Plus all three of the above tracks have several stakes races on their programs

Just one great day of horse racing with many of the best Stake Horses in the country entered.



Good Magic holds off Solomini to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar

Good Magic winning BC Cup Juvenile at Del Mar

FOURTEENTH RACE Probable Post 3:09 PST 
1 1/16 Miles. 3-Year-Olds. Fountain of Youth (Grade 2). Purse: $400,000


 6   Good Magic   Ortiz J L    122       7-5 
 4   Strike Power   Saez L    122       4-1 
 2   Free Drop Billy   Albarado R J    122       9-2 
 8   Marconi   Castellano J J    116       8-1 
 7   Gotta Go   Landeros C    120       10-1 
 5   Storm Runner   Rosario J    116       15-1 
 9   Machismo   Jimenez A    116       15-1 
 1   He Takes Charge   Gaffalione T    116       20-1 
 10   Promises Fulfilled   Ortiz I Jr    116       20-1 
 3   Peppered   Juarez N    116       30-1 


Juvenile champion Good Magic works Feb. 24 at Palm Meadows Training Center

Juvenile champion Good Magic works Feb. 24 at Palm Meadows Training Center


The Fountain of Youth Gr2 with a purse of $400,000.00 for 3 yr olds is the featured race on the 14 race card at Gulfstream Park this Saturday.

Breeders Cup Juvenile winner is the morning line favorite at 3-1 in the DRF early edition.

The race goes as race 14 on the program and will go at approximately 3:09 PST.

Catch all the action at the Derby Bar & Grill.

FOURTEENTH RACE Probable Post 6:09 EST 
1 1/16 Miles. 3-Year-Olds. FntnOYth (Grade 2). Purse: $400,000


 6   Good Magic   Ortiz J L    122       3-1 
 4   Strike Power   Saez L    122       7-2 
 2   Free Drop Billy   Albarado R J    122       9-2 
 9   Machismo   Jimenez A    116       6-1 
 1   He Takes Charge   Gaffalione T    116       8-1 
 8   Marconi   Castellano J J    116       10-1 
 5   Storm Runner   Rosario J    116       12-1 
 10   Promises Fulfilled   Ortiz I Jr    116       12-1 
 7   Gotta Go   Landeros C    120       15-1 
 3   Peppered   Juarez N    116       20-1 


HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Feb. 19, 2018) – Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables LLC’s My Boy Jack came up a narrow opening on the rail and drew off to win Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) by 4 ½ lengths over Combatant before a Presidents’ Day crowd of 20,500. In the process, he earned 10 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility.

Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, My Boy Jack was unhurried early and content to race in eighth-place as Smarty Jones winner Mourinho set the early fractions of :23.46 and :47.70 for the first half mile. The winner saved all the ground by coming up the rail, avoided the jostling that took place between Combatant and third-place finisher Sporting Chance and drew off to complete the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:46 over a muddy track.

Jockey Luis Saez, on Sporting Chance, lodged an objection against Combatant’s rider Ricardo Santana Jr., but it was disallowed by the stewards. Mourhino finished a neck behind Sporting Chance in fourth and was followed by Zing Zang, Kentucky Club, Seven Trumpets, Retirement Fund, Road to Damascus and Ezmosh.

My Boy Jack, a son of Creative Cause who was a stakes winner on turf as a juvenile, has now picked up 12 points towards Kentucky Derby eligibility in this first two starts at three, both on the main track. In addition to his Southwest win, he earned two points for finishing third in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 6.

“The best part about the race is he’s going to a Derby,” said Desormeaux, the brother of trainer Keith Desormeaux. “It may be the Arkansas Derby, but he’s Derby bound.”

Combatant now has 12 points after also finishing second in the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Jan. 15 and the Springboard Mile at Remington last December. Sporting Chance earned two points and Mourinho earned one point to bring his total to 11. The first four Southwest Stakes finishers are currently 13th, 14th, 15th and 26th on the Kentucky Derby list. Only the top 20 point earners can start in the Kentucky Derby.

