Gunnevera put in his final breeze Saturday for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby on April 1 at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Leonel Reyes replaced regular exercise partner Edgard Zayas, in Dubai riding Sharp Azteca in the Godolphin Mile, for the five-furlong work that went in 1:01.80 over the Gulfstream Park West main track. Regular rider Javier Castellano will be back in the irons for the Florida Derby.
The time ranked seventh of 20 horses and was notably quicker than Gunnevera’s penultimate breeze March 18 that went in 1:04.60. Trainer Antonio Sano said the sophomore son of 2011 Florida Derby winner Dialed In galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.
Gunnevera Work Video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI3m5AMS62Q
“It was very good for me. The jockey did exactly as I asked him and it went perfect,” Sano said. “He was very calm on my horse. The last two furlongs I got him in :10 4/5 and the gallop out was very good.
“Last week the horse worked very slow. He is ready for the race,” he added. “He didn’t need more for the Florida Derby, so I breezed him looking ahead to the next one. It’s exciting, and it’s pressure. More people come by the barn for the horse. The owners call me every day. I think it’s normal. I feel that my horse is a good horse.”
At Gulfstream Park, multiple stakes winner Three Rules worked Saturday for the Florida Derby.
Three Rules was sharp in his only work for the Derby since the Fountain of Youth, going five furlongs in 1:00.50, the fastest of 24 horses over a main track which received some overnight rain.
Three Rules Work video is at https://youtu.be/GU_PqN0mVik
“It put a little moisture in the track and that’s really good for him. He’s fit and ready,” trainer Jose Pinchin said. “He went five-eighths this morning and galloped out good. Everything went perfect. It couldn’t have been a better work.”
Luis Saez, aboard for the first time in the Fountain of Youth, will ride back in the Florida Derby.
“Looking back on it, it was a hell of a good performance,” Pinchin said. “He got pressured from the go by Irish War Cry and then (Practical Joke) took him on real early and didn’t really give him a chance, but he ran real good. I thought it was a very good race.”
J Boys Echo, Impressive Edge
Gotham Stakes winner J Boys Echo breezed five furlongs in 1:02.89 under Tammy Fox for trainer Dale Romans. Romans said J Boys Echo will run in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, ruling out a possible start in the Florida Derby.
Impressive Edge, a two-time winner at the Gulfstream, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.87 for a planned start in the Florida Derby. The Romans-trained colt galloped out strongly under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar.
Impressive Edge Work video is at https://youtu.be/CHK0bQfkqdM
“They both worked good. They’re totally different horses – one worked fast, the other worked slow. But we know they can both run and they’re both fit and ready to roll,” said Romans.
Impressive Edge, who raced twice at Saratoga and Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen last summer, has captured two of three starts for Romans at Gulfstream.
“He’s done well. He was the type of horse that wasn’t quite ready to win. He came to us in good shape. We got him and we didn’t need to do much with him,” Romans said.
Corey Lanerie, who was aboard Impressive Edge for the first time for his allowance win, has the mount for the Florida Derby.
Edited Gulfstream Park release