Thursday, November 17, 2016

Vaccarezza Stays Hot With Little Heart

Little Heart beat Furiosa by a nose  in Wednesday's sixth race at the Gulfstream Park West meet.

The victory continued what has been an extraordinary meet for trainer Carlo Vaccarezza.  He now has eight wins in 18 starts at the meet being held at Calder.

Vaccarezza is tied for fourth place in wins and has a 44 percent winning percentage.  He also has one second place finish and five third place finishes--for a  78 percent in-the-money record.

Vaccarezza is first in  both percentages among trainers with ten or more starts at GP West.

The Wednesday race was one mile on turf, a $50,000 maiden claimer for 2-year-old fillies.

Luca Panici rode Little Heart, who won in 1:41.62 on the course  listed as firm.  It came in the fourth career start for Little Heart, a daughter of Uncle Mo.

Nicholas Vaccarezza, Carlo's son, owns Little Heart.

One of the Vaccarezza barn's best-known horses is Little Nick V., a three-year-old colt who is named for the younger Vaccarezza.

Om Saturday, Little Nick V. finished second by 1 1/4 lengths to Enterprising in the $100,000 Millions Turf Preview at GP West. The 1 1/16 mile race was restricted to Florida breds.

Little Nick V., with Panici riding, took the lead briefly in deep stretch but  was passed by Enterprising in the final yards.
Enterprising, a 5-year-old gelding, was  the 3-2 favorite and Little Nick V. was 8-1 in the eight-horse field.
Enterprising, trained by Mike Maker, was clocked in 1:45.21 on the course listed as firm.
Carlo Vaccarezza said he was pleased with Little Nick V.'s race,  especially considering Enterprising's record.

Enterprising has won five stakes races including the La Jolla (Grade 3 ) at De Mar in 2014.

Little Nick V., a son of Colonel John, won last year's Juvenile Turf Stakes at the GP West meet.

Vaccarezza said  he will point Little Nick V. toward the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park  on Jan. 21.  That 1 1/16 mile race is  restricted to Florida breds.

Little Nick V. is owned by Little Dreams Racing of which Vaccarezza is managing partner.

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