Bellhouse's Gulfstream Blog: Entry 1
When I heard the news that I would be spending the winter in South Florida at Gulfstream Park, I couldn't help but smile for days. Now here I am, almost three weeks into the meet. I must say, the weather wasn't the best the first ten days or so, and I left the track pretty soaked on a few occasions. The good thing is the future looks bright, and it is 80 degrees right now. It will only get warmer from here. I guess the rain wasn't so bad when I think about the snow in my home base of Saratoga Springs, NY....
West Point started the meet with a game third in a tough allowance on January 7th by the talented Offlee Wild colt, Middle of The Nite. He is training extremely well for Tom Albertrani, and is set to start next in the Sam. F Davis Stakes on February 13th at Tampa Bay Downs. This race is graded for the first time this year, which is very exciting, especially when looking toward the first Saturday in May. This colt will certainly be my Valentine if he runs big.
January 9th was a great day for us at beautiful Gulfstream Park. Montana Knight, a Seattle Fitz first time starter ran a solid third for trainer Mike Hushion. He swam a solid third may be a better term. It rained all day that day, and we found out in the paddock that the race was removed from the turf. Nonetheless, he ran hard and with the sunny days ahead, will start next on the lawn. The highlight of the rainiest day of the season so far was a win by Quiet All American. "Quiet Al" jumped puddles to victory in a maiden special weight for trainer Dale Romans, and paid $23.80 to win. Hence, both myself and some West Point partners walked out of the track with a little pep in our step that day.
We have twelve horses in training at Palm Meadows with Tom Albertrani and Mike Hushion, and three based at Gulfstream with Dale Romans. Our horses have really come along in the past several weeks, and we are set to send send out quite a few runners in February and March. It will be a very exciting next two months here.
I encourage everyone to get down here to Gulfstream and have some fun in the sun. It is really a great place, and the next couple weeks will be buzzing around here. Next weekend is the Sunshine Millions. February 6th is the Donn Handicap (gr. I), which is always an exciting prep race for the Dubai World Cup. The next day, Super Bowl XLIV comes to Miami. There's always something going on down here.
To end my first blog entry of 2010, I must note that Bellhouse (not me, the horse) is the real deal. I may be a bit biased, but he is training up a storm for Tom Albertrani. He will likely hit the starting gate at the end of February or early March.
Until next time, Go Bellhouse.