Making his sixth start of the Gulfstream Park meet, all in stakes, Rolbea Thoroughbred Racing’s 5-year-old broke through to the winners’ circle after a dominating wire-to-wire performance winning the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) by 8¼ lengths under regular rider Eduardo Nunez.

Trained by Javier Negrete, the Florida homebred chestnut by Concerto has earned the nickname ‘Iron Horse’ the last few seasons in South Florida and ran very well to finish second in the Donn Handicap (G1) early in the meet and second again in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) three weeks ago, but remained without a victory this year.

Finallymadeit was in command virtually from the start of the 1 3/16 miles test and coasted home over Long Bay Stable’s Tizbig in second with Garland Williamson’s Cool Gator another 1¼ lengths back in third in the field of seven older horses. The winner paid $5.40 as the favorite and was timed the distance in 1:56:76 over the ‘fast’ track.

Winning Jockey Quote

Eduardo Nunez:

“Oh, what a performance. You saw what happens when you have no pressure. We could have gone a while longer if we had to, I had so much horse. From the start I knew right away it was going to be different today than last time (Gulfstream Park Handicap). It makes it easy when you’re horse is relaxed and just ready to run, and that was the case today.”

Winning Trainer Quote

Javier Negrete:

“I knew they (rivals) were mine after they posted 48 and change. He was going easy.”

Rolando Rodriguez (owner-breeder):

“We’ll keep him running like he has. He loves it. We’ve been training more for distance since last year. He’ll go to Texas next for the race on April 25 ($300,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park) and then on to New York for the Met Mile ($600,000 (G1) at Belmont Park on May 25) and all the big races.”

Fractions:

23:77, 48:76, 1:13:53, 1:38:00 & 1:56:76