By HorseracingFLA Staff
Monday, Jan. 5 — Luis Saez rode five winners at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, giving him 26 for the track’s championship meet and moving him into first place in the jockey standings.
Three-time defending champion Javier Castellano is second with 23 victories.
Castellano and Saez came into Sunday’s 11-race card tied for first with 21 wins. Castellano rode two winners, but fell behind Saez in the standings.
After 22 race days, Edgard Zayas is third with 16 wins followed by John Velazquez and Paco Lopez with 15 each.
Todd Pletcher leads trainers with 16 wins and appears on his way to his 12th straight Gulfstream championship meet (winter meet) title. Jorge Navarro is second with eight wins. Mike Maker and Kirk Ziadie, each with seven, are tied for third.
On Sunday, Gulfstream had another strong day in field sizes and in handle. It had 110 starters in 11 races, for an average of ten per race. All-sources handle was $7,101,463.
Gulfstream’s next live race day will be this Wednesday, with ten races and first post time of 12:40 p.m.
The featured ninth race, with scheduled post of 4:32 p.m. is the $60,000 Miami Shores Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.
Trainer Marty Wolfson has five of the 12 entries, but probably will not send out all of them.
Wolfson indicated to the Gulfstream press office that El Donyo and Flores Island are the horses from his group that are most likely to start in the Miami Shores.
Those two horses and Wedding Toast, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, are the likely favorites.
On Wednesday morning, Horseracingfla.com will run a preview of the Miami Shores.