12/12/2012 4:10PM

Gulfstream notes: Animal Kingdom starts cranking up

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Barbara D. Livingston
Animal Kingdom, who breezed a half-mile at Palm Meadows on Tuesday, is pointing for the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Animal Kingdom took his first step toward his much-anticipated 2013 debut when he breezed an easy half-mile in 52 seconds around the dogs at Palm Meadows on Tuesday. Animal Kingdom returned from a long layoff to finish second behind Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom is being pointed to the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.

“He went easily,” trainer Graham Motion said. “The idea was to give him a nice, comfortable first breeze back. He’s had some down time since the Breeders’ Cup.”

Politicallycorrect heads out

Politicallycorrect had his final local work before shipping back to California for the Grade 1 Malibu, zipping a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.60 here Tuesday over a main track tightened up by overnight rains. Politicallycorrect won Santa Anita’s seven furlong Damascus on Nov. 3. The Malibu, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds, will be run Dec. 26.

Other workers of note Tuesday included Grade 1 winners Emma’s Encore (half-mile in 49.26 seconds) and Teaks North (five-eighths in 1:01).

Dania Beach gets full field

A field of 10 2-year-olds plus one also-eligible was drawn Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 3 Dania Beach, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds. Tate’s Landing, easy winner of the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity in his turf debut, heads a solid lineup that also includes the stakes winners Mystic Love, a filly, and Itsmyluckyday as well as the Grade 2-placed Charming Kitten, who exits a ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.