Updated on 09/17/2011 10:45AM

Team Gill-Shuman sizzles


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Mike Gill juggernaut just keeps rolling. Boston Brat, owned by Gill and trained by Mark Shuman, set a Gulfstream record for five furlongs, winning the third race Friday in 56.35 seconds. Cornelio Velasquez was aboard Boston Brat, who returned $2.80.

The time bettered the record of 56.60, set in 1997 by Punch Line. "Cornelio said the horse wasn't tired, but he was," said Shuman. "He said it was everything he could do to keep the horse from going in 55."

Gill and Shuman also won the fifth race with Huber Woods ($4.60) and the eighth with City Fire ($13), giving them 16 winners in only 11 days at the meet. Their fourth and last starter on the Friday program, Tactical Punch, finished eighth in the 10th race.

Shuman, who never has won a training title, already has opened a huge lead atop the standings. Through Friday, Tim Hills and Dale Romans were tied for second among trainers with four wins each.

Storm Flag Flying will not run in Triple Crown races

Storm Flag Flying, who later this month is expected to be named champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, definitely will not run in any of the Triple Crown races, trainer Shug McGaughey said Friday.

Early Triple Crown nominations costing $600 closed Saturday, and Storm Flag Flying is not among those named. Nominations will be released late next week.

McGaughey said he is not planning on running Storm Flag Flying in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, "although the [May 2 Kentucky] Oaks is a big possibility. We didn't nominate to the Triple Crown because I wanted to just go on and take it off the table right now so that there's not a lot of speculation about it down the road. Running in the Derby wasn't in my plans."

Storm Flag Flying, owned by Ogden Mills Phipps, had her first breeze since returning from a freshening Thursday at Payson Park, going an easy three furlongs.

Off sizzling performance, Party Queen's next up in the air

One of the most impressive performances of the Gulfstream meet came Wednesday when Party Queen passed the entire field to win the featured ninth race, a third-level turf allowance.

Party Queen was last of 10 before uncorking a sensational outside run to win for the fourth time in five career starts.

"There has been a lot of talk about her," said Vicki Oliver, who trains Party Queen, a 4-year-old Cozzene filly, for her father, G. Watts Humphrey. "It was such a huge race off the layoff that I'm not certain if we'll run her back in three weeks."

The race Oliver was alluding to is the Grade 3 The Very One Handicap, a 1 3/8-mile grass race on Feb. 8.

"We'll have to see how she handles herself before we commit to that," she said. "Otherwise, we'll probably wait for another stakes later in the meet."

Sunshine Millions shipping schedule

This is the shipping schedule for the inaugural Sunshine Millions, the eight-race, $3.6 million series that will be run Saturday at Gulfstream and Santa Anita: Florida-based horses running in the Santa Anita races will be flown there Tuesday, with the plane returning to Florida Wednesday with California horses who will run in the Gulfstream races.

California horses will return home Sunday, and the Florida horses will return Monday.

o Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, racing will be conducted here on a Monday for the only time this month. Gulfstream will go to a six-day week in February and March, with only Tuesdays dark, then revert to a five-day week again in April, with Mondays dark again. The meet ends April 24.

Early first-race post time on Super Sunday

In scheduling around the Super Bowl, Gulfstream, like most other tracks, has moved up its post time next Sunday. The first race will be run at noon Eastern, and the last of 10 races at about 4:10 p.m. Super Bowl kickoff is set for 6:20 p.m.

The feature that day is the $75,000 Dave Feldman Stakes for 3-year-old turf horses.

* Carrie Ann Mewha, who will represent Florida in the March 24 Miss U.S.A. pageant, will assist in the drawing of entries Monday morning at the Sunshine Millions breakfast at Gulfstream.

* Veteran agent Danny Mellul is now working for jockey Patrick Husbands.