Archive for November 2018

Five-Win Day Vaults Lopez Into Title Contention At Gulfstream West

paco-lopez-five-win-day-gulfstreamPaco Lopez joined the title race for jockeys Sunday at Gulfstream Park West with a five-win day and collecting his 200th win of 2018. The 33-year-old journeyman moved to within four wins of leading rider Edgard Zayas, who holds a 45-41 edge with five racing days remaining in the Fall Turf Festival meet. Click here to read article from Paulick Report. Lopez kicked off his five-win day by riding Reiltin Oir ($5) to victory in Race 1 before scoring aboard Princess Dynamite ($7.20) in Race 3, High Flying Guy ($7) in Race 7, All Go ($5.80) in Race 8 and Chiara Luna ($) for No. 200 in Race 10. Lopez, who rode five stakes winners on the Nov. 10 Millions Preview card, holds the lead in purses-won with $1. million, approximately $75,000 more than Zayas' total. Emisael Jaramillo, who captured the 2017 Gulfstream Park West title with a record 50 winners, has 37 wins after riding a pair of winners, Wild Good ($8.20) in Race 4 and Mia Angelina ($9.40) in Race 6, Sunday.

PACO LOPEZ WINS FIVE STAKES IN ONE DAY

paco-lopez-five-win-day-gulfstreamLeading by all metrics for the week, Paco Lopez was unanimously selected as Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for November 5 – 11, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys' Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America's #1 Equine Toxin Remover. Click here to read article from Paulick Report. While a number of jockeys with five-win days have been honored as Jockey of the Week, Lopez made the accomplishment even more notable with five stakes wins in a single day. He also led in all categories on the ballot, including total wins and earnings. On Millions Preview Day at Gulfstream Park West on Saturday, Lopez had a mount in all 11 races on the card, including the ten stakes races. He swept the early double, winning the $75,000 Millions Turf Preview with Galleon Mast ($5.20) and the $75,000 Millions Sprint Preview with Kroy ($5.20). He finished third in the third race, then won the next two races on the card, the $75,000 Millions Classic Preview with Mr. Jordan ($4.60) and the $75,000 Juvenile Fillies Sprint with Lovesick ($5.80). Lopez made his fifth trip to the winners' circle several races later in the $75,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Vow to Recover ($8.80). His five stakes wins represented four different trainers. With the stakes wins and appearances in other stakes on the same card, Lopez led all North American jockeys by stakes earnings, with $244,365. His total earnings for the week were $374,425, the highest of all jockeys eligible for the ballot. Lopez has earned $8,529,807 in 2018 and has lifetime earnings of over $84 million. Lopez led by number of stakes wins, but he also led by total number of wins for the week, with 11 victories and a win rate of 44%. He finished in the money on 64% of his 25 starts last week. This year, he has won 192 of his 828 starts and is 2,402 for 11,991 lifetime. Lopez also won his first Breeders' Cup race aboard Roy H last weekend at Churchill Downs. Recognized in 2008 with the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey, Lopez is in second place in the jockey standings for the current meet at Gulfstream Park West with 33 wins since the meet began on October 3. Edgard Zayas, also on the ballot for winning two of the stakes on Millions Preview Day, is the current leading rider with 40 wins.

