Gunnevera Fires Bullet in Preparation for Return to Action
Jul 14, 2018
Gulfstream Return, Woodward Targets for Sano Trainee
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Multiple Grade 2-stakes winner Gunnevera breezed five furlongs in a minute Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West in preparation for a return to action at Gulfstream Park in the near future.
“The horse worked very well,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He went 23 (seconds), 36, 48-point-1, and five furlongs in a minute flat.”
The five-furlong workout, which was the fastest of 16 recorded at the distance Saturday, was the fourth since the son of Dialed In’s return to training. Edgard Zayas was aboard for the solo breeze.
Gunnevera hasn’t seen action since exiting an eighth-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 31 with a hoof injury. The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old was freshened in Ocala for two months to give the hoof time to heal before returning to Sano’s Gulfstream Park West stable.
“The horse is doing very good. We’ve had no issues with him these last few weeks and have taken our time with him. We’re going to look for a race in early August for him at Gulfstream and then the Woodward at Saratoga [G1; Sept. 1] is the plan,” Sano said. “He’s been very good at Gulfstream and Saratoga. The Woodward is the first big race we want to make with him.”
Gunnevera has demonstrated a distinct fondness for the Saratoga racing surface, over which he captured the 2016 Saratoga Special (G2) and finished second in last year’s Travers (G1).
The late-running colt also won the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) to cap his juvenile season and the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park last year.
Gunnevera, who concluded his 3-year-old season with a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar, closed late for third in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Jan. 27 before venturing to Dubai.
“I’ve never had a horse like him before in my life. I don’t have the words to say how great Gunnevera has been for me and my family. I am very proud of what he has accomplished,” said Sano, whose stable star has earned $2.9 in purses for owner Salomon Del Valle. “To run in the Kentucky Derby, the Breeders’ Cup, the Pegasus and then Dubai, it’s been amazing.”