Monday, September 19, 2022
HALLANDALE BEACH - Gustavo Guevara broke through with his first victory in the U. S. Sunday with his first stateside starter, when Hidden Warrior rallied to win Race 4 at Gulfstream Park.
A native of Venezuela, Guevara most recently trained in Panama before venturing to South Florida in July.
“Thanks to God and my family,” said an emotional Guevara, who was joined by his wife, Carla, and their daughters, Valeria and Natalia, in the Gulfstream winner’s circle.
The 47-year-old trainer, who estimated that he had saddled 200 winners in Venezuela and Panama, currently trains six horses at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Guevara claimed Hidden Warrior ($13.80) for $12,000 out of an Aug. 6 maiden special weight race, in which the 3-year-old son of Khozan faded to sixth after contesting the pace into the stretch. Sunday, Hidden Warrior stalked the early pace before kicking strongly through the stretch to graduate by 2 ¼ lengths under Romero Maragh.
Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed
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The 20-cent Rainbow 6 gross jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $450,000 Friday. First-race post time is set for 12:25 p.m.
The multi-race wager has gone unsolved for the 16 days following an Aug. 13 mandatory payout.