Distaff Turf Race Tops Sunday GP Card

By Jim Freer
The $50,000 Panama City Handicap heads the Sunday 12-race card at Gulfstream Park.

The race is one mile on turf for Florida-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. It is the tenth race with scheduled post of 5:30 p.m.

First post is 12:45 p.m.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $113,306.69.  It is on races seven to 12 with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:54 p.m.
Conditions  are fast and firm and the Weather Channel forecast  is for just a 15 percent chance of rain  during racing hours.

Josdesanimaux and My Girl Corey are the two likely favorites in the Panama City.
Both are trained by Ralph Nicks. They have different owners and are separate betting interests.

Josdesanimaux, owned by Palm Beach Racing Partnership, won the Panama City last year on Oct 1.  It had a $75.000 purse and was open to all fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Since then, the 5-year-old Josdesanimaux is winless in three starts—two of them graded stakes.

Luca Panici rode Josdesanimaux in last year’s Panama City and has the mount again on Sunday.

The 4-year-old My Girl Corey finished sixth in her last race—the $50,000 Treasure Coast at one mile on turf on July 15 at Gulfstream.  She was gaining in the stretch before being forced to steady and losing any chance to hit the board.

She won her two other starts at Gulfstream this year. One was a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance and the other was a one-mile optional claimer.

Tyler Gaffalione rode the late-running My Girl Corey in those two wins, He has the mount again in the Panama City.

Baracoa, Pancake and Bonita are others in the eight-horse field that appear to have solid chances of hitting the board.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rainbow 6, Feature Coming Up at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park is heading into the sixth race  on its  12-race  Saturday card, with the main track fast and the turf course firm.

The carryover on the  Rainbow  6 is  $94,332.  It begins with the seventh race which has  a scheduled post of 3:59 p.m.

The feature tenth race is the $50,000 Trinniberg at seven furlongs  on dirt for 3-year-olds and up that have  never won an open stakes race (for example, a stakes restricted to Florida-breds is not an open stakes). 

The Trinniberg has eight entrants following the  scratch of Scam (post 8).

Scheduled post for the race is 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mama Joyce Our Pick in GP Feature

The feature eighth race is coming up at Gulfstream.

It is  a $62,500 optional claimer with a $44,000 purse, at one mile on dirt for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. 
Mama Joyce (program number 3) is our choice in the seven-horse field.

She is making her first start  for owner Donald  Dizney and trainer  Ralph Nicks after Dizney claimed her for $49,000 out of a race at Belmont Park on June 17.

Mama Joyce's last five races, all at major  New York tracks were second place finishes in the  $40,000 claiming race and in a non-graded stakes-- after wins in three $25,000 claimers.

Nicks, who leads trainers in wins at the Gulfstream summer meet, has given the mount to  Tuler Gaffalione, who leads  jockeys in wins at the meet. 

To round out the exacta box we like Eva London (3) with Linda Mimi (1) and Mama Joyce.

Rainbow 6 Opener Won by 9-5 Shot

Valiant Princess, at 9-5, won Gulfstream's  fourth race  to start the  Friday Rainbow 6.

The  carryover  coming  in was  $80,344.  Bettors added  $58,333 to the  Rainbow  6 pool.

Rainbow 6  Opener  Won by 9-5 Shot


Rainbow 6 Approaching at Gulfstream

Conditions are fast and firm at Gulfstream as the third race approaches  on a  nine-race Friday twilight card.

The fourth race, with scheduled post of 3:59 p.m.,  will  be  the start of  the Rainbow 6, with a  carryover of $80,344.
Barring scratches, there will be 51 starters in the last six  races, including eleven in the ninth and  final  race.

Gulfstream Friday Card Has 2:15 P.M. First Post

First post is 2:15 p.m.  on Friday for a nine-race card at
Gulfstream Park.

That will be the first post at Gulfstream on Fridays through Sept. 1.

The feature eighth race is one mile on dirt for fillies
and mares 3-years-old and up.  It is a $25,000 allowance optional claimer with a $44,000 purse.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $80,344. It Is on races four through nine, with the sequence scheduled to start at 3:59 p.m.

We will have coverage of the Friday Gulfstream card on this blog.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Gulfstream: The Week Ahead

Gulfstream: The Week Ahead

Gulfstream Park will resume racing on Thursday with a ten-race card and first post of 1:15 p.m.

It will be the start of a standard four days of racing-Thursday through Sunday--for the Gulfstream summer meet.

The carryover is $71,515 on the Rainbow 6, on races five through ten.

On the first race, there is a carryover of $3,634 on the Super Hi-5.

There are 95 entrants, including three Main Track Only, for the ten races.

The feature ninth race is six furlongs on dirt for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.  It is a $25,000 optional claimer with a $43,000 purse.

The Gulfstream Condition Book lists two stakes races for the upcoming weekend.

For Saturday, it shows the $50,000 Trinniberg Handicap at seven furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and up that have not won an open stake (stakes races restricted to Florida breds are not open stakes).
For Sunday, the Condition Book shows the $50,000 Panama City Handicap at one mile on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Gunnevera Wins Tangelo, Now on to Ttravers

Everything went according to the "get ready for the Travers" plan for Gunnevera in Sunday's $100,000 Tangelo Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

The star South Florida-stabled colt  took the lead entering the final turn and pulled away to win by five lengths over Front Loaded in the 1 1/16 mile dirt race for 3-year-olds. 

With Edgard Zayas riding him for the first time in a race, Gunnevera won in 1:44.30 on the track listed as fast.