Lopez Rides Five Stakes Winners Saturday At Gulfstream West

Mr-Jordan-the-Millions-classic-prvw-credit-Lauren-KingPaco Lopez kicked off a banner day at Gulfstream Park West Saturday with a perfectly executed victory aboard Galleon Mast in the $75,000 Millions Turf Preview. Lopez, who rode Roy H. to victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs a week earlier, went on to win four more stakes on the Millions Preview card of nine stakes worth $675,000 in purses. Click here to read article from Paulick Report. The 33-year-old jockey certainly was on his game for the Turf Preview, executing a perfectly game plan for getting 8-5 favorite back to the winner's circle after a series of hard-luck close calls. “He told me coming out of the paddock, ‘No one's going to want the lead except the [Clash and Cash] and [Swagger Jagger]. I'm going to stay right behind them,'” trainer David Fawkes said. “I said, ‘Ride your race. Warm him up good and remember that when he gets the lead he tends to wait.” Everything went according to plan. Lopez position Galleon Mast directly behind pacesetter Clash and Clash and stalker Swagger Jagger around the first turn and along the backstretch. Although he lacked room on the turn into the homestretch and in the early stretch, Lopez found room to leave the inside in mid-stretch and Galleon Mast kicked in to score a last-ditch nose victory over a game Clash and Cash. “I was close and waited and waited. In the stretch, I came too close to the rail and he got a little scared and jumped a little bit, but he came back and got it at the wire,” said Lopez, who went on score victories aboard Kroy in the Sprint Preview, Mr. Jordan in the Classic Preview, Lovesick in the Juvenile Fillies Sprint and Vow to Recover in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Class and Clash finished 2 ¾-lengths ahead of Archer Road, Galleon Mast, who has been first or second in 19 of 29 starts with five third-place finishes, had gone winless in six starts since winning the Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream in January while finishing second five times. Most recently, he most recently finished second behind Archer Road in the Mr. Steele Stakes at Gulfstream after a very troubled trip. “He finally got a good trip. It's frustrating. I left a lot of money on the track,” Fawkes said. “He's had some tough trips, so Paco is staying on him now.” Two races later, P. & G. Stables' Picara registered a 1 ¾-length triumph in the $75,000 Filly & Mare Turf Preview under jockey Edgard Zayas. The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old filly was in command throughout the 7 ½-furlong race, setting fractions of 24.34, 49,04 and 1:12.78 for six furlongs on her way to a final clocking of 1:30.28. Picara had prepped for the Filly & Mare Turf Preview with a two-length optional claiming allowance victory Oct. 14 at Gulfstream Park West in her second start since being transferred to Pletcher. The daughter of With Distinction has won all three of her starts over the Gulfstream Park West turf course. Southern Sis finished second under Luca Panici, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Warranty and Lopez.

“ROY H” WINS THE 2018 G1-$2,000,000. ‘BREEDER’S CUP SPRINT’ WITH PACO LOPEZ

Roy H Sails to Victory in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

3079c64c5a594c54a7b637c3b6a25dfbVictory was second consecutive win in six-furlong test for son of More Than Ready. Less than two hours after Peter Miller sat down in the Breeders' Cup press room to field questions about his two-time Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) winner Stormy Liberal Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, the California-based trainer was back in the hot seat. Click here to read the article from BloodHorse. Smiling for the camera during his second round of interviews, Miller expressed his appreciation for TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) victor Roy H. "(He's) just a sound horse," Miller said. "Just a real solid, sound horse. He brings it every time, and I couldn't be more proud. Words don't even express my feelings." Though the field for this year's Sprint was almost identical to last year's, the start was considerably more bumpy for Roy H. The 6-year-old More Than Ready gelding hit the wall of his stall in post 9 at the break and wobbled briefly before he could be righted by jockey Paco Lopez. Promises Fulfilled set the pace on the inside rail but soon faded to second as Roy H found his stride and punched the gas on the outside. Running on cruise control four wide on the outside, Roy H took command to hit the half-mile mark in :44.21. Straightening out as the field turned for home, the defending winner kept pounding away at the ground, extending the margin from a half-length to three lengths at the top of the stretch. Rallying from last after drifting at the start, Whitmore cut a path through the pack up the middle in a last-ditch effort to run down the leader as they approached the wire. Moving with the same speedy clip that earned him the title of champion sprinter last season, Roy H never faltered, crossing the wire 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Whitmore in 1:08.24. "He charged today," Lopez said. "That horse won today with no problem. He knows what's going on today. He dances. He's very happy today." Saturday's win marked milestones for trainer and jockey. Lopez earned his first victory in the Breeders' Cup, and Miller became the first trainer to saddle back-to-back winners of the same two races in the 35-year history of the Breeders' Cup. "I was a little concerned, actually, when he started moving early on the turn because I had told him, 'Hey, Paco, it's a long stretch, just make sure you don't move too soon,'" Miller said. "But he said this horse was just on fire and loaded from the get-go, from the time he stepped on the track and warmed him up." Runner-up Whitmore was followed by favorite Imperial Hint in third. Promises Fulfilled took fourth, 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Limousine Liberal in fifth. B Squared, Distinctive B, Warrior's Club, and Always Sunshine completed the order of finish. Impressive enough on its own, the win was made even sweeter for Miller and owners Rockingham Ranch and David A. Bernsen, who went through the loss of their promising sprinter Bobby Abu Dhabi who was reported to have died during training at Del Mar from fractures to vertebrae in his neck, which occurred because of a fall as a result of sesamoid fractures in his right front leg. "You look at ups and downs in horse racing," Bernsen said, praising the trainer for leading his team to victory through adversity. "I don't think anything illustrates it more than what these guys have gone through this year. … But Peter, he deals with these horses every day. So we just turn up, and he's got them all tuned up for a big run." Bred in Kentucky by Ramona S. Bass out of the multiple graded stakes-winning Elusive Quality mare Elusive Diva, Roy H was purchased for $310,000 by Rockingham Ranch from the Wavertree Stables consignment to the 2014 Keeneland April 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. He holds a 9-5-2 record from 22 starts with total earnings of $3,019,765. "He's a teddy bear," Miller said, the emotion evident in his voice. "He's a love. He just loves to be pet on and loved on. He's a pleaser. You know, he's given me more than I could ever give him. "I think people were writing him off, and someone, one of the East Coast writers, called me and said, 'You know, Imperial Hint is a different horse this year,' and they were trying to scare me or something, said he's the hype horse. I said, 'Well, the East Coast horses get the hype, and the West Coast horses get the money. So you guys can hype all you want out here, we'll take the money with us."

