Dogwood Trail Impressive Debut Winner; Olivero Wins Three
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Class was in session Saturday afternoon when eight 2-year-old fillies broke from the starting gate in a 4 ½-furlong maiden race on the Gulfstream Park undercard, and, in an impressive performance, first-time starter Dogwood Trail showed her fellow classmates how to professionally win a race.
The Florida-bred daughter of Awesome of Course and Ladyinareddress (by Tactical Advantage) showed no hint of inexperience in winning her career debut, stalking pacesetters D’annie and Tierra Dorada through the opening stages before slipping through a hole along the rail at the top of the stretch. Trained by Stanley Gold and ridden by Abdiel Jaen, Dogwood Trail drew off to win by 5 ¾ lengths under a hand ride.
“The seven (D’annie) was looking at the horse on the outside (Tierra Dorada), so I looked to the inside,” Jaen said. “When [D’annie] looked back at me, we were already in there (the hole).”
Dogwood Trail covered the 4 ½ furlongs in 51.50, just a few ticks off the track record.
“If I would have urged her just a little bit more, she would have probably equaled it,” Jaen said.
Dogwood Trail is nominated for the Florida Sire Stakes, set to kickoff at Gulfstream for the first time this summer on August 9th. Bred and owned by Jacks or Better Farm, Inc., who have had more Sire Stakes winners than any other owner in program history, Dogwood Trail is a full sister to Redbud Road, who won the Desert Vixen Stakes, part of the Sire Stakes (then called the Florida Stallion Stakes), in 2011.
Honored in the race was new Florida Atlantic University football coach Charlie Partridge, who was on hand for the post-race presentation. Partridge was hired in December and takes over an Owls unit that went 6-and-6 in 2014, the team’s first season as a member of the East Division of Conference USA. Partridge is a former assistant coach at the University of Arkansasand is the fourth head coach in FAU football history.
The Sire Stakes is a series of six races (three open races and three races restricted to fillies) for 2-year-olds sired by nominated Florida stallions. The series consists of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen stakes (August 9th), the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl (September 6th), and the In Reality and My Dear Girl (October 4th). Originally created in 1982, the series has produced horses that have gone on to win six Eclipse Awards.
Rainbow Six Carryover Lives On
There was one live ticket going into the final leg of Saturday’s Rainbow Six, and had No Brag All Fact won, a $50,000 payout would have been issued. No Brag All Fact, a front-running 13-1 shot, almost took the maiden claiming event but got nabbed at the wire by the favored Film Star, who won by a half length. A sum of $50,000 will now carry over in to Sunday’s card.
Those who correctly picked the winners of each of the final six races collected $2801.84.
Who’s Hot: Carlos Olivero was the leading rider of the day, picking up three wins on the card, including back-to-back victories in the second and third races. Olivero picked up the mount on Marnesia Wild Heir in the second race after Edgar Prado took off his mounts, and Olivero capitalized, riding the filly to his first win of the day. In the third, he won aboard Lady Con Con before taking the fifth race with Thinkofyou. Jilver Chamalfi also posted consecutive wins on the day, taking the sixth and seventh races aboard Warpaint Gold and E B Ryder, who won the $75,000 Anka Germania Stakes.