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Slew of Accidents at Gulfstream Mar Morning Workouts

In a day that saw both Twinspired and Apriority stumble at the start of their respective races, the story was not so much about today’s winners but rather about those we lost.


Twinspired (Harlan’s Holiday—Historical Drive, by El Prado [IRE]) finished third behind Kentucky Derby hero Animal Kingdom in the G3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes and second by a nose to Brilliant Speed in the G1 Bluegrass Stakes before finishing 17th in the Run for the Roses. Since then, he has popped up primarily in allowance races. Today he was sent off as the sixth choice in the 8th race at Gulfstream Park, a 1 3/8 mile allowance optional claiming race. He stumbled at the start recovered to vie for the lead before tiring to finish tenth in a field of eleven. Three races later, Apriority (Grand Slam—Midway Squall, by Storm Bird) also stumbled at the start, grabbing a front quarter leaving the gate in the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes. He recovered quickly to stalk the pace and just nipped Zero Rate Policy by a nose at the wire. The Grand Slam colt left his blood on both the track and in the winner’s circle in his first ever graded stakes win.

A lot more than just blood was lost today at Gulfstream, though. During this morning’s workouts, four horses suffered severe injuries, and three of the four had to be euthanized. One of the horse’s put down was the Mike Maker trained Stevie Jones (Smarty Jones—Southern Streamer, by Dixie Union). The Smarty Jones juvenile was zero for three lifetime, finishing 9th, 4th, and 7th in his three maiden races, tiring each time. In an interview with Mike Welsch of the Daily Racing Form, Maker stated, “He was a bad actor at the gate but showed a lot of promise. We were planning on switching him to the turf for his next start.” The Kenneth Ramsey owned colt broke down nearing the finish of his five-furlong work. The other horses that broke down during morning workouts were unidentified horses trained by Angel Quiroz, Ken McPeek, and Rick Dutrow. There did not seem to be one specific spot on the track that was causing problems across the board; the horses that suffered catastrophic injuries broke down at various points on the track.

Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno—Ponche de Leona, by Ponche) did not finish his half mile work as a result of the training mishaps. He ran his first furlong in 11.78, but exercise rider Nick Petro, Jr. was forced to rein in his mount to avoid a horse that had broken down along the inside rail midway around the bend. As if that was not bad enough, Petro had to alter course again to pass a second horse that was down near the seven-furlong marker on the clubhouse turn. Despite missing this morning’s work, trainer Kathy Ritvo stated in an interview with Mike Welsch of the DRF, “I might even skip this week altogether. If he gets too tough and I need to do something with him, I’ll breeze him either Wednesday or Thursday. Whenever I’m setting a horse up for a race I always allow for an extra week in case of bad weather or something crazy like [what] happened this morning, so we should still be perfect.” Mucho Macho Man is being pointed to the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic.

Force Freeze (Forest Camp—Antifreeze, by It’s Freezing) also got the morning off due to the slew of training mishaps. Trainer Peter Walder told DRF reporter Welsch, “I don’t think what happened this morning was the fault of the racetrack. I feel it was more a matter of too many people working and pushing their horses to go today.” Officially 110 horses worked this morning at Gulfstream; that number does not include the four that broke down during their works. Walder canceled his charge’s workout rather than take any unnecessary risks. Force Freeze’s next start is the G2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.


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No problem, Jasen. I just wish I knew who the other horses were.
Really a hard day to understands Heartbreaking.
Thanks for reporting Ashley. I was listening to Bruno's radio show this morning & he said it wasn't a good morning, but he just left it at that.
Mine too. I loved Smarty Jones dearly, and I have a huge soft spot for his babies. Can't believe Stevie Jones is gone! I really want Isn't He Clever to make it to the Kentucky Derby.
Days like these break my heart.

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.

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