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Si, Sr. Quisqueyano Rules in $115,000 Eight Miles East
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – After Sr. Quisqueyano finished eighth as the favorite in the $75,000 Showing Up Stakes on July 20, the bettors lost a little faith in the 3-year-old colt Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Luis Olivares, though, had supreme confidence when he entered his multiple-stakes winner in the $115,000 Eight Mile East Stakes, knowing that Sr. Quisqueyano could find the footing on the main track more to his liking than he did in his recent turf debut.
“He always gives 100 percent. If he runs bad, you know there’s something wrong,” Olivares said. “He’s the kind of horse, when he’s right, he’d hard to beat. He didn’t like the turf last time. I was hoping they would take it off the turf.”
Sr. Quisqueyano would not be beat in his return to dirt racing in the 1 1/16-mile Eight Miles East with a game front-running performance under jockey Carlos Olivero. Sent to post as the 6-1 second choice, the son of Exclusive Quality showed the way through fractions of : 24.19, :47.97 and 1:12.35 as 4-5 favorite Where’s Sterling was rated in fifth by jockey Fernando Jara. After straightening out in the stretch, the pacesetter spurted to a 3-length lead as Where’s Sterling loomed dangerous with a four-wide bid. Although making his first start against older horses, Sr. Quisqueyano dug in gamely to hold off the strong late charge by the 6-year-old favorite by a neck.
‘Mr. Olivares told me it was my decision whether to go to the lead; he left it up to me,” Olivero said. “So I went to the lead and it worked out.”
Sr. Quisqueyano, who earned $75,000 for DDRD Racing Inc, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.28. Where’s Sterling finished 7 ¼ lengths clear of third-place finisher Isutalkintome.
“That's racing. He was in perfect position,” Jara said. “I thought turning for home we would win the race.”
Sr. Quisqueyano returned to the winner’s circle with a cut on his right front foot, and after getting his picture taken, Olivares hosed it down and wrapped it for the walk back to the barn.
“He grabbed it coming out of the gate,” said Olivares, whose colt was involved in a bumping incident shortly after the start. “I washed it off to make sure no dirt got in it. It’s not serious.”