I'm Venezuelan Gives Martinez, Tessore First Gulfstream Win
Rainbow 6 Carryover $5.8 Million Friday
Lopez, Saez Head North
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - I'm Venezuelan, a 2-year-old son of War Chant, provided trainer Bruno Tessore and owner and breeder Orlando Martinez a memorable moment Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
I'm Venezuelan is the first horse bred by Martinez to win in the U.S. Martinez, who races under the name Orlyana Farm, owns the mare of I'm Venezuelan, Attico, and has slowly started building a broodmare farm in Ocala. Martinez is a leading breeder in Venezuela.
For Tessore, 26, a native of Uruguay, it was his first time saddling a winner at Gulfstream.
"I'm very happy," Tessore said. "I started when I was young in Uruguay, working around horses when I was 14. I originally came here to go to school. Now I'm training and Mr. Martinez has five horses here that he bred."
I'm Venezuelan led gate-to-wire and covered 4 1/2 furlongs in :52.52.
Lopez, Saez Head North
Jockey Paco Lopez, one of the leading riders during Gulfstream's winter meet, and Gabriel Saez, the current leading rider of Gulfstream's summer meet, packed up their tack Sunday and left Gulfstream to prepare for Monmouth Park's 2014 meet, which begins Saturday afternoon.
Lopez, who won 103 races and whose mounts made more than $3.1 million at Gulfstream since Nov. 30, was a runaway winner of the Monmouth riding title last year with Saez finishing fourth.
"We pack out and head out this week," said agent Cory Moran, who represents both Lopez and Saez. "It's been a great winter. Paco had more winners this winter than anyone but Javier Castellano, and I think that's pretty good. And for Saez, despite fighting through injuries (broken shoulder), to be the summer's leading rider says a great deal about him. You hate to leave when you have the leading rider, but Gabriel's business is up north."
Before leaving, Lopez won the last race on the afternoon aboard Darley Stable's D'Orsay, a daughter of Medaglia d'Oro out of the South American Group 1 winning mare Forty Marchanta.
Rainbow 6 and Super Hi-5 Carryover Friday
Gulfstream will have two carryovers when racing resumes Friday afternoon at 1:25 p.m.
The Rainbow 6 had multiple winners Sunday with six of six returning $1,495.96. The carryover on the 20-cent wager Friday will be $5,891,444.37. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $6,746.37.
Who's Hot: Trainer Marty Wolfson and jockey Jilver Chamafi won consecutive races with Rocking Hall ($3.20) in the fifth and Second Base ($9.60) in the sixth.