My Boy Jack has now improved his record to 8-2-3-1 and earned $425,145. He returned $19.60, $8.20 and $5.20 at odds of 8-1.

Live racing resumes Thursday at Oaklawn with a 1:30 p.m. first post. The track’s 3-year-old series continues March 17 with the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2).

Southwest Stake Quotes:

Winning Jockey Kent Desormeaux, My Boy Jack – “It was a complete turnaround effort from his last start. Today he was quite calm and let me ride him and that was the biggest difference. He didn’t waste any energy going around the race track, so he flew home. Great training job by Keith.

“It looked like a repeat of the Razorback Handicap. I was able to get him up the rail, but I have to say it was a great training job by Keith (Desormeaux, trainer). Last time, (when third in Sham Stakes) he was quiet as a church mouse in the gate, but got very aggressive early and I was just skiing around there. When I turned him loose, he just galloped home. He didn’t power home like he did today.

“The best part about the race is he’s going to a Derby. It may be the Arkansas Derby, but he’s Derby bound.”

Winning trainer Keith Desormeaux, My Boy Jack – “From him to run well on dirt, we were ecstatic. I told (Kent) the horse would run well on dirt.”

Trainer Steve Asmussen, second with Combatant, with Zing Zang and eighth with Retirement Fund – “I thought Retirement Fund struggled with the track. You could tell early. He broke sharp, but he never leveled off at any point. Combatant ran solid. He made up the difference on Mourinho, but was second best again today. Zing Zang, I was really concerned with as big as he is and as heavy as he is about him handling this track.”

Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., second with Combatant – “He had the perfect trip. It was really fast, which worked for my horse. He ran his race. That was a tough race. I was happy with him.”

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, third with Sporting Chance – “Good effort. He got shot down in the stretch, They came in on both sides and broke our momentum. Still came back to run third. Off a six, seven month layoff, I was very pleased.”

Jockey Luis Saez, third with Sporting Chance – “A pretty nice trip. When I came to the clear I thought we were going to blow them off, but he looked like he needed a break. He was a little tired but he will be ok for the next time.”

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, fourth with favorite Mourinho – “We didn’t get the easy lead like that we did last time. I was a bit surprised that the Pletcher horse passed me like that. To be honest, I think if the track would have been faster and not the condition it’s in, I still don’t think they would have caught him. I will blame it on the track, he was swimming through it.”

Talk of the Town on Sunday at Santa Anita – Bred by John Gunther

Bred by longtime Langley owner and breeder John Gunther, Justify romped in his debut yesterday at Santa Anita and he gained national recognition almost immediately.

A Kentucky Derby-bound debutant has been hailed as potentially the next big star of American racing after winning his first race by nine and half lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Trained by Hall of Fame inductee Bob Baffert, Justify was sent around a 1-2 ($1.50) favourite and ran up to the quote by bolting-in in an ultra-quick 1:21.86 for the 1400m at the famous California track.

The track record at Santa Anita for the 1400m on dirt is 1:19.70.

The colt, by Scat Daddy out of Stage Magic, is being aimed at America’s most famous race, the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 5, which is in less than 11 weeks’ time.

Despite the tight timeline, Baffert told TDN he is still confident the horse can make the progress needed to compete at Churchill Downs.

“It’s not too late,” Baffert said. “I’ve got a plan…We’re looking for a graded stakes race. He’s shown his brilliance in the morning.”

Justify was bought for US$500,000 at the Keeneland November Sale.




Mark Casse-trained 3-year-old springs upset in Grade III Sam F. Davis, sets stakes record; World Approval begins 2018 as he did last year — with a victory on Oldsmar oval turf; Dona Bruja does her own thing in Lambholm South Endeavour; C. S. Incharge wins Suncoast; jockey Manoel Cruz may have fractured wrist.

