Edgard Zayas Continues Hot Streak, Rides Four More Winners
Former Eclipse Finalist Notches 18Wins for Last Six Cards
Saturday’s Rainbow 6 Carryover Guaranteed at $100,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Best Behavior’s victory Friday at Gulfstream Park was vintage Edgard Zayas.
Zayas is just 21 years old and has been riding for only two years, but Gulfstream’s leading rider has rapidly built a reputation for getting the very most out of his mounts by deftly coaxing them to relax early in order to conserve their energy for the stretch run.
Currently riding in a zone, which has allowed him to pile up 18 victories in the last six racing days, Zayas sent Best Behavior to the lead shortly after the start of Friday’s featured eighth race. Successful in getting the 4-5 favorite to relax while setting the pace, Zayas called on the 4-year-old son of Into Mischief when challenged in the stretch. Best Behavior ($3.20) responded to his jockey’s urging and fought off the strong bid by My Sweet Dove to register a length victory in the six-furlong $40,000 allowance.
The Michael Petro-trained Best Behavior was Zayas’ fourth winning mount of the afternoon, following Clear Status ($3.20) in the first, Carolina Dreams ($4.20) in the third and Purecraziluck ($4.80) in the sixth. Friday was the sixth consecutive racing day that he has ridden multiple winners on a card during a hot streak that includes a five-win day last Sunday.
“This is exciting and super fun,” said Zayas after guiding Frank Calabrese’s Best Behavior to victory. “I’ve been getting a lot of good horses to ride. Owners and trainers are giving me some good opportunities. I’ve been able to put the horses where they need to be in the race.”
The Puerto Rico native has opened a 58-35 lead over Ramsey Zimmerman in the jockey standings for the summer meet. A finalist for the 2013 Eclipse Award as an apprentice, Zayas has ridden 191 winners thus far this year.
Who's Hot: Jockey Pedro Monterrey Jr. doubled with Riverstar ($10) in the second and Nena’s Memory ($13.20) in the 10th.
Trainer Gustavo Delgado saddled two of Zayas’ winners: Clear Status and Purecraziluck.
Lillian Klesaris saddled the first winner of her training career when first-time starter Elusive Stamp ($10.50) registered a front-running triumph in the seventh race, a $43,000 five-furlong sprint.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $100,000