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Jockey Tyler Gaffalione registered his first win of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet aboard 1-2 favourite Durlyn in Thursday’s 7th race at Gulfstream Park.
After spending the previous a number of months driving essentially in Kentucky with a summer time sojourn to Saratoga, the 25-year-old local of close by Davie, Fla., is excited to be house for the iciness.
“It’s been a super summer time and fall but it surely’s great to come back house and spot my circle of relatives and benefit from the great climate,” Gaffalione stated. “It’s been beautiful chilly in Kentucky so I’m for sure taking part in all this. I’m simply having a look ahead to the meet and driving some great horses, optimistically.”
Represented through Matt Muzikar, Gaffalione tied for 2nd at each the Keeneland spring and fall meets, each and every with 14 wins; gathered 24 wins and $1.five million in handbag income at Churchill Downs’ fall stand; and had 12 victories – two in graded-stakes – and just about $1.Three million in handbags earned in his first complete summer time at Saratoga.
Of his 14 graded-stakes wins this 12 months, 10 have come because the 2018-19 Championship Meet ended crowned through his first Triple Crown race victory with Struggle of Will within the Preakness Stakes on Might 18 at Pimlico Race Path. Maximum just lately, he gained the Dec. 1 Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar with Were given Stormy.
“I’m simply very blessed — very lucky. I’ve a super agent and he reveals me excellent horses to trip. I’ve been ready to trip for some excellent connections, the house owners, running shoes and a few actually great horses. Optimistically we will be able to simply stay construction on the whole lot and we’re having a look ahead to a excellent iciness.”
Gaffalione used to be fourth in wins (70) and 6th in handbags ($3.2 million) eventually iciness’s Championship Meet, after score 3rd in wins in each 2017-18 (87) and 2016-17 (62), with respective income of $4.039 million and $2.28 million.
“For this meet you at all times need to get started having a look forward to the Triple Crown, so we’re in search of a pleasing 3-year-old for subsequent 12 months,” Gaffalione stated. “The function is at all times to be main rider, but when lets crack the highest 3 that’s a super accomplishment.”
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