Gulfstream Park Concludes
Horse Racing Nation
July 1, 2015
After 12 weeks of competition, Gulfstream Park concluded its
spring race meet Tuesday, awarding meet titles for leading rider, owner and
Apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, who assumed command of the rider standings in early
May and never looked back, was a comfortable winner of the meet title, the first
of his still-young riding career. Gaffalione, 20, rode 69 winners between April
8 and June 30, 22 more than second-leading rider Eddie Castro. Those victories
included stakes triumphs aboard Celebrity Star in the May 3 Sunrise Handicap;
Little Michelle in the Gracie Handicap on May 16; and Little Alexis in the Barey
Even Handicap on June 20. The South Florida native twice had four-win days
during the meet, doing so on May 1 and June 28, and his mounts earned a total of
almost $1.5 million.
"It’s such a humbling experience,” Gaffalione said. “I’ve worked so hard, and my
agent has put in a lot of work for us to get here. We’ve tried to do everything
the right way, and I just feel so blessed to be given this opportunity.
“Everyone out here is working hard,” he added. “It’s just a matter of luck. You
get to ride the good horses, some people just get better opportunities, but
everyone’s out here working hard, and I’m just blessed to be given the
opportunity to ride such nice horses for such good trainers.”
Frank Calabrese captured the title as leading owner, as his horses earned 21
victories this spring. The Chicago native, who has captured numerous meet titles
at Gulfstream over the years, was represented by runners that earned more than
$319,000; his horses won at a 32-percent clip and finished in the money more
than 60 percent of the time.
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