Garcia and Dominguez Approach Milestones

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Jockey Alan Garcia needs two more wins to hit the 1,000 career victory mark and is named on mounts in three races Thursday afternoon at Gulfstream Park while veteran Ramon Dominguez is in town for the day to ride the favorite in the fourth race allowance feature and needing two wins to hit the lofty 4,000 career victory plateau.

Garcia, a 24-year-old native of Peru, is based at Gulfstream this winter where he currently ranks in a tie for eighth in the standings with 21 wins at the meet. Dominguez flies in from New York where he leads the standings at Aqueduct with 86 victories, 30 more than his closest rival.

Dominguez, a 35-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, rides West Point Thoroughbreds’ 4-year-old Mr. Fantasy for trainer Mike Hushion in Thursday’s fourth race as the son of E Dubai makes his first start since capturing the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct last year on Apr. 25.

Dominguez is named on a full slate of mounts Friday at Aqueduct and is due back at Gulfstream Saturday for several stakes mounts, including Donald Dizney’s 3-year-old colt First Dude in the $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) for trainer Dale Romans and Alan Brodsky’s 4-year-old filly Don’t Forget Gil in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (G3) for trainer Mark Hennig.

Jackson Bend & ‘Other Brother’ Nicanor Work at Palm Meadows

Robert LaPenta and Jacks or Better Farm’s 3-year-old Jackson Bend, runner-up to Eskendereya in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) last out at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 20, worked six furlongs in 1:14 flat Thursday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito.

A Florida-bred chestnut colt by Hear No Evil, Jackson Bend finished second by three-quarters of a length in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) early in the Gulfstream meet before checking in 8 ½ lengths behind Eskendereya in the Fountain of Youth. He is expected to make his next start in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct on Sat., Apr. 3.

Also notable on the Thursday morning work tab at Palm Meadows was Lael Stables’ 4-year-old homebred colt Nicanor, full-brother to ill-fated 2006 Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Barbaro and 3-year-old Lentenor, the latter set to make his stakes debut in Saturday’s renewal of the Florida Derby for trainer Michael Matz.

Nicanor breezed a mile in 1:43 3/5 in preparation for his 2010 debut. The son of Dynaformer out of La Ville Rouge, by Carson City made his first three career starts at Gulfstream last winter, finishing second twice on the main track. He then won both of his starts last summer on turf at Delaware Park, a maiden race by 15 ¼ lengths and an allowance last out on June 17.

Turf Marathon Pan American & Orchid Next Weekend

Next weekend’s racing at Gulfstream Park will be highlighted by renewals of the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (G3) on Saturday and $150,000 Orchid Stakes (G3) on Sunday, companion events run at 1 ½ miles on turf, the Orchid for fillies and mares.

Trainer Christophe Clement may have a solid contender in both races with Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s 5-year-old homebred Winchester among the horses to beat in the Pan American if he goes after his sharp runner-up performance last out behind 2008 Pan American winner Presious Passion in the 11-furlong Mac Diamida Stakes (G3) over the course on Feb. 28.

A son of the Firestones’ 1987 Eclipse champion turf star Theatrical, Winchester won the Secretariat Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park as a 3-year-old in 2008 after beginning his career in Ireland. He ran another big race when third in the 12-furlong W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3) at Calder in late December behind Cloudy’s Knight.

Another intriguing prospect for the 49th edition of the Pan American is Fred Bradley’s 9-year-old homebred gelding Brass Hat, winner of the 2006 Donn Handicap (G1) here earlier in his career. Trained by William ‘Buff’ Bradley, the son of Prized concentrated on turf marathons last year, finishing second in the Stars and Stripes Handicap (G3) at Arlington Park last out on Sept. 7.

Clement has won the Orchid a remarkable six times previously, including four straight from 1999-2002, and could be represented in this renewal with Philip W. Freedman’s 5-year-old mare Cable, third last out in the 11-furlong The Very One Stakes (G3) over the course on Feb. 27 and/or L. Neil Jones’ 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Beauty O’Gwaun, a Group stakes winner in Ireland.

Trainer Bill Mott has won the Orchid three times previously over the years, including Dress Rehearsal last year, and may have the favorite next Sunday with Swettenham Stud’s 5-year-old Irish-bred mare Changing Skies. The daughter of Sadler’s Wells won The Very One last out on Feb. 27 in her third American start after racing in France and England earlier in her career.



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