Cali Thirty Seven successfully defends Power Break title
April 29, 2017 02:59pm
Cali Thirty Seven wins 2017 Powder Break
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Cali Thirty Seven made a successful defense of her 2016 Powder Break Stakes victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park, coming again in deep stretch to score by a neck over 8-5 favorite Stormy Victoria in the mile turf event for fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old daughter of Eskendereya had a much easier time of winning the Powder Break last year than the Joe Orseno-trained mare had Saturday in the $100,000 race that co-featured Gulfstream’s program with the $100,000 Miami Mile (G3) won by War Correspondent.

Never challenged in her 1 ½-length front-running victory last year, Cali Thirty Seven was met with a stiff challenge from Stormy Victoria after showing the way to a 12-horse field into the stretch. Stormy Victoria skimmed the inside rail into the stretch under Tyler Gaffalione before surging alongside the pacesetter in mid-stretch, appearing to momentarily put her head in front. Yet, Cali Thirty Seven responded to jockey C.J. McMahon’s urging and fought back to claim a narrow victory, running the mile over a firm turf course in 1:33.64.

“C. J.   – This is the first time I rode him – did a great job. He slowed her down. He did what I told him: ‘Put her on the lead and nurse her along and she’ll be running at the end.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry if they come to you. She’ll be running at the end.’ And he listened,” Orseno said. “A lot of jocks might have gotten a little panicky and asked for her to go sooner, but he didn’t and I think that’s what won it for us.

“The other horse came to her, but I knew she wasn’t done because she was ready for this race. I knew she was coming up to a very big race.”

Cali Thirty Seven, the 9-2 third betting choice owned by Crush Racing and D.J. Stable, awarded McMahon with his first stakes victory since venturing to ride fulltime at Gulfstream Park this spring.

“Tyler went by me by a head and she showed her true grit, fought back and dug in. She relaxed so well, I couldn’t have asked more from her,” McMahon said.

Christophe Clement-trained Stormy Victoria finished a length ahead of Somethingelse and jockey Edgard Zayas.

Cali Third Seven has won three of her five starts over the Gulfstream turf, but she isn’t likely to race again during the Spring and Summer Meets.

“The owners are from near Monmouth Park. We’ve got three races picked out at Monmouth,” Orseno said. “I’m pretty much staying here this summer, but I’m sending a handful of horses to Monmouth, and this is one of them.”

Zulu Tops Field for Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar Stakes

Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Zulu has demonstrated a distinct affinity for Gulfstream Park’s main track that should make him tough to beat in Sunday’s $75,000 Jeblar Stakes.

Zulu has won three times and placed twice in six starts at Gulfstream, where he most recently finished second behind Fear the Cowboy in the Skip Away (G3) March 25. The 4-year-old son of Bernardini launched his career during the 2015-2016 championship meet, impressively winning his first two starts before finishing second behind Mohaymen in the Fountain of Youth (G2). Sidelined for eight months following an off-the-board finish in the Blue Grass (G1 at Keeneland, Zulu returned to Gulfstream to capture the Tamarac overnight stakes in December.

Edgard Zayas has the mount board the Todd Pletcher-trained colt.

Tiger Blood, Hy Kodiak Warrior, Hy Riverside, Mylute and Royal Squeeze are also entered in the seven-furlong sprint.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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