Trainer Antonio Sano was using the Tangelo as a prep  for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (Grade 1) at Saratoga Race Course on  Aug. 26.

In the winner's circle after the Tangelo, Sano said that Zayas will ride Gunnevera in the  1 1/4 mile Travers.

Zayas has been riding Gunnevera on recent Saturday mornings at Calder (Gulfstream Park West), where Sano's horses are stabled.

"He knows the horse," Sano said.

Sano complimented Zayas for his Tangelo ride on Gunnevera, who has a come-from-behind style.

After a slow half mile of 50.96, Gunnevera was fourth by two lengths behind Arrecife.

But Sano said that  Zayas "let him (Gunevera) run his race," rather than rushing him.

The result was a victory with Zayas hand riding Gunnevera down the stretch. Arrecife finished last in the five-horse field.

Gunnevera was the 1-5 favorite  and Front Loaded was the 7-2 second betting choice.

The victory in the Tangelo was the fifth in 12 career starts for Gunnevera, a Kentucky-bred son of Dialed In.

This year, he won the Fountain of  Youth (Grade 2) at Gulfstrean and later finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) and fifth in the Preakness (Grade 1).

In the Travers he will face many of the horses he ran against on this year's Triple Crown trail.

6  Gunnevera             2.40   2.10   2.10
1 Front Loaded                     2.40   2.10
4 Manolete                                       3.40
$2 Exacta 6-1, $4.60; $2 Trifecta 6-1-4, $18.80

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Phantom Ro Wins Dr. Fager

Phantom Ro won Saturday's $100,000 Dr. Fager Stakes, at  six furlongs on dirt in the Florida Sire Stakes.

Dunk finished second, followed by Soutache.

We will have more details later today.

Go AStray Wins Desert Vixern

Go Astray, at 10-1,led  the entire route and won the 6 furlong Desert Vixen  in 1:11.08.
The favored Awesomre Mass finished second.

In the upcoming Dr. Fager  we like an exacta box of Magic Scret (3), Dunk (7)  and Soutache (8).

Sire Stakes Races--A Look

The two Florida Sire Stakes are coming up at Gulfstream.

In the Desert Vixen,  11th race, it is hard to look past Awesome Slew  (3) based on her runaway win in her last outing  at  five furlongs.

We think Starship Bonita (2) could pull an upset and definitely belongs in the exacta. In her only race, she chased a loose on the lead filly and finished a strong second.
For a third horse in the exacta box, we like Valid Interest (6).
--Jim Freer

Gulfstream Carryovers for Saturday

The Gulfstream Park Rainboow 6 carryover for Saturday is $39,196.

It is on races eight though  13, with  the sequence set to start at 3:43 p.m.

On the first race, there is a carryover of $2,307 on the Super Hi-5.

First post is 12:10 p.m for a 13-race card.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sire Stakes Guide Debuts Today

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gulfstream Starts off Fast and Firm

Conditions are fast and firm for Gulfstream Park's  ten-race Thursday card with first post of 1:15 p.m.

There is  a carryover of  $20,089 on the Rainbow 6, on races five through ten. 

The Weather Channel forecast is for a zero percent chance of rain during racing hours.

 We will have a recap at the end of today.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gulfstream Resumes Thursday; Sire Stakes, Gunnevera On Saturday

Gulfstream Park will resume racing on Thursday with ten races and first post of 1:15 p.m.

The feature eighth race is five furlongs on turf for 3-year-olds and up. It is a $25,000 optional claimer with a $43,000 purse.

The carryover on the Rainbow 6 is $20,089.  It is on races six to eleven.

On Friday, Gulfstream will have nine races with first post at 2:15 p.m.

Three Saturday Stakes
The Saturday card has a special early first post of 12:10 p.m. 

The Saturday attractions are this year’s first two races in the Florida Sire Stakes series and the return of multiple stakes winner Gunnevera.

Entries will be out on Wednesday afternoon.
Gunnevera is one of eight nominees for the $100,000 Tangelo Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for 3-year-olds.

It would be the first race for Gunnevera since May 20, when he finished fifth in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness (Grade 1) at Pimlico in Baltimore.

Trainer Antonio Sano last month said he hoped to get Gunnevera into a race at Gulfstream before running him Aug. 26 in the Travers (Grade 1) at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Since early July, Gunnevera has had five bullet workouts at Calder (Gulfstream Park West).

In the 1 ¼ mile Travers, Gunnevera would face many of the horses he ran against in races on this year’s Triple Crown trail.

At Gulfstream this year, Gunnevera won the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth (Grade 2). He also finished second in the Holy Bull (Grade 2) and third in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby (Grade 1).

Gunnevera, a Kentucky-bred son of Dialed In, finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on May 6.

In 2011, Dialed In won the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby and finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby.

Gunnevera, like his sire, has a late-running style that has made him popular with fans.

He began his career last summer at Gulfstream, and is part of Sano’s year-round stable at Calder.

Gunnevera is especially popular among South Florida fans with connections to Venezuela.

Sano and the principals of Peacock Racing Stables, which owns Gunnevera, are natives of Venezuela.

Amid the intensified political and economic strife in Venezuela, a win by Gunnevera on Saturday would help lift the spirits of many of the Venezuelan nationals who live in South Florida. A win by Gunnevera in the Travers would provide that kind of lift several times over.

 The Sire Stakes races are the $100,000 Desert Vixen for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Dr. Fager for 2-year-old males. 

 Both races are six furlongs on dirt.
The Sire Stakes races are restricted to sons and daughters of Florida-registered stallions that have been nominated for the series by their owners.
 --Jim Freer