World Approval had already established himself as a heavyweight champion before his victory in today’s Grade III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

But trainer Mark Casse learned today he has a 3-year-old in his barn who can trade punches with some of the best of his age group.

“He’s a fighter,” Casse said after his 3-year-old colt Flameaway fought back in deep stretch under jockey Jose Lezcano to defeat 7-10 favorite Catholic Boy by a half-length in the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points race. “If you’ve ever watched him, you’ve seen that.

“The one thing about him is, if he gets in a battle, he’s going to win the battle.”

Flameaway, with Jose Lezcano in the irons, shows dogged determination to hold off Catholic Boy in the Grade III Sam F. Davis while setting a stakes record in the process (courtesy SV Photography)

Flameaway, an Ontario-bred son of Scat Daddy-Vulcan Rose, by Fusaichi Pegasus, completed the mile-and-a-sixteenth on the main track in 1:42.44 to establish a stakes record, .01 seconds faster than McCraken’s winning time last year.

Flameaway, who improved to 5-for-7 lifetime, is owned by John C. Oxley. He paid $22.60 to win. Vino Rosso rallied for third, three-quarters of a length behind Catholic Boy, with Hollywood Star fourth.

The Sam F. Davis was the highlight of an outstanding Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South afternoon of action that saw the 2017 Eclipse Award Champion Turf Male, 6-year-old gelding World Approval, hold on for a half-length victory from Forge in the Tampa Bay Stakes.

John Velazquez was aboard World Approval, breeder-owner Charlotte Weber’s pride and joy who has four consecutive victories and could be headed to Dubai for a $6-million race next month. World Approval paid $2.40 to win while racing the mile-and-a-sixteenth on grass in 1:40.66.

Also on the Festival Preview Day card, the Argentine-bred 6-year-old mare Dona Bruja turned the expected pace scenario of the Grade III, $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes upside down, leading from gate to wire under jockey Jose Ortiz to post a four-length victory from La Coronel.

Dona Bruja paid $4.80 to win as the second betting choice to La Coronel. The winner’s time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:40.92.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Dona Bruja is owned by Dom Felipe, LLC and trained by Ignacio Correas, IV.


In the other stakes on the card, 3-year-old filly C. S. Incharge, trained by Dale Romans and ridden by Joel Rosario, won the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Daisy.

Two horses fell in the Tampa Bay Stakes, long shots Doctor Mounty and Cheyenne’s Colonel. Both horses completed the course riderless and appeared to be in good shape. The jockey on Doctor Mounty, Antonio Gallardo, was shaken up but returned to the jockey’s room under his own power.

Manoel Cruz, who rode Cheyenne’s Colonel, was transported to a local hospital for observation and had been diagnosed at press time with a possible wrist fracture.

In the Sam F. Davis, Catholic Boy, under jockey Manuel Franco, stuck his head in front at the 1/8-mile pole, but Flameaway dug in on the rail and persevered for the victory.

“He gives you what you ask for,” said Lezcano, who was riding Flameaway for the first time. “He is a very nice horse who I think is improving with every race.”

Flameaway broke his maiden as a 2-year-old on the all-weather surface at Woodbine, won the Skidmore at Saratoga on a sloppy track, captured the Grade III Dixiana Bourbon at Keeneland on a sloppy track in a race taken off the turf and won the Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream in his 3-year-old debut on the turf.

Versatility, thou name art Flameaway.

“I told Jose he was going to like this track,” Casse said. “As long as the track is fairly firm, I think he’ll run on anything. I would say there is a good chance (to return for the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 10), but it’s something I have to talk to Mr. Oxley about.

“I would also say I was kind of wishy-washy about trying him on dirt, and Mr. Oxley said ‘Can we do it one more time?’ He is the boss, so I said ‘Of course,’ ” Casse said with a broad smile.

