Clasico del Caribe hero Jala Jala chases history in Gulfstream return

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Cuadra San Jorge’s star filly Jala Jala, upset winner of the Clasico del Caribe in spectacular trend a 12 months in the past at Gulfstream Park, returns to South Florida for an opportunity at making historical past in Saturday’s $100,00zero Copa Confraternidad.


The 1 ¼-mile Copa Confraternidad for 3-year-olds and up on the primary monitor is one among 5 stakes value greater than $700,00zero in purses as a part of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, Latin America and the Caribbean’s premier Thoroughbred occasion being hosted by Gulfstream for the second consecutive 12 months.


In 2017, Gulfstream turned the primary pari-mutuel facility exterior Latin America or the Caribbean to host the Clasico Internacional del Caribe since its inception in 1966. This 12 months’s essential occasion, the $300,00zero Clasico del Caribe for 3-year-olds, will see Jala Jala’s undefeated stablemate Kukulkan go after his 14th consecutive victory.


Gulfstream may also play host to 6 $75,00zero stakes for juveniles on turf and dust as a part of an 11-race program that will get underneath manner with an 11:50 a.m. first put up.


Bred in Mexico, the place she relies with coach Fausto Gutierrez, Jala Jala is a 4-year-old daughter of Maryland-bred Grade Three winner Level Decided that ignored a sloppy, sealed monitor final December to win the Clasico del Caribe by 9 lengths at odds of 10-1.


A victory on Saturday would make Jala Jala the primary filly to win the Clasico’s premier race for each sophomores and older horses. Panamanian colt El Tigre Mono received the Clasico in 2016 and the Copa Confraternidad in 2017.


“Jala Jala has been superb right here. That is going to be a really historic race as a result of she can be the primary filly to win the 2 huge competitions, the Derby and the race for the older horses. It is extremely good this 12 months. The expectations are good for our secure,” Gutierrez stated. “She is doing as nicely going into this race as she was on the similar time final 12 months, and now she is aware of the place higher. It’s superb.”


Gutierrez recalled the joy of final 12 months’s Clasico, when he additionally ran third with the forwardly positioned Joyme. As the sphere entered the stretch, Jala Jala had rallied from far again on the surface to take the lead with Joyme second, separated by 5 lengths.


“Final 12 months she ran in an entry with one other filly, Joyme, and on a regular basis I watched the opposite one as a result of she was preventing for the primary place,” Gutierrez stated. “Once they acquired to the final a part of the race, she went very simple to the entrance however, in that second, [Jala Jala] was going very quick after which the 2 fillies had been in entrance. I believed, ‘We’re so shut.’”


In contrast to final 12 months, when she received one among three begins previous to the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, Jala Jala enters the Copa Confraternidad on a four-race win streak together with the Handicap de Las Estrellas (G1) Could 26. She acquired a short freshening earlier than returning to win the Clasico La Raza Sept. 29, and most lately gutted out a head choice within the Clasico Otono Oct. 27.


As with final 12 months’s Clasico del Caribe, Jala Jala might be going through males once more within the Copa Confraternidad whereas stretching out one other eighth of a mile. Although she has by no means gone 1 ¼ miles beforehand, every of her previous two races have come at 1 3/16 miles.


“This horse has had an excellent adaptation and he or she has an excellent likelihood to win. She has completed nicely with all the things, so we come to win the race,” Gutierrez stated. “She’s pretty much as good this 12 months as she was final 12 months. After the Clasico she ran six races and in one among them set a monitor report. She is in excellent situation and able to run.”


Irad Ortiz Jr., locked in a duel with youthful brother, Jose, for the 2018 Eclipse Award as North America’s prime jockey, can have the mount as soon as once more on Jala Jala from Put up 2 within the subject of 9. The elder Ortiz received three Clasico races final 12 months, the opposite two going to Corridor of Fame countryman John Velazquez.


Jala Jala might be up in opposition to some acquainted competitors within the Copa Confraternidad in Panama’s Fray Angelico, Puerto Rico’s Justiciero and Mexico’s Inspirato, who ran second, fifth and seventh, respectively, in final 12 months’s Clasico del Caribe.


A 4-year-old son of a number of graded-stakes successful millionaire Concerto skilled by Alberto ‘Droopy’ Paz Rodriguez, Fray Angelico has received 5 of his 9 begins this 12 months together with every of his final two, an allowance and the Clasico Raul Espinosa Gold Cup (G2) 13 days aside, the latter on Oct. 28.


Fray Angelico, already a winner at 1 ¼ miles, additionally received the Clasico Heraclio Barletta Bustamante (G2) in March and was third within the Clasico Francisco Arias Paredes y Alberto Espinosa (G1) and Clasico Union de Preparadores (G3) in his different stakes makes an attempt this 12 months.


“He’s mature. He’s grown. A mile and 1 / 4 he dealt with fantastically. He acquired beat badly by Jala Jala. I don’t know if she’s in prime type additionally, however he’s in prime type. If she’s not in prime type, we may give her a combat,” stated Rodriguez, who owns greater than 6,400 profession victories.


“He’s placed on a variety of muscle. He turned out to be a lovely horse. He’s very sound, simple to coach, and he all the time performs nicely,” he added. “Final 12 months, he had the 12 put up place. At a mile and 1 / 4, the put up place received’t matter. That ought to assist to get him nearer.”


Two-time defending Championship Meet main rider Luis Saez has the mount from exterior Put up 9.


Fifth final 12 months, Panamanian-bred 5-year-old Dynamo is the lone returning horse from final 12 months’s Copa Confraternidad. He enters the race with three consecutive runner-up efforts, the latest coming to Fray Angelico within the Clasico Raul Espinosa Gold Cup.


Along with Justiciero, Puerto Rico can be represented by Daring Grasp and champion Exclusivo, L.A.R. Secure Corp.’s Exclusivo, by Grade 1 winner Warrior’s Reward, started his profession within the U.S. in 2015 and after two races returned to his native nation the place he has reeled off 15 consecutive wins.


Skilled by Jose Arroyo, Exclusivo missed his total 4-year-old marketing campaign however received the Clasico Puerto Rico Futurity (G1) at 2, the Clasico Antonio Mongil Jr. Stakes (G2) and Clasico Antonio Fernandez Castrillon (G2) at 3, and the Clasico Antonio R. Barcelo Stakes (G2) and Clasico Wiso G Stakes (G2) this 12 months.


“[He is] adapting very nicely to the monitor, its environment and the native climate,” Arroyo’s assistant, Fernando Castro, stated. “[He’s] consuming nicely and dealing nicely for the [race].”


Justiciero and Daring Grasp have been underneath the care of Gulfstream-based coach Victor Barboza Jr. Justiciero swept Puerto Rico’s Triple Crown in 2017 and was second alternative in final 12 months’s Clasico del Caribe, the place he raced close to the again of the pack early earlier than rallying to complete a neck away from fourth.


Emisael Jaramillo, a report four-time winner of the Clasico del Caribe, will trip Daring Grasp whereas Jose Ortiz is known as aboard Justiciero, who’s winless in three begins this 12 months.


“Daring Grasp is a horse that’s bettering, and he’s a velocity horse. That’s why we put Jaramillo on him, to get the utmost out of that velocity,” Barboza stated. “Justiciero … didn’t carry out his finest within the [Clasico]. He runs from off the tempo, so he’ll look ahead to a duel up entrance to take benefit.”


Additionally entered are Venezuela’s a number of Group 2 winner Black Widow and Mexico’s Group 1-placed Mr. Jerry.

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