Serengeti Empress with James Graham aboard wins the Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds.
‘Fun To Watch’: Serengeti Empress Just Cruising In Rachel Alexandra Score.
Offering the BEST for each horse… thoroughbreds at GoldMark Farm are treated regally, sleep on mattresses inside a padded stall under 19 1/2 foot vinyl lined ceilings, are cooled by industrial strength circular fans, drink fresh water from a stainless steel bowl and are fed 4 times a day from a stainless steel feeder. Their daily routine consists of training on an all weather footing, being groomed three times a day, being bathed with temperature-controlled water, experiencing therapy including cold salt water spa and a vibration plate, wearing four bandages at all times while in their stall and being cared for by an experienced and knowledgeable staff.
GoldMark Farm trained graduates have won Grades I, II, and III stakes races and have competed in such prestigious races as the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks and the Breeders Cup Championship races. Our graduates have won races at virtually every track in the United States. Read more…
‘Fun To Watch’: Serengeti Empress Just Cruising In Rachel Alexandra Score.
Five Mares That Took Cross Traffic To The Top Of The Freshman Sire Standings.
Mo Tom’s been the hard luck story of the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) trail, better known for being badly hampered when trying to rally in the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2). In the process, his actual talent has gotten lost in the shuffle.
Bred by Hargus and Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm, Mo Tom is from the first crop of champion Uncle
Majesto is making his second appearance in “Tales from the Crib.” How is that possible, you ask, since a 3-year-old Thoroughbred has just one shot in the Kentucky Derby (G1)?
That’s because he was born on the Sunday of Derby Week in 2013, just six days before his half-brother, Overanalyze, competed at Churchill Downs. When speaking with Diamond A
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers with contenders heading to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted get in their final workouts Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.
Undefeated champion and expected Derby favorite Nyquist had his final breeze at Keeneland prior to the first race of the Friday closing
Look for “The Works” to sum up Kentucky Derby and Oaks training each morning from Churchill Downs, with insights and interviews on site leading up to the May 6 and 7 races.
Whitmore had just finished up his gallop Thursday morning, looking like a handful while swinging his head about during Derby training under the Twin Spires, when trainer Ron Mo
Connections: Mo Tom is one of two Derby-bound colts, along with Tom’s Ready, campaigned by Gayle Benson and her husband, Tom, also owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. Amoss has conditioned four previous Derby starters, most recently saddling 16th-place War Story last year. Mylute ran 5th in 2013.
Family ties: Coolmore Ashford’s Uncle Mo,
Victor Espinoza will have a chance for an unprecedented three-peat in the Kentucky Derby, after all.
The jockey who won the Derby with California Chrome in 2014 and with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 has landed aboard long shot Whitmore, Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, said Wednesday.
The Derby at Churchill Downs is May 7.
Churchill Downs’ leading jockey in eight straight meets will get a second chance at the Kentucky Derby.
Owner G.M.B. Racing announced Friday morning that Corey Lanerie has retained the mount on Mo Tom after lightning essentially struck twice on the Derby trail. In both Fair Grounds’ Risen Star and Louisiana Derby, Lanerie guided the late-kicking
Tom Amoss says he hopes Mo Tom can get an unimpeded trip in a race so that the public can witness what the trainer sees regularly in the mornings. And April 20 in the pre-dawn at Churchill Downs, that included a half-mile workout in :47 flat in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The gallop-out was spectacular, wit
For a moment, as Nyquist slid outward and Mohaymen slowed at the top of the stretch Saturday, Majesto looked as if he might slip by on the rail and score a major upset in the Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby. Then came a late bid from closing Fellowship, too.
The champion 2-year-old Nyquist ultimately hit another gear, going on to a 3 1/4-length
The highlight of the Gulfstream Park meeting is the $1 million Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1), a major prep for the Kentucky Derby. A field of 9 three-year-olds contested this 1 1/8 mile trip on Saturday afternoon with 100 “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” points to the winner, under cloudy skies (after earlier rains) and temperatures in the low 9
Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner came out of the race well, and his trainer, Steve Asmussen, indicated the colt will head straight to the Kentucky Derby.
