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Saturday, February 25, 2012


GULFSTREAM TODAY 2.24.12


After jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on Thursday’s program at Gulfstream Park to bring him to within one victory of the lofty 3,000 career win milestone, the popular rider hit the mark Friday in the sixth race aboard West Point Stable’s 4-year-old filly Virtuously as she rallied from far back at the top of the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length in the one-mile turf test.

A daughter of Congrats trained by Dale Romans, Virtuously was Castellano’s third of five mounts on the program after he finished second aboard Rhineshire Farm’s first-time starting 3-year-old filly D’fraulein in the third race for trainer Eddie Kenneally..


Gulfstream fans might have missed witnessing the occasion if he hadn’t won aboard Virtuously Friday as he was due to fly to New Orleans to ride Lets Go Stable’s 3-year-old Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful El Padrino in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Quote of the Day: “Florida is my home. I ride in New York, but this is where I rode first when I came to this country,” said Castellano. “I love Florida; I love the people; they’ve supported me my whole career. It feels great. It was time. I stayed patient and rode the same way I always ride.”

Who’s Hot: Trainer Ron Spatz had sent out just one winner from 27 starters at the meet until Friday when he tripled his win total to three after Alters Racing Stable’s 3-year-old gelding Joy of the Toy scored in the second race and Martin Friedman’s 5-year-old Red Jag posted an 11-to-1 upset in the fourth race.

Jockey Juan Leyva rode two winners on the card, beginning with Red Jag for Spatz in the fifth, and came back to drive Ione and Herb Elkins’ 7-year-old gelding Dream Maestro to a hard-fought nose victory in the seventh for trainer Bill Kaplan, the owner-trainer team of 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) winner and Eclipse champion Musical Romance.

Jockey Javier Castellano put the icing on his big day cake winning the ninth race optional/allowance feature atop William Clifton, Jr.’s 5-year-old Zhivago for trainer James Bond as the son of Thunder Gulch won the 1 7/16 miles turf test coming off a one-year layoff. Zhivago gave Castellano his second winner of the day and Career win number 3,001.

Works of the Day: Reeves Thoroughbred and partners’ Mucho Macho Man and Jay Em Ess Stable and partners’ Boys At Tosconova each posted workouts Friday morning at Gulfstream Park as the two 4-year-old colts are kept on edge to meet in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) at one mile on Sat., Mar. 10.

Mucho Macho Man, a son of Macho Uno trained by Kathy Ritvo, worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 as he gets ready to bid for his second major victory of the meet after capturing the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 28. Mucho Macho Man is best-known for finishing third behind Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last spring.

Boys At Tosconova is a son of Officer trained by Rick Dutrow and was timed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 and will bid for a fourth consecutive victory, the last two in one-mile allowance races over the track at the meet. Winner of the Hopeful Stakes (G1) as a 2-year-old in 2010, he finished second to champion Uncle Mo in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs that fall.

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