Track Record Holder Dekabrist Remains Undefeated
Jockey Zayas Wins Five
Sunday's Rainbow 6 Carryover $109,000
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - In December of 1825, Russian army officers led a group of soldiers in protest against the government; the uprising became known as the Dekabrist revolt.
More than a century and a half later, the Gennadi Dorochenko-trained Dekabrist led an uprising of his own against three over-matched 2-year-olds in the Kodiak Island overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The talented Dekabrist, who broke his maiden in his career debut by 15 ¼ lengths on May 11th, breaking the track record for 4 ½ furlongs in the process, remained undefeated in his second start, running down I’m Venezuelan to score by 1 ½ lengths and surviving a claim of foul from stablemate and third-place finisher Kulak. The son of Street Boss and Shutterbug (Deputy Minister) ran the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.64.
“This is a stakes horse,” Dorochenko said. “This is a very, very good horse. In my career, I have never had a horse like this horse. He has a lot of potential.”
In the early going, I’m Venezuelan, who similarly had an impressive debut on May 4th, breaking his maiden by 8 ½ lengths, jumped out to a 1 ½-length lead, and as the horses entered the stretch, the War Chant gelding began to open up, extending his lead to three lengths. But Dekabrist responded to strong urging from jockey Edgard Zayas, and the colt soon had the leader within reach, and he passed him in deep stretch.
“I wasn’t worried at all, because I know the horse wants to go longer,” Zayas said. “Once he gets it going, he just keeps on going, going, going. He wants to go longer.”
Dorochenko wasn’t concerned, either.
“He passed [I’m Venezuelan] easily,” he said. “He was just playing. This was like jokes for him.”
Dorochenko scouted and bought Dekabrist at last July’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale, purchasing the colt for Raut LLC for $50,000.
“I bought him, broke him, trained him, everything,” he said. “I like Street Boss. I have like six babies by Street Boss right now. I looked at him and thought he was a very athletic horse. And that was it.”
Dorochenko has high hopes for his colt.
“Next race, if they have something here, we’ll run him here,” he said. “If everything goes right, we’ll run in the Breeders' Cup or run him here in the (Florida) Derby or something. It depends on how he’s feeling.”
Dorochenko had three of the four starters in the Kodiak Island after Miss Dejavu scratched and Wicked Rascal and It’s Free were late scratches. The Russian trainer seems to have a barn filled with young horses.
“I have a lot of good 2-year-olds (right now),” Dorochenko said. “I’m very happy. This is best place here (at Gulfstream).”
Who’s Hot: Jockey Edgard Zayas was red-hot Saturday, dominating the afternoon with five winners. He rode well from the start, taking the first race aboard the Saffie Joseph-trained C D Gold. After sitting out the second race, he returned to win the third aboard Flashy Brass, the fifth with Standard Deal, and the sixth with Yes Liz before guiding Dekabrist to his victory in the Kodiak Island.
“It’s exciting,” Zayas said. “I thank all the trainers who give me the horses to ride.”
Trainer Gennadi Dorochenko also saddled three winners. In addition to his win with Dekabrist, he earned trips to the winner’s circle with Lord Lemon in the fourth and Supreme Privilege in the tenth.
Rainbow Six Carryover: $109,037.26.