White Abario takes off to win the Florida derby

C2 Racing Stable and La Milagrosa Stable White Abario did more than give coach Sophie Joseph Jr. a win on April 2 in the Curlin Florida Derby derby held by Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa Farms (G1), and a likely start to the Kentucky derby by Woodford Reserve (G1).

3-year-old gray or slave son Race day also helped confirm that Joseph ended his life and career and moved to the United States in 2011.

“When I said I wanted to move here, my dad said I was crazy because I trained the best horses in Barbados,” said Joseph. “But he supported me and supported me.

“Six years later, I said, ‘Nothing will work.’ He said, “We’ve gone too far to go back. We’re not turning around.”

This determination of father and son has led to increased success in recent years, culminating in White Abaria overtaking Tammy Bobo Simplification on the plot and holding from Whisper Hill Farm Charge it to capture the Florida derby on Saturday Gulf Stream Park.

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White Abario, who won the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream on February 5, earned 100 points and finished second after Epicenter on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with a total of 112 points.

Charge It, led by Luis Saez, finished second in length, gaining 40 points, well-placed 15th in the leaderboard. Simplification, a 2-1 favorite and winner of the Fasigo-Tipton Youth Fountain on March 5 (G2) at Gulfstream, finished third and scored 20 points along with jockey Jose Ortiz. He ranks sixth in the leaderboard with 64 points.

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White Abario heads to the winner’s circle

The race started with Kentucky West Racing The classic road quickly interrupting from rack 2 and leading. The simplification caused him to be sent to turn the club. The classic Causeway set shares of: 23.67 and: 47.24 before the Simplification advanced shortly after half a mile.

Simplification remained ahead, turning to the house, but White Abario made the challenge and secured the advantage by providing the advantage of the wire ahead.

Charge It, which debuted green in its betting debut, made a late rally, but White Abario held the lead at 1 1/4 length and showed a winning time of 1: 50.64 at 1 1/8 miles on the fast track. He paid $ 7.80 for a $ 2 win ticket.

“I was planning to be a little more ahead,” said winning jockey Tyler Gafalione. “I thought Classic Causeway and Charge would be in the lead, and I thought we could follow them. But Jose (Ortiz on Simplification) and Pappacap were quite aggressive and I didn’t want to be caught too wide, so I went back to save the land. “

Derived from Spendthrift Farm In pranks great Diamond fishing , The White Abarrio was acquired by Carlos Perez for $ 40,000 at the March sale of 2-year-old 2-year-olds in 2021 at Ocala Breeders, where he was sent to Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds. He also sold at the OBS 2020 winter mixed sale for $ 7,500 to Jose Ardanes of the Summerfield party.

White Abario wins Florida Derby in 2022 at Gulf Stream Park
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White Abario’s connections enjoy a trophy presentation in the Florida Derby

Charge. He entered the Florida derby after an easy race. In Gulfstream’s first pair of one-mile races he finished second in his debut championship before winning the test on 12 February.

“Very pleased with the effort,” coach Todd Pletcher said of the foal. “Getting a real education in such a race was very encouraging. He was a little green in the lane. He kind of drifted behind (White Abario) and I felt that if he could just run straight for the last 100 yards, he was going to be right there.”

Simplification fought for third place.

“I’m so happy today,” coach Antonio Sano said of his son Not this time . “We decided to run near the front today because (Classic Causeway) was speed, and (Pappacap) was constantly behind me.”

Rustlewood Farm’s Pappacap with racer Edwin Gonzalez finished fourth with 10 Kentucky Derby points, increasing his amount to 24 – good for 19th place in the leaderboard.

Son of c Arms runner he took a disappointing eighth place in Risen Star’s (G2) Fair Grounds Racecourse and Slots.

“I was just happy that he reappeared because of his last race. I just couldn’t figure it out,” Pappacap coach Mark Cass said. “I thought Edwin had a great trip for him. He was just a little late. Maybe it’s too far, I don’t know. He showed up and gave his all. That’s all I can ask for.”

Classic Causeway from Kentucky West Racing with jockey Herod Ortiz Jr. finished last in the 11-horse race.

“Herod said he thought he was riding about halfway up his back and then he just ran out of horses,” said coach Brian Lynch. “So we’re going to investigate, but he looked healthy. We’re regrouping.”

White Abario did not participate in the Fountain of Youth after the victory in the Holy Bull, which took place after two missed works due to a fever that passed through Joseph’s barn. The coach said that before the Florida derby there was also a “hiccup”, because 12 days before the race the horse overheated.

“You wake up from this text at 3:45 a.m.; it’s the worst thing you want to see because I said, ‘Not again,’ ”Joseph said. “Fortunately, he was able to fight it. On Friday, his blood test began to return to such an extent that we thought everything would be fine.”

He and the connections certainly were.

White Abario wins Florida Derby in 2022 at Gulf Stream Park
Photo: Coglianese Photos / Lauren King

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Video: Curlin Florida Derby, presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Xalapa (G1)

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