HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Tuesday, Sept. 15 –With 11 racing days left in Gulfstream Park’s summer meet, Ralph Nicks and Antonio Sano have 23 wins each and are tied for the lead in the trainers ‘ standings
Live racing will resume Thursday at Gulfstream with ten races and first post of 1:15 p.m.
Nicks has four horses entered on Thursday and three horses entered on Friday’s ten-race card. Sano has two horses entered on Thursday and four entered on Friday.
Sano and Nicks have been in a close race for the past month. Both continue to pile up Gulfstream wins while, they, most notably Nicks, are also running horses at tracks in northern states.
Stan Gold and Luis Duco each have 11 wins and are tied for third place.
Gold leads trainers in earnings with $925,795. Nicks has $767,660 and Sano has $519,797.
Gold’s earnings are high because this has been another meet in which he has had multiple stakes winners, including three horses in the Florida Sire Stakes Series.
Nicks has 23 wins in 93 summer meet starts, for a 24 percTent rate.
He was based at Kentucky and midwestern tracks before making Gulfstream his year-round base last year. He is seeking his first trainers’ title in a South Florida meet.
Sano has 23 summer meet wins in 134 starts for a 17 percent rate,
He is a native of Venezuela who began training in South Florida in 2010. In 2011 he led in wins at the Calder meet and at the Tropical at Calder meet
Other data from Equibase show the following for the Gulfstream summer meet:
In the owners’ standings, Jacks or Better Farm has 11 victories followed by Frank Carl Calabrese with ten.
Jacks or better is in Ocala and is owned and operated by Fred and Jane Brei. It uses Gold as its exclusive trainer at Gulfstream and Gulfstream Park West (Calder).
Thus, the wins and earnings totals are identical for Gold and for Jacks or Better.
Tyler Gaffalione has what appears to be a comfortable lead in the jockeys’ race with 59 victories, followed by Eddie Castro with 48. Harry Hernandez has 36, and Jonathan Gonzales is fourth with 35.
Perfect Step is the only horse with four victories in the meet. She is four for four, including a win on Sept. 11 in the $75,000 Hard Worker Stakes at five furlongs on turf.
Trainer Peter Walder and owners Anthony Newman and Aventura Stable could have a chance to run the 6-year-old Perfect Step again before the summer meet ends on Oct. 3.
Four horses have three summer meet wins. They are Focus on Me, Metaphorically, Miss Darla and Live in Joy.
The 2-yesr-old filly Ballet Diva leads in earnings with $26,2140. She is in the Gold-Jacks or Better barn and has two wins and a third place finish in three starts–all in stakes.
After the end of its summer meet, Gulfstream will hold its 40-day Gulfstream Park West meet at Calder from Oct.7 through Nov. 28 with racing Wednesdays through Sundays.