Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lopez, Saez Tied for Lead in Wins at Gulfstream

Paco Lopez and Luis Saez are tied for first place in wins, each with 23, after 21 days of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet.

Racing resumes at Gulfstream on Wednesday with ten races and first post at 12:35 p.m.  Lopez and Saez both have mounts in five races that day.

Their schedules will then get even busier.  Lopez is named on nine mounts on both Thursday and Friday.  Saez has seven mounts on Thursday and nine on Friday.

Lopez has ridden in 113 races and leads Gulfstream jockeys with his mounts winning $611,995.  Saez has ridden in 92 races and his mounts have won $536,597.

Nik Juarez is third with 14 victories, followed by Jose Lezcano  with 13 and Tyler Gaffalione with  12.

Three-time defending champion Javier Castellano has ten wins in just 35 starts, and now that he is riding full-time at Gulfstream can be expected to challenge Saez and Lopez.

Castellano led the Gulfstream 2015-2016 championship meet with 113 wins. Saez was second with 86 wins, and Lopez was third with 58.

The 87-day meet will end on April 2.
*Todd Pletcher leads trainers with 19 wins, and appears headed toward his 14th straight Gulfstream championship meet title.

Jorge Navarro is second with 11 wins, followed by Mike Maker with nine.

*Among owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey are in first place with six wins.  They led owners in wins in each of the last five Gulfstream championship meets.

Grupo 7C Racing is in second place with four wins,

Four stables are tied for third place with three wins each. They are NTS Racing Stable, Monster Racing, Magic Stable and Drawing Away Stable.

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