Mandatory Payout of Rainbow 6 for Florida Sire Stakes Day

Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park will kickoff the lucrative FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes with the $100,000 Dr. Fager and $100,000 Desert Vixen, but first comes Friday’s Rainbow 6 sequence that will span Races 5-10 on the twilight program with a first-race post time of 2 p.m.

A 6 ½-furlong optional claiming allowance in Race 7 will headline the Rainbow 6 sequence and will feature the return of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Isolate. The 3-year-old son of Mark Valeski is scheduled to make his first start since finishing third in the Nashua (G3) at Aqueduct last November.  The Kathy Ritvo trainee entered the mile Nashua off a pair of victories at Gulfstream to kick off his career, including a 10-length romp in a six-furlong optional claiming allowance.

Pegasus statue at Gulfstream ParkOn Saturday the Dr..Fager and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies, both to be contested at six furlongs, will co-headline the first leg of the series that will continue Aug. 28 with the $200,000 Affirmed and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for fillies, both slated for seven furlongs, and Sept. 25 with the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies, both to be run around two turns at 1 1/16 miles.

Stonehedge Farm LLC’s Gil and Marilyn Campbell, who have won 15 FSS races, expect to be represented in both the Dr. Fager and the Desert Vixen, which they won last year with Breeze On By and Go Jo Jo Go, respectively. Michael Yates-trained Dean Delivers, a son of Cajun Breeze who won his debut by 7 ½ lengths in a five-furlong maiden special weight race June 26, is scheduled to run in the Dr. Fager. Kathleen O’Connell-trained Silver Smile, a daughter of Long Island Sound who scored by 3 ½ lengths in her June 3 debut, is slated to run in the Desert Vixen.

Breeze Easy LLC and trainer Joe Orseno are also expected to be represented in both first-leg stakes. Hope in Him, a son of Chitu who was purchased for $190,000 at the OBS March sale, enters the Dr. Fager off a front-running debut victory by five lengths June 4. Stone Beauty, a daughter of Neolithic, is slated to make the second start of her career in the Desert Vixen off a 1 ¾-length debut score July 16.

Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Big and Classy, Lea Farms LLC’s Lightening Larry and Bella Inizio Farm’s Laki Lio, all coming off solid maiden victories, are among the likely starters in the Dr. Fager.

Roger Laurin’s Demurely, Quintessential Racing Florida LLC’s Royal Rocker, and Champion Equine’s My Sassenach are among the fillies expected to contest the Desert Vixen.

The Florida Sire Stakes has a rich history dating back to 1982, when it was created by Ocala Breeder and owner Dan Lasater. The six-race series has produced six Eclipse Award champions: Awesome Feather (2010 Juvenile Filly), Big Drama (2010 Sprint), Holy Bull (1994 Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old Male), Smile (1986 Sprint), Brave Raj (1986 Juvenile Filly) and Not Surprising (1995 Sprint Champion).

source: Gulfstream Park

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.

Post Parade Gulfstream Park maiden race

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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.