The Daily Racing Form reports that Mo Tom, who once again experienced a troubled trip, will also make his next start at Churchill Downs.
NEW ORLEANS – The more he races, the more Mo Tom looks like a horse who could have a real impact on the 2016 Triple Crown.
His winning debut at Ellis Park last summer was slow but encouraging, and a subsequent sprint race at Keeneland showcased a powerful closing run. He was a stylish winner of the listed Street Sense in his third race, and rallie
Mike Rutherford’s homebred Stageplay remained unbeaten in two starts with a 1 ½-length victory over Dream Dance in the third running of the $84,400 Rags to Riches on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Sent off as the odds-on 3-5 favorite, Stageplay rallied under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. to beat a dozen 2-year-old fillies and stop the teletimer in 1:36.5
Trainer Ralph Nicks saddled five horses on Sunday’s 11-race program at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., and all five found their way to the winner’s circle under jockey Tyler Gaffalione.
Led by a quartet of 2-year-olds, Nicks captured the fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 11th races – five of the last seven races – with horses all ridden by Ga
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After capturing Saturday’s Wasted Tears Stakes with Can’t Explain, Whisper Hill Farm and Ralph Nicks will look to win a black-type event together for the second week in a row in Friday’s $75,000 Hard Worker with Zamquick.
A 6-year-old daughter of Pomeroy, Zamquick is seeking her first stakes triumph in the five furlong turf
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Ralph Nicks dominated the two $65,000 Lasix-free races for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday’s Gulfstream program, saddling GoldMark Farm’s Dancie ($7.40) and Bell Racing’s Kandoo ($4.60) for debut victories in the sixth and eighth races, respectively.
Dancie, a daughter of D’wildcat, drew off to a 5¼-length front-runni
Following the success of past years’ outings, the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, a division of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, once again sponsored the biennial UF Student Appreciation Day, held Aug. 16 in Ocala for veterinary students with an equine interest.
The event hosted approximately 30 UF College of Veterinary Med
By Carlos E. Medina
When Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown in 1977, Jean Cruguet was in the stirrups. On Saturday night, during a charity dinner for retired horses, Cruguet was surprised with a birthday cake featuring Seattle Slew’s likeness. It was Cruguet’s 75th birthday and he was treated to a rendition of “Happy Birthday” by the 100 or so attendees at the Retired Racehorse Training…
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By DRF Breeding Staff
Two-time champion Groupie Doll, who concluded her career earlier this month, has arrived in Kentucky to begin her career as a broodmare. The 6-year-old Bowman’s Band mare, who was purchased for $3.1 million by Mandy Pope at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, is scheduled to be bred to Gainesway sire Tapit on Saturday.
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Life has been way too busy for blogging since my last installment seventeen months ago. The Retired Racehorse Training Project has become to me like a growing child. My wife, my kids, and the farm are no less important, but all have sacrificed for this new kid on the block. So has this blog.
By Teresa Genaro
When T. Paul Bulmahn was a little boy, his mother offered him an incentive for doing a good job with his family’s sharecropping chores on an Indiana farm. If he raked and hoed and planted well, she said, he could climb over the fence and hang out with the draft horses next door. “I loved them,” he said this week. “And they seemed to really like me as well. It began a love affair.”
