Rachel's Sister to Debut at Gulfstream Friday
Thursday, September 17, 2020
    HALLANDALE BEACH - Gladys, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, is scheduled to make her debut Friday at Gulfstream Park.

    The 2-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is slated to break from the outside post position in a field of 10 2-year-old fillies assembled for a $65,000 six-furlong maiden special weight race carded as Race 6.

    Gladys was named by owner/breeder Dede McGehee, a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in memory of her late maternal grandmother, Gladys Atkinson Houser.

    Gladys is the eighth foal out of Lotta Kim, a daughter of Roar whose first foal was Rachel Alexandra, who was named 2009 Horse of the Year after winning five Gr. 1 races in a row, including the Preakness, Haskell and Woodward against males, and the Kentucky Oaks.

    The Kentucky-bred Gladys, who is trained by Kelsey Danner, has been prepared for her debut with a series of 10 breezes at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. Angel Arroyo has the mount.

Panici Wins First Day Back from Kentucky Derby Ride

    Jockey Luca Panici visited the winner’s circle today on his first day back at Gulfstream Park after riding in his first Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The 46-year-old native of Milan, Italy scored a front-running victory aboard Katieleigh ($20.80) in Race 5, a five-furlong optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares on turf. Panici, who finished off the board on Sole Volante in the Derby, was required to self-quarantine according to before returning to action.

    Panici grew up playing soccer with international riding star Frankie Dettori across the street from Milan’s racetrack, and rode more than 500 winners in Italy. He made a permanent move to the U. S. in 2009 and his ridden more than 675 winners.

    Although disappointed with his Derby finish, Panici was delighted to take part in the derby experience. “It was a nice experience," he said. "I have no regrets. It was wonderful to be there. The atmosphere, even though there were no fans, was wonderful. Everybody’s talking about the Derby. It’s a good horse town. It was a privilege to ride for Mr. [Dean] Reeves and Andie Biancone. They are wonderful people. I am glad to be a part of the team.”

    Katieleigh was saddled for a 1 ¼-length victory by Kathy Ritvo, whose most important victory came with Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Mucho Macho Man in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

     Samy Camacho, who was denied the opportunity to ride in his first Kentucky Derby when Tampa Bay Derby winner King Guillermo was scratched due to a fever two days before the Run for the Roses, also returned today. Camacho is scheduled to ride King Guillermo in the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Joseph Trejos Wins on First Day as Journeyman

    Joseph Trejos was victorious on his first day as a journeyman rider, scoring a 5 ½-length victory aboard Queen Domina ($15.80) in Race 6. He had been the leading apprentice during Gulfstream’s Spring/Summer Meet with 47 winners, including his first U.S. winner, Mixteca, on April 18.

            The 23-year-old Trejos had ridden 44 winners in his native Panama after attending the Laffit Pincay Jr. school, where he was selected as the outstanding rider in his December 2018 graduating class. He came to the U.S. in November and galloped horses at Palm Meadows before riding in his first race on March 19.

    Emisael Jaramillo rode four winners on today’s card, starting the day with three straight, El Pillo ($6.80) in Race 1, Osprey ($4.20) in Race 2 and Napa Rules ($13.20) in Race 3 before winning aboard Sugar Bolt ($5.60) in Race 7 to run his Spring/Summer Meet win total to 112. Only Edgard Zayas (131) and Miguel Vazquez (120) have won more.

Friday’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pool Guaranteed at $650,000  

    The 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool will be guaranteed at $650,000 tomorrow.
The multi-race wager went unsolved for the ninth consecutive program today, and multiple tickets with six winners were each worth $8,546.42.


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