Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gaffalione Rides Four Winners, Agaib

Tyler Gaffalione rode four winners at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, following his four-win day on Friday.

And he is getting ready for a trip to Saratoga Race Course, for a mount early this coming next week.

The victories on Saturday gave Gaffalione a meet-leading 34 through the first 15 days of Gulfstream’s summer meet.

Emisael Jaramillo and Luca Panici are tied for second place with 15 wins each. Eddie Castro has 12 wins and is in fourth place.

The 60-day summer meet extends through Oct. 1.
Gaffalione’s Saturday winners ($2 win prices in parentheses) and their trainers were:

Fourth race: Blings Express ($4.60), Ralph Ziadie
*Seventh race: Awesome Traum ($6.80), David Fawkes
*Eighth race: Unknown ($9.40), Gustavo Delgado
*Tenth race: Inkspired ($8.40), Phil Gleaves

Gaffalione had five other mounts on Saturday, with results that included one second place finish and one third place.

The 21-year-old Gaffalione has four mounts on Gulfstream’s nine-race Sunday card.

Gulfstream will be dark from Monday through Wednesday.  Gaffalione will use that time for a trip to Saratoga Springs. N.Y., for his first ride at Saratoga Race Course.

On either Monday or Wednesday, he will ride Doctor J Dub for South Florida-based trainer Jena Antonucci.

She has cross-entered Doctor J Dub in the $100,000  Lucky Coin Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf on Monday and in a turf allowance on Wednesday.

On July 2, Gaffalione rode Doctor J Dub to a win in the five-furlong Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.

Gaffalione, a Davie, Fla., native, led in wins at Gulfstream’s 2015 summer meet when he was still a five-pound apprentice. He later was voted the winner of the Eclipse Award as North America’s top apprentice jockey in 2015.
 --Jim Freer

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