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By David Grening
ELMONT, N.Y. – By virtue of his victory in the Whitney Invitational, Cross Traffic earned a fees-paid berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. In Saturday’s $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, Cross Traffic must prove that’s the race in which he belongs.To date, Cross Traffic has been brilliant in victory – and perhaps more…
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By Blood-Horse Staff
Several New York-based contenders for the Sept. 28 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) turned in their final works Sept. 20-21. At Belmont Park, trainer Todd Pletcher worked GoldMark Farm’s Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) winner Cross Traffic and Dogwood Stable’s Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice on the training track, while Chad Brown…
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By Mike Welsch
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Cross Traffic and Mucho Macho Man, the first- and third-place finishers in the Grade 1 Whitney here Aug. 3, turned in their final workouts Sunday for their scheduled rematch in Saturday’s Grade 1 Woodward. Mucho Macho Man, who was narrowly beaten by To Honor and Serve despite an unlucky trip in the 2012 Woodward, was the…
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By Dan Illman
At 5:37 pm on Saturday afternoon, 10 minutes before post time for the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap, I received a text from DRF Handicapper Mike Beer. “Cross Traffic is the best looking horse I’ve ever seen.” Cross Traffic ran to his looks in the Whitney and finally achieved a well-deserved graded victory. In his two prior races, the Grade 3…
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By The Sports Network
Cross Traffic, a 4-year-old colt owned by GoldMark Farm, won for the
third time in just five career starts as he notched his first stakes
victory after seconds in the Westchester Handicap and Met Mile. “This was a real quality-filled race,” said Pletcher. “To beat the Breeders’ Cup winner (Fort Larned) and runner-up (Mucho Macho Man)
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By Claire Novak
GoldMark Farm’s Cross Traffic sprung a wire-to-wire victory in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, kicking away at odds of 7-2 while 2012 winner Fort Larned finished fifth (VIDEO). The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song earned his first stakes score by three-quarters of a length and also picked up…
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By David Grening
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – At the three-sixteenths pole of Saturday’s 86th Whitney Invitational Handicap, Cross Traffic had turned back Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man – the 1-2 finishers from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic – and opened up a two-length lead. In the middle of the track, however, Successful Dan was continuing a bid that had begun…
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By Michael Veitch
Refreshed and ready for a return to action, Mylute could be sitting on a big effort in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. The Grade 2 event at 1 1/8 miles is the traditional local prep for the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 24, and has drawn one of the toughest fields of recent years.
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By David Grening
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Going into the Belmont Stakes, Palace Malice was the hard-luck horse, winless in five starts as a 3-year-old, encountering trouble and bad luck at almost every turn. Everything finally clicked in the Belmont as Palace Malice came home a decisive 3 1/4-length winner for Dogwood Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher.
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By Sports Network
Mylute, third in the Preakness Stakes, put in a half-mile workout Saturday at Saratoga and will start in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes next Saturday.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Mylute went the four furlongs in 52.23 seconds.
“It was an easy half-mile,” Amoss said.
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By David Grening
An intriguing matchup is looming in the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 3 at Saratoga between defending Whitney Handicap winner Fort Larned and the speedy Cross Traffic. Fort Larned, who won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic in front-running fashion, reverted back to his front-running ways Saturday night in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster and scored an impressive 6 1/4-length victory at…
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By David Grening
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher said he felt the rail post position might have compromised Cross Traffic when he finished a game second to Flat Out in the Grade 3 Westchester last month at Belmont Park. Hours before post positions were to be drawn for Monday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap, where Cross Traffic will…
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By USA Today
NEW YORK (AP) — Sahara Sky came barreling down the middle of the track and caught Cross Traffic at the end to win the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Monday. The finish was a thriller. Cross Traffic took the lead in the stretch and seemed headed to victory before Sahara Sky unleashed his run from near the back of the nine-horse…
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By Fred Hiers
May 17, 2013
BALTIMORE — Maurice Sanchez wouldn’t be recognized by most of the racing fans who will gather Saturday at Pimlico Race Course or watch the Preakness on TV. But those people certainly will see the product of his work: sleek, muscled thoroughbreds schooled to athletic perfection. The hard work of…
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By Beth Harris
May 4, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Orb was so far behind a wall of horses at the Kentucky Derby that even his jockey wasn’t sure he could master the muddy track and make a run for the roses. “I was really far back,” Joel Rosario said. “I said hopefully he can go faster than that.”
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By Gary Mihoces USA TODAY
May 4, 2013
LOUISVILLE, KY. — After showering in the jockey’s room for women at Churchill Downs, Rosie Napravnik traded her mud-caked riding garb for a rose red dress and a big-brimmed, black Kentucky Derby hat. She wasn’t dressed for a victory party, but she had distinguished herself.
