Enterprising Closes in on Sunshine Millions Turf Preview

November 12, 2016 10:38am
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Photo: Leslie Martin

Tyler Gaffalione followed pre-race instructions on how to ride late-closing Enterprising in Saturday’s $100,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Preview and found  his way into the Gulfstream Park West winner’s circle.

Entering the 1 1/16-mile turf event on the Sunshine Millions Preview program of seven stakes, Enterprising had finished in the money in his three starts since being acquired by Maxis Stable and trainer Mike Maker but had dropped too far off the pace to find the winner’s circle.

“Last time I told Mike that the jockey said the horse broke too cold from the gate. Mike said next time tell the jockey to warm the horse up good so he will break sharp,” Maker’s assistant trainer Evelio Chavez said. “I knew the horse was training good and that he could win. The key was to break better.”

After being warmed up on the track prior to loading into the gate, Enterprising did indeed break better than he had in his three previous starts, settling in fifth place while saving ground behind pacesetter Charlie Mops around the first turn and along the backstretch. Entering the turn into the stretch, Gaffalione eased the 5-year-old gelding to the outside, directly behind a rallying Little Nick V. With less ground to cover in the stretch to catch the pacesetters, Enterprising kicked in and caught Little Nick V. in deep stretch to post a 1 ¼-length triumph as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eighth.

"He broke alertly today. They told me to warm him up and make sure he got a good start and he broke alertly and put himself right in the race. I ducked in to save ground on the first turn and down the backside. Midway around the second turn the spot opened up to get him outside and I just followed the horse in front of me.,” Gaffalione said. “When I put him in the clear he just took off and ran home from there."

Enterprising ran 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:45.21 to capture his seventh career races. Little Nick V., who was ridden by Luca Panici, finished second, 2 ½ lengths clear of a tiring Charlie Mops, who was attempting to post his sixth first-place finish in a row under jockey Manny Aguilar.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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