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Saturday, February 18, 2012


Gulfstream Today 2-17-2012


Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on the card, including Smartys Emperoress, a 16-1 long shot, in the featured ninth race.

The 34-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela ran his meet-best total to 62 victories with his off-the-pace victory by three quarters of a length aboard the Eric Reed-trained filly in the five-furlong turf sprint.


Away from the gate slowly, Smartys Emperoress was rated off a blistering pace contested by Going to Kukaro and Miss Maggie Girl, who set fractions of :21 and :43 1/5 for the first half mile. The 4-year-old daughter of Holy Roman Emperor kicked in through the stretch to rush past the tiring leaders to capture her third win in seven starts.

The Tampa Bay Downs shipper ($35.20) ran five furlongs in :54.97. Favored Going to Kukaro, ridden by Jeremy Rose, held second money in the $56,500 optional claiming allowance, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Caribbean Lady and jockey Joe Bravo.

Castellano also visited the winner’s circle with Starsilhouette ($5.40) in the third, Fly South ($9.20) in the fourth and Absolute Power ($25.80) in the seventh

Quote of the Day: “It’s amazing. I’m very blessed. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve gotten all meet from all the trainers and my agent. It’s not just me; it’s everyone involved. It’s worked out great so far,” said leading jockey Javier Castellano after riding four winners on Friday’s card.

Work of the Day: Mucho Macho Man, the recent winner of the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic, breezed four furlongs in 48.25 seconds under exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. in preparation for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) on March 10.

10-cent Rainbow 6 carryover: $74,646.48


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