Gulfstream Park ended its 2014 summer meet in style Saturday with Sing Praises and Holywell winning their respective divisions of the Florida Sire Stakes.
Gulfstream played host to the Sire Stakes for the first time in the 32-year history of the series. Total handle for the series finale at Calder last year was $1.8 million over nine races. Meanwhile, Gulfstream on the same day handled $2 million over eight races.
Saturday's 12-race program handled a total of $6.3 million.
"I believe when you're looking at this model - with 12 races at one track rather than 17 at two and with total handle this year of more than $6 million - you would have to say it works," said Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo.
Lonny Powell, CEO & Executive Vice President of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association, said; "We're thrilled with the first year partnership with Gulfstream Park and the Florida Sire Stakes. There's been competitive races, great field size, and the hospitality at Gulfstream has been great. We're looking forward to working with Gulfstream in the future."
Sing Praises, a 2-year-old chestnut colt bred by Jacks or Better Farm and trained by Stanley Gold, won the $350,000 In Reality Division of the Sire Stakes by a nose over Royal Squeeze. In the $350,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Sire Stakes, Holywell, bred by Tracy Pinchin and trained by Jose Pinchin, finished first.
Hubba Shake, Red Sashay Win $75,000 Stakes
Miller Racing LLC's Hubba Shake, trained by Marty Wolfson and ridden by Jonathan Gonzales, rallied down the middle of the course to win the $75,000 The Armed Forces. A 2-year-old son of Street Sense who broke his maiden over a sloppy 5 1/2 furlong track at Gulfstream Sept. 19, Hubba Shake beat The Big Mystery by a half length over a good course in 1:38.61.
Goodwood Racing's Red Sashay, a 2-year-old filly by Big Brown trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, closed down the middle of the course to win the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy by a neck over the 15-1 longshot Like a Queen. Red Sashay covered the mile course in 1:38.85.
Mandatory Payouts: The last day of the meet brought mandatory payouts. Six winners in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 returned $77,432.32 while the Super Hi 5 returned $10,242.70. Five of five winners in the Pick 5 returned $14,111.25 while four of five returned $59.85.
NOTES Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman had the hat trick, winning with Catfight Cowgirl ($5.20) in the fifth, Red Sashay ($8) in the 10th and winning the $350,000 In Reality with Sing Praises ($13.80) in the 11th.
Racing resumes Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Gulfstream Park West with a first race post time of 1:05 p.m.
Source: Gulfstream Park Communications