Jockey Darryll Holland notches first U.S. win Friday
September 01, 2017 01:16pm
Gulfstream Park summer 2017
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The winner of 19 Group 1 stakes in Europe, jockey Darryll Holland notched his first success in the U.S. Friday, scoring aboard Justa Jill in the fifth race at Gulfstream Park.

The 45-year-old veteran scored his first win on his 32nd mount in the U.S. since joining the Gulfstream jockey colony this summer. His most high-profile ride in the U.S. was aboard Luca Cumani-trained Falbrav, who finished a head behind dead-heat winners High Chaparral and Johar in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita. Holland rode Falbrav to Group 1 victories in the Coral-Eclipse, International Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

“I’ve had a couple of placings, going back to Falbrav finishing behind Johar and High Chaparral. You could say this is unfinished business why I’m coming here permanently now,” Holland said. “It’s nice to get the first one.”

Holland, who was Great Britain’s 1991 apprentice champion, most recently has ridden in South Korea, where he rode Indian King, a 74-1 long shot, to victory in the KRA Cup Mile, the first leg of South Korea’s Triple Crown. The native of Manchester, Eng. rode 66 winners from 350 mounts in South Korea between February 2013 and June 2014. He went back to England for a year before returning to ride in South Korea, Singapore and Mauritius.

“I love it here. I’ve been welcomed really well by the jockeys, the stewards, the track. I should have come here sooner,” Holland said.
Holland rated Justa Jill ($23.40) off the pace in the 7 ½-furlong turf race before launching a wide drive in the stretch to score by a neck.

“It’s taken me a few rides to get used to things. It’s a different environment,” Holland said. “But you always remember what you do best. I was on the fence, taking the short way around and being patient. She save ground and energy and gave me her run when I asked her.”

FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Action Featured on Saturday’s Card  
The second leg of the 2017 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series will highlight Saturday’s 13-race card (noon first-race post time). The $200,000 Susan’s Girl and the $200,000 Affirmed, a pair of seven-furlong FSS divisions restricted to horses sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, will be featured in Race 10 and Race 12, respectively.

Go Astray, who upset odds-on favorite Awesome Mass in the $100,000 FSS Desert Vixen by 4 ¾ lengths Aug. 5, is among nine 2-year-old fillies entered in the Susan’s Girl. The Angel Rodriguez-trained Go Astray is rated second in the morning line at 3-1 behind Awesome Mass, the 9-5 morning-line favorite whose performance in the first leg of the FSS was compromised by a troubled start. Trainer Stanley Gold will saddle Awesome Mass for a record 19th FSS victory.

Phantom Ro, an impressive winner of the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager, is rated as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the nine colts and geldings entered in the Affirmed. One of four Ralph Nicks-trained entrants, Phantom Ro scored a front-running 2 ¾-length victory over heavily favored Dunk in the first FSS leg. Gold-trained Dunk, who had previously broke his maiden by 8 ¾ lengths, is rated second at 3-1.

Nicks, who is also scheduled to saddle Capital S, Soutache and Kingston Pike for the Affirmed, will also send out Pantyhose and Harbin Ice for the Susan’s Girl. The Summer Meet’s leading trainer will also saddle multiple –stakes winner Josdesanimaux for the $75,000 Wasted Tears, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes carded as Race 5.

Gulfstream Park West to Boost Purses an Average of 30 Percent

Gulfstream Park announced today it will increase purses an average of 30-percent from last year when the Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West begins Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Gulfstream also announced it will raise purses 5 percent through the remainder of the current summer meet.
“We’re very happy to provide these increases at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West due to our summer handle being up 15 percent this summer to an average of nearly $6 million,” said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. “We want to thank the bettors and horsemen for supporting our summer program. We’re looking forward to the remainder of our summer schedule, including Saturday’s second leg of the Florida Sire Stakes, and the Sire Stakes finals on Sept. 30.”
During the Fall Turf Festival at Gulfstream Park West, Gulfstream will prepare its main facility for the Championship Meet, which begins Saturday, Dec. 2, with the $1.1 million Claiming Crown. The following Saturday Gulfstream will become the first facility outside Latin America or the Caribbean to play host to the Clasico del Caribe, a five-race stakes program featuring horses from eight Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Saturday, Dec. 9 program will also have six stakes races for 2-year-olds.
Source: Gulfstream Park


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