By Jim Freer
Dreams Cut Short, trained by Marcus Vitali, beat Aire Bueno by 1 ½ lengths in Friday’s feature race at the Gulfstream Park West meet.
Dreams Cut Short was ridden by Matt Respoli and won the one mile turf race in the solid time of 1:36.38 on a course listed as firm. It was a $62,500 optional claimer with a $40,000 purse.
The win by Dreams Cut Short was the fourth for Vitali at the GP West meet and put him into the lead in the trainer standings.
Friday was the ninth day of the meet that Gulfstream Park is holding at Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens.
GP West will have ten races today with first post of 1:15 p.m. There are no stakes races. Conditions are fast and firm, and there is only a ten percent chance of rain in the forecast.
In Friday’s race Rompin’ Reid finished third, a neck behind Aire Bueno, with Good and Proper another neck behind in fourth place in the eight-horse field,
The first four finishers all raced in stakes at Gulfstream this summer and it is likely that all four will race in turf stakes during the GP West meet that ends on Nov. 29.
We will have an expanded report on Dreams Cut Short’s win in our GP West Weekend Roundup story on Monday.
* Tyler Gaffalione rode one winner in four mounts on Frida
y, giving him 14 wins for the meet and expanding his lead in the jockey standings.
Edgard Zayas was winless in seven mounts on Friday and remains in second place with nine victories.
Eddie Castro rode two winners, giving him seven for the meet and putting him a tie for third place with Jonathan Gonzales who was winless for the day.
At GP West, Zayas has six mounts on Saturday and seven on Sunday.
On Saturday, Gaffalione will be at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., where he has two mounts on that track’s Maryland Million Day card. He has six GP West mounts on Sunday.
* Six trainers have three GP West wins each and are tied for second place in the standings behind Vitali.
The trainers with three wins are Todd Pletcher, Ralph Nicks, Gustavo Delgado, Antonio Sano, Juan Arias and Rodolfo Garcia
Vitali has one horse entered at GP West on Saturday. Sano has three entrants on the card, and Nicks and Garcia each have two. The others in the three-way tie have no GP West entrants on Saturday.
* There was one winning ticket Friday in the Rainbow 6–for $23,799.54.
GP West will begin a new Rainbow 6 pool on Saturday. It will be on the fifth through tenth races, starting at 3:27 p.m.
The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent per combination only bet that requires picking the winners of the day’s last six races.
At the Gulfstream Park West meet and at its own track, Gulfstream pays out the full Rainbow 6 pool (day’s bets plus carryover) only day when there is just one ticket with all six winners.
On other days it divides 70 percent of the day’s pool (minus the 20 percent takeout) among tickets with the most winners and puts the other 30 percent into a carryover for the next racing
Win By Dreams Cut Short Lifts Vitali into GP West Trainers Lead