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EXCLUSIVE: REAL INSIGHTS WITH THE MYSTERIOUS SWAMI

Horseplayers everywhere have been quietly cashing a lot of winning tickets thanks to the great and powerful Swami. The Swami’s numbers speak for themselves. His top choice is hitting at 43%. Last weekend boxing the Swami’s picks you would have hit 12 exactas and 6 trifectas. Although we have never actually seen the Swami, he did agree to a telepathic interview. For the first time ever, he reveals the magic of his handicapping prowess. Oh...
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GENERAL MCGOOBY PULLS OFF THE SHOCKER IN THE NOT SURPRISING

Shockers, coincidence and drama were part of the 4th of July card at Gulfstream Park leading into the Florida HBPA Stakes Series race named after 1995 Eclipse Award Winning Sprinter, ‘Not Surprising.’ Jockey Tyler Gaffalione had won a record-tying 7 races on the card and was looking to beat the track record set by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, which just so happened to have taken place in 1995. Earlier in the card the...
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BEHIND THE SILKS: JUD VAN WORP TALKS 1995 ECLIPSE AWARD WINNER NOT SURPRISING

As Americans all over the country celebrated our 241st Independence Day, the horse racing at Gulfstream Park was filled with sizzling hot action. Included were two races in the Florida HBPA Stakes Series, the Martha Washington and the Not Surprising, the latter named after the 1995 Eclipse Champion Sprinter owned by Robert E. Van Worp, and trained by his son Jud Van Worp. Jud and his wife Debbie were on hand along with their children...
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ANDRES CORTES NAMED JUNE ‘GROOM OF THE MONTH’

When it comes to making sure a horse is ready for race day at Gulfstream Park, Andres Cortes is one of the best grooms to call on. He applies his trade for the Victor Barboza, Jr. barn supporting five to six horses. “It’s important for me to know everything about the horses in my stable, right down to the smallest detail. My job is to create the most effective training program for each horse, and...
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GREAT PAYOUTS, DRAMA AND NOSTALGIA IN THE SOLDIER’S DANCER

The Florida HBPA Stakes Series Soldier’s Dancer provided a fitting close to a fantastic day of racing at Gulfstream, where handle on the race drew $1,038,478. In an exciting scramble to the finish, 20-1 longshot and Vegso Racing Stable-owned Mystic Sky flew by 25-1 pace-setter My Point Exactly to take the Soldier’s Dancer in impressive fashion. Meanwhile, 3 to 5 odds-on-favorite and Mike Maker-trainee Enterprising struggled a bit and finished off the board, meaning big...
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AZPURUA JR. DEDICATES GINGER PUNCH WIN TO LATE UNCLE MANNY

As Somthingelse held off a hard charging Bitacora, the victory was bittersweet for trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr., whose uncle and legendary trainer Manny Azpurua passed away at the age of 88 this past Tuesday. Minutes after the epic hard-fought win, he spoke reflectively about it. “To me, this was more than just winning a race. It’s winning for him. It’s very emotional,” he said. “Manny, along with my father, have always been very supportive of...
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