Horse Racing

McGaughey doubles in Gulfstream Oaks Tropical Park

Hall of Fame coach Shug McGaughey has two chances on Dec. 26. Oaks $100,000 Tropical Park at Gulfstream Park for a quick start to the 2022-23 Championship Meet in Program opening day.

McGaughey is scheduled to send a high-promising hybrid athletics pair in Joseph Allen’s best personal and Phipps Stable’s How surprising in a 1 1/16 mile bet for 3-year-olds on the pitch will co-lead the 10-race program with a $100,000 Tropical Park Derby, 1 1/16 mile bet for 3 years – old.

Personal Best ran the best race of her seven-race career in her most recent start with 1 3/8 miles on grass at Aqueduct race track where she catches up to speed before passing 4 3/4 the length.

“Her most recent races have been really good, especially the last one,” said McGaughey, who will also saddle up. . Fort Washington to start the Tropical Park Derby. “One mile sixteen might not be her best gig, but I like her very much. I think, throughout the year, she’ll be a very useful horse.”

Daughter of faucet will debut her stake in Oaks Tropical Park with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the iron.

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Surprising - AOC, Ellis Park, July 23, 2022
Photo: Coady Photography

Surprising to Win an Optional Claims Race at Ellis . Park

The surprise is that the daughter of own won the first two games of 2022, winning impressively at Indianapolis horseshoe in June and Ellis . Park one month later. She was hit by early traffic before arriving Saturday in Virginia Oaks at Colony Downs in her most recent start on September 6.

“She ran a good race in Virginia after a few allowance races and wasn’t beaten to that extent. We’ve trained her here for a long time and she’s done a great job,” said McGaughey. very good”. “I thought it was worth taking the chance (in Oaks Tropical Park) — her last chance was against 3-year-olds.”

Edgard Zayas called Surprisingly, the one who broke 7.

Michael Nentwig, Michael Dubb, Beast Mode Racing, John Rochfort, and coach Robert Falcone Jr. spirit and glory , who has rallied since the last time to win Virginia Oaks, will be waiting for the Surprise at Tropical Park Oaks. ‘s half-Irish daughter cotai glory finished fifth in Sands Point Stakes (G2T) and fourth in Winter Memories Stakes at Aqueduct in her next two starts.

Isaac Castillo is expected to ride Spirit And Glory for the first time on Monday.

Item: Oaks . Tropical Park

Gulfstream ParkMonday, December 26, 2022, Race 5

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • pitch
  • 100,000 USD
  • 3 year old sister
  • 2:11pm (local)

Axthelm returns for the opening day of Gulf Park Tropical Park
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson’s Axthelm who debuted at The ocean currents around the bay before making the next three starts in Kentucky, returned to the South Florida track for opening day December 26.

3-year-old mixed-race son of into naughty was scheduled to face 11 other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby, stakes on a 1 1/16 mile course.

Axthelm’s July 17 debut in the first special weight class in the fifth division on Gulfstream’s Tapeta track didn’t go as expected by coach Saffie Joseph Jr.

“He showed ability right from the start. Obviously, he has a good lineage,” said Joseph, noting the male lead Into Mischief of many. “The first time he played, we thought he was going to win. We were a bit surprised he didn’t. Maybe the distance he wanted to go was a bit shorter, but it was a good point for him to start. head.”

The five-stage race on Tapeta certainly created the perfect conditions for him to return to competition at Kentucky Downs six weeks later. Graduation Kentucky pony outperforms Chad Brown-trained pony growth capital while running a mile on the course in the first $157,000 race.

Balnikhov and Tyler Gaffalione Win at G3 Bryan Station Keeneland Raceway, Lexington, KY, 10/29-22, Mathea Kelley
Photo: Mathea Kelley

Balnikhov (teacher hat) wins Bryan Station Stakes Keeneland

Axthelm made two more starts at Keeneland, finishing third in both races at the one mile on grass. In his most recent start in Bryan Station Stakes (G3T), he put on a serious challenge to take the lead at the top of the stretch before taking third, beaten less than a distance equal to victory. Balnikhov . Runner-up trained by Todd Pletcher Craftiness continued to finish in close third in the Hollywood Derby (G1T) at Del Mar.

Joseph said: “I think he ran fine in his first race, but I think he showed a much better record in that race when he had a few weeks to adapt there. “He was calloused for most of the race. He never really got ahead, but for a horse that’s only started fourth in the face of those quality horses, I’m fine. I think he showed a lot of grit.

“We’ve discussed and come to an agreement and decided to go straight to the Tropical Park Derby — giving him a bit of a refresher and starting back up for the race,” he continued. “Everything seems to have gone on target. He’s always been a good workhorse. I think he’s doing really well in the race.”

Edgard Zayas, who has been aboard the Axthelm for the first three departures, will return on Monday.

Peter Brant and Joseph Allen’s Fort Washington, seventh place, beaten by Balnikhov just 2 1/2 of the way after an extremely slow start, will also return in the Tropical Park Derby. The son of War front who caught Tale of the Cat Stakes at Monmouth Park in June, will be equipped with flash for the first time.

Fort Washington will be piloted for the first time by Jose Ortiz.

Item: Derby Tropical Park

Gulfstream ParkMonday, December 26, 2022, Race No. 8

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • pitch
  • 100,000 USD
  • 3 years old
  • 3:42 pm (local)

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