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Stakes horses



 
Almonsoon in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007
 

Archstone in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007
 

Time On in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007

 
Moon Berry in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007

 
Beau Plus in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007

 
Safari Queen (eventual winner) in the saddling paddock before  the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007
 

La Dolce Vita in the saddling paddock before the Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007
 
 
Safari Queen winning the Orchid Handicap over Almonsoon at Gulfstream Park on 31 March 2007
 

A champion enters.

 

Invasor, reigning Horse of the Year, enters the saddling paddock before the Donn Handicap G1 on  2 Feb 2007. He used this race as a prep for the Dubai World Cup G1, which he won over Premium Tap.


Stormello in the saddling paddock before the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2, $350,000).  He is such a beautiful horse.  I picked him to win and my friend picked Scat Daddy.  To my chagrin Scat Daddy nosed Stormello out at the wire.  Again I had to live down defeat when Scat Daddy won the Florida Derby G1.  Later I picked Street Sense to win the Kentucky Derby, and she picked Scat Daddy again.  Of course, Scat Daddy still beat Stormello. Duh!  (At least, Stormello is still more beautiful.)
 

Nobiz Like Shobiz returning triumphant in the Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park on 3 Feb 2007.  He beat Scat Daddy and looked the part of a champion in the making.
 

The face of a champion.  Invasor returns the winner with Fernando Jara up top after overcoming trouble in the Donn H to winning by 2 lengths.  He is such a beautiful horse.  Small but beautifully proportioned.
 
 
Strong Contender (by Maria’s Mon) with Edgar Prado aboard before the Hal’s Hope Stakes at Gulfstream Park on 6 Jan 2007. He placed 2nd by a neck to Rehoboth.
 
 
Half Ours (by Unbridled’s Song) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park
 

Half Ours (by Unbridled’s Song) after winning the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park.  He remained undefeated in his sparse career over 2 years.  He sold in November mixed breeding sale 2006 for $6 million as a stallion prospect after finishing his racing career.
 
 
Half Ours (by Unbridled’s Song) winning the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

 
Scat Daddy (by Johannesburg out of a Mr. Prospector mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes 2007 (G2, $350,000).
 
 
So who won?  I had no idea who won until it was announced after review of the photo finish.  I thought Stormello held onto the lead through the wire (he was my pick).  My friend’s pick was Scat Daddy.  As I am a horse racing enthusiast and she is not, she has not let me forget my defeat. [Scat Daddy winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes 2007 (G2, $350,000)].
 

Ecclesiastic (by Pulpit out of a Rubiano mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
   
Nar (by Northern Afleet out of a Country Pine mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Park Avenue Ball (by Citidancer out of a Cahill Road mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Hal’s My Hope (by Halo’s Image out of a Fortunate Prospect mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Little Thunder (by Sword Dancer out of a Unreal Zeal mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
 
Johannesburg Star (by Johannesburg out of a John Alden mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Drums of Thunder (by Concerto out of a Future Storm mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Meritocracy (by Grand Slam out of a Kingmambo mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Divine Master (by Montbrook out of a Kris S mare) before the Fountain of Youth Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Noble Causeway (by Giant’s Causeway) before the Gulfstream Handicap G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

 
Nobiz like Shobiz (by Albert the Great out of a Storm cat mare) Holy Gull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

A.P. Arrow (by A. P. Indy out of a Mr. Prospector mare) before the Gulfstream Handicap G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  He was all washed out.  I did not think that he had a chance because of how washed out he was.  However, he was very calm in the paddock and on the track.  It was quite puzzling that he could be sweating so bad but be so calm.  He went on to place third behind Corinthian and Hesanoldsalt.  He then won his next start in a stakes race.
 
Storm In May (by Tiger Ridge) before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  He later started in the Kentucky Derby G1. 
 
Reheboth (by Wagon Limit out of a Darn That Alarm mare) before the Gulfstream Handicap G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  
Finallymadeit before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

 
Air Lord in saddling paddock before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Reata’s Rocket before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

 
Summer Book (by Notebook out of a On To Glory mare) before the Gulfstream Handicap G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Spin Master at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Out of Gwedda (by Out Of Place out of a Gone West mare) before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

 
King of the Roxy (by Little Expectations out of a Bold Forbes mare) before the Hutcheson Stakes G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 

Bright One (by Dance Brightly out of a Lively One mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  He broke down in the last strides of the race and was euthanized at the track.
 
