May 7, 2003 |
The hottest jockey of the Hollywood Park meet will have six chances to pad his lead in the standings today. Victor Espinoza, who has won 15 races, six more than Alex Solis, will ride Cleartalker in the first, Shining Nuggets in the second, Skywalker Red in the third, Motto in the fifth, Ivory Tower in the seventh and Patriot Dream in the eighth. Cleartalker and Patriot Dream are 2-year-old sons of Swiss Yodeler trained by Mike Harrington.
April 4, 1990 |
The feud among South Florida's three thoroughbred tracks intensified when Gulfstream Park made a last-minute switch in its racing dates for 1990-91. The change, which came just before Monday's deadline for South Florida's three tracks to submit their dates, defeated Hialeah Park's plan to race unopposed at least one day a week. "It's despicable," said John Brunetti Sr., owner of financially troubled Hialeah Park. "I think it's a slap in the face." Hialeah, which closed abruptly Dec.
June 3, 2006 |
A winner of the first 10 starts of his career, Lost In The Fog will be seeking to end a two-race losing streak in the $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap today at Churchill Downs. This will be the first appearance in Louisville for the 4-year-old Lost Soldier colt, who won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top sprinter in 2005 despite his failure in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in October at Belmont Park. However, Lost In The Fog has shown he can adapt to new surfaces.
December 5, 1999 |
The Breeders' Cup produced some confounding results, with winners paying odds of 32-1, 30-1 and 19-1 in thoroughbred racing's most important championship events. But with the benefit of hindsight, the events at Gulfstream Park on Nov. 6 have become a bit more understandable.
February 15, 2002 |
With the Santa Anita feature race a nine-furlong allowance race for California bred fillies and mares who are a combined 17 for 131, the main event at Gulfstream Park is far more interesting. Besides being the next-to-last race in a pick six which features the usual Friday bonus of a $25,000 guaranteed pool, the $100,000 Shirley Jones Handicap is a Grade III contest that attracted some quality sprinters at Gulfstream.
March 17, 2006 |
Cambiocorsa will try to remain unbeaten on Santa Anita's turf course when she takes on six other California breds in the $125,000 Irish O'Brien today. Owned by Lee and Ty Leatherman and trained by Doug O'Neill, Cambiocorsa is winless in five starts at Del Mar and Hollywood Park, but she is perfect in Arcadia. A gray daughter of Avenue Of Flags, the 4-year-old filly broke her maiden at the about-6 1/2 -furlong distance last April 15, won an optional claimer by 2 1/2 lengths on Nov.
February 7, 2004 |
Eight horses are entered in today's $500,000 Donn Handicap, but only two seem capable of winning the Grade I race at Gulfstream Park. At the end of the 1 1/8 miles, either Medaglia d'Oro or Funny Cide figures to be standing in the winner's circle. Medaglia d'Oro is more reliable. The 5-year-old son of El Prado has been first or second in 13 of 15 starts and has trained well for his first start since he was second to Pleasantly Perfect in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
January 5, 1990 |
Hialeah Park, still hoping to reverse a recent state order that closed the financially troubled track, announced a 57-day racing schedule for early 1991. The schedule is in contrast to the 158-day meet Hialeah began last Nov. 18. Citing losses averaging $68,000 per day, Hialeah last month acted without state permission to reduce its schedule for the rest of this season. The state then suspended Hialeah's pari-mutuel license, forcing the track to close.
November 12, 2006 |
Nobody can ever say Bend A Little has to carry her turf course around with her. The 5-year-old Benny The Dip mare has six wins in her career and each has come at a different track. Making her Hollywood Park debut, Bend A Little, a 9-1 shot, won the $61,800 Hermosa Beach Handicap on Saturday. Owned by Cynthia Knight and trained by Christophe Clement, Bend a Little had won at Calder, Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, Saratoga and Delaware Park. Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr.
May 25, 2006 |
Since breaking his maiden by nearly three lengths in his career debut June 25 at Calder, The Pharaoh has lost nine in a row. The 3-year-old son of Forest Camp hasn't been able to win on grass or dirt or in sprints or routes. Trying to end the long dry spell, The Pharaoh will be back on the turf in the seventh race today at Hollywood Park. Owned by Charles Cono and trained by Chris Paasch, The Pharaoh was purchased privately after his first two races in Florida.