Orseno fills empty stalls in South Florida

June 16, 2017 09:03am
Trainer Joe Orseno and daughter
Photo: Gulfstream Park

When trainer Joe Orseno opted to base his stable at Gulfstream Park during the spring and summer for the first time, he found himself in need of a few more horses to fill stalls left empty when a longtime client moved on. When he got wind of Frank and Patricia Generazio’s interest in racing horses in South Florida during the summer months, the veteran trainer was quick to contact the owners/breeders.

“I heard Mr. Generazio was looking to keep horses in South Florida. When I lost my outfit, I decided to make some phone calls. I called him, and he said, ‘Well, if you’re staying there, I’m going to send you a couple and give you a shot,’” Orseno recalled. “It was a pleasant surprise, and we got off to a nice start.” 

The first horse Orseno saddled for the Generazios visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle May 4, when Keepthedreamalive returned from a 10-month layoff to register a gutsy triumph in a stakes-quality allowance. The homebred son of Leroidesanimaux is scheduled to return to action in Saturday’s $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer at Gulfstream.

“He’s a Florida-bred and Mr. Generazio decided he wanted to have some Florida-breds stay down her year-round. He gave me the opportunity to train him,” Orseno said. “This horse came to me with a good bottom in him from the farm and I just put the finishing touches on him. I looked up his races and watched his style of running and I just thought that him being a Florida-bred he’d be a pretty tough horse down her in the summertime.”

The impressive and enduring success of Frank and Patricia Generazio’s breeding program was highlighted on the Belmont Stakes undercard last Saturday, when their homebred Disco Partner set a world record for six-furlongs on turf while winning the Jaipur (G3) in 1:05.87.  The scores of stakes winners produced by the Generazios’ breeding program include multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner Presious Passion, who earned nearly $2.7 million, and Grade 1 winner Discreet Marq, who banked more than $1 million.

“I’ve known Mr. and Mrs. Generazio for 30 years, maybe longer. I never knew they’ve had so many horses and so many nice horses. They’re really big in the game,” said Orseno who has forged a 23-percent win rate by saddling nine winners from 37 starters during the spring meet.

“They keep a low profile but they have a nice program. They keep coming up with them.”

Azpurua Looking Forward to New Success with Somethingelse

Leo Azpurua Jr. has enjoyed considerable success during his training career, saddling several graded-stakes winners, including Ensign Rhythm, the 1986 Fountain of Youth (G2) winner, Dance for Thee, who captured the 1998 Rampart (G2), Certain, who finished second and subsequently awarded the victory in the 1999 Arkansas Derby (G2) upon the disqualification of Valhol, and Sweetsouthernsaint, the winner of the 1997 What a Pleasure (G3). The veteran trainer also saddled Plenty of Light for four straight victories before the daughter of Colony Light was sold and went on to win the Sprinster (G1).

Azpurua had scaled down his stable in recent years but is in the process of rebuilding at Gulfstream Park. Randy Bradshaw, a former multiple graded stakes-winning trainer who operates RKB Breaking & Training Center in Williston, FL, has been instrumental in the process by sending a few horses to Azpurua.

Azpurua is scheduled to saddle Somethingelse, a 4-year-old filly Bradshaw owns in partnership with Commonwealth Stable, for Saturday’s $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for Florida-bred fillies and mares. 

“Randy has such a tremendous record as a horseman, as a trainer. I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity and his trust to train for him and letting me develop these horses,” Azpurua said. “He said, ‘You have the horse now. Just let me know when she’s going to run and consult with me whenever you want.’ That’s a tremendous vote of confidence that I’m truly grateful for.  He’s been helpful in helping me reestablish my stable, which I truly appreciate.”

Somethingelse, who has been stakes-placed in her last three starts, has been in the money in all but one of her 11 career starts and has been on-the-board in all nine of her races over the Gulfstream turf course.

“When I got her I was impressed with her body, her conformation, her strength, her upper chest, her backend, her quarters,” Azpurua said. “She’s very athletic, very, very powerful. She seems to be colt in a female body. The better fillies I’ve had like Plenty of Light, who won a Grade 1, and Dance for Thee, who won the Grade 2 Rampart, and this filly have all had that big, tall, strong, muscular body.”

The Ginger Brew, carded as Race 5, will feature a rematch between Somethingelse and Family Meeting, who captured the Distaff Turf at Tampa Bay by a head over the Azpurua trainee April 2. Azpurua is hoping to be able to dedicate a victory to the memory of his uncle Manny Azpurua, a longtime South Florida horseman who passed away Tuesday.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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