The $77,500 Copa Invitacional, a 1 ¼-mile stakes for older horses on Saturday’s Clasico Internacional del Caribe program at Gulfstream Park, will function a rematch between final 12 months’s 1-2 finishers.

Panama’s Coltimus Prime received the higher of Ecuador’s El Kurdo by 2 ½ lengths final 12 months, however that duo should face the ‘Music’ this 12 months.

California Music has already proven that he has the stuff to beat the defending Copa Invitacional champion whereas profitable the Clasico Indepencia, wherein Coltimus Prime completed third, at Panama’s Presidente Remon racetrack.

“He beat him by 4 or 5 lengths,” mentioned coach Alberto ‘Droopy’ Paz Rodriguez at Wednesday’s publish place draw for Saturday’s $300,000 Clasico del Caribe, which is able to headline the five-race $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe. “It wasn’t the perfect out for Coltimus Prime, however they ran in a quick time. He beat one other good horse from Argentina.”

California Music additionally completed forward of Coltimus Prime whereas ending second within the Clasico Presidente de la Republica (G1).

“He is received a number of velocity. He can run within the entrance or he can come off the tempo, as a result of he is really easy to trip. He normally runs near the tempo,” Paz Rodriguez mentioned. “He is tailored properly. He is labored properly. I believe he is received a great probability.”

Luis Saez, the two-time defending Championship Meet titlist, has the mount aboard the 4-year-old son of Maclean’s Music.

Paz Rodriguez, who celebrated his 79th birthday Wednesday, has saddled roughly 6,400 winners throughout a profession that commenced in 1971. He’s displaying no indicators of slowing down whereas sustaining a really full day by day schedule in Panama.

“I am a loopy golfer. I am going to the barn at 5:30 within the morning; then, I am going to the workplace – I’ve an curiosity in a feed mill and a farm; then at 1:30 or 2 o’clock I am going to the golf course, which is correct throughout the road from the racetrack,” he mentioned. “I play each afternoon through the week. On the weekends, I am not capable of play, as a result of I am on the observe, however on Sunday, I play at 6 o’clock within the morning. I get in a fast 9 holes.”

Paz Rodriguez will even saddle Fray Angelico for a rematch with Jala Jala within the $100,000 Copa Confraternidad del Caribe, a 1 ¼-mile stakes for older horses. Jala Jala defeated Fray Angelico by 9 lengths in final 12 months’s Clasico del Caribe.

Kutzamala Brings Sturdy Credentials into Copa Dama del Caribe
Coach Fausto Gutierrez might be represented by two Triple Crown winners in Saturday’s Clasico Internacional del Caribe at Gulfstream Park. Along with saddling undefeated Mexican Triple Crown champ Kukulkan for the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe, he will even ship out Mexican Filly Triple Crown winner Kutzamala for a begin within the $89,000 Copa Dama del Caribe.

Kutzamala, who 4 straight Grade 1 races in Mexico earlier than ending fourth in her most up-to-date begin, did not get off to the perfect begin after arriving at Gulfstream Park Nov. 15.

“She had issues when she got here right here. She had colic when she was in quarantine and we needed to cease all the pieces for one week. It made us assume whether or not it was appropriate to run or not however she recovered in superb kind. To cease seven days and have to begin once more and achieve weight and situation just isn’t simple, however she’s a Triple Crown winner in Mexico, too. I am positive she’ll run superb,” Gutierrez mentioned. “She’s doing good and glad, in any other case I would not run her.”

The Mexican-bred daughter of Level Decided has received eight of 10 begins at Hipodromo De Las Americas.

“This filly, when she was younger she had issues within the legs. The primary race she had was for a claiming worth. She had just a little little bit of a sluggish begin and in that race she received by virtually 20 lengths. Then she had some issues once more so we gave her a break, and when she come again she ran very, superb and received over American fillies in Mexico,” Gutierrez mentioned. “She is superb.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., who received three races in final 12 months’s Clasico Internacional del Caribe, has the mount.

Hierro Colado Seeks Second Profession Stakes Win in Copa Velocidad
Hierro Colado, a Group Three winner as a 2-year-old in his native Venezuela, makes his North American debut in search of his second profession stakes victory within the $105,800 Copa Velocidad for 3-year-olds going six furlongs.

Educated by Gulfstream Park-based Gilberto Zerpa, a fellow Venezuelan participating in his first Clasico Internacional del Caribe within the U.S., Hierro Colado enters the Copa Velocidad off an allowance win at La Rinconada Oct. 14.

“I am very glad to take part within the occasion,” Zerpa mentioned. “Hierro Colado arrived to Gulfstream Park in good situation, he’s responding properly to my coaching system, and he’s bettering extra his situation day-to-day.”

Hierro Colado raced 4 instances as a juvenile, profitable the Clasico Victoreado (G3) in his second profession begin. He capped his marketing campaign working third within the Clasico Comparacion (G1), and was second within the Clasico Francisco de Miranda (G2) in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 28.

Winner of the Copa Water Poet in March, Hierro Colado went unraced for practically 5 months earlier than returning together with his allowance triumph. He has breezed twice at Gulfstream for the Copa Velocidad, going 4 furlongs in 48.66 seconds Dec. 1, eighth-fastest of 109 horses on the distance.

“Hierro Colado got here again to competitors at Venezuela and he did it profitable with authority,” Zerpa mentioned. “He’s getting robust, gaining weight and searching higher and higher, so I actually assume he might be a terrific contender on race day.”

Additionally representing Venezuela is Large Boris One, a winner of his solely two profession begins making his stakes debut.

Panama can have 4 horses within the Copa Velocidad – El Titi, La Polla, Sweet Energy and You By no means Know. La Polla, one in every of two fillies within the area, is a a number of Group 2 winner and has received two straight, together with the Clasico Ruben Orillac Alfaro y Ruben Orillac Perez (G2) Oct. 28, a race the place Sweet Energy ran second.

Finishing the sector are Puerto Rico’s Group 2-placed Don William R and the filly Tati and Group 1-placed Magno from Mexico.

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