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Sano Celebrates Win No. 500 in U.S. Sunday at Gulfstream Park

Apr 16, 2017
Gunnevera’s Trainer Looking Forward to Kentucky Derby Experience

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Antonio Sano visited a U.S. winner’s circle for the 500th time Sunday after saddling Gio Patricia for a victory in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park.

Sano saddled more than 3,300 winners in Venezuela before venturing to South Florida in 2009. The 54-year-old conditioner has gone on to win several training titles at Gulfstream Park, where he prevailed during the 2016 Spring and Summer Meets, and Gulfstream Park West, where he has been the leading trainer for the past three years.

“It’s important for me and my family,” Sano said of reaching the 500-win milestone. “I have to thank the United States for helping me after my problems in Venezuela. I’m proud to be here.”

After leaving behind the turmoil in Venezuela, where he had been kidnapped twice, Sano had to start over in the U.S. and saddled his first winner, Scorbit, at Gulfstream April 3, 2010.

Sano’s inspiring story has received widespread national attention the past two years while campaigning multiple graded-stakes winner Gunnevera, one of the leading candidates for this year’s Triple Crown. The 3-year-old son of Dialed In captured the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) and finished third in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) during the Championship Meet, following up a successful juvenile season that included victories in the Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3).

Gunnevera, who is scheduled to breeze Friday at Gulfstream Park West, is slated to be shipped to Churchill Downs Saturday.

“I’m proud and excited. It’s the first time in my life to run at Churchill Downs,” Sano said. “It will be a good experience.”

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