by Gulfstream Park Press Release
December 6, 2017
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Two former Clasico del Caribe winners, a Triple Crown winner and two past champions will be among those lining up in the gate for the $100,000 Copa Confraternidad del Caribe Presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 1 ¼-mile event for 3-year-olds and up is one of five stakes races that will be contested at Gulfstream as part of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe. The premier Thoroughbred event is being held outside Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time since its inception 50 years ago.
While the Copa Confraternidad has drawn 2015 Clasico del Caribe winner Calinico and 2016 Clasico del Caribe winner El Tigre Mono from Panama – as well as 2015 Copa Confraternidad winner Don Carlos R and defending champion Arquitecto from Puerto Rico – it could be Mexico’s Igor who draws the most support at the betting window.
The front-running Igor, a 4-year-old son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) champion Tiznow, comes into the race off three consecutive victories at Hipodromo De Las Americas. Trained by Fausto Gutierrez, Igor will be ridden Saturday by Irad Ortiz Jr.
Arquitecto, an 8-year-old out of the 2004 Clasico Dama del Caribe winner Coordinadora, was one of the first horses to arrive in South Florida for the Clasico Internacional del Caribe and has worked three times in South Florida, including twice over Gulfstream’s main track. The defending champion won the Copa Confraternidad by 2 ½ lengths last December. His only start this year was a victory in June in the Antonio Barcelo (G2) in Puerto Rico. Juan Carlos Diaz has been named to ride.
Like Arquitecto, Don Carlos R, trained by Raymon Morales, has raced only once this year, winning an allowance race in Puerto Rico in August. He finished third as defending champion in the Copa Confraternidad last year and has 24 wins in 50 starts. Hector Berrios is the rider.