Gulfstream Today 12.26.2012

Gulfstream Today 12.26.2012

12/27/2012

The Lead: At age 49, jockey Laura Kornmeyer has many interests in her life. While racing remains a big passion, she and her husband, former jockey Chris Schoeller, purchased a Baskin Robbins this past February to add another adventure to their lives.

“As if we don’t have enough adventures," Kornmeyer said. "It’s a wonderful shop where I’ve learned a lot about inventory, scheduling, people, and how to run a business. It’s pretty cool."

Kornmeyer, who finished second aboard Funny Tide in Wednesday's second race, was born and raised in New York. Racing fans in South Florida first got acquainted with her from 1989 through 1992 when she rode more than 1,000 horses and won more than 70 races with the bulk of those at Calder. She didn't ride from 1995-2004 to raise a family. She started riding again when she was 42.

"My husband bought me a horse when I was 40 to enjoy," she said. "While most woman get diamond rings, I get a racehorse."

Kornmeyer would like to ride every day but her busy schedule includes taking care of her own horses, going home to take care of two sons, and managing the store.

She plans on finishing the meet at Gulfstream before taking some time off to spend with her family.

"I think this meet will be our last hoorah," said added

Who's Hot: Jockey Javier Castellano had a natural hat trick Wednesday, winning the seventh with Brandys Secret ($5.80), the eighth with Private Ensign ($3.60) and the ninth with Lighthouse Sound ($6.60).

Rodolfo Garcia kicked off the day by training the winners of the first and second race on the program. Naiguata returned $6.60 in the first and Hollywood Left $6.80 in the second.

Remembering Jack: Actor Jack Klugman, an avid racing fan and racetrack regular, passed away Dec. 24 at the age of 90. Klugman, best known for his role as sportswriter Oscar on television's Odd Couple, was the owner of Jaklin Klugman, a modestly-bred colt who finished third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby. Klugman came to Gulfstream in 1981 to watch Jaklin Klugman finish second in the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G2) to King's Fashion, a winner of Belmont's Fall Highweight (G2).

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