Archive for December 2016


paco-lopezPaco Lopez, the meet’s leading rider, continued to pad his win total after visiting the winner’s circle four times during Wednesday’s card. Lopez has now ridden 20 winners at the Championship meet, which began Dec. 3. Wednesday marked the fourth racing card where Lopez won multiple races.

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Lopez took the opener with Vow Me Over ($5.60); rode Leopardshill Road ($6) to victory in the third; piloted winner Battle Tux ($5) in the sixth; and was astride eighth race winner Attyla ($7). Vow Me Over and Battle Tux gave Bobby Dibona a training double.

Lopez, 31 celebrated his 2,000th career win at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 4 by piloting Yourdreamsormine to victory. The native of Mexico won the 2010 Championship Meet title and finished third in wins and fourth in purse earnings at both of the last two Championship stands.


neck-of-the-moonNeck of the Moon, a 6-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, saved her best for what may have been her final career start with a game neck victory in the $100,000 South Beach S. at Gulfstream Park.

Trainer Chad Brown said after the win that Neck of the Moon could be retired and bred during the 2017 season, making Saturday’s win even more special.

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After placing in three stakes this year, Neck of the Moon had a wide trip in the South Beach. She rallied from seventh in the final half-mile, coming four-wide into the stretch and repelling the challenge of Sandiva (IRE) to win by nearly a half-length in 1:31 for the 7 1/2-furlongs on the turf.

“She’s been very consistent. She’s fired nearly every time I’ve run her this year; she’s just been very unlucky. Today, she got the trip she needed,” Brown said. “We told (jockey) Paco (Lopez) a few things about her, particularly her affinity to get outside if possible in a big field, and he executed it perfectly. I’m really proud of the ride he gave her and I’m proud of the filly for the effort she gave.”

Ultra-consistent throughout her career, Neck of the Moon is now 5-6-6 in 22 starts and has earned $402,312 for her owner Hidden Brook Farm.

More Than Ready’s career stakes winners now number 169 worldwide, second only to Giant’s Causeway among North American sires.



Jockey Paco Lopez registered his 2,000th career victory aboard Yourdreamsormine in Sunday’s ninth race at Gulfstream Park.

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Lopez, 31, entered the card with 1,999 wins, after he was blanked from seven mounts on Saturday. He rode five losers on Sunday before reaching the winner’s circle on the Milton W. Wolfson-trained Yourdreamsormine, who is owned by N. T. S. Stable, Inc.

After receiving a warm reception from his fellow riders, who gathered around him for a celebratory photograph, Lopez admitted he was relieved to have finally reached the milestone after some frustrating moments.

“I tried it yesterday — I had some favorites — and I tried today, and I finally did it,” a beaming Lopez said.

His victory aboard Yourdreamsormine was Lopez’s 243rd of the 2016 season, during which his mounts have earned more than $9 million.

Lopez was the leading apprentice at Gulfstream Park in 2008, a year after arriving in the U.S. to ride in South Florida, and went on to be honored with an Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading apprentice. He won the 2010 Championship Meet title in 2010.

Lopez was born on a farm in Veracruz, Mexico and began riding Quarter Horses after leaving home at the age of 12. He ventured to the U.S. nine years later in hopes of becoming a Quarter Horse jockey. A year later, he began to exercise Thoroughbreds at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training center in Palm Beach County, and won his first race in the U.S. July 13, 2007 at Calder Race Course, where he captured several riding titles.

Lopez, who thanked his longtime agent Cory Moran, said it was meaningful for him to win his 2,000th for the South Florida-based Wolfson.

“I feel great about winning it for people from Miami,” the rider said. “I try for everybody but I feel they are my people because I got my start in Miami.”

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