Horse Racing News on March 31, 2012
Corporate Jungle, who has blossomed this winter at Gulfstream Park, captured the Grade 3, $100,000 Appleton Stakes on Saturday in his stakes debut.
It was close, but Hit It Rich prevailed in the $150,000 Orchid Stakes March 31 at South Florida's Gulfstream Park.
Believe You Can bounced back from a disappointing performance last month in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes, holding up through a taxing pace to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Ground Oaks by a head late Saturday afternoon.
Favored Grace Hall stamped herself as the likely favorite for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she romped to a 6 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks March 31 at Gulfstream Park.
Take Charge Indy took charge from the start and outgamed a stubborn Reveron through the stretch to post a one-length victory in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
Overlooked Willa B Awesome caught Reneesgotzip at the wire to post a 13-1 upset in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks March 31 as odds-on choice Eden's Moon disappointed.
Monterosso won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, to give Dubai's ruler an emotional victory after one of his horses was euthanized following a fall in an earlier race.
Awesome Maria has proven so dominant at Gulfstream Park, the Miami-area course might have to name a race after her.
Monterosso, third in the 2011 Dubai World Cup, left no doubt of his superiority this year, storming to the lead at the top of the stretch and going on to an open-lengths win Saturday night in the $10 million race, the world's richest.
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