Wednesday, March 23, 2022
HALLANDALE BEACH - West Paces Racing, Flying P Stable and Peter J. Callahan’s Missy Greer, a half-sister to Gronkowski, graduated in style today at Gulfstream Park, scoring a front-running 5 ¼-length victory in Race 5.
The Danny Gargan trainee graduated in her fourth start. After racing twice on turf, the daughter of Nyquist-Four Sugars finished a late-fading third on a muddy track Feb. 13. Gronkowski finished second in the 2018 Belmont and second in the 2019 Dubai World Cup.
Missy Greer ($3.60) ran a mile in 1:37.63 while always being in full control under Luis Saez.
“Her first two races were on turf and she got a little tired in her last race – it was a fast pace that day. We always thought she was going to improve,” Saez said. “Today, she ran a big race.”
Missy Greer is the 115th winner of the 2021-2022 Championship Meet for Saez, giving him a 36-win lead over Tyler Gaffalione in his quest to win his third Gulfstream Park title.
“I’m very blessed,” Saez said. “I have to thank all the people, the owners and trainers and my agent [Kiaran McLaughlin].” Saez had won more than 100 races twice while winning back-to-back Championship Meet titles in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
Saez was scheduled to leave for Dubai tonight and will ride four horses on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Although he doesn’t have a mount in the $12 million, Gr. I Dubai World Cup, which he won last year aboard Mystic Guide, he will ride Casa Creed in the Gr. I Dubai Turf , Wondrwherecraigis in the Gr. I Golden Shaheen, Gilded Age in the Gr. II UAE Derby, and Snapper Sinclair in the Gr. II Godolphin Mile.
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Irad Ortiz Jr., who is the defending three-time Championship Meet titlist, and Jose Ortiz were also scheduled to venture to Dubai tonight. Irad is scheduled to ride Pegasus World Cup Invitational champion Life is Good in the Dubai World Cup, in which brother Jose is slated to ride Bourbon War.
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Who’s Hot: Irad Ortiz Jr. and his brother both enjoyed multi-win days to day before heading off to Dubai. Irad tripled aboard No Man Left Behind ($12) in Race 1, Dominate Themoment ($9) in Race 6, and Chica Boom ($4.40) in Race 8. Jose doubled aboard Queen Calypso ($4.80) in Race 2 and Cagua ($8) in Race 4.