Kukulkan's trainer brings another favorite into Clasico del Caribe



Picture: Courtesy of Gulfstream Park


Instructor Fausto Gutierrez will probably be on a quest to emerge victorious from the $300,00Zero Clasico del Caribe for the 3rd consecutive 12 months Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

Gutierrez, who visited the winner’s circle with a couple of Mexican stars in Jala Jala (2017) and Kukulkan (2018), will as soon as once more be smartly represented in Saturday’s headliner of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, a five-stakes tournament for Caribbean and Latin American horses.

Gutierrez is scheduled to saddle 3 horses for the 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-olds – Thibaut, El Santo and Lopecitos. Thibaut and El Santo are rated first and moment within the morning line, at 7-2 and 4-1, respectively.

“I feel we’ve got an excellent probability,” Gutierrez mentioned. “I feel the contest is on the similar degree with the opposite international locations. There’s just right horses from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Panama. The Mexican horses this 12 months are just right ones and I’ve numerous self belief we will win this race once more.”


Thibaut, El Santo and Lopecitos completed 1-2-3, respectively, within the ultimate prep for the Clasico, the Clasico Kremlin on the Hipodromo De Las Americas.

Thibaut enters the Clasico del Caribe searching for his 3rd instantly victory of 2019. The son of Well-known Once more received the Clasico Criadores (G1) in September.

El Santo, a son of Take Price Indy, completed 1 ¾ lengths in the back of Thibaut within the Clasico Kremlin after successful his 2019 debut within the Jockey Membership Mexicano (G1)  June 1. In 2018, the Mexican-bred colt had received two Team 1 stakes, together with the Mexicano Futurity, by which Lopecitos completed 3rd.

“He was once the 2-year-old champion. He’s had a brief season as a result of he had an issue with certainly one of his legs,” Gutierrez mentioned. “Now, he’s just right.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., who has ridden the winners of six Clasico Internacional del Caribe races the previous two years, has the mount aboard Thibaut. Ortiz rode Jala Jala and Kukulkan for his or her Clasico del Caribe victories. Corridor of Famer John Velazquez has the mount aboard El Santo, whilst Jose Ortiz has the decision on Lopecitos.

Gran Omero, who has received 9 of his 10 begins in Venezuela, is rated 3rd within the morning line at 9-2. The received of King Seraf has received 5 Grade 1 wins, together with his remaining 3 races.

“He’s 9 for 10 at this second. His best loss he was once 3rd however was once very on the subject of the winner. He has received the entire most sensible races for 3-year-olds in Venezuela. He’s a champion. I feel he’s going to run an excellent race,” instructor Reynaldo Yanez mentioned. “I’m feeling superb about it. This can be a impressive alternative to have an excellent horse like this for this race and I feel he has a perfect probability to win the race.”

Corridor of Famer Javier Castellano has the mount aboard Gran Omero.

Panama figures to be smartly represented with 3 starters within the Clasico del Caribe with Senor Concerto, who’s rated fourth at 6-1 within the morning line, Turpin Time and Repair.

Senor Concerto will trip a five-race successful streak into the Clasico del Caribe. Turpin Time has received two of his 3 occupation begins, completing an in depth moment to Senor Concerto in his best loss within the Carlos y Fernando Eleta Almaran (G2). Repair completed 3rd in that race.

Luis Saez has the mount on Senor Concerto, whilst Jose Lezcano is slated to trip Turpin Time. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the decision on Repair.

Instructor Alberto ‘Droopy’ Paz Rodriguez, who saddled Fray Angelico for a second-place end in the back of Jala Jala within the 2017 Clasico del Caribe, is hopeful that Repair will display really extensive development Sunday.

“He’s a pleasing colt. He gave me bother. The primary leg of the Triple Crown he misplaced through a half-length. He didn’t exchange leads. We modified the rider and the similar factor took place in the second one leg. Within the remaining race, we modified the rider and he did it once more. He didn’t exchange leads. He were given between horses and wouldn’t stay going,” Rodriguez mentioned. “We’ve modified apparatus. We modified the bridle. We put blinkers on him. We’ve been operating with him between 4 and 5 horses, and he appears to be doing just right. He’s a pleasing horse.”

Puerto Rico will probably be represented through undefeated Papa Candelo, a grey son of Hockenheim received has received his 4 occupation races through a mixed 49 ¾ lengths.

“His remaining two races had been stakes races in Puerto Rico. The remaining two races had been the similar distance he’s going to run right here within the Caribbean stakes,” instructor Jose Dan Velez mentioned. “He loves to run in entrance always. Once in a while he may also be within the heart with horses however his highest races are when he’s a front-runner.”

Juan Carlos Diaz, Puerto Rico’s all-time nice, has the go back name.

Jamaica will probably be represented within the Clasico del Caribe for the primary time in additional than a decade through now not one however two Jamaican-bred horses, each Triple Crown Champions.

Ultimate Soul is the 2019 Triple Crown champion in Jamaica.

“If we had been to win right here, oh that might be large,” instructor Anthony Nunes mentioned. “We’re hoping we’ll simply run smartly and constitute our nation smartly, and the whole thing is an advantage after that.”

Juice Guy traveled from Jamaica to Trinidad to turn into a Triple Crown champion.

“The explanation why I’ve come right here with Juice Guy is as a result of I consider he’s a truly just right horse,” instructor Glenn Mendez mentioned. “He’s a difficult horse. He’s mentally a difficult horse, and you want that more or less horse for a race like this.”

Physician Sotelo and The Brother Slew will sign up for Gran Omero in representing Venezuela.

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