HorseRacingFLA Staff Report
Thoroughbred racing resumes at the Gulfstream Park West meet on Wednesday with first post of 12:35 p.m. for a ten-race card.
The dirt track is listed as fast and the turf course is listed as firm. Five races (the even numbered ones) are scheduled for turf. The temporary rail is set at 15 feet.
Gulfstream Park is holding the GP West meet at Calder in Miami Gardens as part of a lease agreement.
The Weather Channel forecast is for a zero percent chance of rain during racing hours.
The Rainbow 6 carryover has grown to $40,215. It is on races five through ten.
Nine of Wednesday’s races are claiming or maiden claiming.
The exception is the eighth, a $34,000 maiden special weight at one mile on turf for two-year-old fillies.
As an indication that the South Florida winter racing is getting underway, the race has two horses trained by Todd Pletcher and one horse trained by Bill Mott. Pletcher has Blame It On Dixie and My Life. Mott has Sugar and Te.
We will have coverage during the afternoon on our blog
Heading into the meet’s final eight days jockey Edgard Zayas and trainer Antonio Sano are in strong positions to repeat as champions—in terms of wins.
Zayas has 38 victories through Sunday, the 29th day of the meet that will end Nov. 27.
Luca Panici is second in wins with 27. Tyler Gaffalione and Emisael Jaramillo each have 26, and are tied for third place.
Zayas also leads in purses. With his mounts earning $759,665. Panici is second in purses with $619,107.
Sano is first in wins with 15, followed by Pletcher with 11.
David Fawkes, with nine wins, and Kathleen O’Connell, with eight, are third and fourth respectively.
Pletcher leads in purses with $292,410. Sano is second with $252,420.
Four owners are tied for first place with four victories. They are Gelfenstein Farm. Big Lick Farm, Steve Dwoskin and Auncchio and Jacobson.
Defending titlist Frank Carl Calabrese is among seven owners that have three wins.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners leads owners in purses with $84,620. Eclipse has two wins in the meet. That includes Squadron, trained by Pletcher, winning $60,140 with a victory in last Saturday’s $100,000 Juvenile Turf.
The partnership of Four Horsemen Racing Stables and Lady Lindsay Racing Stables is second with $74,240. They have two wins, including Sweetontheladies winning $60,760 in last Saturday’s $100,000 Juvenile.
Gelfenstein is third with $73,670.