Big Adena Springs Influence on Clasico Del Caribe Card

12.07.2017 -

Racing—with a dash of soccer fervor—comes to Gulfstream Park December 9 and the Adena Springs breeding program is well represented.

The Clasico del Caribe Presented by Fasig Tipton will be run for the 50th time Saturday, but for the first time it will be contested in the United States. Twelve have been entered in the $300,000, nine-furlong race for 3-year-olds dubbed "the Kentucky Derby of the Caribbean and Latin America." 

The race is a matter of national pride in the nations and territories represented, so a lot of flag waving and T-shirt representing can be expected. Panama, whose horses have won the Clasico a record 15 times, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic have entries this year. 

Venezuelan-born jockey Emisael Jaramillo, now a regular at Gulfstream, has won the Clasico del Caribe a record five times and will be aboard his nation's morning-line favorite El Cubita, a son of Mr. Macool who has finished second in three group 1 events after breaking his maiden in his debut.

"The race is very important to our country," Jaramillo said. "To win the race ... the feeling is unbelievable."

Juan Carlos Diaz, who has the mount on Puerto Rican Triple Crown winner Justiciero, the early second choice, echoed Jaramillo's sentiments. "This is a very important race for us." The fact that it will be available for wagering across the United States via Gulfstream's simulcast network and shown live by ESPN Deportes and XBTV adds to the excitement, he said.

Justiciero's home track, Camarero, was damaged in September by Hurricane Maria. However, his owner, Mark Tacher, who also has the lesser regarded Platino in the field, is a part owner of the track and was able to pull together a 1 1/16-mile prep race for his horses Oct. 29, where Justiciero won with Platino second.

Platino, by Musketier, was sold in utero by Adena Springs at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and is among five Clasico runners with connections to Frank Stronach's renowned breeding operation. 

Fellow Puerto Rico native Don Carlos R., by Awesome Again's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, has racked up over $360,000 in earnings and will break from post 2 in the $100,000 Confraternity Caribbean Cup. He was sold in utero by Adena Springs at the 2009 OBS January auction.

The Sligo Bay son Gran Wil (Ven) will break two stalls away from Don Carlos R. in the Confraternity. His dam was sold at the 2012 Keeneland November sale while carrying the colt, who will be one of the favorites off back to back group 1 wins in his native Venezuela.

The Puerto Rico-based Sanjuanera drew post 3 in the $125,000 The Lady Caribbean Cup. Runner up in a pair of Graded events, the daughter of former Adena Springs stallion Tiago was sold in-utero by Adena Springs at the 2013 Keeneland November sale.
The well-traveled Coltimus Prime is a major contender in the 10-furlong Invitational Cup. The son of the Adena Springs North stallion Milwaukee Brew was a leading three-year-old in Canada during the 2014 season with a win in the Prince of Wales S., the 2nd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. He's since become a star in Panama, taking the prestigious Presidente de la Republica (G1) earlier this season. He'll break from post 8 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

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