Mexico’s Jaguaryu Romp to Easy Victory in Copa Dama
Dec 9, 2017
Irad Ortiz Jr. Guides Winner Clasico Internacional del Caribe Opener
Velasquez Wins Back-to-Back Clasico Internacional del Caribe Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Mexico’s Jaguaryu romped to an easy victory in Saturday’s $124,000 Copa Dama del Caribe, scoring by 7 ¾ lengths in the kickoff of the $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, a five-stakes event for horses representing nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean at Gulfstream Park.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., the leading jockey in North America in wins this year, Jaguaryu ($12.40) rated off the pace before making a sweeping move around the far turn and continued on register a commanding triumph in the 1 1/16-mile for 3-year-old fillies. Venezuela’s Gladiadora, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished second, 9 ¼ lengths ahead of Panama’s Cigona.
Jaguaryu, a daughter of Point Determined, ran the 1 1/16 miles over a sloppy track in 1:45.77.
“It’s exciting because of all the different countries, Puerto Rico, the Dominican, Mexico – are here. I’m from Puerto Rico, but I am happy to represent Mexico,” Ortiz Jr. said. “I’m riding for all of the countries.”
Jaguaryu, a multiple Grade 1 winner in Mexico, had won her two most recent starts by 9 and 7 ½ lengths, respectively for owner Cuadro San Jorge.
“I’m very happy because this is the first [Clasico Internacional del Caribe} race in the United States win in history and I hope we can have a very good day. We have three more races today, especially the Caribbean Classic, so this is very good form to start the day,” trainer Faustio Gutierrez said. “It’s very exciting to be here at this Group 1 racetrack and I hope we have this race here for many years. My horse has adapted very well to this track. She was a very good filly in Mexico and has run faster here. She has a very big heart and very good jockey.”
Velazquez Wins Back-to Back Clasico Internacional del Caribe Stakes
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez scored back-to-back victories in Saturday’s $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe Stakes on Saturday’s program at Gulfstream Park.
Velazquez captured the $100,000 Copa Confraternidad del Caribe aboard Panama’s El Tigre Mono ($18.20) and the $114,200 Copa Velocidade del Caribe with Venezuela’s Master Supreme ($24.40).
El Tigre Mono ($18.20) raced in the middle of the pack along the backstretch before advancing on the turn to enter contention at the top of the stretch as Arquitecto opened up a clear lead over a tiring Igor. Arquitecto, the 2012 Puerto Rico Triple Crown champion, started drifting out through the stretch run. Velazquez sent El Tigre Mono to the inside leaving the 1/16th-pole, and the 4-year-old son of Concerto responded to catch Arquitecto by a neck.
When Velazquez made his way to the winner’s circle with El Tigre Mono, he was greeted by an enthusiastic, boisterous crowd.
“The celebration in the winner’s circle is how the Latin people like to celebrate. A lot of chaos, but you have to celebrate,” Velasquez said.
El Tigre Mono, a Group 2 stakes winner in his last start in Panama, ran the 1 ¼ miles over a sloppy track in 2:05.69. Arquitecto, ridden by Juan Claros Diaz, held second 5 ¼ lengths ahead of Mexico’s Igor.
Velazquez took an entirely different route to victory in the Copa Velocidad, guiding Rontos Racing Stable’s Master Supreme to a front-running two-length victory in the six-furlong sprint.
The lightly raced Master Supreme, who had won one of three starts in Venezuela, scored his first stakes victory while running six furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:12.49. Mexico’s Forze Mau finished second, 3 ¾ lengths ahead of Mexico’s Justiciero.
“The plan was try to be in the first three and he broke so well I just tried to keep him there. Once he broke good, I said, ‘I’m just going to let him do it,’ and he responded right away,” Velazquez said. “The Caribbean Classic day is crazy, but this is how we do it and we’re enjoying it.”