Dark Cheetah (by Storm Cat out of a Mt Livermore mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  
Slam Bammy (by Grand Slam out of a Nureyev mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
Mach Ride (by Pentelicus out of a Formal Dinner mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  

The mighty INVASOR preparing a conquest at Gulfstream. As reigning 2006 Horse of the Year and champion older horse and Timeform's top rated horse in the world, he was preparing a repeat of 2006 starting with the Donn Handicap G1 as a prep for the Dubai World Cup G1.  He went on to win both.

His sire Candy Stripes is an American-bred son of the French-bred Blushing Groom. 

A small horse and excellent sire, Blushing Groom went on to lead the sire and broodmare sire list in England in 1989 and 1993 respectively.  He got 18% stakes winners with 7 champions and the Epsom Derby winner Nashwan.  He is the sire of the prominent sires: Rahy, Mt Livermore, Rainbow Quest, Runaway Groom, and Groom Dancer, who collectively got 46 champions.  Freshly Squeezed who hardly can be called a prominent stallion in world scene is nonetheless highly respected in the Caribbean where he got 19 champions. 

Candy Stripes begun his career in the USA, but was not well supported.  He later went to Argentina where he excelled not only to South American prominence but to world prominence.  He sired Lundy’s Liability, a top handicapper, in the USA.  In 2005 Lesroidesanimoux (BRZ) was champion turf horse in the USA.  Of course, INVASOR was Horse of the Year in 2006.  Candy Stripes died this year (2007), but I hope that Lesroidesanimoux or INVASOR can keep his line alive here in the USA. 

In 2006 INVASOR came to the USA from Uruguay where he was the undefeated Triple Crown winner there.  He won from 5f to 16f.  His owners went to Argentina and paid $20,000 for him as a yearling.  Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, part of the ruling family of Dubai, sent an agent to Uruguay looking for endurance horses.  The agent called him to say he did not find any endurance horses but he found a thoroughbred that he had to buy.  INASOR would turn out to be an incredible bargain for $1.4 million.  First he went to Dubai where he was a well beaten 4th to Discreet Cat in the UAE Derby.  He was then sent to Florida to Kiaran McLaughlin’s barn.  He was scruffy and did not impress the conditioner much. One of his grooms liked the horse and hoped that he was good enough for the allowance ranks. Kiaran then explained that the horse was a $1.4 million purchase and better be good enough to stay above the claiming ranks.  INVASOR soon showed his worth once he began training.  He won the Pimlico Special G1, Woodward G1, Suburban G1, and Whitney G1.  His only national opponent was the elegant AP Indy 3-year-old Bernardini winner of the Preakness and Jockey Gold Cup.  They would finally meet in the Breeders Cup Classic.  However, the showdown would only show INVASOR’s superiority when he put away Bernardini in the final stretch. INVASOR is probably the best horse I have been fortunate enough to watch run.


Nussince Royale—Sawannee River Handicap G3 winner at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
 
Nobiz Like Shobiz (by Albert The Great out of a Storm Cat mare) after winning the Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
 
Dukes Flying Tiger (by Tiger Ridge out of a Silver Buck mare) before the Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
 
Sam P (by Cat Thief out of an Affirmed mare) before the Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  Sam P was then shipped to California and was consistent but not flashy in the money horse there (like his sire).  He started in the Kentucky Derby and finished unplaced.
 
 
Bold Start (by Jump Start out of a Flying Plaster mare) before the Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.
 
 
Miesque’s Approval before the Canadian Turf Handicap G3 at Gulfstream Park 2007.  He is the reigning champion turf horse of 2006.  He won the Breeder's Cup Turf over horses like English Channel and Cacique.  I do not think that one good performance on the year is sufficient to win over horses like the two mentioned that won 3 G1 races in 2006.  However, I do not choose the champions and my favorite English Channel was not voted champion turf horse.  He has since been sold to stand in South Africa.
 

Jambalaya at Gulfstream Park 2007.

Mach Ride (by Pentelicus out of a Formal Dinner mare) before the Ritcher Scale Sprint G2 at Gulfstream Park 2007.

Stormello (by Stormy Atlantic) leads coming out of the gate in the 9f Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2, $350,000) at Gulfstream Park on 17 March 2007.