Horse Racing News by Mike Welsch
Thirty minutes after suffering the agony of Take the Points disqualification from first in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, trainer Todd Pletcher experienced the thrill of one of the most impressive performances in the history of the storied Donn.
Take the Points won the battle, registering an apparent 1 1/2-length victory over Court Vision in Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
Quality Road has probably gained more attention to this point in his roller-coaster career for races he did not compete in than those he did.
When trainer Rick Dutrow won the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap here last season with Kip Deville, it was Court Vision who posed his greatest threat.
Despite the imposing presence of 123-pound highweight Quality Road, a surprisingly large field of 10 horses was drawn Wednesday for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap.
Trainer Anthony Dutrow confirmed Tuesday that Winslow Homer has suffered a stress fracture in his cannon bone that will keep him sidelined through the Triple Crown season.
The conversation between trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia before Sunday's $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita was like a halftime chat between a coach and player.
Sunday's Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park drew one of the strongest and most competitive fields in the 30-year history of the event, a group that included recently named Eclipse Award winner She Be Wild.
Trainer David Fawkes had been considering several spots for Duke of Mischief's next start, but there was little doubt where the Grade 3 winner was headed after he drilled five furlongs in 58.46 seconds and galloped out.
While the focus of attention here at Gulfstream Park on Sunday will be on the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes and the 2010 debut of Eclipse Award champion She Be Wild, the undercard is easily the best of the meet.