December 23, 2023 Edition

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Florida-bred Spirit Wind - Lauren King Photo

Florida-bred Spirit Wind Provides Emotional Win in Sugar Swirl


Spirit Wind produced a heart-warming victory for Jane Brei and her Jacks or Better Farm Inc. with an impressive gate-to-wire score in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

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Inside This Issue

• Florida-bred Spirit Wind Takes Sugar Swirl

• Longshot Souper Blessing Victorious in Tropical Park

• This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History

• Florida-breds in Stakes

• Florida Stallion Progeny

• Florida Breeders' List

• W2W Business Place

The Florida Horse Podcast

Nick de Meric a thoroughbred consignor and member of the Florida Thoroughbred industry.

E32 –Stallion Series - Journeyman Stud

In episode 32, host Tammy Gantt joins Brent and Crystal Fernung of Journeyman Stud for a 2024 stallion preview.

Florida-bred Souper Blessing - Ryan Thompson Photo

Longshot Souper Blessing Victorious in Tropical Park Derby


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Ocala-based Live Oak Plantation's homebred Souper Blessing, a 12-1 longshot, split horses down the stretch under a perfect ride by jockey Edwin Gonzalez to win Saturday's $125,000 Tropical Park Derby. Souper Blessing also earned the $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus.

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Florida-bred Western Pride at Santa Anita - Yount Photo

This Day in Florida Thoroughbred History - December 23


2000 - Florida-bred and future millionaire Western Pride breaks his maiden in his sixth career start at Calder Race Course under jockey Abdiel Toribio.

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Scott Spieth – SV Photography


Jockey Scott Spieth is approaching a personal milestone of 5,000 Thoroughbred career wins in North America (US and Canada). Through racing Saturday, Dec. 23, Spieth was at 4,994 wins. He has no scheduled mounts.

Saturday, December 23

All Times Eastern

Fair Grounds

$100,000 Letellier Memorial S.

Won by Leslie's Loot

2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs

........ Halina’s Forte (#3) Second

........ Bedowntofoolaround (#4) Seventh

Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Sugar Swirl S. (Grade 3)

Spirit Wind earned the $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

Won by Spirit Wind (Fla)

Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, 6 furlongs

........ Bluefield (#1) Fifth

........ Magna Massa (#3) Seventh

........ Spirit Wind (#8) Winner

Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Tropical Park Derby

Souper Blessing earned the $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

Won by Souper Blessing (Fla)

3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles turf

........ Boppy O (#3) Third

........ Souper Blessing (#7) Winner

Tuesday, December 26

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Speed Boat Beach - Benoit Photo

Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Via Borghese S.

Plus $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

[Race 8, 3:36 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, 1 3/8 miles turf

........ Coco (#7)

Santa Anita

$300,000 Malibu S. (Grade 1)

[Race 8, 5:30 p.m.]

3-year-olds, 7 furlongs

........ Speed Boat Beach (#3)

........ Damon's Mound (#5)

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