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Feb. 25 Racing News Archive


Dick's Picks on the Fountain of Youth: It's Upside vs. Experience
The field for the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes could be divided into two camps, with four of the entries having a fair amount of starts under their belts and four having limited experience and thus more upside potential, at least in theory. More....

Commish: Madman on the Loose in the Hutcheson
It looks like at least a half dozen speedballs will be winging it on the front end in this year’s edition of the Grade II Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park. To speed or not to speed is always the question, but that doesn’t look like the answer today at seven furlongs. I think I found the one who’ll be sitting pretty and first to pounce all over the pretenders. More....

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Gotham Probables
Nacho Saint, Norman Asbjornson, Preachintothedevil, Rescind the Trade, Stay Thirsty and Toby's Corner. Dawly, Monzon and Starship Caesar are possible for the race according to NYRA Stakes Coordinator Andrew Byrnes. More....

Blue Laser Moved to Ocala
Blue Laser (Worth Watching) is at the Ocala Training Center, where he breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 (1/6) yesterday. He had put in five works at Palm Meadows starting on Jan. 13. Blue Laser is not eligible for the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes in Ocala on March 14, so perhaps the nearby Grade II Tampa Bay Derby is in the cards. Nominations close tomorrow for the March 12 race.

Su Casa, Loranger Native Renew Rivalry
Su Casa G Casa is the 2-1 top choice in the morning line for Saturday’s $60,000 Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds at 1 1/16 mile on the turf. Regular rider Carlos Gonzalez returns in the irons aboard the Bret Calhoun trainee. More....


Coa: Still Hope for Impovement
Eibar Coa underwent a 4 1/2-hour surgery yesterday, the second one he's had on his C4 vertebra that was broken Feb. 18 in a spill at Gulfstream Park. According to family spokesman and agent Tito Fuentes, Coa can move his arms had some movement in his feet.

“Everything went well,” Fuentes said. “Eibar was fine Thursday night. He was in a little pain, but that’s to be expected. I think right now it’s going to be a matter of how he progresses over the next few days.”

Along with those two surgeries, Coa had surgery Monday to repair a broken wrist.

Aqueduct Live Racing Off Today
Due to expected wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour in the afternoon, Aqueduct has cancelled live racing today. Aqueduct and the Belmont Café will be open for simulcasting, and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will both be available.

Live racing will continue Saturday with a 10-race card featuring the Stymie for 3-year-olds and up going 1-1/8 mile on the inner track. First post on Saturday will be at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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