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Grade 1 Winner Decorated Invader Returns Victorious

Mar 28, 2020
Highland Glory Wins the Sanibel Island
Vekoma Returns a Winner in Sir Shackleton
$100,000 Guaranteed Pool in Sunday’s Rainbow 6


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Grade 1 winner Decorated Invader made his 3-year-old debut an impressive one Saturday at Gulfstream Park when he drove down the stretch to win the $100,000 Cutler Bay by 1 ¼ lengths on Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park.

A son of Declaration of War trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Joel Rosario, Decorated Invader was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. He had previously won the Summer Stakes (G1) in September at Woodbine.

Decorated Invader covered a firm mile course in 1:33.12. Decorated Invader returned $5.60.

Rosario rated Decorated Invader well off a :22.53 and :45.59 pace set by longshot Inter Miami. Around the final turn Rosario moved Decorated Invader outside and drove six-wide entering the stretch before taking over inside the final eighth.

“He’s a big horse. Christophe told me to give him a clean trip,” Rosario said. “So when I started moving a little bit I preferred to be in the clear on the outside. He came with a nice run. He was the best horse in the race.”

Highland Glory Wins the Sanibel Island


Steadfast Stable’s Highland Glory, trained by Barclay Tagg, drove past the pacesetter Cheermeister in the final strides to win the $100,000 Sanibel Island.

Highland Glory, a 3-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa ridden by Paco Lopez, covered the mile course in 1:34.42 and returned $9.80.

Lopez rated Highland Glory sixth down the backstretch while Cheermeister went the opening quarter in :23.46, the half in :47.35 and three-quarters in 1:10.70. Moving three-wide entering the stretch, Highland Glory drove past a game and stubborn Cheermeister just a few yards in front of the finish line for a neck victory.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 Will Offer $100,000 Guaranteed Pool


Gulfstream Park’s closing day of its Championship Meet will feature a guaranteed pool of $100,000 in the Rainbow 6.

First race post for the 10-race program will be 1 p.m.

Saturday’s mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 returned $17,848.56.

NOTES

Blue Grass (G2) winner Vekoma, owned by R.A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stable and trained by George Weaver, returned a winner from a 10-month layoff when he took the lead down the middle of the stretch to win the $100,000 Sir Shackleton by 3 ¾ lengths. A son of Candy Ride, Vekoma covered seven furlongs in 1:21.92. Vekoma finished second as a 2-year-old in the Nashua (G3) and was third in last year’s Fountain of Youth (G2). His victory in the Sir Shackleton was his first race since placing 13th in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1)…La Signare, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione and trained by Brendan Walsh, chased down the pacesetter Valedictorian to win the $100,000 Sand Springs. Zofelle, also trained by Walsh, got up for the place. Valedictorian finished third…           

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