Puerto Rico Triple Crown Champion Thriving at Gulfstream Park
Nov 17, 2017
Justiciero “Better and Better’ for Dec. 9 Clasico del Caribe
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Puerto Rico Triple Crown Champion Justiciero has being thriving since arriving at Gulfstream Park as the 3-year-old prepares for a scheduled start in the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe Dec. 9.
Sonata Stables’ Justiciero is trained by Raymond Morales, who works closely with his father Ramon Morales, a prominent Puerto Rico trainer who was based at Gulfstream for two years before returning to his native country last year.
“Every day he’s getting better and better. He’s getting stronger, doing very good,” Ramon Morales said Friday. “I expect him to run a very strong race.”
The Puerto Rico-bred son of Coach Billy G., who earned his Triple Crown championship with commanding victories in the Derby Puertorriquero (G1), Copa Gobernador (G1) and the Copa San Juan at Camarero, last raced on Aug.20, winning the Clasico Antonio Mongil Jr. Stakes (G2). Although training programs of Justiciero and all horses in Puerto Rico were interrupted by the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Maria, Justiciero and others competed in an exhibition race at still-shuttered Camarero Oct. 29.
“There was no purse for the race. They did the race just to keep the horses fit before they came over [to the U.S.},” Morales said.
Two workouts have been planned for Justiciero’s preparation at Gulfstream for the Clasico del Caribe.
“He’s going to work Wednesday the 22nd a half mile and Dec. 2. We’ll just give him two works and keep him galloping two miles,” Morales said.
Juan Carlos Diaz, Puerto Rico’s leadiong for many years who is currently riding with success at Gulfstream Park West, has the mount aboard Justiciero.
Gulfstream will become the first pari-mutuel facility outside Latin America and the Caribbean to host the Clasico del Caribe since its inception in 1966. The event includes five races with total purses of $600,000.