Saturday, June 3, 2017

Red-Hot Gaffalione at Penn National on Saturday

 Tyler Gaffalione rode three winners at Gulfstream Park on Friday, following a four-victory day on Thursday at the Hallandale Beach., Fla. track.

On Saturday, he will be at Penn National in Wyomissing, Pa., to ride Bronson in the $500,000 Penn Mile (Grade 3).   

The race is on turf for 3-year-olds.  It is the ninth race, with a 7:45 p.m. scheduled post. 

Bronson comes into the race off a win in the $75,000 English Channel Stakes at Gulfstream on May 6.  The son of Medaglia d’Oro won the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes in 1:41.26—a solid time for a 3-year-old—on the course listed as firm.

Edgard Zayas rode Bronson that day for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Calumet Farm.

Gaffalione was at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., riding Patch to a 14th place finish in the Kentucky Derby for Pletcher and Mathis Stable.

Big Score and Bronson are likely favorites in the ten-horse Penn Mile field.

Big Score, a son of Mr. Big, won the Transylvania Stakes (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., on April 17. Javier Castellano will ride Big Score for trainer George Weaver.

Through Friday, Gaffalione leads Gulfstream jockeys with 75 wins, in 246 starts, in the spring meet.  Second through fifth in wins  at the meet are: Zayas 52; Emisael Jaramillo 35;  Luca Panici 29;  and Miguel  Vasquez  25.

Gaffalione will be back at Gulfstream on Sunday.  He is listed on eight mounts in the 11-race card.
--Jim Freer

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