Baffle Me Scores Popular victory in Powder Break
Royal Squeeze Wins Tarpon Through Mr. Jordan DQ
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – World Thoroughbred Racing’s Rerun pulled off a 21-1 upset in Saturday’s $100,000 Miami Mile (G3) at Gulfstream Park under a patient, precision-timed ride by Jose Caraballo.
The 6-year-old gelded son of Grand Reward prevailed by a half-length over 2-1 favorite Grand Tito while becoming a graded-stakes winner with his first career stakes success for trainer Chad Stewart. The difference in the mile turf event proved to be the ground and energy-saving journey mapped out by trainer Stewart and Caraballo.
“I told the jockey to sit as long as possible before he made his run. A couple times, the horse made his move a little early and he’d kind of be right there and hang a little bit,” Stewart said. “The jockey rode him perfectly.”
Caraballo, a mainstay at Delaware Park who is riding year-round at Gulfstream Park for the first time, reserved Rerun along the inside a few lengths behind pacesetter Storming Inti around the first turn, along the backstretch and around the far turn. Caraballo had room to make a move on the turn but elected to wait until straightening into the stretch, swinging his mount to the outside in pursuit of Grand Tito, who had overtaken Storming Inti. The Kentucky-bred gelding kicked in with fresh legs and overtook the favorite in the shadow of the finish line.
“He was lying a little closer than I thought. I told Jose he wants to take off at the three-eighths pole but I said, ‘Don’t let him do that, because he comes up empty,’” Stewart said. “I was actually cutting him loose before he was supposed to, but Jose waited. When he swung him out, I was feeling pretty good, because he hadn’t let him run yet.”
Rerun ran the mile over a ‘good’ turf course in 1:37.55 to win his sixth race in 16 starts.
“He’s always been cut out to be a nice horse, but he got injured just before I was about to run him as a 2-year-old. He had to have a year off before we ever got to run him,” Stewart said. “He’s a very nice horse. We’ve had very high hopes for him.”
Grand Tito, ridden by Paco Lopez, finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Shatak and jockey Eddie Castro.
Baffle Me Scores Popular Victory in Powder Break
Mid-afternoon rains produced a yielding Gulfstream Park turf course for Saturday’s $75,000 Powder Break, prompting trainer Christophe Clement to scratch the 7-5 morning-line favorite and Grade 1 stakes-winning Discreet Marq. Trainer Mark Hennig was also concerned about the rain and turf course but elected to run Baffle Me in the mile turf stakes for fillies and mares – and he’s glad he did.
Bet down to 6-5 in the absence of Discreet Marq, Lee Lewis’ multiple stakes-winning mare took to the softer turf and outclassed her eight rivals with a powerful 2 ½-length victory under Paco Lopez.
“I was obviously concerned about the rain, but I was obviously happy to see Discreet Marq come out. I don’t think she would have if it didn’t rain. So, I guess we had to trade one for the other,” Hennig said. “But the rain did cool things off. This filly gets a little hot and gets nervous. Ultimately, the rain helped us out.”
Baffle Me rated off the early pace before making a wide move in the stretch to pull away to a victory, completing the mile in 1:40.67.
“She seemed willing whenever Paco asked her. She’s a very good filly and she loves the course here,” Hennig said. “With Discreet Marq out, it looked like she should be the favorite and he rode her with a lot of confidence.”
E B Ryder closed from far off the pace to finish second under Jonathan Gonzales, a neck ahead of early pacesetter Big N Toasty and jockey Edgar Prado.
Royal Squeeze Wins Tarpon by Mr. Jordan DQ
Newtown Anner Stud’s Royal Squeeze ($15.80) was awarded the victory in the $60,000 Tarpon Stakes after the disqualification of 3-10 favorite Mr. Jordan earlier on Saturday’s card. The Marty Wolfson-trained son of Wildcat Heir chased a headstrong Mr. Jordan from the start of the one-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and fell a head shy of catching the pacesetter, who veered out in the closing yards to cause interference.
Ridden by Eddie Castro, Royal Squeeze, who finished second in the Florida Sire Stakes In Reality at Gulfstream last fall for trainer Chad Brown, was making his first start for Wolfson.
Mr. Jordan, who had won third of his first four career starts, wore blinkers for the first time after finishing second behind Competitive Edge last time out in the Tamarac. The son of Tapit, who was ridden by Gabriel Saez, was placed second. My Point Exactly finished third under Juan Leyva.