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By Natalie Voss Paulick Report
April 30, 2013
When Paul Bulmahn sat down to a business lunch at Maker’s Mark in May 2002, he had no idea how much the affair would change his life. Bulmahn, who was being honored for his accomplishments at the helm of ATP Oil and Gas Company, found himself sitting next to an affable lunch companion…
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By Gary Roedeiemeier
April 29, 2013
If he runs to his looks Mylute is going to be a serious challenger on Derby Day. The dark-gray colt strikes a stunning profile on the backside but trainer Tom Amoss says he is one cool dude. During a visit to Barn 29, I got acquainted with Mylute, who loves attention and peppermints.
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By Claire Novak
April 27, 2013
Trainer Tom Amoss said he only wanted a maintanance work from Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runner-up Mylute April 27 at Churchill Downs, and that was exactly what jockey Rosie Napravnik delivered in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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April 17, 2013
Jockey Rosie Napravnik has accepted the Kentucky Derby mount on Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute. Napravnik, the leading rider at Fair Grounds the past three meetings, rode Mylute to his last win, a 10 3/4-length romp over optional claiming rivals at Fair Grounds on December 26.
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by Jennie Rees
April 16, 2013
Rosie Napravnik will ride Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute in the Kentucky Derby, it was announced this morning. Napravnik rode the Tom Amoss-trained Mylute in the colt’s 10 3/4-length victory in an allowance race at the Fair Grounds.
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April 15, 2013
Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a six-furlong breeze in in 1:12 1/5 the morning of Apil 14 at Churchill Downs.
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By Blood-Horse Staff
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Mylute, who finished a neck behind Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) after a thrilling stretch battle, passed through the Churchill Downs stable gate at 3:30 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 2 after vanning from Fair Grounds and was bedded down in Barn 29 for trainer Tom Amoss.
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By Jay Privman
NEW ORLEANS – Whether he comes inside and knifes through traffic, or takes the scenic route and goes around everyone, Revolutionary is moving forward like a horse to be reckoned with in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.
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by Bob Fortus
March 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS — Revolutionary is ready to take a run at the Kentucky Derby, jockey Javier Castellano said Saturday after the colt won the $1 million, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby by a neck at the Fair Grounds. There’s no longer a question of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby field.
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By Marcus Hersh
February 19, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The last three Risen Star Stakes winners shipped from Florida, and the pipeline is still open. Normandy Invasion, from trainer Chad Brown, and Palace Malice, from Todd Pletcher, could wind up the top two betting choices in this year’s Risen Star on Saturday.
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By Katherine Terrell
February 09, 2013
Mylute is a bit of a conundrum for trainer Tom Amoss. The colt’s pedigree says sprinter, but his build says he’s a stayer. Sometimes his morning workouts look fine. Others are a head scratcher, such as the 51.00 four-furlong breeze he put in Friday.
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By Marcus Hersh
Tour Guide and Mylute are two of the more advanced early season 3-year-olds stabled this winter in New Orleans, but only one of them, at most, will contest the Grade 3, $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday, the centerpiece of Fair Grounds’ Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program.
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January 2, 2013
Stallion Backtalk has been moved to and will be standing the 2013 breeding season at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala.
Backtalk is a multiple graded stakes winner having taken the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs at age two; and the Sportsmans Paradise Stakes at Delta Downs at age three.
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November 13, 2012
Only four days remain until Delta Downs’ richest and most important race of the year, Saturday’s Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot, and an exciting group of young horses are making their way to the Bayou State for the $1 million event. There will be a special early post time on Jackpot Day of…
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By Mary Rampellini
October 17, 2012
Delta Downs in Vinton, La., opens an 88-date meet Friday night, beginning the countdown for its biggest card of the season, the $2.2 million Jackpot program of eight stakes on Nov. 17. Preps for the card’s richest offerings, the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs…
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By Cynthia McFarland
September 15, 2012
“There are many strategies on how to break yearlings, but you’ll find once you get to the races, many of those horses have roots that trace back to training operations in Ocala,” noted Bryan Rice of Woodside Ranch. To learn about these strategies, we visited with two Ocala-area training centers…
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September 9, 2012
When Bombaguia was headed by Air Support at the wire in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green, it marked the third consecutive time trainer John Kimmel wound up on the losing side of a photo in a stakes. “But on the other side of the coin, they all ran pretty good,” said Kimmel, who saw Agilion…
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By Sarah Mace
August 13, 2012
GoldMark Farm’s Agilion, a 2-year-old daughter of Lion Heart, was a little slow to get into the game in her Spa debut on Monday, but made up for it in a big way in the end, rallying strongly in stretch to an open-length victory for trainer John Kimmel in a six-furlong maiden special weight for New York-bred fillies.
