Somethingelse is at Stake in Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Punch
Jun 15, 2017
Trainer Hopes to Honor Late Uncle Manny Azpurua with a Win
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Trainer Leo Azpurua Jr. is scheduled to saddle Somethingelse for Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Punch at Gulfstream Park, four days after the passing of his beloved uncle, Manny Azpurua, a popular longtime South Florida trainer.
“I hope to win the Ginger Punch and dedicate the race to him – that’s what I would like to do more than anything,” said Azpurua, whose uncle passed away at the age of 88 with more than 3,500 wins in his native Venezuela and nearly another 1,000 in the U.S. “That’s what I would like to do more than anything. He’s been a fantastic uncle, very caring, very understanding. He’s been so helpful to me, sharing his knowledge that he’s gotten over the years.”
Somethingelse is slated to make a bid for an overdue stakes triumph in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for Florida-bred fillies and mares that will co-headline Saturday’s 11-race program with the $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up..
The 4-year-old daughter of Leroidesanimaux, who has placed in stakes in her last three starts, has finished first, second or third in all but one of her career races.
“This filly has been ultra-consistent. She’s been 11 out of 12 in the money,” Azpurua said. “The only time she didn’t hit the board it was my fault for running her. It was a very soft course at Gulfstream Park West. That’s on me, 100 percent. Other than that, she’s done well. She’s lost some tough races at the wire. This week, hopefully, we can change that.”
Owned by Commonwealth Stable and Randy Bradshaw, Somethingelse finished third in both the Christmas Past and the Powder Break at Gulfstream in her two most recent starts after losing a photo finish to Family Meeting by a head in the Distaff Turf at Tampa Bay Downs April 2.
Somethingelse, who will be ridden by Edgard Zayas Saturday, is scheduled to face eight fillies and mares, including the Tom Proctor-trained Family Meeting.
Glen Hill Farm’s Family Meeting surged from off the pace to score by a narrow decision over Somethingelse in the Distaff Turf.
The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, who captured the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar in November 2015, was victorious over the Gulfstream turf in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf in January.
Family Meeting, who is coming off a fifth-place finish in an allowance at Pimlico May 15, will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for the first time in the Soldier’s Dancer.
Miller Racing’s Lori’s Store, a multiple-stakes winner who captured the 2016 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf; Julia Tapahuasco’s Pat M’s Image, a vastly improved 5-year-old daughter of Leroidesanimaux who has been on the board in 10 of 12 starts on the Gulfstream turf course; Magic Stables’ Bitacora, who was just a nose behind Somethingelse while finishing fourth in the Christmas Past last time out; and Anthony Russo’s Money or Love, an upset winner of the Musical Romance on the main track May 27; are among the prominent contenders in the Ginger Brew.
Grace B and My Little Princess round out the field. Rock Solid Lady is a main-track-only entrant.