Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekend Features: Gulfstream Turf Stakes on Saturday and Monday

By Jim Freer

Friday, Aug. 30 -- The South Florida racing schedule will have several changes this Labor Day weekend.

Gulfstream Park will have a three-day weekend as it adds a nine-race program on Monday with first post time of 1:15 p.m..

Calder Casino & Race Course is sticking with its Friday through Sunday schedule.

Starting this Sunday, Calder will move its daily first post time up to 12:30 p.m., fom the previous 12:50 p.m. The change coincides with Saturday’s end of the annual Calder meet and Sunday’s start of the annual Tropical at Calder meet.

Calder owns and uses two racing permits - its own and the permit of Tropical Park which last held racing in 1972. Calder will not offer any stakes races this weekend.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stallion Stakes Sweep Possible for Campbell-O’Connell Team

by Jim Freer                                                                                        

Fans of 2-year-old racing in Florida are circling Saturday Oct. 12 on their calendars.

That’s the date when My Brown Eyed  Guy  and  Scandalous Act, both bred and owned by Gilbert Campbell and trained by  Kathleen  O:Connell, will attempt to carry out historic sweeps in the Florida Stallion  Stakes Series.

Last Saturday at Calder Casino & Race Course, those stablemates were runaway winners of the second legs of  their  divisions of  the  three-race series for 2-year-olds.  My  Brown Eyed Guy  won the Affirmed Stakes for  males and  Scandalous Act  won  the  Susan’s Girl Stakes for  fillies - both at seven furlongs on dirt.

Barring injuries or other setbacks, My Brown Eyed  Guy will be in the  $300,000  In Reality Stakes and  Scandalous Act will head the field in  the  $300,00 My Dear Girl at Calder on October 12th. Both races are 1-1/16 miles on the dirt.

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Pal Chrisy Wins Gulfstream Stakes in Debut for Wolfson

by Jim Freer

Saturday, Aug. 17 -- The juggernaut team of Miller Racing and trainer Marty Wolfson won yet another South Florida distaff stakes race on Saturday, this time with their newly acquired My Pal Chrisy.The 5-year-old mare’s victory came in the $100,000 Paseana Stakes at six furlongs on dirt at Gulfstream Park.

It was My Pal Chrisy’s first race for her new connections since Miller Racing bought her late last month from trainer-owner Padarath “Tony” Lutchman for an undisclosed price.