Lunarwarfare Sparkles in Debut; Zayas Wins Four
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Michael Yates unveiled a promising 2-year-old in Sunday’s first race at Gulfstream Park, saddling Lunarwarfare for a 6 ½ -length victory in the $40,000 maiden special weight event.
Bred and campaigned by Yates’ Shadybrook Farm, the Florida-bred colt ran 4 ½ furlongs in a track-record 51.39 seconds, shaving .17 seconds off The Boot Wildcat’s clocking on July 4.
“He’d been training really well,” Yates said. “You never know with a first-timer, but he had trained well. Once in a while they run like they train.”
Lunarwarfare ($15) broke well under jockey Juan Leyva and chased pacesetter Million Dollar Man before taking command leaving the turn into the homestretch and drawing off to victory.
“We’ll just take it one step at a time,” Yates said.
Zayas Rides Four Winners on Card
You could say jockey Edgard Zayas rode the early daily double Sunday...at two different tracks.
Zayas started his afternoon winning the first race at Calder aboard Grand Shores ($6.80). The apprentice then jumped in his car and arrived in time at Gulfstream to win the second race at Gulfstream aboard Indiana Queen ($7.40). The Calder race went off at 12:51 while Gulfstream's second race went off at 1:47.
"I just finished the first race and ran to my car and came right here (to Gulfstream)," Zayas said. "I arrived (at Gulfstream) while they were going into the gate for the first race."
Zayas returned to the Gulfstream winner’s circle three more Sunday with Dublin’s Diamond ($2.60) in the sixth and Red Hills ($5.80) in the seventh and Gran Sabana ($7.40) in the ninth.
Trainer Daniel Pita saddled a pair of winners: Indiana Queen in the second and Forever Noble ($15.60) in fourth. Jockey Jesus Rios, who rode Forever Noble to victory came right back to win aboard Don’t Tell Patti ($8.40) in the fifth. Juan Levya followed up his victory aboard Lunarwarfare in the first with a visit to the winner’s circle with Starship Playgirl ($9.40) following the eighth race.
$75,000 Showing Up Showcased on Saturday’s Card
Multiple stakes-winner Sr. Quisqueyano is among eight 3-year-olds entered Sunday for next Saturday’s $75,000 Showing Up Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile stakes scheduled to be run on turf.
The Louis Olivares-trained Sr. Quisqueyano has earned nearly $340,000 but hasn’t raced on turf in 12 career starts.
David Fawkes-trained El Jefe Grande, who broke his maiden over the Gulfstream turf in March, is slated to return to the Hallandale Beach grass course after a pair of second-place finishes at Churchill Downs.
Turf stakes winners Backseat Memories and Boy of Summer were also among the entries. Dr. Chase, Starship Zorro, Saturday Special and Grand Tito round out the field.
The Showing Up is carded as the eighth and last race on an eight-race program
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