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September 29 Features Big Money for Florida-bred Racehorses

Florida-bred Racehorses Have Their Day at Gulfstream

Florida-breds will be bringing home the big purse money on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park with $1 million dollars in purses ($950,000) and bonuses ($50,000) offered across five stakes races on the day’s card.

Powered by the two finals of the nationally acclaimed Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds in the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl and the $400,000 FSS In Reality, the day will also feature the inaugural running of the $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir for 3-year-olds and older going a mile. Additionally, the $75,000 Monroe Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on grass and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach for 2-year-old sprinters on grass will both offer for the first time $25,000 in Florida-bred bonus money paid over the top three places.

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“We are really excited to put together and offer such a major day of Florida-bred racing at Gulfstream this year. To put on such a big day of racing at one of North America’s most popular tracks is a big win for our breeders, stallion operations, owners, the track, trainers and fans,” said FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell. “We also want to thank Gulfstream and the FHBPA for their all-important partnership with us on our signature FSS races for our 2-year-olds. Two-year-olds are the backbone of our industry in the Sunshine State as well as during the Summer meet at Gulfstream. Over the past several years, our FSS finals on this day have been so popular as to rank as the top, or near the very top, for this meet. With the new race and economic additions to this day this year, it should be an outstanding day for everyone involved. For those who are in Ocala from all over the racing world, this week for the [Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company] sale, you will want to heavily consider purchasing FSS-eligible 2 year-olds in order to compete for the big money this Summer at Gulfstream as well as 3-year-old racing at Tampa during their next race meet.”

The five stakes with Florida-bred money on the day are:
1. The $400,000 FSS In Reality for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred colts or gelding who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
2. The $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred fillies who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
3. The $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir Stakes for 3-year-olds and older registered Florida-breds who are sired by FSS eligible stallion at one mile.
4. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Monroe Stakes for 3-year-olds and older going 1 1/16 miles on turf.
5. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Hollywood Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds going five furlongs on turf.

The FSS series for 2-year-olds begins Aug. 4 with the running of the $100,000 Dr. Fager for colts and geldings at six furlongs and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies at six furlongs. They are followed by the Sept. 1 running of the $200,000 Affirmed for colts and geldings at seven furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The meet also offers $5,000 bonuses for FSS-eligible, 2-year-old winners in designated maiden special weight races throughout the meet.

Additionally, $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses will be offered on the $75,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs and the $75,000 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, both during the Summit of Speed on June 30.

Two other stakes restricted to Florida-breds recently received $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses in the $100,000 Benny the Bull Stakes on Aug. 25 and the $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes on Sept. 8. The Benny the Bull will be open to Florida-bred 3-year-olds and older at seven furlongs while the Sheer Drama is for Florida-bred fillies and mares, 3-years old and older at seven furlongs.

Emerald Downs President states Horse Racing is Alive and Well

Is Horse Racing Dead?  Not in Washington
“Horse racing might be struggling in many locales, but Emerald Downs in Auburn continued to buck that trend in 2018.
There was a healthy increase in the amount of money bet on races at Emerald Downs, which finished its 67 days of racing for 2018 on Sunday. Attendance was essentially the same after slight growth the past few seasons.
“It was a good year,” said Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler. “I want to thank the horsemen for supporting the races. We had some really exciting races. I think we are all optimistic.”

Emerald Downs horse racing is thriving

The average daily handle (the amount of money wagered) from all sources was $1.107 million, up 14.5 percent from last year. The amount wagered at the racetrack on Emerald Downs races was up 1.5 percent.
Average attendance was 3,741, Ziegler said, with season highs of about 14,000 on July 3, which featured a fireworks show, and more than …”

Source: Emerald Downs president: ‘We are all optimistic’ after a horse-racing season with increase in daily handle

Breeders’ Cup 2018: Veteran Runner Pay Any Price heading to Turf Sprint

Averill Racing and Matties Racing Stable’s Pay Any Price withstood top weight of 130 pounds and a bold stretch challenge to capture the $75,000 Tamiami Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Sunday 9/16, taking huge strides toward a planned start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 3.

The 8-year-old gelding, who set a world record for five furlongs on turf (53.61 seconds) at Gulfstream last year, carried between 12 and 15 pounds more than his six rivals in the five-furlong turf handicap while winning his fourth straight race and 11th of his last 16 starts.

“He’ll get one more race and then we’re planning on going to Churchill,” said trainer Georgina Baxter following her first career stakes victory.

Pay Any Price broke alertly under Edgard Zayas to show the way while being pressed by Phantom Ro past fractions of 21.64 and 43.94 seconds. Turning into the homestretch, Phantom Ro pulled alongside the gelded son of Wildcat Heir, but the 2-5 favorite fought back under strong urging and pulled away to a 1 ½-length triumph.

The Breeders' Cup horse racing“He handled the 130 pounds well,” Zayas said. “I was a little worried because that’s a lot of weight. But he handled it well and when the other horse got to him he was game like he always is and kept on going and fought back.”

Phantom Ro, a stakes winner making his first start on turf, finished second while carrying 115 pounds, including jockey Tyler Gaffalione. Tenacity Zip and jockey Paco Lopez finished a head back.in third.

Pay Any Price, who ran five furlongs in 55.57 seconds, was making his first start since capturing the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint on the June 30 Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream.

“I was kind of worried because he was coming off a bit of a layoff and carrying a lot of weight. He was giving 15 pounds to some of the horses,” Baxter said. “He dug in good today. He’s dug in before, but today he surprised me. He really dug in. He was training really well.”

Pay Any Price has overcome chronic foot issues and behavioral issues to establish himself as a star stakes performer and fan favorite in South Florida.

“That’s my project,” Baxter said. “I get on him every day. It’s no secret he’s a hard horse to train.”

Source: Gulfstream Park