Sweet Rocket Man Soars in Gulfstream Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A change of scenery obviously has agreed with Sweet Rocket Man, who made his first start for trainer Stephen DiMauro at Gulfstream Park a winning one in Sunday’s featured seventh race, a $34,500 optional claiming allowance.
The 3-year-old gelding, who was sent to Gulfstream Park two weeks ago, settled off a fast early pace under jockey Jonathan Gonzales before launching a late-stretch drive to register a half-length victory.
“We liked our old trainer but he didn’t want to come to Gulfstream, so we gave this horse to Steve,” said Mike Eckman, who owns the Florida-bred gelding in partnership with Debbie and Mark Ravenscraft. “He’s been training over this track for two weeks and worked over it.”
Sweet Rocket Man ($17.60), who ran six furlongs in 1:10.40 while edging favored Singanothersong, is a half-brother to Black Diamond Cat, a two-time stakes winner at the current Gulfstream meeting.
“Black Diamond Cat is 6 years old and has never been better in his life,” said Eckman, who was a partner in the breeding of Black Diamond Cat but does not own the veteran gelding. “This horse gets better and better and better every time he runs.”
Who’s Hot: In addition to visiting the winner’s circle with Sweet Rocket Man ($17.60) in the seventh, leading rider Jonathan Gonzalez guided Chasethebluesaway ($2.80) to victory in the first race.
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