02/13/2013 5:53PM

Gulfstream Park: Dullahan gets company in drill for Dubai

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Barbara D. Livingston
Dullahan hooked up with two horses in his five-furlong work Tuesday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Dale Romans stepped things up a little Tuesday for his Dubai-bound Dullahan, who worked a strong five furlongs in company in 1:00.62 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.38 with jockey John Velazquez aboard. Dullahan hooked in at the five-furlong pole with a member of trainer Allen Iwinski’s stable, then joined his own stablemate Conversationalist, who began at the half-mile pole, for the final quarter-mile of the drill and during the gallop-out around the clubhouse turn.

“At first, I was worried when we hooked up with the other two horses, but then I figured it might be a good idea to give him a target,” Velazquez said. “I chirped to him at the five-sixteenths pole, and he really took off. I was very impressed with his work.”

Velazquez also was super impressed with the performance of Point of Entry, whom he guided to victory over Animal Kingdom in Saturday’s Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Point of Entry won despite turning back to 1 1/8 miles off his runner-up finish in the 1 1/2-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf.

“I told Shug before the race my strategy was to get the jump on Animal Kingdom, because I knew he could quicken a little better than my horse at that distance,” Velazquez said. “And when he made the early move like that, I think it probably played to our advantage. Either way, I knew going in what I had to do to beat him, and in the end, it took one really good horse to beat another really good horse in that race.”
 

gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Hey Velaquez! Point of Entry won the race not you!
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
I believe this horse may turn out to be one of the stars in the older handicap division this year. He has shown his affinity for the synthetic surfaces as well conventional dirt and I would not be surprised to see him perform very well at the Worl Cup next month. Hopefully he comes home in good order and can make some of the mid summer handicaps available like the Pacific Classic again. Well managed horse with tremendous upside as a four year old. Much nicer and more prolific than his stablemate Shackleford in my opinion.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
John Velazquez for President, this is classic feathering one's own bed. A little hug for Shug and a little love for Graham, got to do what ya got to do sometimes I guess.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Ask Rosario about his ride on Saturday - - - Tho it was his first ride on AK, he'd most likely admit that Velasquez snookered him.