JOCKEY GONZALO GUTIERREZ PULLS OFF FOUR-BAGGER FOR DAZZLING TOP NIGHT OF MEET FOR HIM
Jockey Gonzalo Gutierrez saved his best for last.
On the second from last night of the Remington Park season, Gutierrez pulled a rabbit out of the hat and performed his magic in the saddle, winning four races on the 11-race Thursday night card for four different trainers.
Before this huge night, he had won only 14 races in 292 mounts, a mere 4.7 percent winning percentage. He was sitting in a 13th-place tie with Josh Romero with those 14 wins.
After Thursday night, Gutierrez skyrocketed into the top 10 of the jockeys’ standings, tied for ninth with 18 victories. He is deadlocked with Edwin Escobedo and Roman Cruz for that position. Gutierrez rode in 10 of the 11 races Thursday and would have ridden in the entire card had his mount not scratched in the starting gate in the ninth race when Send Me Furrst escaped the gate.
The horses he booted home to the winner’s circle were Sarahs Cuvee (5-2, $7.80 to win) in the first, Kool Miss Dokey (12-1, $26.20) in the fourth, The Gladiatrix (5-2, $7.40) in the seventh and Courageous Tammy V (10-1, $22) in the eighth.
Sarahs Cuvee, owned by Ellison Carter and Jeff Bourquin of Follett, Texas, and trained by Dee Keener got up for her victory by a neck in a 350-yard maiden race. Her winning time was :17.559.
Kool Miss Dokey also won by a neck, her win coming in a 330-yard race for $10,000 claiming horses that had not won two races lifetime. She is owned by Bibiano Agustin Gonzalez of Wheeler, Texas, and trained by Luz Chavira. Her winning time was :17.077.
The Gladiatrix won a maiden race for 3,4, and 5 year old horses, getting a head in front of her closest competitor at the finish line. The Paint filly is owned by Jesus Pineda of Fort Myers, Fla., and trained by Salimm Hernandez. Her winning time for 330 yards was :17.110.
Courageous Tammy V was Gutierrez’s final winner and his easiest, taking down a maiden claiming event by a half-length. He won aboard this filly for owner Jody and Melissa Goates of Jerusalem, Ark., and trainer Harvey Baeza. The filly covered the 250 yards in :13.365. All races were conducted over a fast track.
JOCKEY ROLANDO RAUDALES TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL
Jockeys Rolando Raudales and Josh Romero went down in the sixth race in a spill of their respective horses, KW Lose the Tude and Blazen Livewire. Raudales’ horse, KW Lose the Tude fell on the track in front of Blazen Livewire and both jockeys were unseated, thrown down hard to the racing surface. Romero was able to get up on his own accord and walk off the track. He did take off his final mount on the evening.
Raudales tried to get up and was conscious but finally lay down flat as track medical personnel arrived. As a precaution, he was strapped to a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance and transported to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was talking and moving his extremities at the time.
After evaluation, it was determined Raudales did not incur any fractures and was discharged.
Remington Park has two more nights remaining in the American Quarter Horse, Paint and Appaloosa Season. The first race on Friday, May 27 is 6pm. A stakes-laden program on Champions’ Night, May 28, with total purses above $2.5 million, will begin at 5pm. All times are Central.
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