Jason is ‘Golden’ on Turf as Well as Dirt at Gulfstream
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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After the switch from turf to dirt resulted in a 5 ½-length victory in Golden Jason’s most recent start at Gulfstream, trainer Edward Coletti could have been expected to return the 4-year-old colt to action on the main track.
However, the veteran trainer was more concerned with race conditions than surface when he entered Golden Jason in Thursday’s featured fourth race on turf, an optional claimer for horses that had never won two races other than maiden, starter or claiming races. The condition of the $40,000 feature suited the son of Kitten’s Joy just fine, resulting in a dominating front-running victory under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr.
“He runs just as well on the turf as he does on dirt. The two-other-thans don’t come around too often, and the mile (distance) was good,” Coletti said.
Golden Jason was able to set a comfortable pace with fractions of :25.10 and :49.26 for the first half mile before pulling away to victory as the 8-5 second choice in 1:36.30.
“I had a hard time pulling him up,” Valdivia told Coletti upon his return to the winner’s circle.
Unless his trainer can find another condition, Golden Jason is likely to return in a stakes race on turf or dirt.
Who’s Hot: Leading rider Edgard Zayas notched a double with victories aboard R Girl She Gone ($2.80) in the third race and Ari’s Pride ($5.20) in the seventh.
Courtney Ryan returned to Gulfstream and returned to her winning ways in the eighth race. The queen of the starter allowances captured her fifth straight victory over the Gulfstream dirt, including four wins during the Champions Meet. The Tamara Levy-trained 5-year-old mare has won eight of career 17 starts at Gulfstream and finished in the money in 14 races.
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