HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Rasharn Creque saddled his fifth winner of the summer meet Friday afternoon when Pay Any Price, owned by Frank Carl Calabrese, won the second race.
Creque is no stranger to Thoroughbred racing but is new to South Florida. A native of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Creque has been a leading trainer in the Virgin Islands for a number of years - saddling classic winners Twisted Dream and Good Evening Officer - but just recently took over the 42-horse stable of Calabrese at Gulfstream.
"I've known Frank for a long time and he told me he'd always give me a shot," Creque said. "I had wanted to upgrade for a while and I was being told I should take it to the next level, so I thought I'd call Frank."
Creque came to the U.S. originally in 2007 and began training at Suffolk Downs. "But everyone claimed my horses, so I went home again," he said.
Many of Creque's horses, including Pay Any Price, are being ridden by Kevin Krigger, a native of St. Croix best known for riding Goldencents to victory in last year's Santa Anita Derby.
Juvenile More Than ‘Lucky’ in Debut
Gulfstream’s summer 2-year-old series heated up Friday when nine maiden fillies went to the post in the second race. Trained by Wesley Ward, Paul Shanahan’s Lucky’stormwarning went to the front and never looked back, speeding to a 2 ¾-length win over Curlin’s Princess and Jamie’s Dancer.
Despite her inexperience, Lucky’stormwarning remained professional throughout. When Curlin’s Promise shied and greenly ducked in towards the rail behind her coming down the stretch, she did not react. A steward’s inquiry was posted following the race, but the results remained unchanged.
Lucky’stormwarning just recently arrived to Gulfstream from Keeneland, where Ward trains a large portion of his young horses. The daughter of Lookin’ at Lucky posted five three- and four-furlong works leading up to her debut, most recently breezing 3 furlongs in 36.80 on April 28.
Lucky’stormwarning covered the 4 ½-furlong distance in 51.42 and paid $6.20 to win. Manoel Cruz was aboard for the victory.
Many of Gulfstream's top 2-year-olds will take part this summer in the $1.4 million Florida Sire Stakes, which kicks off Aug. 9.
Rainbow Six Carryover Remains Alive as Mandatory Payout Looms
There will be yet another Rainbow Six carryover heading into Preakness Saturday. The payout has now climbed to $6,172,066.44, with those correctly picking the winners in each of the card’s final six races making $318.42. The mandatory payout for the Rainbow Six will be May 26th, Memorial Day.
Who’s Hot: Jockey Jilver Chamalfi had three winners on Friday’s card, posting back-to-back victories in the fifth and sixth races aboard Cashleigh and High Gauge, respectively, before hitting the finish line first with Main Man Mike in the eighth.
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $6,172,066.44.