Derby buzz builds for Majesto, Fellowship

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


2016 Florida Derby Day

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


Nicks-Trained 2-Year-old Fillies Dominate Lasix-Free Races; Silver Sashay Captures Bougainvillea Handicap; Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Jackpot Pool at $13,180

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


Equine group holds student appreciation day

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


Friends surprise renowned jockey Cruguet at charity event

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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