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Gulfstream Today - 12/1/2012
Lead: Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker claimed four of the seven Claiming Crown races during Saturday's memorable and record-setting Opening Day at Gulfstream Park.
With more than 9,000 people celebrating Opening Day at Gulfstream, the Ramseys' red-and-white silks adorned the winner's circle after the $200,000 The Jewel with Parent's Honor, the $125,000 The Tiara with Starsilhouette, the $100,000 Rapid Transit with Bernie the Maestro, and the $100,000 Iron Horse with Brother Bird.
The Ramseys are the all-time leading Claiming Crown owners with 10 winners while Maker is the all-time leading Claiming Crown trainer with 11 wins.
"It's nice to win on the big stage, down here on Opening Day with all the people and all the high purses," said Ken Ramsey.
Not only was it a memorable day for Ramsey and Maker, but one for Gulfstream as well as records were set in the new building for total handle on Opening Day ($12.216 million) and on-track ($1.440 million).
Quote of the Day:
Owner Ken Ramsey on winning four Claiming Crown races: "It's like eating Cracker Jacks. The more you have the more you want."
Rosario, Garcia and Lanerie Score Victories On First Day: Jockeys Joel Rosario and Corey Lanerie, both spending their first winter at Gulfstream, and jockey Alan Garcia, who is returning to Gulfstream, visited the winner's circle on Opening Day.
Garcia won the $200,000 Jewel aboard Parent's Honor and the $125,000 Tiara on Starsilhouette, both horses owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mike Maker.
Rosario's meet got off to a big start with wins in the $100,000 Rapid Transit aboard Bernie the Maestro and $100,000 Iron Horse with Brother Bird. Both horses also owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Maker. Rosario also won the second race.
Lanerie took the $125,000 John Deere Emerald on Nikki's Sandcastle.
Little Mike Draws A Crowd: Breeders' Cup Turf champion and multiple-graded stakes winner Little Mike paraded in front of the Gulfstream crowd Saturday to a big applause. The popular gelding was applauded in the walking ring as well as the winner's circle before the $200,000 The Jewel. Gulfstream is currently holding a promotion in which 50 lucky fans will be able to meet Little Mike at the barn of trainer Dale Romans on Dec. 16. Fans can enter by donating $1 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program. Raffle tickets are available through Dec. 15 at the Gulfstream north box office.
Castellano Starts Where He Left Off: Jockey Javier Castellano, last year's defending riding champion with a record 112 wins, started the 2012-2013 season where he left off by winning the first race aboard Divine Luck. "I'm really happy to be back," Castellano said. "I'm very blessed and I'm feeling very good."