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Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Garoffalo & 'Red' Doing Fine in South Florida; Vinceremos, Cash Rules & Dudeman Clash Wednesday

Apr 5, 2015

Garoffalo and ‘Red’ Doing Fine in South Florida

Vinceremos, Cash Rules & Dudeman Clash Wednesday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Jose Garoffalo believes in the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
The Venezuelan native has based his stable at Gulfstream year-round since the track implemented a four-season schedule two years ago, and he has no plans to move as the 2015 spring/summer meet in Hallandale readies to begin on Wednesday.
“I’m going to stay here all summer long,” Garoffalo said. “There is no reason to go anywhere else. We’re good here. We’ve got good purses, the track is good, so why go somewhere else? Unless we have a horse that will ship out just for one race, I am going to stay here year round.”
Garoffalo won eight races during the Championship Meeting at Gulfstream, four of which came with notable runners Sky Gold, Black Martino, and Gorgeous Dream. Sky Gold defeated a quality field of 3-year-old fillies when she broke her maiden at first asking in a maiden special weight on Dec. 14. She would follow that effort up with a runner-up finish to the highly regarded Stonestreet Stables homebred Perchance in a January allowance. Both Gorgeous Dream and Black Martino also broke their maidens this winter at Gulfstream. Gorgeous Dream would follow her initial win up with another victory in a starter allowance, while Black Martino would go on to finish third in the Cutler Bay Stakes on April first. 
However, Garoffalo’s top horse, last year’s Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Wildcat Red, did not get an opportunity to replicate the success he had during the 2013-2014 meeting after injuring himself during the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 17, the colt’s 4-year-old debut. The popular Florida bred finished an uncharacteristic fifth in that race and injured his hind end; he is currently walking under tack and is on target to return to the racetrack in the coming weeks.
“Red is good,” Garoffalo said. “He should be almost ready to go back to the track. The plan is to stay here in the summer, and when he’s ready, we’ll see what we’re going to do. But he’s doing very good. He’s coming back from the injury, so it’s just a matter of time. He’s walking the barn. He’s here. We checked him last week, and he looked pretty good. We’re going to check him again next week. I don’t think it’s going to be a long time before he goes back to the track. I’m very optimistic about the horse. He’ll be alright.”
Garoffalo’s stable currently stands at 24 horses, but he plans to acquire a few more at auctions in the near future. He will specifically seek out some Florida breds to point toward Gulfstream’s $2 million Florida Sire Stakes series, which will begin in August.
“That’s one of the ideas, to buy some Florida-bred horses to target the Florida Sire Stakes series and stakes here for Florida breds,” Garoffalo said. “We’ve been very lucky with the Florida breds, so let’s continue to do the same.”
Garoffalo said he appreciates the stability that staying at one track year round provides him and his team of workers.
“It’s always tough for every trainer to travel all year round, to come and go all the time, so being at a racetrack where we have the stability to be in one place for the year, it’s good for every trainer and for the crew,” he said. “They have their families here, and we have family here, so it’s much better to be in one place all year round, especially when we are in a good place. We’re at a good racetrack, and there’s a big improvement from maybe two or three years ago. There is no reason to go anywhere else.”
Vinceremos, Cash Rules & Dudeman Clash Wednesday
Racing resumes Wednesday at Gulfstream with an eight-race program featuring a $46,000 allowance optional event at a mile with Vinceremos, Cash Rules and Dudeman entered in the seven-horse field.
Vinceremos, second in last year’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and a winner of the Sam F. Davis (G3), finished seventh here March 14 in his first race since October. Edgard Zayas has the mount on the 4-year-old gelding trained by Todd Pletcher.
Cash Rules, trained by David Fawkes, finished fifth March 14 under similar conditions. The multiple stakes-winning son of Peace Rules has earned nearly $500,000. He finished second to Ron the Greek in the 2013 Sunshine Millions Classic. Cash Rules and Vinceremos will be joined by Dudeman, second to Atreides in December in the Aventura. Edgar Prado will be in the saddle for Jane Cibelli. 

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