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Gulfstream Today 7.21.13: Gallardo Lights Up the Toteboard; Sanchez Back in Winner's Circle
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Like many other South Florida-based jockeys, Antonio Gallardo has been overshadowed during Gulfstream Park’s recent traditional champions meetings, but he won’t be flying under the radar during the inaugural summer meeting after bringing home back-to-back long shots on Sunday’s card.
Gallardo lit up the infield toteboard following the sixth race, in which he guided Primal Might to a $58.20 upset, and the seventh race, in which he got to the wire first aboard Let It Rock, who paid $37.00 to win.
“Some days you get lucky and get some nice horses to ride,” he said.
Although Primal Might was overlooked in the betting on the $46,000 sixth race for 2-year-old maidens, Gallardo expected the son of Graeme Hall to give a good showing.
“I was comfortable with him because I worked him a couple times. He worked good, very professional. He had the speed; he changed leads; everything was perfect,” he said.
The Rodolfo Garcia-trained colt closely attended the pace set by 4-5 favorite Joe’s Wildcat in the 5 ½-furlong sprint into the top of the stretch before edging away under urging by Gallardo to prevail by three-quarters of a length.
The Florida-bred colt ran the distance in 1:06.08 in his first trip to post. Joe’s Wildcat, who finished second in his debut at Gulfstream on July 4, held second nearly five lengths clear of Automatic Jax.
Gallardo got right back to the winner’s circle a race later aboard Let it Rock, a classy 8-year-old gelding who settled well off the early pace before staging a wide rally thorough the stretch to score by 1 ¼ lengths in the $36,000 optional claiming allowance.
“I knew the horse because I saw him run at Tampa. I knew he comes from behind. Today the turf was a little soft, so I knew he would like that. I knew he’d like the distance. He ran a mile a month ago and didn’t close so good, but today it was a mile and an eighth, which is much better for him,” Gallardo said.
Let It Rock, trained by Chad Stewart for Tom Gregerson, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.92 to collect the winner’s share of $21,900 and push his career earnings over $300,000. Cozy Kitten, ridden by Orlando Bocachica, finished second, 3 ½ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Blameshifter. Early pacesetter Heiko, the even-money favorite, faded to fourth.
Sanchez Finds Winner’s Circle in Second Day as Journeyman
Following an eventful first day of riding without a 5-pound apprentice allowance on Saturday, Hugo Sanchez scored his first victory as a journeyman jockey in Sunday’s second race and added another in the fifth.
The 21-year-old Miramar High School graduate, who began his riding career at Gulfstream in February 2012, guided Peter Walder-trained Three Part Harmony ($4.30) to a front-running victory by three lengths.
“I’m excited. Peter gave me a chance with a good horse. He took the lead and took me all the way,” said Sanchez, who went 0-for-6 and was unseated by one mount on Saturday.
Three Part Harmony, who was making his first start since being claimed by Walder for Skip Cheesman and Norman Forguites last November, gave Sanchez his 205th career victory.
“I told Hugo, ‘This is your first winner as a journeyman,’” Walder said. “The kid can really finish. If a kid can ride, a kid can ride. I didn’t want to penalize him for losing the ‘bug.’”
Sanchez, who rode Miner’s Tune ($8.80) to victory in the fifth, sits atop the jockey standings at Gulfstream with 11 wins.
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