December 30, 2023 Edition

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Verifying - Coady Photography

Verifying to Stand at Pleasant Acres Stallions


MORRISTON, FL--Pleasant Acres Stallions announced the arrival of Verifying, by Justify out of Diva Delite, by Repent, to Florida for the 2024 breeding season at a $10,000 fee.

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Inside This Issue

• Verifying to Stand at Pleasant Acres Stallions

Florida-bred Maryquitecontrary Defends Title in Rampart

• O'Connor Prevails in Harlan's Holiday at Gulfstream

• 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 Maryquitecontrary - Adam Coglianese Photo

Florida-bred Maryquitecontrary Defends Title With Strong Run in Rampart


Stuck on the rail behind a wall of horses with a quarter-mile to the finish, Maryquitecontrary and jockey Luca Panici found room between rivals at the top of the stretch and ran down Imonra inside the final furlong to win their second consecutive Rampart at Gulfstream Park.

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O'Connor (Chi) (inside) - Lauren King Photo

O'Connor Prevails in Saturday's Harlan's Holiday


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - O'Connor (Chi) slipped through a tight opening along the rail and launched a determined stretch bid in the $150,000 Harlan's Holiday (Grade 3) Saturday at Gulfstream Park, virtually clinching an invitation to the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan.

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Friday, December 29

All Times Eastern

Santa Anita

$100,000 Blue Norther S.

Won by Medoro (Ky)

Fillies, 2-years-old, 1 mile turf

........ April Vintage (#9) Sixth

Saturday, December 30

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Maryquitecontrary - Ryan Thompson Photo

Gulfstream Park

$125,000 Rampart S.

Won by Maryquitecontrary (Fla)

Maryquitecontrary earned a $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, 1 mile

........ Dreaming of Snow (#1) Fifth

........ Maryquitecontrary (#3) Winner

........ Rosie’s Halo (#5) Fourth


Gulfstream Park

$150,000 Harlan’s Holiday S. (Grade 3)

Won by O'Connor (Chi)

Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, 1 1/16th mile

........ Octane (#7) Fifth

........ Lure Him In (#11) Ninth

Sunday, December 31

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Baby Steps - Ryan Thompson Photo

Gulfstream Park

$100,000 Abundantia S.

Plus $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

[Race 8, 3:32 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, 5 furlongs turf

........ Baby Steps (#4)

........ Talkin Tipsy (#7)

........ Stone Silent (#8)

........ One Identity (#9)

........ Fulminate (AE#15)


Gulfstream Park

$100,000 Janus S.

Plus $25,000 FTBOA Florida-bred win bonus

[Race 10, 4:34 p.m.]

3-years-old and older, 5 furlongs turf

........ Extendo (#1)

........ Biz Biz Buzz (#4)

........ Warrior’s Pride (#6)

........ Yes I am Free (#10)

Santa Anita Park

$100,000 Lady of Shamrock S.

[Race 7, 6:00 p.m.]

Fillies, 3-years-old, 1 mile turf

........ Princess Bettina (#5)

Monday, January 1

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Chi Chi - Ryan Thompson Photo

Gulfstream Park

$150,000 Cash Run S.

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

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

3-year-old fillies, one mile

........ Chi Chi (#3)


Gulfstream Park

$150,000 Mucho Macho Man S.

Plus $20,000 FTBOA Florida-bred Top 3 Bonus (50%-30%-20%)

[Race 10, 4:36 p.m.]

3-year-olds, one mile

........ Everdoit (#7)

Friday, January 5

All Times Eastern

Florida-bred Tape to Tape - Coady Photography

Delta Downs

$75,000 Sam’s Town S.

[Race 2, 6:33 p.m.]

4-years-old and older, 5 furlongs

........ Tape to Tape (#1)


Delta Downs

$75,000 Orleans S.

[Race 8, 9:21 p.m.]

Fillies and mares, 4-years-old and older, 5 furlongs

........ Gracie Diamond (#6)

Sunland Park

$65,000 KLAQ S.

[Race 8, 5:32 p.m.]

4-year-olds and older, 5 furlongs

........ Good Bye Charlie (#11)

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. 30, Spieth was at 4,994 wins. He has no scheduled mounts.

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