Orlyana Farm’s My Miss Venezuela sped away from the starting gate and her five rivals to register a 2 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Sea Lily, one of seven stakes on the $525,000 Summit of Speed Preview program at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Hold Me Back became a stakes winner for the first time after running six furlongs in 1:10.86 under leading rider Emisael Jaramillo, providing trainer Bruno Tessore with the first stakes success as well.
"I’m really excited, because it is my first stakes win,” said Tessore, a native or Uruguay who has been training in the United States for three years.
The Sea Lily is a prep for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), which will co-feature the $1.25 million Summit of Speed program with the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2) at Gulfstream July 2. Both graded-stakes are designated Breeders’ Cup ‘Win & You’re In’ events.
My Miss Venezuela ($12.20) was coming off a 4 ½-month layoff in the Sea Lily.
“The filly is hard to train in the morning. I know she wasn’t 100-percent fit. I told the owner, she’s going to need the race for the next race, the Princess Rooney. He said, ‘Ok, let’s go ahead and do it,” Tessore said. “Jaramillo rode a perfect race. I gave him the green light to do what he wanted to do with her.”
While collecting his third of four wins Saturday, Jaramillo sent the gray filly right to the lead and coasted to victory.
“There was Plan A and Plan B. Plan A was that if the lead was easy we would go. It was perfect,” Jaramillo said. “It was like the Roadrunner and the Coyote.”
Winning for Sarah finished second, three-quarters of a length in front of Savingtime.
Awesome Banner Makes Triumphant Return in Big Cypress
Jacks or Better Farms’ Awesome Banner made a triumphant return to Gulfstream Park Saturday, notching a convincing 2 ½ triumph in the $75,000 Big Cypress, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds.
Making his first start for trainer Mark Casse, the son of Awesome of Course had captured the Hutcheson (G3) and the Swale (G2) at Gulfstream when trained by Stanley Gold during the Championship Meet. The Florida-bred colt finished off the board when sent around two turns in his last two starts, checking in fifth in the Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 27 and eighth in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) March 12.
Awesome Banner had been training at Churchill Downs with Casse’s son and assistant Norman Casse since April before shipping to Gulfstream a week ago.
Saddled by Jamie Begg, who is overseeing Casse’s Gulfstream division, Awesome Banner broke well and raced outside a contested pace long the backstretch before jockey Elvis Trujillo gave him some rein on the far turn. The 4-5 favorite in a field of six took off and drew away to a comfortable decision.
“He’s a nice horse. He felt great. I tried to hold him back, but he didn’t want it—he’s very strong.,” Trujillo said. “I let him go and he relaxed. At the three-eighths (pole) I asked him a little bit and he took off again. He’s very nice.”
Wildcat Wish made a challenge at the top of the stretch under Eddie Castro but was no match for the winner. Li’l Meatball finished 6 ½ lengths farther back in third. Awesome Banner ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.85.
“I thought he was much the best in the race with Elvis was just there. He rode him very confidently,” said Begg said.
Source: Gulfstream Park