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Dear Fellow FAEP Members,
The middle of August in Ocala means ’balmy’ weather and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company yearling sale. I find it to be a difficult time for positive, philosophical, and forward thinking. The following President’s Letter is my best effort.
The FAEP’s 8th Annual Promoting Excellence Symposium in Naples, FL is fast
June 21, 2012
Spendthrift Farm stallion Tiz Wonderful sired the first winner from his debut crop, when two-year-old filly Scammony earned an impressive debut victory in a $57,000 maiden special weight Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs. In a field full of well-meant debutantes…
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By Fred Hiers
May 3, 2012
GoldMark Farm in Ocala has had plenty of bright spots with Kentucky Derby-winning horses. The farm had connections to Thunder Gulch, which won the Derby in 1995, Grindstone (1996) and Charismatic (1999).Then there was Back Talk, among the 20 horses in the 2010 Derby. GoldMark manager Todd Quast hopes for a return to success Saturday…
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March 1, 2012
Members of the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association listen to General Manager Todd Quast talk about the farm while touring the GoldMark Farm in Fellowship.
The farm trains 186 horses each day. The University of Florida is hosting the organization’s national convention.
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By The Florida Horse
Author Kate Chenery Tweedy and artist Robert Clark, Seattle Slew jockey Jean Crugeut and Secretariat exercise rider Charlie Davis visited Ocala for a spectacular evening of history, entertainment, friends and fun at the exquisite GoldMark Farm during a Feb. 25 fundraiser for the Foundation for the Florida Horse Park.
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By Fred Hiers
February 11, 2012
There is no shortage of Secretariat stories. Horse racing fans who watched the super horse win the Triple Crown at Belmont and exercise riders and jockeys who rode him or were beaten by him have contributed to the legend’s stature.
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By Blood-Horse Staff
November 14, 2011
GoldMark Farm’s Backtalk, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Smarty Jones, has been retired from racing and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Tom Simon’s Vinery Florida near Summerfield, Fla. His fee is $3,500.
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By Jack Shinar
October 2, 2011
Vexor, the longest shot in the field at odds of 18-1, outlasted Trinniberg for a three-quarters-length victory in the $150,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park Oct. 2 (VIDEO). Ridden by David Cohen, Goldmark Farm’s 2-year-old Vexor gave trainer John Kimmel his second win in the Nashua, following Break Water Edison’s triumph in 2008.
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by Nancy Ihasz
September 29, 2011
Artist Statement: I had the privilege of being invited to attend the viewing of the original Horse Fever herd. I was in awe of the horses, the art work and the artists. I silently thought I would have loved to be a part of Horse Fever never realizing I would have the opportunity to do just that ten years later. In the early 70’s I was always day dreaming about being somewhere else. When the song Wildfire came out I romanticized leaving my current situation by imagining I was riding off on a horse named Wildfire.
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By Sure Bet Racing News
September 8, 2011
Opelousas, LA – Culotte ($3.00), patiently ridden by veteran Gerard Melancon, grabbed the lead from early pacesetter Coteau Kitten in the upper stretch, then pulled clear from that rival under moderate urging to record a popular three-length victory in the $50,000 Opelousas Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Thursday evening.
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By Carlos E. Medina
May 28, 2010
Anyone familiar with horses knows about the manure. But what they may not realize is the big money it costs to have this byproduct of the horse industry carted off and disposed. An Ocala-based company is hoping to make that manure an asset and put it to work. Planet Green Solutions has designed, developed and is now starting to manufacture a compact gasification system that will extract hydrogen from manure…
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By Bob Fortus
April 29, 2010
LOUISVILLE, KY. — Backtalk is in.
