The 21-year-old native of Davie, FL, who captured the spring and summer meetings at Gulfstream Park as an apprentice, didn’t miss a beat while riding without a five-pound weight allowance Sunday.
"It's kind of just a big relief. I wasn't too nervous, but I had a goal to come in today and just ride like it was another day,"
Gaffalione said. "Everything's been running great, I've been riding for great people that have done a great job with their horses. I can't thank everyone enough for making it possible."
Gaffalione, who rode 208 winners during his apprenticeship, scored aboard Storm Swept ($10.50) in the first race, Radamel ($6.40) in the fourth, Discreetly Grand ($7.20) in the eighth and The Silver Sniper ($9.80) in the ninth.
"We were ready for this day. My agent (Walter Blum Jr.) did a great job lining up these horses. He's been saying all week, 'Sunday's our day, Sunday's our day,' and he did a great job," he said. "Hopefully, things just keep rolling, and we can keep winning races."
Racing resumes at Gulfstream Park West MONDAY, when the 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a $13,196.09 carryover.