Jonathan Thomas, the trainer of Catholic Boy, was proud of his horse’s effort in his first race since winning the Grade II Remsen in December at Aqueduct.

“I thought it was a big effort giving up weight (Catholic Boy carried top weight of 122 pounds, with Flameaway carrying 120 and the others assigned 116),” Thomas said. “I just need to see it again and digest the race.”

Although the Tampa Bay Stakes was marred by the accident on the turn for home, a crowd of 5,147 got what they came to see in world Approval, the Eclipse champ now 3-for-3 over the Tampa Bay Downs turf course.


Trainer Name
Total $
1 Robertino Diodoro 153 57 26 23 $547,538
2 Dan L. McFarlane 93 20 18 16 $355,442
3 Kevin Eikleberry 54 16 5 10 $202,036
4 Molly J. Pearson 66 13 14 7 $164,819
5 Juan Pablo Silva 75 21 14 11 $137,615
6 Jeffrey Metz 81 9 14 17 $134,051
7 Ariel M. Gordon 87 17 9 14 $118,548
8 Manuel Ortiz, Sr. 48 12 10 7 $113,586
9 Edward J. Kereluk 54 15 8 7 $113,565
10 Miguel Angel Silva 57 17 12 5 $112,194
11 Justin R. Evans 51 17 7 9 $108,738
12 Jose Luna Silva 77 10 16 11 $106,021
13 David Van Winkle 43 7 4 4 $92,780
14 Sandi Gann 31 7 6 3 $82,396
15 Wade Rarick 38 4 9 5 $81,069
16 Shawn H. Davis 34 5 6 9 $71,451
17 F. C. Frazier 27 7 6 4 $67,133
18 Frank Lucarelli 34 6 4 7 $66,821
19 J. Jay Kruljac 30 5 8 3 $65,624
20 James R. Brown 38 5 7 3 $59,942
21 Roddina A. Barrett 40 5 8 2 $55,880
22 Joe Toye 64 4 12 5 $52,589
23 Burton K. Sipp 73 6 2 9 $50,230
24 Mike Chambers 27 5 4 3 $49,097
25 Alex J. Torres-Casas 48 6 12 2 $48,867
26 Juan Quintana Gutierrez 46 7 9 8 $48,256
27 Valorie Lund 48 2 8 10 $48,073
28 Steve Henson 25 5 4 0 $45,565
29 Paul Kauffmann 34 5 4 10 $44,088
30 Mike Anderson 20 3 4 7 $43,636
31 Chad K. Story 29 5 5 2 $41,955
32 Cody W. Axmaker 34 6 6 3 $41,829
33 Curt Ferguson 25 4 2 1 $38,595
34 Doug Oliver 23 5 3 3 $37,946
35 Debbie O’Brien 26 4 4 3 $36,739
36 Tina Ramgeet 22 4 4 6 $36,499
37 Dan H. Dennison 44 4 4 5 $34,625
38 Philip Hall 21 4 5 4 $34,310
39 Eliazar Salas 12 7 1 2 $34,302
40 W. R. Whitehouse 39 3 7 6 $34,066
41 Kenneth A. Person 21 4 0 2 $33,551
42 Eugene Burns 46 3 3 9 $33,123
43 Dayson LaVanway 73 4 3 4 $32,817
44 Paul Treasure 31 2 5 4 $32,437
45 Stan Hartman 32 3 2 3 $30,209
46 Tom Rycroft 24 1 4 4 $29,999
47 Don Schnell 30 2 3 7 $29,778
48 Josh Liber 21 4 4 4 $28,934
49 Lymon A. Perren 20 3 5 3 $28,662
50 Sergio Barrio 28 4 4 4 $28,469
51 Dru S. Hall 34 0 6 6 $27,824
52 Michael Talbot 22 4 4 4 $27,651
53 Val Brinkerhoff 19 3 2 1 $26,790
54 Cindy Krasner 11 1 4 4 $26,235