Posts in category "Gulfstream Park"

2017 Fountain of Youth Stakes and Davona Dale Stakes Preview

This weekend, the national spotlight shines once more on the Sunshine State.  Saturday’s stakes-laden card at Gulfstream Park features a pair of sophomore points races: the Fountain of Youth (G2) for the Derby-bound, and the Davona Dale (G2) for fillies. Present in the Davona Dale is a set of connections familiar to the Chicago Circuit:... Read more »

2017 Holy Bull Stakes and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

After last week’s Pegasus card, when older horses took the spotlight, attention focuses back on the three-year-olds this week.  Here at Picks and Ponderings, we turn our attention to sunny Florida again, as Gulfstream Park hosts a pair of well-subscribed three-year-old races. Along the Derby trail, the Holy Bull Stakes (GI2) features the eagerly awaited return... Read more »

Point/Counterpoint: Pegasus World Cup

This weekend, Gulfstream features the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup. Though this year’s race is the first running of the Pegasus World Cup, it starts as a Grade I by virtue of inheriting its grade from Gulfstream Park’s previous top-level dirt route for older horses: the Donn Handicap (G1).  In recent... Read more »

Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Preview: Harlan's Holiday and More!

Chicago has gotten cold, so cold that Hawthorne skipped a day of racing on Thursday.  If you’re looking to take a vacation to warmer climes, look no further.  Picks and Ponderings takes a road trip to sunny Florida, and Gulfstream’s stakes-packed Saturday card. The Hallandale Beach oval hosts five stakes on Saturday.  We analyse them... Read more »

2016 Claiming Crown Preview

The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park gets underway on Saturday with a day full of salty horses and lucrative betting opportunities: the Claiming Crown. Claiming races form the backbone of the schedule at racetracks everywhere. The principle is simple: a licensed owner and trainer can buy any horse in a claiming race for the price... Read more »

2016 Miami Mile Preview

For the thirtieth time, the Miami Mile will be contested.  Such a race will be run not in Miami (as it used to be), but will be run at a mile.  The Miami Mile serves as the feature of the Saturday April 30th card at Gulfstream Park as the south Florida transitions from its championship... Read more »

2016 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

The preparations continue for the Kentucky Derby, as the “five weeks out” prep races headline this week’s coverage.  While Gulfstream Park rolls out a banner card this Saturday, Picks & Ponderings will zero in this week on the three-year-old races.  The G1 Florida Derby and G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks are the focus of this week’s... Read more »

2016 Fountain of Youth and Davona Dale Stakes Preview

Myths of the Fountain of Youth have come in many forms over the centuries.  However, for one weekend a year, the Fountain of Youth is a reality. This Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park features South Florida’s next steps down both the Derby trail and the Oaks trail.  Open sophomores will contest the Fountain of Youth... Read more »

2016 Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap Preview

Picks & Ponderings kicks off February with a coast-to-coast examination of sophomore races and Grade One races.   Out west, Nicolle Neulist will look at the three-year-olds in the G2 Las Virgenes for fillies and the G3 Robert B. Lewis for the boys, with the races providing Oaks and Derby points, respectively.  Another chance at Oaks... Read more »

2016 Holy Bull and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

After a quiet, snowy weekend, the Derby Trail and the Oaks Trail are back in full force. Gulfstream’s series of prep races gets underway on Saturday, January 30, and that pair of races will form the focus of this .  The Derby preps get underway with the Holy Bull Stakes (GII).  This race is the... Read more »