HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano, who were honored with Eclipse Awards Saturday night in the Sport of Kings, teamed to win Sunday’s sixth race at Gulfstream Park with Sloane Square, who closed with a flourish from far back to win her career debut.
Trained by Pletcher, who collected his sixth trophy as North America’s top trainer, the 3-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway registered a two-length triumph under Castellano, a first-time Eclipse recipient as the top jockey.
Sloane Square, owned by Michael Tabor, settled in fifth in the 5 ½-furlong race before rallying on the turn and swinging wide for the stretch drive. The Kentucky-bred kicked in through the lane to overhaul Creative Spirit in deep stretch.
“I loved the way she did it. She broke well from the gate but she didn’t show much speed at the beginning of the race, but that’s OK,” said Castellano, the defending two-time Gulfstream champion. “She’s a come from behind horse. She got a lot of dirt in her face and she handled it so well. Turning for home, she just started passing horses.”
Sloane Square ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.85.
“I was pleased the way she settled and took dirt in her face and showed a lot of professionalism for a filly that hadn’t started yet,” said Pletcher, the defending 10-time Gulfstream titlist.Pletcher trained Sloane Square’s dam, Marylebone, who captured the 2003 Matron (G1) at Belmont.
“I’d say she’s got a lot of similarities to her mother. She’s the same size and the same color. She’s got a lot of her mother in her,” Pletcher said.
Who's Hot: Jockey Javier Castellano rode a pair of winners: Marylebone ($3.80) in the sixth and Best Man ($23.80) in the fifth.
Jose Lezcano, who rode three of the six Sunshine Millions stakes on Saturday, added two more trips to the winner’s circle Sunday with Cummings Road ($16) in the second and Analog Girl ($8.40) in the eighth. Rainbow 6 Carryover: $108,839.44