Gulfstream Today

Gulfstream Today

06/13/2014

Palatine Hill Towers over Field in Friday Featured Race
Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to Maiden and Gaffney
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Palatine Hill towered over his five rivals in Friday’s featured seventh race at Gulfstream Park, literally and figuratively.
 
Estimated to stand 17 hands, the 7-year-old gelding struck an imposing figure while running free of the field throughout the 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance race under jockey John Delgado.
 
“We call him The Giraffe around the barn,” said trainer Peter Walder of the 3-5 favorite.
 
The son of Roman Ruler registered his third straight victory while prevailing by the dominating margin of five lengths.
 
“He’s a really cool horse. He’s gotta be 17 hands,” said Walder, who claimed Palatine Hill for $12,500 four starts back for Skip Cheesman and Aventura Stable. “He’s an honest horse. He runs long. He runs short. He runs on grass. It doesn’t matter. He’s trainer proof.”
 
Following Friday’s victory, achieved in 1:43, Palatine Hill has won nine races with 10 seconds in 27 starts.
 
Joshua’s Comprise finished second under jockey Anioco Murgia, five lengths ahead of Decaf Again and jockey Luca Panici.
 
Friday the 13th Brings Good Luck to Maiden and Gaffney
 
Friday the 13th brought much-needed good luck to Go Sandy Go and trainer Ron Gaffney in the first race. Go Sandy Go, winless in the first 21 starts of her career, graduated with a front-running 4 ¾-length score under apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo. The 4-year-old Florida-bred filly’s triumph broke a long string of bad luck for her trainer, who had gone winless with his previous 53 starters.
 
Go Sandy Go, the 7-2 second choice in the betting, had finished in the money in her two most recent starts.
 
“I’m happy for the filly. She deserves it. The longer I’ve had her the better she’s gotten,” Gaffney said.
 
Who’s Hot: Walder and Delgado teamed for a double with Toh’s Grey Cat ($4.40) in the fifth and Palatine Hill ($3.20)
 
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $100,000 (guaranteed)