Mounsieur Coco Captures Proud Man Stakes
Sunday, August 28, 2022

    HALLANDALE BEACH - St. George Stable’s Mounsieur Coco cavorted over Gulfstream Park’s Tapeta Course Saturday while capturing the $65,000 Proud Man Stakes, providing trainer Fausto Gutierrez with a lot of hope for the future of the 2-year-old son of Bolt d’Oro.

    “I think we need to go north and try to get to the Breeders’ Cup,” Gutierrez said. “I want to go to the turf.”

    Mounsieur Coco stalked pacesetter J R’s Pride during fractions of :21.95 and :45.84 seconds before drawing away to win impressively by 4 ½ lengths under Miguel Vasquez, completing 5 ½ furlongs on the all-weather surface in 1:04.16. The 1-2 favorite, who had finished fourth on dirt after a troubled start in his July 16 debut, graduated by 6 ½ lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on Tapeta with the addition of blinkers just eight days prior to Sunday’s stakes victory.

    “He was the best of the 2-year-olds we had. He had very good workouts. He is a very consistent horse,” Gutierrez said. “The first race, he was surprised at the start without blinkers. Now the horse has experience. He relaxed very nice.”

  Mounsieur Coco’s stablemate, Mariachi Crush, closed late to finish second, a head in front of Cheerful Charlie.

    Gutierrez reported that Letruska, St. George Stable's 2021 champion older female, exited her third-place finish in Saturday’s Personal Ensign at Saratoga in good order. The 6-year-old daughter of Super Saver made her first start in the U. S. at Gulfstream, beating the boys in the 2019 Copa Invitational del Caribe at 1 ¼ miles.

    Magic Cap Stable’s Twelve Volt Man provided leading trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. with his third victory on today’s card while denying Gutierrez a sweep of the co-features by edging favored Chocolate Bar by a half-length in the $55,000 Miami Shores.

    Twelve Volt Man ($15.20) settled in mid-pack for the first half-mile of the 1 1/16-mile overnight handicap before entering contention with a wide sweep on the turn into the homestretch. He caught Chocolate Bar, the 8-5 favorite who had saved ground closely stalking the pace before taking the lead at the top of the stretch.

    Twelve Volt Man, who ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.15 under Edwin Gonzalez, was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Ghostzapper on the Curlin Florida Derby undercard on April 2. Chocolate Bar finished 3 ¾ lengths ahead of I’m a G Six.

Florida Sire Stakes Morning Lines (To be run Saturday, Sept. 3):

$200,000 Affirmed - 7 furlongs

Post     horse                            jockey              odds


1          Undalay                      Reyes              30-1

2          Ensign Skip                 Prado               30-1

3          Apocalypso                 Zayas               8-1

4          Cajun Hope                 Meneses          12-1

5          Awesome Strong        Vasquez          5-2

6          Bouncer                       Leon                9-2

7          Gran Slash                  Morelos           15-1

8          This Run’s For You    Perez               4-1

9          Commandant               Panici              12-1

10        Maximo                       Jaramillo          10-1

11        Turbo                           Gonzalez         6-1 

$200,000 Susan’s Girl - 7 furlongs:

Post     horse                            jockey              odds


1          My Cajun Lady           Vasquez          5-1

2          Shiloh                          Perez               10-1

3          Cajun Tease                 Morelos           4-1

4          Lynx                            Zayas               5-2

5          Girl Bye                      Leon                15-1

6          Guardian Angel          Gonzalez         10-1

7          Time Passage              Krigger            7-2

8          High Fashion Lady     Sutherland      6-1


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