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Gulfstream Today 1.10.2013
The Lead: During the Gulfstream meeting, maiden races for 3-year-olds can sometimes be as exciting as stakes races, and Integrity certainly created a buzz on Thursday with a sharp debut victory in the seventh race.
Trained by Chad Brown for owner Robert LaPenta, Integrity ($7.40) launched his career with a front-running triumph by 3 ½ lengths to become a most interesting 3-year-old prospect.
“He’s a nice prospect. I’m really lucky Mr. LaPenta sent him to me. He’d been training really well in the morning. It’s nice to see a horse run to his works,” Brown said.
Integrity, a $320,000 yearling purchase, broke alertly under Javier Castellano and showed the way during fractions of :22.80, :45.89, :58.04 on his way to victory, completing six furlongs in a solid 1:10.50. The Kentucky-bred colt’s performance was particularly impressive considering that Brown-trained horses don’t usually score in their debuts.
"I look at the horses individually and they sort of tell me at what rate they want to develop,” Brown said. “This horse in his early works with me, he gave me the impression that he was not only talented but he’s got a lot of athleticism and might be one who would show more speed than some of my horses do normally first time out.”
Brown said that he’d likely look to stretch out Integrity for his second start.
“We’ll slowly stretch the horse out,” Brown said.
Who’s Hot: Castellano, who was tied at the top of the jockey standings with Joel Rosario and Luis Saez with 27 wins each midway through the card, quickly opened up a three-win lead with victories aboard Why Catherine ($13.60) in the sixth, Integrity in the seventh, and Starship Valor ($3.80) in the 10th.
Apprentice jockey Hugo Sanchez rode back-to-back winners: Starship Cutie ($4.40) in the fourth and Analogy ($9.40) in the fifth.
10-Cent Rainbow-6 Carryover: $136,853.67
Super Hi-5 Carryover: $14,637.57