Category: Gulfstream Park

2019 Holy Bull and Forward Gal Stakes Preview

This week, Picks and Ponderings stays in Hallandale Beach, and looks at a pair of three-year-old points races. Gulfstream has been a live spur of the Kentucky Derby trail in recent years, and the first of its prep series is this Saturday’s Holy Bull Stakes (G2).  The race offers a $350,000 purse, as well as... Read more »

Pegasus World Cup and Pegasus World Cup Turf Preview, and Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Selections

For the two years since its inception, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational has been the world’s richest horse race, with a $12 million purse in 2017 and $16 million the year later.  Both times, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner has come back triumphant in South Florida: Arrogate won the inaugural running, and Gun Runner... Read more »

2018 Mr. Prospector Stakes Preview

Saturday’s lone graded race at Gulfstream takes its name from a pretty good sprinter.  Mr. Prospector won seven of his 14 career starts, including the 1974 Gravesend Handicap and the 1974 Whirlaway Handicap. Of course, the racetrack was not where this son of Raise a Native made his biggest impact — he ruled the stud barn. ... Read more »
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Fort Lauderdale Stakes Preview and Saturday Gulfstream Stakes Selections

Saturday’s graded stakes action happens at Gulfstream, so that’s where Picks and Ponderings turns its attention.  The main focus of this piece is the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes, a nine-furlong turf test that takes its name from the city thirteen miles north of Gulfstream Park. We have full analysis of the Fort Lauderdale, and selections... Read more »

2018 Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks Preview

Earlier on Saturday, the Derby trail winds through Dubai; we preview the UAE Derby (G2) (and, of course, the G1 Dubai World Cup) in a separate piece.  Saturday afternoon, Chicago time, the Derby trail and the Oaks trail return stateside, to Gulfstream Park.  Their three-year-old preps — and their winter Championship meet — draw to... Read more »

2018 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.  The Fountain of Youth is the only Derby prep this weekend, and it drew a... Read more »
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2018 El Camino Real Derby Preview

With synthetic tracks going out of fashion in the United States over the last few years, options for amassing Kentucky Derby points over anything but dirt have become few and far between.  One of those rare remaining opportunities comes this Saturday over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields, in the El Camino Real Derby. In addition... Read more »

2018 Holy Bull S. and Forward Gal S. Preview

Last weekend, the three-year-old prep season took a one-week break.  Focus instead shifted to the older horses, as Gun Runner showed in the Pegasus World Cup why allowing a sound horse to stay in training through age five can be downright magical.  We’re back to reality this week: Gun Runner has taken up residence at... Read more »

2018 Pegasus World Cup Preview

This weekend, Gulfstream reprises the richest horse race in history: the Pegasus World Cup.  Though Picks and Ponderings focuses mainly on three-year-old preps until the Chicago racing season resumes, this $16 million race for older horses has the attention of the racing world, and it has ours.  Our preview features horse-by-horse commentary, as well as our customary... Read more »
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2017 Princess Rooney Stakes and Smile Sprint Stakes Preview

This Saturday features a pair of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races: both at Gulfstream Park, and both for sprinters aged three and up.  Picks and Ponderings previews both races in detail. The Smile Sprint Stakes (G3), a six-furlong sprint on the dirt, welcomes open company and offers its winner a berth in the Breeders’... Read more »