Gulfstream Today 12.22.2012
The Lead: Rodgerson looked like a turf horse with a future while breaking his maiden Saturday in the third race at Gulfstream Park.
“We’ll find out,” trainer Tom Proctor said. “You’d be guessing and I’d be guessing to say that.”
Rodgerson, a 3-year-old gelded son of Flower Alley, was in control throughout the 1 1/16-mile turf race, setting comfortable fractions under Corey Lanerie on his way to a length victory in 1:42.21.
“He was alert breaking from the gate and got to the front nice and easy. I was able to get away with leisurely fractions and turning for home I had a lot of horse for the running,” said Lanerie, who has gotten off to a solid start in his first meeting at Gulfstream.
Rodgerson, who had started his career with a pair of third-place finishes over Gulfstream’s main track last season, was coming off a solid second-place finish at Churchill Downs in his first race on turf.
“He ran a couple good races here last spring and had a little problem. He’s come back and run good,” Proctor said. “He was gelded this summer because we knew he wouldn’t make it as a stud. So it was a good time to geld him when you’re giving him time off.”
Rodgerson returned from a layoff after his Gulfstream starts to finish a fast-closing second over Keeneland’s Polytrack before his turf debut at Churchill.
Who's Hot: Trainer David Kassen’s 5-year old Nikki’s Sandcastle won his second consecutive race at Gulfstream Park. The son of Castledale won a Claiming Crown race on Opening Day and took Saturday's El Prado. Jockey Luis Saez won two on Saturday’s card with Megamove ($17) in the second and Miss Tapit ($8.80) in the 10th, and jockey Corey Lanerie also won two. Along with Nikki’s Sandcastle ($12), he won the third aboard Rodgerson ($8.40).
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $206,154.39.