by Gulfstream Park Press Release
December 6, 2017
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Lady Valery, who swept Panama’s Triple Crown for fillies and has never finished worse than third in 10 career starts, is the likely favorite against eight other 3-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Dama del Caribe Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The Dama del Caribe, a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies, will be one of five races contested on Gulfstream’s 11-race program that make up the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the premier Thoroughbred event in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gulfstream will become the first pari-mutuel facility outside of Latin America and the Caribbean to hold the Clasico Internacional del Caribe since its inception in 1966.
First race post is 11:50 a.m.
Horses, trainers, grooms and jockeys from six countries have come to Gulfstream to participate in the Clasico Internacional del Caribe as well as owners, breeders, fans and members of The Confederation of Caribbean Racetracks, who in July unanimously approved holding the event at Gulfstream.
Horses and horsemen from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela began arriving at Gulfstream a month ago to prepare for Saturday’s Clasico races, which will be contested as the last five on Gulfstream’s Saturday program.
After breaking her maiden in her third start last October, Lady Valery reeled off six consecutive Group victories before finishing third last time out against the boys in the Clasico Carlos y Fernando Eleta Alnaran (G2), beaten only five lengths by Fray Angelico, one of the favorites in Saturday’s $300,000 Clasico del Caribe.
“She is doing very well. Everything is good,” said trainer Marcos Rojas. “She didn’t run a bad race last time. She was going against the males and three of the horses she ran against are in the Clasico del Caribe. She beat one of those horses and only got beat a few lengths herself. I think Lady Valery has a great chance to win.”
Lady Valery is a daughter of Kentucky-bred Indy Vidual, a winner of eight of 24 races in the U.S., who finished third in the 1998 Man o’War Stakes (G1). The dam, Kentucky-bred Mot Mot, was an unraced daughter of Birdstone.
Venezuela’s Gladiadora is a daughter of Great Hunter, who won the 2007 Robert Lewis Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita and finished 13th in that year’s Kentucky Derby (G1). The filly comes to Gulfstream off an allowance win at La Rinconada in October. A winner of three of eight starts, Gladiadora has placed in seven of her eight starts. Javier Castellano has been named to ride.
Mexico’s Jaguaryu comes into the Dama del Caribe after having won two Group 1 races in her last four starts.