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Gulfstream Park News & Notes 8-16-2013
Capitalism At Risk Yields Big Rewards
Jockey Hamilton Finds His Way to Florida
Flo Rida Live and Free After Saturday's Races
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Back in March at Gulfstream Park, trainer Herman Wilensky claimed a 6-year-old mare named Capitalism At Risk for $15,000. The daughter of Bull Market, who originally sold for $65,000 as a juvenile, had passed through five different barns, eight different tracks, and finished off the board in a $6,250 claiming race.
Fast forward five months. Capitalism At Risk has won six of her last seven starts, including the $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap, and is the 9-5 favorite Saturday in the $100,000 Paseana at six furlongs at Gulfstream.
"I like speed fillies," said Wilensky when asked why he claimed Capitalism At Risk. "I actually like big speed fillies that go long. We haven't tried her going long because she's doing so well going 5 1/2 and six furlongs, so we're not going to change things right now."
Capitalism At Risk has always been game. She's won 18 of 46 races and has been second or third in another nine starts. Since being claimed by Wilensky the mare has earned more than $110,000 sprinting. Her only poor start for Wilensky and owner Amaty Racing Stable came July 6 in the Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) when she "displaced in the race," Wilensky said.
The mare, who will face four others Saturday, including a Marty Wolfson-trained entry of My Pal Chrisy and Bringingdown Babel, should be on the lead leaving the gate. She prepared Monday for the Paseana with a four-furlong breeze at Gulfstream in :46.03.
"She's doing really well and trained great the other day...she did it real easy," Wilensky said. "I think she'll run a good race. She'll be on the lead and we'll see if she can carry her speed all the way to the wire."
Jockey Hamilton Finds His Way to Florida
Jockey Quincy Hamilton was winning at a 20-percent clip at Arlington Park earlier this summer before packing up the family and heading south. Now the 29-year-old Texas native is trying to establish himself in South Florida and Gulfstream Park.
"The year-round racing aspect really got my attention about coming to Gulfstream," said Hamilton recently in the jockey's room at Gulfstream. "I was winning in Chicago, but it was inconsistent. It seemed like all my horse got in all at the same time. I'd ride 20 one week and then five the next. I think it was the idea of doing something different...a leap of faith. I have two kids, a little boy and little girl going into elementary school, and the Chicago winters weren't as appealing as South Florida."
Hamilton's wife, the daughter of trainer Moises Yanez, and his two children are currently in Ocala living with family while Hamilton establishes himself in South Florida.
"I've ridden for certain guys who are down here," said Hamilton, who has won 1,356 races. "I won a graded race (John B. Connally Breeders' Cup) at Sam Houston years ago on Mending Fences for trainer Marty Wolfson. I've ridden for Ralph Nicks, and his family has been good to me. I've ridden for Wesley Ward and I've had some good victories with Mr. (Frank) Calabrese. So we'll see what happens."
Flo Rida Live and Free Saturday
International recording star Flo Rida and his celebrity friends will hold their official 2013 Florida Youth Football League (FYFL) 'Back 2 School' concert at Gulfstream Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m.
The concert, free and to be held at the south entrance, is part of Flo Rida's annual 'Back 2 School Fest' weekend and presented by Flo Rida's non-profit organizations Big Dreams for Kids and the FYFL to empower children and get them excited about the upcoming school year. The stage will be set up at the south entrance of Gulfstream's property.
Flo Rida will present the trophy for Saturday's $100,000 Paseana at approximately 4:15 p.m.
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