Miller doubles up on repeats as Roy H takes Breeders’ Cup Sprint

BC18.Roy H06.11-3-18.SR_LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Peter Miller made Breeders’ Cup history Saturday at Churchill Downs after defending champion Roy H rallied to a convincing 3 1/4-length triumph over the slow-starting Whitmore in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Imperial Hint, runner-up in the 2017 Sprint and the 8-5 favorite on Saturday, finished third. Click here to read article from DRF. Roy H’s victory came a couple of hours after Miller’s Stormy Liberal had successfully defended his title in the Turf Sprint, the Southern California-based horseman becoming the first trainer win back-to-back Breeders’ Cup races with two different horses in the 35-year history of the event. Roy H and Stormy Liberal are both owned in partnership by Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen. Paco Lopez rode Roy H to victory in the Sprint, giving the journeyman his first ever Breeders’ Cup win. Lopez had lost the mount on Roy H to Kent Desormeaux just prior to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. Roy H’s trip on Saturday was reminiscent of the one he parlayed into his one-length victory over Imperial Hint in this race a year ago at Del Mar. Roy H rated just off a rapid early pace set by Promises Fulfilled and forced by Miller’s other entry in the Sprint, Distinctive B. Roy H moved readily to command while kept well out in the track entering the stretch, opened a commanding advantage upon settling for the drive, and was not threatened thereafter. Whitmore broke slow from his inside post, trailed in the run down the backstretch, advanced near the rail to closer contention entering the stretch before easing out and continuing his rally to finish second. Imperial Hint checked a couple of times in traffic down the backstretch, angled out behind the winner to make a mild run at the top of the stretch but could not sustain the rally, finishing 1 3/4 lengths farther back in third. Roy H, a 6-year-old gelded son of More Than Ready, returned $7.40 after completing six furlongs over a fast track in 1:08.24. “I couldn’t be more proud of this horse, words don’t even express my feelings,” Miller said immediately after the race. “I was a little concerned when he started moving a little early on the turn, because I told Paco it was a long stretch and to make sure he didn’t move too soon,” Miller said. “But he said this horse was just loaded from the moment he stepped on the track and warmed him up. I think the move that sealed it was when [Lopez] saw the horse he had to beat [Imperial Hint] come up inside him, and he made sure that he wouldn’t beat him to the position. Once he got the lead, I looked back and could see nobody was coming and that point I was pretty confident, because I know this horse has a big late kick.” Miller said the big difference between Roy H’s 2018 campaign and his Eclipse Award-winning season the previous year was the fact he went to Dubai this spring where he finished a game and close third behind Mind Your Biscuits and X Y Jet in the Golden Shaheen. “It took him a while to get over Dubai and he wasn’t the same horse in the Bing Crosby,” said Miller. “He was stale and flat, so I made some changes. I took him from the second string and moved him back with my first string at San Luis Rey, I changed exercise riders and we also changed jockeys, going back to Paco. It was just the change of pace he needed and it all worked out. I think people were writing him off earlier this year, while building up Imperial Hint. The eastern horses might get the hype, but the western horses get the money.” Miller did not rule out a return trip to Dubai for either Roy H or Stormy Liberal, both 6-year-old geldings, in 2019. “Both these horses are very sound, they are easy on themselves, and as long as they enjoy their jobs, like they obviously do right now, we’ll just keep going,” said Miller. Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said he thought Imperial Hint ran well, but that jockey Javier Castellano told him "he was just spinning his wheels" when asked to run. “It just seems he doesn’t handle Churchill Downs’s track very well,” said Carvajal in reference to the fact Imperial Hint has not finished better than third in three starts under the twin spires.

2018 Santa Anita Sprint Championship: Roy H

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