After a few days of wondering if Backtalk would draw into the Kentucky Derby field, trainer Tom Amoss, a New Orleanian, learned Wednesday morning he’ll be running the colt in the race Saturday after all.
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April 28, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two was the prominent number as the field was set for the Kentucky Derby. Two horses dropped out minutes before the Wednesday morning entry deadline for Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race. Sunland Derby winner Endorsement broke his right front ankle after his workout and may have surgery Thursday. Trainer Todd Pletcher opted not to run Interactif.
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By Alan Porter
March 5, 2010
One of last year’s top juveniles recently reappeared in black-type company in the one-
mile Sportsman’s Paradise Stakes The race at Delta Downs witnessed Bashford Manor (gr. III) and Sanford Stakes (gr. II) winner Backtalk face the starter for the first time since his disappointing effort in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) last October.
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By Cindy Pierson Dulay
February 10, 2010
The first stakes race on Louisiana Derby Preview Day was the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. After 2 horses scratched out, only four went to post with Dubai Majesty sent off as the even money choice, exiting a nose defeat in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint last out.
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By Bill Giauque
Photographs by Danette Philpot
What is the map that leads from Ireland to Jockey school to chef school to the jockeys’ rooms of the New York Racing Association to Ocala, Florida? How does an Irish lad windup in Ocala as a Pittsburgh Steeler fan with a house full of memorabilia? Ask Karl Keegan, assistant trainer at GoldMark Farm.
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By Bill Giauque
GoldMark Farm overwhelms the first-time visitor the way Disney World dazzles a child. It is simply jaw-dropping. If you don’t believe me, just ask ToddQuast, general manager and trainer at GoldMark. The furrow my jaw dug in the Safetrack as he showed me the training facility caused him considerable consternation.
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Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association News
By Nick Fortuna
September 29, 2009
The folks at GoldMark Farm in Ocala had a reason to celebrate Sunday after Moontune Missy earned her first stakes victory and her second straight win overall in the $66,750 Sometime Thing Stakes at Belmont Park.
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By Jack Shinar
July 30, 2009
Favored Backtalk is undefeated in three starts after motoring home on the outside of a closely grouped field to win the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by a neck over Enumerate at Saratoga Race Course July 30. Goldmark Farm’s Florida-bred son of Smarty Jones now has consecutive graded stakes wins for trainer Tom Amoss. Backtalk won the Bashford Manor (gr. III) at Churchill Downs July 3.
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By Gary Yunt
July 3, 2009
Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk charged past Flatter Than Me inside the sixteenth pole to win the 108th running of the $110,500 Bashford Manor Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-olds by a length at Churchill Downs on Friday. Ridden by Miguel Mena and trained by Tom Amoss, Backtalk covered the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:11.08 in defeating seven rivals.
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By Ryan Conley
March 7, 2009
Running heavenward through a spiral staircase in the palatial GoldMark Farm office is a two- story glass trophy case that for now serves more as a monument to potential than actual lovin- cup production for the burgeoning commercial operation located near Ocala, Fla.
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by Jack Shinar
October 28, 2007
Using her speed to full advantage, Elusive Lady overcame an early bump to withstand a challenge from Meriwether Jessica, drawing off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the $106,600 Tempted (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct…
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By Cynthia McFarland
September 1, 2007
A willingness to take risks and a desire for excellence served Paul Bulmahn well in the corporate world. It only makes sense that those qualities would do the same when his passion turned to racing. Before Bulmahn made the decision to build GoldMark Farm, a world class training center in northwest Marion County, his energies were concentrated on ATP Oil & Gas Corp., of which he is founder, president and chairman.
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“Waste not, want not!” As he incorporated a start-up business in 1991, T. Paul Bulmahn remembered the aphorism his mother used frequently during his childhood days. It seemed to perfectly apply to the business plan for the new oil and gas company he had just formed. His strategy: to follow major offshore exploration companies and…